Corporations around lake partner in fitness effort

DAVIDSON – Nearly 250 employees from Ingersoll Rand, Lowe’s, Newell Rubbermaid and Carolina Health Systems participated in the Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon on Sept. 8 at Ingersoll Rand.

More than 80 Ingersoll Rand employees and family members participated in the triathlon, earning the company the Cool Breeze Corporate Challenge Award. The Ingersoll Rand Foundation makes a donation to the Ada Jenkins Center in honor of every employee who takes up the Cool Breeze Challenge.

“You are building a stronger, healthier life for yourself and a stronger, healthier community as well,” Bobby Katz told the crowd of about 50 Ingersoll Rand participants as he presented the $60,000 donation to the Ada Jenkins Center.

“It feels good to work for a company that does good for the community,” said Katz, senior vice president and general counsel at Ingersoll Rand.

For the fourth year in a row, Ingersoll Rand and Cool Breeze Cyclery, of Mooresville, teamed up to sponsor the Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon, the final event in the Cool Breeze Multisport Challenge.

“There really isn’t any way that we could begin to thank Ingersoll Rand and Cool Breeze Cyclery for the way they turn better health for employees into better health for the whole community,” said Georgia Krueger, executive director of the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. “We’re privileged to work in partnership with Ingersoll Rand, the Cool Breeze Corporate Challenge and people in the community who need a little support. It’s a relationship of trust all the way around, and the results are transforming.”

The Cool Breeze Multisport Challenge begins each year with a 5K hosted by Huntersville-based Newell Rubbermaid and continues with the Lake Norman Excursion, a bike/run/walk event held at Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters in Mooresville. The series culminates in the Sprint Triathlon.

Girls on the Run and The American Red Cross are also beneficiaries of the series.