Asheville chamber challenge 2021
Asheville chamber challenge 2021

Asheville Chamber Challenge 5K: A Celebration of Gathering

McGill Staff Participated in Annual Race

Asheville chamber challenge walkers
McGill’s accounting, HR, and marketing teams walked the course together

Twelve McGill employees from our Asheville office participated, in person or virtually, in the annual Asheville Chamber Challenge 5K race on Friday, May 14th. Hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the race promotes community wellness through friendly competition between Asheville area businesses. This year provided not only a great race but also a celebration of getting to spend time in a group setting outdoors again, after over a year of COVID-19 restrictions. The weather was perfect, in the 70s with a nice breeze, to carry participants up and down the hills of the historic Montford neighborhood.

Mcgill staff participate in the asheville chamber challenge
Michael Whittenburg, PE (left), and Nathan Sawyer ran the course

While Nathan Sawyer (Planner on the civil engineering team) and Michael Whittenburg (Project Engineer on the water / wastewater team) ran the hilly course, the majority of McGill participants walked together and had a great time talking and getting to know each other better outside the work environment. Nathan said that he has “been to this event for many years now and it is always great to see our company and our community promote a healthy lifestyle. The course is challenging, but it always a lot of fun!”

Kim Sherwood, Accounting Manager for McGill, shared: “Day in, day out, we all work in our own little world. I am grateful and honored to be working with a company that gives us all the opportunity to spend those personal moments with coworkers outside of our work world. A gift I am grateful for.”

“I enjoyed being a member of the McGill team for the Asheville Chamber Challenge this year! It was not only a beautiful day to walk a 5K, but what I enjoyed most was engaging with my fellow coworkers outside of the office and getting to know them better,” added Carla Elliot, Human Resources Generalist.

As always, McGill appreciates the Asheville Chamber of Commerce’s effort to make this race an annual occurrence. Every year, it is a great time to for us to get outside for friendly competition amongst each other, as well as other businesses in our City.

To read about our participation in the race in years past, check out this story from the 2019 race. For more information about McGill, please email us at or call us at 844.448.4333.


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