The annual “Firmenlauf” — or corporate run — is an annual event at this company, on par with summer, Christmas and the Bayern München soccer team winning the German Bundesliga title. Except maybe for the last one in the list, it has become one of the things we have come to expect (and don't want to miss).
About four weeks prior to this event, you can hear employees here talking about stepping up their training, buying new shoes — or inventing excuses not to attend. Yes, let's face it, not everyone is fond of running six kilometers, not knowing what the weather could be. And boy, we have really had some downpours in the past! But for most of us at CM AG have not used this as an excuse over the past eight years! The routine on the day of the event includes gathering in the office in the late afternoon, getting dressed in our company running shirts, organizing our trip to the venue, and finally getting our workout by running around Fühlinger Lake. It’s something we really look forward to every year.
It’s the social factor that keeps us coming back. I don't remember much discussion of internal company issues while at the Firmenlauf. It’s all about having a good time, getting a workout, laughing and having a well-earned beer afterwards. Sitting behind your desk all year isn't necessarily all there is to life in a company. You should try it!