“I’m happy to be firing the starting gun for so many companies and runners who are here today in Kirchberg. It’s a joy to see all these people coming together for a good cause,” said Elisa Spada from title sponsor Luxembourg Times, as participants took to their marks for the Business Run. “The response from companies has been outstanding and it’s a pleasure for us to be a part of this event that is all about team spirit and reaching a common goal.” The success of the Business Run in Luxembourg is based on the three components “sports, party and team”, which make the concept a unique corporate event.
The party started even before the starting signal: At the starting line, DJ “Christian Woll” as well as the moderator team of Hartwig Thöne and Orlane Theophile got the participants and spectators excited for the run. Everyone was waiting and counting the last seconds before the race – until Elisa Spada gave the starting signal at 7 p.m. and sent the runners onto the course.
The good mood did not let up along the route either. The rhythmic beats of the samba bands “Samba O’leck” and “Saarländische Spitzbuben” made for beaming faces. Also, a mobile DJ provided an additional motivational boost for the passing runners. The largest teams were already clearly visible in the starting field: BNP Paribas was able to motivate the most runners with 291 participants. Followed by Clearstream / Kneip, who earned the second place of “biggest team” with employees. With 140 participants, APEX Group was able to prove its sporting ambition.
The team of Institut national des langues Luxembourg with Silvia Cano, Elsa Eiller and Sabrina Masciocchi won the women’s classification in a total time of 01:13:55 hrs. The fastest men’s team came from Arcelormittal and finished in a total team time of 00:53:13 hrs. Anthonay Parrico, Emir Grairi and David Larché were happy about the trophy. The title in the mixed classification was secured by the team of PwC Luxembourg around Joffrey Perrot-Legros, Brice Legay and Emma Waechter in the team total time of 00:56:03 hrs. In cooperation with the Chambre des Métiers, the winning teams in the special classification “Team Handwierk – Let’z run” were awareded again this year. Here Antonio Barros, Claude Rach and Natalia Faria of Felix Giorgetti Sarl made it to the first place in a total time of 01:09:08 hrs.
At the finish line, runners received a well-deserved medal and a refreshing drink from Rivella and FOCUS Water as well as a non-alcoholic Diekirch 0,0 and fruits from Grosbusch. It was the perfect refreshment for the following AfterRun-Party with live music by the band “Elliot” and the big award ceremony on stage. “Seeing the many cheerful participants at the finish line is a spectacular picture”, explained Anton Wolf from the organizing agency n plus sport GmbH.
In addition to the largest teams of runners, this year’s award ceremony once again honoured the companies and teams that had done a great job in terms of creativity. First place in the “most creative team name” category went to “Us Ain ́t Bold” from PwC Luxembourg. There was also a trophy as a reward for the supreme discipline “most creative outfit”. The first place was won by team SGI, who dared to go on the track as Barbie and Ken. Likewise the team of architecture + amenagement could convince as circus animals with their creativity and secured themselves so the second cup. WAKO ran as PowerPuff-Girls on the third place of the podium.
The fastest virtual runners can complete their BusinessRun on individual running routes until Sunday, 24 September.
As in previous year’s, all participants ran for a good cause! Per participant € 2 were put by the organization team into the donation pot. The Chambre des Métiers rounded up the amount also in 2023 with a sum of €1,000. The total donation of €30,303 were then handed over to the Fondation Cancer, official charity partner of the BusinessRun, on the evening of the event.
Thanks to all participants, service providers, helpers, sponsors and partners who made this event possible.
All results and further information on the Luxembourg Times BusinessRun can be found online at www.business-run.lu.