CEO for 1 Month Takes On The Taco Ride

by Modis on July 11, 2017

Taco Ride for Win4YouthToday, we’re welcoming Sydney Rieckhoff, Adecco Group North America’s CEO for One Month. She recently visited the Modis Omaha branch to spend some time getting to know our team, our business and our passion for Win4Youth.

During my visit at Modis, I was able to combine two of my favorite things: exercising and eating. The famed “Taco Ride,” which takes place in my home state of Iowa, was an experience I will never forget.

Thursday afternoon, I set out with ten Modis Omaha team members to conquer this eighteen-mile ride in 95-degree weather—all in the name of Win4Youth.

Win4Youth is an initiative embraced by the Adecco Group that encourages colleagues, clients and associates to be active, all while providing donations to nonprofit organizations around the world. Participants keep track of miles/kilometers from individual and team events in running, biking and swimming through the Win4Youth website or app.

Although this was not my first Win4Youth event, it was my first that included tacos, which makes it one of my favorites.

In May, during the CEO for One Month Boot Camp in Jacksonville, I helped to organize a team of individuals to compete in a Mini-Triathlon. The event was complete with cheerleading skirts, homemade signs, and excited participants!

For the Taco Ride, we ditched the cheerleading skirts and signs, and instead adorned matching Modis shirts. Our team of eleven biked eight miles on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail before reaching Tobey Jack’s Steakhouse in small-town Mineola, Iowa. Here, we enjoyed live music, met friendly people, and ate a slew of tacos.

CEO for 1 Month Modis Visit

The ride back was a bit more difficult since we all enjoyed too many tacos and faced an uphill ride for the first four miles.  However, through it all, we were able to bond over our shared struggle. Not only were we able to get to know our team members a little better, but we made new friends in the process. Along the trail, we met an array of individuals—some experienced bikers, and others just out to have a good time—all of whom were enjoying the beautiful Midwestern trail.

When we reached the end of the path, a small celebration was in order. We made sure to drink a lot of water as we stood around discussing the high points of our journey, as well as the things we would do differently next time.

While we were each just one person on a bike (with the exception of two of our team members, who rode a double-seated Tandem bike), we were still a team as we made our way through the wooded trail. That feeling of knowing that we made it—that we all made it together—was motivating. And our sore legs the next morning reminded us of the feat we had accomplished.

Planning a Win4Youth outing with your team can be a great way to foster a team spirit while getting your colleagues, clients and associates active. Local events, like the Taco Ride, are a great way to get build relationships in your community and your team. On top of this, you have the ability to make a difference in the life of a child and their family. So throw on those tennis shoes, a helmet, or that swimsuit, and get moving!

Sydney Rieckhoff
CEO 1 Month
#SydneyC1M

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