Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon: The Results are In!

The results are in!

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America’s Toughest Road Marathon just keeps getting bigger, with 2,507 registered runners–an 11% increase over last year; 600 volunteers, a brand new (official) double marathon, 10 non-profit race beneficiaries, plus runners hailing from 43 states and nine countries.

Even though warnings of severe weather forced organizers to cancel the event about five hours in, reviews were glowing (thanks, folks!).

Runner Elizabeth R. Bain of California said this about the race in The Roanoke Times: “What really made this course shine (besides the gorgeous views from the tops of the mountains)? YOU, Roanoke! From the volunteers handing out bibs and shirts at packet pick-up, to the mimosa ‘aid station,’ to the guy driving the bus where I took my DNF [did not finish], everyone was so kind and friendly! Even though I’m a slow, back-of-the-pack runner, every aid station had cheers and cowbells and plenty of aid station supplies for me.”

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Foot Levelers booth at the Marathon Expo Friday before the race

 

We’re proud to support this incredible event every year, and congratulate all who dared to run America’s Toughest Road Marathon. An extra loud shout-out goes to our employees who got up at the crack of dawn to participate as runners or volunteer at the Star aid station!

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It takes a village to host a marathon (Foot Levelers peeps in yellow giving out water, snacks, cheers and high fives to runners at the Star Aid Station)

 

Numbers about the economic impact should be out soon. Last year, the marathon generated more than $592,000, and over the past seven years, the it’s added more than $3.2 million to the local economy.

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Our man Barto (center, in black) chugging up Mill Mountain along with other runners. Credit: The Roanoke Times.

Congratulations runners, thank you volunteers, and kudos to organizers from the Roanoke Regional Partnership for another world-class event!

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Tammy and her daughter after the event

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Some of our employee runners ready for the race: L-R, Barto, Scott, Tyler, Mike and Wayne

Happy 29th, Mary!

Mary celebrates her 29th today!

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Twenty-nine years ago today Mary Patsel joined the Foot Levelers team. Today she is our Trainer/Team Leader in Customer Service and, other than our CEO, is Foot Levelers’ longest serving employee.

Mary is incredibly knowledgeable about company history and the ins and outs of our products. When newbies have a question (or heck, non-newbies too), nine times out of 10 Mary has the answer.

Please join us in congratulating Mary and get to know her here! 

Q: What’s your role at Foot Levelers? Over the years, what other positions have you held?

“I’m the Trainer/Team Leader now, but I started as a Customer Service Representative. Over the years I’ve been the Customer Service Supervisor, Outbound Team Leader; I’ve also worked in Accounting, Credit, and Customer Relations.”

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Kent Greenawalt and Mary Patsel today on Mary’s 29th anniversary!

Q: What’s it like to look back on 29 years with Foot Levelers?

“It seems like only yesterday first I walked into Customer Service and heard the phones ringing. I love teaching and watching new people learn the products and get excited about coming to work. What do I love about my job? The fact that we’re helping people from all over the world achieve a better quality of life. Also, the people who work here—without a doubt, the best anywhere. I feel so blessed to be part of this company and to continue to teach the legacy of Dr. Monte Greenawalt. I try to think positive and find the best in everyone. We’re all here together. We are a team!”

Q: What is your favorite “Foot Levelers moment”?

“So many wonderful moments. One of the best is when I celebrated 25 years and was given my beautiful Cartier watch compliments of Foot Levelers!”

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Mary with Doris (left). Doris is Foot Levelers’ second longest serving employee, after Mary–but not by much! Doris celebrates her own 29th anniversary with us in June.

Q: When you think back on all the doctors and patients you’ve helped over the years, is particular experience that stands out?

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Mary on the right at the groundbreaking of Foot Levelers’ new wing in 2002.

“I’ve seen and heard so many cases that had great endings that it’s hard to pick one, but I remember a little boy only 8 years old who loved to play basketball but could never play the whole game because his arches were so flat that his knees would start to hurt. He would have to stop playing before half of the game was over.  This really made him sad and depressed, so his parents took him to see a Chiropractor, he started to get regular adjustments, and was soon he was scanned for orthotics.  Within weeks his knees stopped hurting and he was able to play the whole game.     This little boy sent me a letter thanking us for making his orthotics and telling us how much better he feels and that we have changed his life forever!  I was in tears!”

Thanks, Mary, for 29 wonderful years of service!

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Mary on St. Patty’s Day in 2010 (we couldn’t resist!)

Docs! This Week’s Awesome SHINDIG Prize Announced!

Can you dig it, Docs?

The SHINDIG continues with UNLIMITED chances to win this amazing prize package: a set of 3 Yeti Ramblers (10 oz., 20 oz. and 36 oz.)!

  • Every use of code SHINDIG = BIG SAVINGS + a chance to win. 
  • The more you SHINDIG, the more you save + the greater your chances of winning! (Today through Friday, April 21st ONLY!!)
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Here’s what the Yeti folks have to say about them: “…Yeah, we over-engineered these YETI Tumblers to be virtually indestructible and keep your drink as cold (or hot) as science allows. With 18/8 stainless steel construction, double-wall vacuum insulation, and No Sweat™ Design, they’re perfect for the deer lease, cleaning table, or just the times in between your outdoor adventures.”

(And here’s what Shelley in our Marketing department has to say about hers: “Best dang coffee cup I’ve ever owned. Don’t leave home without it”).

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(Pictured above: Shelley, Foot Levelers Marketing Gal and Yeti Enthusiast).

