The members of the 2016 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Corporate Challenge Team are crossing the finish line in their race to personal victory. Each one has seen the benefits of living a healthier life, and two have excelled to be named this year’s overall winners.
“Cynthia Jones really grabbed onto her opportunity,” says team coach Missy Kane. “She didn’t miss training, and pushed her self week after week.” Kane says Jones’ progress was evident as she increased her distance and speed on training days. But the selection committee also took notice of the way Jones was serving as an ambassador for health and fitness, starting at home.
“She encouraged others to meet her for spin class or hike or extra workouts, including her husband and son,” Kane says. “She also paid close attention to eating healthy, and often shared new recipes for good tasting, healthier foods.”
In addition, Pattison worked to spread the health and fitness message to coworkers at Pattison Signs.
While Jones was deemed to be the winner among the women, Chip Brauener took top honors among the men on the team. “Having Chip Braeuner on the team was like having an extra coach,” Kane says. “Not only did he always push himself, he was constantly reaching out to other team members, and encouraging others at the Knoxville Police Department to get healthier.” Kane says Braeuner has seen a reduction in blood pressure medication, “and that is what this whole program is about.”
Winners of the corporate team challenge are chosen based on participation, ambassadorship, and overall improvement in health and fitness. That can include (but is not limited to) athletic achievement and weight loss. Kane says every member of the team saw some sort of physical improvement due to living a healthier lifestyle. Some also say they have experienced an improved emotional state of mind.
The winners were announced as team members were congratulated as a group in their final appearance on WBIR “Live at Five at Four” on April 1, 2016. WBIR producer Lee Ann Bowman also received an award for her tireless support of the team. Click here to learn more about Cynthia Jones and Chip Braeuner.
Members of the 2016 CHKM Corporate Challenge Team join WBIR show hosts Russell Biven and Beth Haynes to talk about the journey to personal fitness.
(Pictured, left to right) Jennifer Marsh, Allison Benge, team blogger Tatia Harris, Melissa Hart, Cynthia Jones, Lisa Benton, News Sentinel sports editor and assistant coach Phil Kaplan, Chip Braeuner, Fort Sanders Health and Fitness personal trainer and assistant coach Chris O’Hearn, News Sentinel representative Robert Holder, coach Missy Kane.
(not pictured) Chris Blevins, Neva Foust, Naomi Harris, Misty Monday, WBIR representative Lee Ann Bowman, NewsTalk 98.7 representative Bob Yarbrough