Aug 17 2020

“Summer of COVID-19” may have separated people physically. But Womble Bond Dickinson team members still found a way to come together, support our communities, and get some exercise all at the same time!

The firm sponsored the inaugural FRS Virtual 5K Rural Run. The run supported the Foundation for Rural Service, the philanthropic arm of NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association. The Foundation for Rural Service works to stimulate economic development and bring investments and jobs to rural America.

Carri Bennet and Michael Bennet led the team’s sponsorship. In this event, firm attorneys and staff completed 5Ks (running, jogging or walking) on their own between July 4 and July 25. Team members from all across the firm participated and here are some of their stories:

  • Atlanta attorney Aaron Reinhardt shared a photo of his frowning infant daughter and said, “I promised my daughter I would beat John Cox, and this is the look she gave me when she saw my time.” John: “Get used to that look.”
  • “It was hot, humid and hilly,” Atlanta attorney Kim Justus said.
  • Raleigh paralegal Connie Aull took her dog Coco along for the trip: “A little slow due to the number of mailboxes on our run, but she’s 12 and likes it much better when it’s not so hot!”
  • Raleigh office assistant Craig Kasek agreed, saying, “I don’t recommend running in 90-degree weather outside!”
  • “No good time in July to do a 5K—but I’m glad that I did,” said Charleston attorney Cynthia Morton.
  • Some team members found interesting places to do their walks and runs. For example, Los Angeles legal assistant Nedy Calderon took 10,000+ steps at the city’s famed Autry Museum. Director of Client Services Christé Spiers took a hike on the beach at Martha’s Vineyard.
  • The Foundation for Rural Service cause is important to Winston-Salem attorney Tracy Smith. She said, “I grew up on a farm in a county with a population of 20K or so. Rural development is near and dear to my heart!” 

The Fastest Wombler honors went to Jake Moore (21:30), Stephen Sharbaugh (21:54) and Sam Hartzell (21:59). The Raleigh Office had the Most Office Participation, while Aaron Reinhardt won Best Selfie. Thank you to everyone who participate and supported this cause!

Aaron Reinhardt
Aaron Reinhardt
Awarded Best Selfie

 

Artin Betpera
Artin Betpera

 

Christé Spiers
Christé Spiers

 

Cynthia Spieth Morton
Cynthia Spieth Morton

 

Karthika Perumal
Karthika Perumal

 

Kristin Saunders
Kristin Saunders

 

Rob Young
Rob Young

 

Sarah Cansler
Sarah Cansler

 

Stephen Sharbaugh
Stephen Sharbaugh