Summer is basically over for those of us in the Northern hemisphere as the temperatures start to change and at least in Utah where I live, the leaves are already changing colors for the Fall.
Over the course of the Summer of 2013 and the past 112 days Autodesk participated in the Global Corporate Challenge. This was my second year participating in the challenge. Within Autodesk there were 523 teams comprised of seven Autodesk employees that competed based on steps taken as well as miles biked and yards they swam which were also converted to steps using some magical conversion rate. In the entire GCC there were over 262,000 participants around the world representing thousands of companies.
I was a member of the Team OCTO-Pi made up members from the Autodesk CTO office and Autodesk Research. The seven of us including Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski ranked a proud 36th out of 520+ teams in Autodesk! We logged a total of 11,318,299 steps or 4,501 miles. All Autodesk teams combined logged 3,508,807,452 steps or 1.4 million miles.
Participation in the GCC is a really fun way to motivate people to be more active and healthy. The fun competition among teams as well as within teams was a blast. I remember on a visit to the Autodesk Toronto office seeing a team that was in the top 3 at the time having a wall of shame and members that were the lowest in daily step counts were highlighted to motivate them. It was all in good fun, and healthy employees make productive and happy employees.
- 2,038,115 steps (811 miles) or 18,100 steps (7.21 miles) average per day. I really wish GCC factored in the amount of vertical feet climbed. The biggest day was 46,408 steps during a long hike up Mount Ben Lomond.
- 317 Miles biked
- 7,100 Yards swam
- 50,000 vertical feet (5000 flights of stairs) most of this was on hiking trails trying to climb many of the top Wasatch mountain summits.
- Burned over a quarter million calories.
I bested my stats from last years participation in the GCC and look forward to besting 2013 in the 2014 GCC! I plan on keeping active year round and have a 10k fun mud run this weekend in Soldier Hollow Utah named the Dirty Dash, Oink Oink.