“I call it multitasking because it’s my social life and exercise,” said Laurie. “When you run with your girlfriends in the morning, you can solve all the world’s problems.”
Social life also attracted Marlene Seguy, 58, to the running scene.
“Just the fact of having a group interested me, plus you are getting a lot of information that as a solo you don’t know. From there I developed my friends,” said Seguy, who has been a group leader for Team FootWorks training programs for four years and is part of the committee of the UPS team in the Corporate Run this year.
She looks forward to seeing some of the people she trained crossing the finish line in any run or marathon.
“To me it’s a life-changing experience,” said Seguy. “They were able to wake up so early in the morning and they were able to accomplish something they never thought they could ever do.”
The Corporate Run is 3.1 miles. The largest team is Baptist Health with 2,400 people, and the smaller teams are around 4 people.
After the run, four first-place awards will be presented.
Yet, for this community, running is not only about winning. It’s about accomplishment.
“The one thing we like to say about the corporate run is the winners are really the people who are new to exercise,” said Laurie. “It means so much to us because we’ve seen people that the corporate run is really the first step to fitness.”
Laurie and Hans Huseby have four children, but John Peter “JP” Huseby, 37, holds the responsibility of filling the big shoes.
“A lot of times I get very stressed out because I feel that everything is on my shoulders,” said JP, general manager of FootWorks. “But it’s such a great sense of accomplishment because we have a great team. That’s one of the reasons that I love the name Team FootWorks because we are really a team.”