I’m sitting in the Boston airport waiting on my flight to board and looking forward to a bit of rest after a weekend full of adventure with some good friends. We came to the area to participate in a 200-mile relay race together (yes, that’s right—I said 200 miles!). It might sound crazy, but trust me when I say it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had! And to think, if not for a good friend I would have missed it!
Years ago I caught the so-called “bug” for distance running. There’s just something so freeing about putting feet to pavement and hitting the road for a run. For most of my running years, I thought of it as individual sport. I trained by myself. I set goals by myself. I was in it by myself. Every once in a while I would run a few miles here and there with a friend. We’d take the time on our runs to talk about things like family, faith, and football (the important things in life), and, even though I enjoyed those runs, they were the exception not the rule. I saw running as a sport to be mastered by myself and for myself—without the help of anyone else.
A few years ago, an old friend and fellow runner invited me to join a group of men running a relay race from Virginia to North Carolina. I had never participated in a run as part of a team and honestly wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. But I was looking for a fresh way to challenge myself as a runner and thought at the very least this could be it. So I decided to jump in with both feet (no pun intended) and join the team.
And that decision completely changed my life. The relay races I’ve run have been some of the most exciting, most challenging, most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only have I improved as a runner, but I’ve grown as a person as well. These races have given me the opportunity to get to know some of the most determined, disciplined, and adventurous men I’ve ever met. Our race in the Boston area was our sixth run as a team, and after each one I’m reminded anew about the value of teamwork, the power of camaraderie, and the motivation of support—none of which I would have experienced had I kept running races by myself!
I can’t help but think about how the same is true of our work at CTR. I’m so thankful for my more than decade-long tenure as a part of a team whose sole focus is to honor God by serving our clients and community together. We’re able to accomplish so much more as a team than we ever could as individuals. We push each other to find new solutions, we step in to offer support to one another, and we work together for the sake of our clients rather than the sake of ourselves. Believe it or not, commercial real estate is very much a team sport, and I’m so glad to be playing on a team that sets the pace and leads our clients through the marathon that is navigating the commercial real estate market.
So the next time your company is facing a long climb or needs some encouragement to get through those extra miles, we would love the chance to come alongside you to support, encourage, and serve you as best we can. We’d love to run with you and be a part of your team!