A team performance for NFIC in New York




November 2019

Several of our employees participated in the 49th New York City Marathon in November 2019.

Looking to the future, pushing the limits – this is part of the DNA of NFIC and what we strive to achieve on each of our projects. However, several of our employees chose to go one step further and put this philosophy into practice outside of their working hours. On the agenda was a particularly ambitious challenge: to run the famous New York City marathon.

Running among the skyscrapers

And so, after months of hard training, our team flew to the Big Apple. The first two days were spent on architectural visits and training. It was an opportunity to discover New York and to take an expert and admiring look at its most legendary landmarks, such as the High Line, Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty and the brand new Vessel, with its 154 staircases linked by platforms on fifteen floors.

A performance to be experienced together

Finally, the big day dawned at 5 a.m. on 3 November. After meeting at the hotel for a final briefing, our employees travelled together to the start of the race on Staten Island. Everyone then completed the 26.2 miles at their own pace.

Special mention goes to draughtsman Romain Rütti who finished the race in an exceptional 3 hours 10 minutes!

The world's most legendary marathon

Each year, New York’s largest sporting event brings together over 50,000 runners, 2 million spectators, 15,000 volunteers and 3,000 police officers.

Its route takes in all the major districts of the city, from Staten Island to Brooklyn, from Queens to the Bronx, before heading down to Harlem, following the legendary 5th Avenue and ending in Central Park, in the heart of Manhattan.

In addition to the distance, the route is not without its difficulties: each bridge to be crossed has a significant height difference, not to mention the last 5 kilometres in the undulating landscape of Central Park.

Congratulations to everyone for this great team success!