The OMP Running Challenge 2019
Running for a good cause
A new year is the perfect time to make resolutions and work towards new goals and challenges. Sometimes professional, sometimes personal.
At the start of 2019, CEO Anita Van Looveren challenged our colleagues around the world: “Let’s connect by running together for a good cause”. OMP pledged €20 to charity for every 1 km run at a series of global events.
“2019 is the year of connection at OMP,” Anita explains. “That’s why, in addition to our yearly tradition of charity donations, we made a challenge that will bring us together in new ways, making personal connections across the company and having fun at the same time. We hope to raise a lot of money. Imagine, if each of our 500 employees were to run 5km, that would be €50,000 for charity.”
All of our colleagues at OMP have risen to the challenge, raising an amazing €42,550 for charity by running a staggering 2,127 km. Or to put that distance into perspective – that’s all the way from our head office in Wommelgem (Antwerp) to our newest office in Barcelona, and back again!
Congratulations and thank you to everyone (runners and supporters) who has made this challenge such a success!
Organizations we support
With the OMP Running Challenge, we want to raise money and awareness for missing and exploited children around the world.
Child Focus (EU)
Also known as the European Center for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children, Child Focus finds missing, abducted and runaway children and helps sexually abused and exploited children. Additionally, the organization runs projects like Clicksafe, a prevention platform that educates children and young people about safe and responsible internet use. For more information, click here.
The US National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement and the public to prevent child abductions, recover missing children, and provide services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation. For more information, click here.
How far have we run?
The challenge started with the Reeuwijkse Plassenloop in the Netherlands on a stormy March day. We are equally impressed by the fact that 73% of our Dutch office ran either 5, 10, or 15 km raising €2,200 for charity, as we are by the silver medal that Harmen Perk received for being second to cross the 5 km finishing line. Thank you all for kicking off our running challenge in such style!
Happily for our French colleagues, the Soli’Run in Paris took place on a sunny day in March. Our eight French colleagues each ran 10 km raising €1,600 for charity, plus the registration fees from the Soli’Run went towards helping “Habitat et Humanisme”, a local charity which is dedicated to finding housing for people in precarious situations.
As home to our head office, big things were expected from the Belgian team – and we weren’t disappointed. 129 runners took part in the iconic Antwerp 10 Miles, running a total of 1,460 km in the 5 km, 10 miles and marathon, raising an amazing €29,200 for charity. The good news doesn’t stop there. Benoît Goethals came second in the Antwerp 10 Miles with a time of 49:15, and OMP came second in the BDO Company Ranking!
June saw our Chinese colleagues running the Happiest 5K on the Planet – also known as the Color Run. As well as having lots of fun and being covered in powered colorful paint, the team raised a fantastic €500 for charity. Well done everyone!
Our German team didn’t let a few injuries stop them from sending out a full team – former colleagues were happy to put on their running shoes to help us raise an amazing €1,200 for charity. Our dedicated team enjoyed the stunning backdrop of sparkling Cologne as they ran 5 km or 10 km along the Rhine in this evening race. Congratulations to everyone who took part!
The United States
In October we cheered on 39 of our American colleagues as they ran 349 km in Atlanta, raising €6,980 for charity. While some of our colleagues tackled the 5K race, others conquered the tough PNC 10 Miler, with its (in)famous Cardiac Hill which runners tend to tackle as fast as they can!
What do you do when your planned race gets cancelled? When this happened to our colleagues in Brazil, they decided to organize their own! Covering 37.5 km in the beautiful Ibirapuera park, our Brazilian colleagues raised an impressive €750.