Featuring…

  • 18/8 stainless steel: Made with kitchen-grade stainless steel, so they’re puncture- and rust-resistant.
  • Double-wall vacuum insulation: Keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip
  • No sweat™ design: Keeps fingers dry and free from frostbite

Increase your chances of winning by SHINDIGging with us today! Call 800.553.4860 or include code SHINDIG in special instructions.

Congrats to Dr. Edward Wagner, This Week’s “SHINDIG” Winner!

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Congrats to Dr. Edward Wagner of Wagner Holistic Center in Pacific Palisades, Ca. Dr. Wagner used code SHINDIG last week and won a pair of Beats wireless headphones in our sweepstakes!!

Docs: Be sure to get your SHINDIG orders in–the more you use code SHINDIG, the more patients you help, the more you save, the more chances to win. We’ll be announcing a new fabulous prize on Monday!

“WHYOTY” April: Enter to Win a Pair of Brooks Shoethotics® at Facebook.com/FootLevelers!

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

MEDIA ALERT: To celebrate 65 years of relieving pain and improving patient outcomes, Foot Levelers launched an exciting, year-long patient sweepstakes:Where Have Your Orthotics Taken You?” (“WHYOTY”). There’s a prize for every month; April’s was recently revealed to be a pair of Brooks Shoethotics®. Brooks are the go-to shoes of serious runners; our Brooks Shoethotics combine this exceptional brand with Foot Levelers custom-made orthotics built in.

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Whether it’s running their first marathon or walking to the mailbox pain-free, patients who post their photos and/or videos of them “in action” with their orthotics to Foot Levelers’ Facebook page are entered to win a fabulous WHYOTY prize each month.

“My Foot Levelers took me hiking through an old volcano on the island of Hawaii!” said Danielle Evans of Michigan, January’s winner. “I never travel without them. Two foot surgeries and metal in my feet have made me so thankful for the support they offer my three arches (or lack there of), the lightweight design, and soft foam inserts. I had tried ones from my foot doctor who did my surgeries and the hard inserts made my feet hurt worse! Foot Levelers orthotics are a life changer!”

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Another submission from WHYOTY contestant Claire Welsh!

It’s easy for patients to enter WHYOTY. Here’s how:

1) Posts a photo or video to our Facebook page of an activity in which you’re wearing Foot Levelers orthotics or orthotic footwear.

2) Say a few words about what’s happening and where.

3) Each post, post like, and post comment equals entries into a monthly sweepstakes. At the end of the month, we announce the winner!

The more you post, and the more your friends “like,” share, and comment on it, the greater the chance of winning that month’s prize! Visit Facebook.com/FootLevelers or FootLevelers.com/PostandWin for more information and official rules.

From relaxing on the Baja beach to ice fishing in Minnesota, from training with famous MMA fighters to chillin’ with Chewbacca, below are some of our favorite WHYOTY submissions so far. Foot Levelers orthotics take folks everywhere!

Viva Las Parker Vegas!

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Tammy giving the kiosk a test run. L-R: Brandon, Brad, Rob, part of Tyler’s head, Kent, Chad, Dawn, John, mystery person’s arm, Chris, Heather

8,157 miles as the crow flies from Melbourne, other members of the Team Foot Levelers are getting ready for Parker Vegas, Chiropractic’s biggest annual event featuring hundreds of exhibitors, dozens of presentations, and thousands of attendees from all over the world.

Check out some shots of the team getting ready for opening day. And if you’re in Vegas, be sure to drop by the Paris Hotel to see us in action!

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Archie!

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Another view of the team at set up.

We’re Headed to Vegas, Baby!

arhie-goes-to-vegasWE’RE VEGAS-BOUND, BABY! WITH A NEW KIOSK, NEW PRODUCTS, AND A NEW MASCOT – IT’S FOOT LEVELERS’ BIGGEST, BOLDEST PARKER EXPERIENCE YET!

Foot Levelers turns 65-years-young this year, and fueled by the birthday spirit the team is headed to Parker Experience Las Vegas, one of Chiropractic’s largest annual events February 23-25 in the stunning Paris Hotel!

This year, attendees will get to handle a number of exciting new products fresh from the Foot Levelers’ R&D and testing labs. Here’s what to expect should you find yourself in Vegas this weekend and wander over for a visit…

  • The revolutionary new Foot Levelers Kiosk: For the first time ever, Chiropractors will have the opportunity to experience the revolutionary new kiosk. The ideal digital assistant for the busy Chiropractic practice, the kiosk allows patients to scan themselves for pedal imbalances. Results captured through an easy-to-use touch screen are cloud-based, so doctors can access them from anywhere in the world.

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  • NEW Vegas™ custom orthotic flip-flop, featuring over 220 brilliant rhinestones, is aptly named for the City of Lights, where it makes its big debut!
  • NEW custom orthotic flip-flop colors for spring! In our waterproof styles: Twilight, Twilight Polka and dazzling Shimmer. Our custom orthotic waterproof flip-flops feature a super soft insole for a “walk-on-water” feel; slip-resistant, waterproof outsole; EVA mid-layer to absorb heel shock; and a silky, chafe-free nylon strap.
  • New Shoethotics® from many of the world’s finest shoemakers including OluKai, New Balance, Merrell and more!

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Plus – meet Archie, Foot Levelers’ beloved mascot. We’re inviting folks to take their pictures with Archie and post to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and more!

See you in Vegas!