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Cimpl at the XMANRACE: Mud, scratches, and triumph

Posted by Henry Cheang | July 4, 2015 11:00 AM

*Please note that Etelesolv changed its company name to Cimpl in 2016.

On June 7th, five Cimpl workers braved Mont Sutton to participate in the XMANRACE. They had to overcome over thirty obstacles spread out over a distance of 7.5 kilometres. Amazingly, they managed to come in to work on Monday morning. Of course, they all looked a little worn out. Were they sore? Their reply: "Yes. Even muscles we didn't know we had are sore!"

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The XMANRACE is a regular series of extreme races where everyone gives their all to overcome some very challenging obstacles. Every race is designed to be open to everyone (in reasonable health), but is by no means easy. Knowing this, we could see our five participants wondering just what they were thinking when they registered as the date of the race approached.

Nevertheless, Andréanne, Caroline, Nicolas, Isabeau, and Thierry made their way to Mont Sutton on that Saturday morning, full of enthusiasm and energy. They were anxious but totally pumped, and so they took the trail by storm from the word “go”.

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Honorable runners

The event website states it clearly: The XMANRACE is a military-style race. That’s why it was full of hard physical challenges at every turn. Nonetheless, the participants had to get through the obstacles as fast as they could to avoid getting penalized on final evaluations of their race performance.

Cimpl (along with the rest of the participants, obviously) crawled, ran, jumped, lifted (objects), and climbed walls or ropes throughout 7+ kilometers of mud and water that made up the race trail in the forest. The fastest member of the Cimpl team finished the race in under two hours, while the fifth participant completed the course about an hour later.

There were many emotions and sensations at the end of the race: Aches, pains, happiness, relief, and accomplishment. Even though our Cimpl members weren't all in their peak condition, they enjoyed every minute of the XMANRACE obstacle course.

The rough awakening was worth the achievement

Though our employees obviously enjoyed the day, their muscles were not quite so eager the next day. Even after a couple good nights of well-deserved sleep, our participants had to contend with bruises, scratches, and sore limbs when they came in to work on Monday morning. But, they were welcomed back as company heroes when they showed off their individual finisher's medal. Maybe they'll be able to recruit some new XMAN runners for the next race!

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Written by Henry Cheang

Henry has a lifelong passion for science and technology. This enthusiasm is put to good use in a cutting-edge software company like Cimpl. As product marketer, Henry researches market and user needs to develop user and buyer personas, contributes to product design, and helps coordinate product messaging. Henry also writes nearly the entirety of all documentation for Cimpl’s many successful platforms. In his spare time, Henry devotes much energy to family, friends, and martial arts. Henry recently completed his Master’s in Business and Administration from Concordia University, where he specialized in the study of marketing, organizational behavior, and corporate governance. He has authored academic papers on the latter two subjects; these papers form part of his bibliography of over 20 professional research publications.

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