By: Ben Gould, Social Media Coordinator, Rugged Races Published:
We caught up with Ben from Rugged Maniac on all the reasons one should add a Rugged Maniac race to their 2016 calendar. Rugged Maniac is a 3-mile course where after you rocket down a 50’ water slide, bounce on trampolines, and jump over fire, you're greeted at the finish line with a huge party (with beer, of course) hosted by yours truly. Forget what you think you know about mud runs and check out Ben's top 10 reasons to get rugged this year:
1. Regular running can be boring
If you're like us, you get bored with the same old run around your neighborhood or on the treadmill at the local gym. Rugged Maniac has set out to make running fun again by cramming their 3-mile course with 25 epic obstacles and plenty of mud. You'll climb towers of shipping containers, bounce on trampolines, crawl through mud, jump over fire, and much more! Combine that with a festival featuring rockin' music, mechanical bulls, and delicious Harpoon brews flowing all day and it becomes a perfect blend of fun and fortitude!
2. It's accessible to all fitness levels
Rugged Maniac attracts people of all ages, shapes and sizes. In fact, the vast majority of Rugged participants aren't hardcore athletes, but normal people like us who are looking to get off their couch and do something exciting with their weekend!
3. You will unleash your inner beast
You'll rarely feel tougher than when you're crawling under barbed wire and helping friends and strangers over giant walls, all while covered in a thick coat of mud. You'll challenge yourself and have fun doing it!
4. Bond with friends!
There's no better bonding experience than accomplishing a goal as part of a team. Whether it's with your best friends or your co-workers, you'll finish the run together stronger than ever.
5. Get fit while training
Signing up for Rugged Maniac is a great motivator to get in shape. Not only will you crush the run when race day comes, you'll be more active and feel better about yourself through the training process!
6. Did we mention the giant waterslide?
Can you think of a better way to finish a run than a giant 50-foot waterslide, followed by a free Harpoon craft beer? We can't either.
7. Leave with some cool free swag
Who doesn't love free gear? Every Rugged Maniac participant leaves the event with a high quality soft-cotton t-shirt, an awesome finisher medal, and free race photos - not to mention the complimentary Harpoon craft beer!
8. Bragging Rights
Get ready to crown yourself champion of Monday morning's water cooler chat at the office:
"Oh, you stayed in and watched the entire series of House of Cards on Netflix this weekend? I spent my Saturday crushing crazy obstacles through 3 miles of mud, then partied with my friends in an epic festival with thousands of maniacs."
Plus, you'll have the free photos to prove it.
9. The festival = epic
Before and after your run, you'll get to party in the day-long festival with thousands of other maniacs where music will be rocking and beer will be flowing. You'll find an activity for everyone, from mechanical bulls, beach volleyball, and beer pong to pie-eating contests, exhibition booths, and more!
10. The ratio is favorable!
Rugged Maniac boasts a 50/50 guy to girl ratio at their events. Add that to a social, muddy, party-like atmosphere and you're in a perfect environment to meet new people!
By: Tim O'Sullivan, Packaging Supervisor Published:
Last October, our friends at Web Industries, a fellow ESOP company, invited a group of Harpooners to come to their facility in Dayville, CT to attend their annual Ownership Month celebration and activities. Their “Ideas system,” a program for harnessing ideas for improving company performance from each and every employee, made a huge impact on us. The reason behind the "Ideas System" made a lot of sense: every employee naturally has ideas every day about how to make his or her job easier, better, more efficient.
When we saw the "Ideas System" in action, we saw employees who were engaged, excited, and enthusiastic. It was obvious from these meetings just how much power there is in having every employee in the company striving for its improvement. And we knew then that this program was something we had to do at Harpoon.
At Harpoon, work teams have always met frequently and shared ideas for improving performance and making employees’ jobs easier, better, more streamlined. Since becoming employee-owned we formalized this system to make the most of those ideas and celebrate the contributions of our fellow owners. Ideas that get put into practice are showcased on the Ideas Wall in the brewery. This month's employee owner feature comes from the Packaging Line where Tim O'Sullivan made a small suggestion with huge benefits...
Name: Tim O'Sullivan
Title and Department: Packaging Supervisor
Idea: On our can line, we routinely pull samples to check that the can lids are being sealed properly. Traditionally we would stop and slow the machine to watch the cans go through so that we could identify which seamer heads the samples had come from. My Idea was to use a different color can to be able to identify the seamer head while running at full production speed.
Benefit: The benefits of the new method are we no longer stop production to obtain our QC samples and we get more accurate samples because the machine is running in its full production mode - i.e we are more efficient and can pump out more cans!
Favorite Beer: Boston Irish Stout