Merchant & Gould Team Takes First Place in 2016 Twin Cities 5K Corporate Team Challenge

January 13, 2017

A group of six Merchant & Gould professionals took home the first place prize for fastest team in the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 5K Corporate Team Challenge. 

In Minnesota, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon race series brings 25,000 runners and 300,000 spectators to the metro over the fall race weekend. The precursors to the Sunday marathon are the TC 5K and TC 10K, held the day before. Twin Cities in Motion, the race organizer, hosts a Corporate Team Challenge (“CTC”) to encourage businesses to assemble a team of employee runners to compete for fastest team and largest team awards in the races.

Last year, the Merchant & Gould team (open to any employee in the firm) came in second place in the 5K CTC. This year’s Merchant & Gould 5K team clocked in at 1:42:33, edging out Braun Intertec (the 2015 first place team) by 14 seconds and besting 43 other CTC teams. The winning team is determined by the lowest cumulative total of the five fastest runners, which must include a female and masters (age 40 or older) runner. Congratulations to attorney speedsters Rob Kalinsky, Brian Wallenfelt, Scott Johnston, Chris Davis and Paige Stradley on your first place finish.

The 2016 Merchant & Gould TC 5K Team:  Back (left to right):  Scott Johnston, Paige Stradley, Chris Davis, Rob Kalinsky. Front (left to right):  Brian Wallenfelt, Tom Breidenbach. Thanks to Rob for providing this photo and to Tom for setting up and organizing the team for the past few years.

Once the results were official, we were honored to have Twin Cities in Motion come to our office to present a first place award.