On May 19th, at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, the Workforce Challenge kicked off with over 4,000 in-person participants. The race consisted of a 3.5 mile course that weaved throughout Albany’s Capital Park. Of that 4,000, Wildwood had nine in-person runners/walkers, along with an additional 17 virtual participants.

A friendly competition ensued among Wildwood employees as each employee raced to beat one another to the finish line. Virtually, Lauren Roecker was our women’s first place runner with a time of 30 mins and 5 secs, while for the men, Stephen Dicerce virtually came in first for Wildwood with a time of 26 mins and 55 secs.

In-person, Erika Boehlke came in first for a time of 35 mins and 13 secs and Matt Whelan followed her with a time of 38 mins and 51 secs.

Other than simply a race, the Workforce Challenge raised over $10,000 to donate to their charity of choice, the Oakwood Community Center. The Oakwood Community Center offers a food pantry available every Saturday and provides low cost meeting and event space for neighbors and small groups. Their goal is to “bring nurturing space for the diverse residents of Troy to meet as strangers and become neighbors who care and advocate for each other.”

Congratulations to our racers on a job well done!