November 11, 2015
Every year, millions of New Yorkers gather on the streets of America’s biggest city to cheer on tens of thousands of strangers from across the world as they run through the five boroughs of the New York City Marathon. After being a cheerleader for this event for the past three years we – for some reason – decided that this year we would run.
It goes without saying that training for a marathon is daunting. In fact, it became routine for us to come into each other’s offices, especially during the two weeks leading up to the race, to complain about our aches and pains, calm each other’s nerves and reassure ourselves, “What’s the worst that could happen?”
Luckily, we were surrounded by a huge support network here at Kellen NYC. We could expect, on a daily basis, for our colleagues – both associates and management alike – to check in and see how training was going and offer encouragement, as needed.
This, however, is not uncommon in the NYC office—especially over the course of the last few years. We were first bitten by the ‘running bug’ in 2013 when a group of Kellen-ers signed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s ‘Team in Training’ (TNT) to run as a group in the NYC Half Marathon on behalf of a former colleague. Later that year, our team traveled to East Hampton, sharing a house for the weekend in order to run as a group, again with TNT, in the Hamptons Half Marathon. Both efforts were met with overwhelming support from the rest of our Kellen staff, with Ralph Vasami, our company Esq., even agreeing at one point to shave his beard of 30 years as part of a team fundraising effort (which, interestingly enough, he hasn’t grown back since!).
To receive such an outpouring of support from your company—especially when it comes to your hobbies outside of work—is a rare gift. This year, however, Kellen went beyond words of encouragement and fundraising gimmicks when our CEO, Peter Rush, agreed to sponsor our TNT ‘team’ for the 2015 marathon. This meant getting our company name printed on the TNT 2015 NYC Marathon shirts, which we wore proudly.
Thank you, Kellen NYC, for truly being a part of our team!