We Walk the Walk (and Run the Run)

Tomorrow’s the big day! The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon gets underway bright and early at 7:30 a.m. and we couldn’t be more excited!

Not only is Foot Levelers the title sponsor, we have several employees who will be competing tomorrow in America’s Toughest Road Races.  We also have several dozen more signed up to cheer on runners and hand out waters and snacks at the Mill Mountain Star Aide Station.

FL RUNNERS

L-R, Meet our runners: Abby, Mike, Scott, Barto, Tammy, Wayne, and Tyler

Last night, WSLS’s John Carlin interviewed our CEO Kent about the company’s support of the marathon during a half-hour live marathon special. Check out the rebroadcast here! (Kent speaks to John around 11:30, and you can see Abby in action in the story immediately following the interview).

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John Carlin (left) and Kent at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon finish line last night

Big shout-out to our employee participants–we have all the faith in the world in you! We wish you and ALL the runners the best of luck on the course tomorrow! Stay tuned here and on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates throughout the weekend.

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon 2017 is Almost Here!

Excitement is building for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, this Saturday in Foot Levelers’ stunning hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. Known as America’s Toughest Road Marathon, the event draws brave souls from all over the country.

Once again this year, several of our employees will be taking to the course as competitors–best of luck to Tammy, Wayne, Scott, Abby, Mike, and Tyler! And as always, we’ll have a raucous group of cheerleaders and helpers up at the Mill Mountain Star Aide Station helping to hand out waters, snacks, and keeping runners’ spirits high.

WSLS Channel 10 came to visit us recently to talk to Abby Oliver, former basketball superstar and our awesome employee, about her training for the marathon and some of the innovative ways Foot Levelers encourages employees like Abby to stay fit and healthy. They’ll be running a special tonight about the Marathon featuring Abby and a live interview with Kent from the finish line at Elmwood Park. Tune in if you can or check back here–we’ll post the special after it airs.

We’re rooting for everyone Saturday! You got this!

Breaktime Bliss

Our team works hard to build the world’s best custom-made orthotics, but like our CEO is fond of saying, “If you wear out your body, where are you going to live?” That’s why Foot Levelers offers our employees an on-site gym, free access to a personal trainer twice a week, and free, 100% employer-covered health insurance. Today, we welcomed a team of masseuses from Daniel’s Institute of Massage for a little break-time R&R! Many thanks to these talented professionals and a big shout-out to Foot Levelers’ People Department for bringing them in!

 

 

Walk This Way! (to Good Health)

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We talk a lot to you athletes and weekend warriors out there (hey, you guys are some of our favorite people and biggest supporters!) But not everyone is destined for sports greatness, or frankly even interested in pushing their limits in the gym/field/track/road/etc. That’s OK. There’s more than one way to stay active, and simple, low key activities like walking can have incredible health benefits, too.

In addition to helping maintain a healthy weight, walking…

  • Lowers stress, lifts mood, and helps the heart
  • Improves circulation
  • Slows mental decline
  • Improves sleep
  • Encourages a feeling of connection with nature and with your thoughts

…All that and no special equipment is required–plus, walking is easier on the joints than running and is an exercise that folks of most ages and fitness levels can take on. Learn more about the wonders of walking here!