Country Music Marathon: Web Dev Represented!


When Nashville’s Country Music Marathon comes around every spring, you can be sure that you’ll see many of our Dave Ramsey team members scattered throughout the field of runners.  We are very proud to say quite a few of our own web developers participated this year in the half marathon!  The conversion of this distance into Imperial units is approximately — not exactly — 13.10938 miles.  Way to go team!  We hope this will inspire others to get out there and accomplish something that’s not easy, yet rewarding for their health!  Maybe you can join us next year!  Here’s some of the teams’ thoughts on the marathon experience.  Enjoy!

“Having people come up to me before the marathon and ask if I worked for Dave was actually pretty cool. They were so excited and encouraged by what we do that they took the time to talk to me about it. One lady leads an FPU class in Macon, GA and said “you’re so lucky to get to work for Dave.” I agree. My wife and I also had people run by us at the beginning and ask if we were debt-free, to which we enthusiastically responded “yes.” Running as part of Team Ramsey was a blast.”

–  Kevin | Web Programmer/User Interface

“At Lampo, running is contagious. Before the half marathon, I was not much of a runner, but I was inspired and encouraged by many team members to participate. I’m so glad that I did! Not only did I accomplish something I thought I never would, but I am more excited about exercising and staying in shape. I will definitely be back next year!”

–  Andrew | User Experience/Interface Developer

“To be honest, I really don’t like this race. For me it’s too big … 30,000+ participants. It’s pretty well organized but just because of the shear mass of people you have to be there waiting to start for at least an hour maybe two. Then it takes almost as long to get back to your vehicle, out of the parking lot, and on your way home. That said this is the third time I’ve done it and I plan to do it next year. For me running is about getting into shape, being healthy, and trying to be a good steward with the gifts God has blessed me. Having a target like a ½ marathon gives motivation to train and doing it with a bunch of your peers gives even more. So since Dave is willing to pay the entry fee and even supply team shirts, there’s no reason not to take advantage of it. I didn’t hit my goal time but I did knock 40 minutes off the previous year’s time and I recovered much faster so I’m satisfied. I also got to see Moses (or maybe he was supposed to be a kung fu master. I’m not really sure) running the race. Next week I start training for my first sprint triathlon.”

–  Jon | Senior Web Programmer

“Two things about the half marathon stood out to me.  One was the incredible sense of camaraderie and encouragement I got from seeing fellow Team Ramsey members out running and cheering along the course.  Sometimes one doesn’t realize the power of unity until it gives him the strength to push himself harder than he normally could.  Secondly, a few times during the race someone would see my shirt and say, “Hey!  Dave Ramsey!” with a big smile on their face.  To know that what we do is having an impact out in the community and to see the faces of those who have had their lives changed and probably visited the very site we work on was uplifting not just for the race, but even when I came into work on Monday.”

Ty | Web Programmer

“This is a huge race – over 30,000 folks run, and there are loads of spectators. It really is a big event, and it feels like it. About 70 folks from our team ran or walked this year. We all wore bright yellow “Team Ramsey” shirts for the run, which has people shouting out encouragement along the way, and saying things like “Dave Ramsey saved my life!” It’s incredibly inspiring, especially when you’re pushing through some tough miles.”

– Ron | Marketing Web Programmer

“This is the second year I have run the half marathon, and I finished this year 22 minutes faster than last year, finishing in 1:58, just over a 9-minute mile.  It took every ounce of energy to finish.  I really enjoyed seeing all the yellow Lampo shirts out on the course (as runners or supporters).  I ran with my brother-in-law and even he was impressed with how many people from Lampo were there – even Dave came to cheer!  Running the half marathon is a great example of the type of people that Lampo works with: goal setters that are go-getters, positive attitudes that have fun during training and on the race day, diligence and dedication to finish strong, and providing hope and encouragement to the tired and weary.  There is a genuine sense of family support for each other.  I am blessed.”

– Jim | ELP Team Lead

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