A group of ten brave Medis employees took part in the 2015 WOW Cyclothon, a non-stop relay bicycling race around Iceland held annually during the longest days of the Icelandic summer – all for a good cause!
The teams this year raised a total of almost ISK 22 million (ca EUR 150,000/ USD 167,000) from donations pledged during the race. Team Medis raced in Class-B, teams of 10 people. The race also has teams of four and solo riders.
This fourth WOW Cyclothon race had over 1000 participants, almost doubling in numbers each year so far, with everyone cycling around Iceland’s 1358 km ring road in less than 72 hours. The teams consist of everything from professional cyclists, to semi-pros, to amateurs, to non-cyclers, making this the largest bicycle race of the year and a popular local event in Iceland.
This year, all pledges raised during the Cyclothon will go toward funding a physical activity center at the University Hospital of Iceland’s Psychiatric Department, Kleppur. The money raised will go towards the development and infrastructure of the physical activity center as well as hiring a professional physical therapist to lead this project.
Exercise greatly benefits people battling with mental illnesses, so the importance of developing a physical therapy program for this group within the University Hospital of Iceland is great. By setting up an activity center, led by physical therapists, patients will be able to exercise, increasing their physical health and quality of life.
Team Medis completed the 1358 km race just over the 48-hour mark, with 9 team members racing and one member doing most of the driving and assisting the team along the way. The winning team finished the race in 36 hours and 51 minutes. This was the second year in a row that Team Medis took part, taking in three new members for this year’s event.
When the team raced across the finish line on Thursday evening it was greeted by a group of cheering co-workers, and celebrated in true Medis-style. Naturally, in equal Medis-style, everyone was back at the office the very next morning, although there were a lot of sore muscles aching for the upcoming weekend for some well-deserved rest.
Team Medis 2015
Anna Jóhannsdottir – Business Development
Arna Torfadóttir – Business Development
Atli Sigurjónsson – Business Development
Geir Birgisson – Customer Service
Hildur Karen Sveinbjarnardóttir – Finance & Administration
Ólafur Ari Jónsson – Legal International Services
Ólafur Ólafsson – Commercial Affairs
Rebekka Stefánsdóttir (Team Captain) – Finance & Administration
Stefán Róbert Gissurarson – Business Development
Stefán Þór Arnarsson – Launch Coordination & Outsourced Supply