Welcome to the Withum 300 blog, where you can follow the monthly progress of our group and read about the personal stories of some of our runners. Now in its third year, Withum 300 was originally conceived by one of our senior accountants as a shared fitness goal to run 300 miles within the year. Participants were encouraged to cheer each other on while also holding one another accountable for their progress.
Due to the tremendous support of the firm and the sheer enthusiasm of its participants, the group has grown significantly over the past three years. In 2014, we had 42 total participants, 26 of which completed 300 miles or more. Over 100 additional runners joined in 2015, bringing our total to 144 (with 66 hitting 300 miles or more). We have once again experienced amazing growth in 2016, with over 190 people having already signed up. This group ranges from interns to retired partners, with some running marathons and others just interested in improving their overall health.
In an exciting new perk to our program, WithumSmith+Brown will now be contributing 50 cents per mile to our Staff Hardship Relief Fund. This fund was established in 2013 when the firm recognized that there was a need within our own Withum family following the destruction of Super Storm Sandy. Since its inception, the fund has received total contributions of over $173,000, plus a firm match of $100,000. Thus far, over $114,000 has been paid out in assistance to staff members.
The commitment to helping others has been tightly woven into the fabric of our culture for over 40 years, and this development is a natural extension of what we call “The Withum Way.”