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Company Uses Treadmills To Follow Employee At Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014, 4:59 PM by Brady Mallory

Company Uses Treadmills To Follow Employee At Boston Marathon

A year after bomb blasts killed three and injured hundreds at the Boston Marathon, this year, at least 36,000 runners showed us what it means to be Boston Strong.  Three dozen of those men and women are from KELOLAND.

"A group of runners in Sioux Falls said, 'We're going back to Boston," Curt Friesen, Dakota Video and Post President, said.

Friesen is not one of those runners.  That does not mean he sat this race out.

"Oh, yeah.  I think everyone is breaking a sweat," Friesen said.

Dakota Video and Post Employees tracked colleague Adam Shafer as he ran the course. 

"He might be at 25 or 30-K's into it right now," Friesen said.

Friesen and his team have brought new meaning to going the extra mile for someone.  Laced up in Sioux Falls, they used treadmills at the office to walk the race with Shafer.

"So, if we have three treadmills all going about three miles per hour, we're pacing right alongside of him.  So, it takes three of us to race him," Friesen said.

It did not take a lot to make this happen.  This equipment has been at Dakota Video and Post for months, as part of the treadmill desks employees use to work out while they work.

"Being healthy, you know, just purely from a business perspective.  The healthier we are as a staff, the more productive we're going to be," Friesen said.

They may not have accomplished as much as they usually do at the office in Sioux Falls.  That is ok because they did everything to support Shafer in Boston.

"It's definitely awesome to be able to see his progress, as well as watch the pack in the lead and be able to see everything that's going on," Kayla Sproles said.

"It's a way to share his experience, and especially being able to see his little icon running on the map while we're walking here," Friesen said.

You can see how runners did in the race at the Boston Marathon website.  

If you go to the search page, you can even search by state.  To find the runners from South Dakota taking part, type in 'SD' for the state option. 

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