Team Patheon / Geoff Glass
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Team Patheon’s Story:
The MMRF is proud to recognize Team Patheon, a corporate team, which will have 25 members on the MMRF team for the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on November 17, 2013. Team Patheon has raised more than $150,000 since 2010, when they ran the New York City Marathon for the MMRF.
The relationship between Patheon and the MMRF began in 2010 when Geoff Glass, now President of Patheon’s Banner Life Sciences unit, threw down a challenge to a corporate competitor, Aptuit, to raise funds for two different charities. Aptuit supported the MMRF. Patheon supported Team Hole in the Wall. Geoff’s enthusiasm to get people involved resulted in a much larger team for Patheon than Aptuit, so several Patheon runners joined the MMRF team to even out the two teams.
In 2011, Patheon returned with a full team of runners for the MMRF, this time picking a new challenge, the Chicago Marathon. In 2012 the team raced the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. and now, in 2013, Patheon is fielding its largest MMRF team yet, a total of 25 runners — with 19 people taking part in the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and six running the Half Marathon distance.
Geoff has a passion for not only introducing his friends and colleagues to running but also for showing them first-hand how gratifying making an impact on a charity can be. He knows that as runners focus their efforts on positive physical goals and philanthropic ones, great things can happen.
Consider Tony Pidgeon, Patheon’s Technical Sales Manager, who works in their UK office. In 2009, he was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and was 50 pounds overweight. When he committed to run the marathon in 2010, many people doubted he could accomplish his goal. This year he is running his fifth marathon, and today he is a fit runner who attributes the NYC marathon experience as having changed his life.
Another employee, Jonas Mortensen, Patheon’s Director of Sales for the Eastern US, decided that taking on IRONMAN® New York would be a great way to get his first taste of New York City and the Unites States after relocating from Denmark . He finished that race – a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run – in just under 13 hours and raised $5,042 for the MMRF. To top it off, he ran the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon with team Patheon as well.
Geoff loves that runners come to the experience with different levels of fitness and with different abilities to raise funds. Everyone works at his or her own level: Tony Giambista, head of security in Patheon’s Toronto office, is an experienced marathoner, but was intimidated by the fundraising target for the NYC marathon He joined the team in 2012 and was the fastest to achieve his target and raised a total of $1,671.
This year’s team will include a few runners who have a very close connection to multiple myeloma. Dawn Kooi-Maho, a high school friend of Geoff’s, will run to raise funds for her husband, who is battling myeloma. She learned of the team due to Geoff’s Facebook posts about his MMRF efforts. Once she learned about what he was doing to support the MMRF, she decided to take on the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and support the effort.
Dawn’s enthusiasm brought along a number of her friends to run in Las Vegas, including sisters Anna Goss and Missy Goode. They lost their father, Chuck Hayward, to multiple myeloma in March of 2013. Running was one of Chuck’s great passions and the two sisters, the team’s top fundraisers, have raised more than $17,000 in his honor.
Geoff is so proud and impressed how Team Patheon has grown, gained popularity inside and Patheon and beyond, and touched so many people.
“My purpose in starting this team was to help people run their first marathon while endeavoring to make a difference for an important cause that’s beyond their self-interest. I know first-hand that marrying the physical accomplishment with ‘giving back’ has a compounding positive effect. Never did I imagine that we’d still be going four years later, or that we would have raised so much money or had such a great impact on not only the MMRF but the runners as well!”