The thrill of participation for a worthy cause was plenty of motivation for six Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque, Iowa team members to step up for a relay in the recent Run4Troops annual marathon.
All six are longtime runners, so it was a natural fit for them to take the challenge and each run a leg of the 26.2-mile Heritage Trail from Dyersville to Dubuque, Iowa, to raise money to support local military members and their families.
“It felt good to come together as a team outside of work and the race itself was very inspiring,” said team organizer and Regulatory Compliance Manager of Diamond Jo Casino Rachel McDermott. “We were eager to support this particular organization as it’s a really great cause in our area.”
McDermott participated in the race along with food and beverage team members Abby Heiderscheit and Awais Arain; Player Development Manager Rich Miller; IT Manager Jim Hoppman; and Director of Marketing Marty Maiers. The team practiced individually for the big event and were very familiar with the scenic trail, an old railway line outside of town. During the race, Kristina Kerchner, also working in food and beverage, drove them from each relay point.
The Diamond Jo team was among 1,200 runners – 400 more than last year – from 36 states and five countries. Together, all the participants raised more than $50,000 for area service members and their families.
“We are always pleased when our team members engage in activities that benefit our community,” said Director of Human Resources of Diamond Jo Casino Josh Yeltman. “We couldn’t be more proud they chose to represent Boyd Gaming at this worthwhile event.”
When the trail dust settled, Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque finished in 80th place, beating their goal to average a 10-minute mile by 10 seconds.