Associates challenge themselves and one another to make an impact
By: Gartner Associate, Chris Koussis
Pedaling to Support Kids in Need
Ben Millrood, GVP, Gartner Consulting, recently completed his fifth consecutive ride with Pedal Hilton Head Island — a cycling fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island which draws hundreds of road cyclists each year to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Ben rode 88 miles in total, raising more than $8,000 as a result of his generous colleagues and the Gartner Gives charitable match program.
“The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island provides outstanding after-school, summer education and enrichment programs,” explained Ben. “The club supports more than 250 children and teens from low-income families who use the club daily — many of whom lack health insurance or a home to call their own.”
To learn more, watch Ben’s video.
Kevin Chartrand, Director, Gartner Consulting, was challenged by one of his Gartner team members and friends, Mike Leitch, to compete in the California International Marathon together. The event is sponsored by the Sacramento Running Association, a community-based non-profit that promotes the sport of running in the greater Sacramento area.
Initially Kevin laughed off the idea, but after more convincing from Mike, a highly experienced marathon runner himself, and over 1,000 training miles later, Kevin and Mike found themselves crossing the finish line at the California International Marathon together.
Despite the challenges they faced along the way — including their busy travel schedules — they were able to push each other to complete the race and have already begun planning their next race.
The ultimate challenge
For the 12th time since the 1980s, Steven Buckley, MVP, Gartner Consulting participated in the Baja 1000 Off-Road Race. This grueling off-road race through the desert of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula begins in Ensenada and concludes at the southern point of La Paz.
With a midnight start time, Steven and six teammates traversed the roughly 1150 miles via motorcycle in 27 hours and 31 minutes — the second fastest time of his Baja 1000 career. Steven’s team placed first in the “50+ Professional Class” as well as ninth overall.
“It was the Baja 1000’s 50th anniversary,” explained Steven. “There were more than 400 motorcycle and four-wheel entries from over 44 U.S. states and 27 countries. It certainly was the ultimate challenge.”
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