Around the world in 30 days

Do you know what it takes to run around the world? It takes teamwork. On September 1, 2018 a group of Kemira employees took on the challenge to run 40,000 km in 30 days.

Around the world in 30 days

More and more people lead a sedentary life with little physical activity. We are spending an increasing amount of time sitting down, which can have negative consequences to your physical and mental well-being.* 

Two Kemira employees, Controller Rosslyn Thompson from Australia and Financial Services Manager Marta Kaminska-Olczak from Poland, decided that they wanted to find a way to encourage the Kemira employees around the world to fight these risks by increasing exercise and at the same time develop team bonding on a global level.  

“Sport has given me a lot: peace of mind, good shape, health, feeling of accomplishment, and friends. I’ve had good experiences, so why not try to spread the feeling,” Marta says. “I first started encouraging my colleagues in Poland to take part in sports events together, and got many people engaged. So that got me thinking whether it would be possible to do the same on a global level.” The end result was the Kemira Global Challenge. 

Mission accomplished 

“Our goal was to increase exercise and develop team bonding on a global level”, Rosslyn says. “700 employees from 95 cities took part in the challenge – this is 15% of all Kemira employees. The ultimate goal was to run around the globe, 40,000 km, in 30 days. Together, as a team, we not only reached the target but exceeded it thoroughly with a final result of over 66,000 km. It means around 100 km per person a month.” 

The Kemira Global Challenge wasn’t limited to running. “Employees’ choice of sports proves how diverse we are. Running and cycling were very popular, but many of us go to the gym, sail, ride a horse, do yoga and even train bailoterapia,” Marta explains. 

“We wanted to make sure that everyone could participate in the event, so we created a target that was difficult but achievable. The popularity kept growing on a daily basis. We had weekly mini challenges and people sharing photos, which acted as encouragement, and leaderboards provided friendly competition.  From another perspective KGC gave everyone the incentive to be active with colleagues and see their actual contribution make a difference,” Rosslyn says.   

Fight the sedentary lifestyle by making some simple changes, for example:  

  • Take a break from sitting regularly, even a short one. If it is difficult to remember at first, set an hourly reminder on your phone, smartwatch or other device.
  •  If you are an office worker and have a standing desk, take advantage of it. You can also use a high table or a counter.
  •  Stand in a meeting, conference call or even when watching television. 
  • Organize a walking meeting with your colleagues. 
  • Walk or cycle to work or even part of the way.



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