Author: Nicole Schwartz

Racksburg Fitness Challenge!

The Racksburg Rackers are competitive (so are most Rackers) so sports and challenges are a fun way to trick us into being healthy. The Wellness committee capitalized on this and issued our first challenge: Walk to Mordor.

Teams of 5 collectively had to walk from the Shire to Mordor, following Frodo and Sam’s journey. Key points along the challenge were Rivendell, Lothlorien, Rauros Falls and of course Mt. Doom. This was 1779 miles. The competition started on Summer solstice and concluded 60 days later when team Frodo completed the challenge.

Our second office wide walking challenge is currently in progress and is known as the “Gold Rush”. Teams of 5 Rackers are working together to cover the 2,841 miles from the Blacksburg office to the San Francisco office.

Our first point of interest is passing Lexington Kentucky – where teams were challenged to get pictures with horses; below are my teams photos.

Here is the badge teams who completed the Walk to Mordor challenge got:

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Here is my team, More Cowbell, and our horse pictures to symbolize reaching Louisville:

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Racksburg loves potlucks

Racksburg has a monthly potluck group called OMNOMNOM or Noms for short. Inspired by the office-wide cooking competitions held occasionally throughout the year, a group formed to make potlucks a more regular event. The group is open to anyone who loves to eat and cook. Often the group is the test subject for new or modified recipes created just for the event. Generally the group shares recipes by email after the event, then picks the theme for the following month; June will be the one year anniversary of the group!

There have been themes such as chocolate (yes chocolate can be savory), soup & salad, finger foods, Irish foods, food on a stick, vegetarian, and most recently: a seafood boil! What better way to celebrate spring than eating outside in the nice weather.
Below is the group enjoying our seafood. Thanks Tweeks!

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