In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 20, employees of Quorum Review IRB and its consulting and technology division, Kinetiq, slipped on their running shoes and walking sneakers to participate in the 36th annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event.
Beat the Bridge is a fundraiser for JDRF, the largest charitable supporter of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research, and the ultimate goal of the event is to create a better future for the millions of people living with T1D. Participants can sign up for an 8K run and wheelchair race, a three mile walk, or a one mile fun run. Toddlers have the option of a “diaper derby.”
Those who are sturdy enough to take on the 8K run have to hurry – the University Bridge is raised 20 minutes after the last runner crosses the start line. Anyone who misses the bridge doesn’t need to fret, however. During the five minutes the bridge stays up, a band plays and the panting and sweating participants can momentarily feel like they’re at an outdoor party rather than an 8K race.
Quorum sponsored the registration fees of all employees who wanted to participate in Beat the Bridge. CEO Cami Gearhart commented, “Supporting this event furthers our company mission to build a community dedicated to the well-being of all people. It’s also a great opportunity to get outside and take a springtime walk or run with your family and your co-workers.”
Quorum employees gathered for a group photo (below) and some chatting and stretching before the serious heart-pumping started. Most of our runners beat the bridge, but we don’t really care about race times. We’re just glad to be part of a spirited event that moves research forward and promotes awareness of T1D.
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