By Tracy Bryant, Rev3 Staff Member

Thanksgiving is upon us! It is the time of year when everyone is talking about giving thanks for the blessings in their lives; the time when we think a little more about others and reflecting on the world around us.

I have so many things to be grateful for in my life. I try to express this all year round, but as we all know, that isn’t always easy. We get bogged down in the day to day and forget to tell those around us just how special they are. I could easily write about how much I love and appreciate my family, my husband, my house full of rescue animals, the community I live in, my running and cycling friends, the beautiful place I live, my health, coffee, almond butter and Dancing with the Stars. Instead, I am going to tell you about the people I work with. I am going to tell you how thankful, grateful, and blessed I am to work for Rev3 and how lucky I am to be a part of the Rev3 family.

I came to work for Rev3 in 2012 and knew from the start that it was special. I have never met a better group of people. Not only do they dedicate their heart and souls to their jobs (producing a first class race experience), but they have dedicated their hearts and souls to each other.

Anyone who has been a race organizer or worked an event knows that it is far from glamourous. It is a highly stressful time, especially race weekend. There is a lot of work to be done. There are early mornings, late nights, extreme weather (heat, wind, rain), food that isn’t what we usually eat, accommodations that are not always the best, an endless to do list, and there is always some unforeseen circumstance that requires resolution.

It is stressful, exhausting, and yet it is the best job I have ever had. I look forward to race weekend, to the work and the stress (well…maybe not the stress). I look forward to the last finisher crossing the line and taking a staff photo; looking around at everyone who worked together as a team to make it happen. I look at these people who love what they do and love who they do it with, and am always thankful to be a part of Rev3.

I have watched these people go to the ends of earth, in the harshest of conditions to make a safe and successful race happen. I have seen these people band together when one of us is going through a particularly tough time. I have seen this group gather together to support our athletes. I know that there are no people I can depend on more than this group.

I have seen them tired, dirty, sweaty, rain soaked, windburned, sunburned, seasick, stranded at sea (or in a river or lake), bruised and beaten down. I have also seen them cry, smile, laugh and celebrate. One of the things I enjoy the most about this group is that from something that seems like a low point (for example, having a bag of squishy trash that has been sitting in the sun all day break open all over you as you try to throw it in a dumpster), comes a favorite memory.

Our staff has a tradition that I really love. At our Sunday night staff dinner, after each race, we do something we call “favorite moment”. We go around the room and everyone talks about their best memory of the weekend. Sometimes they are stories of an inspiring athlete or volunteer group. Often they are funny things that cause the whole room to break out in laughter. It is a great way for all of us to experience the completeness of the race weekend. We get to see things from so many different points of view.

When I look at my time with this staff and this company, my heart is filled with favorite moments. I am incredibly thankful for Rev3 and the individuals it has brought into my life – staff, ambassador team members, volunteers and athletes that have changed me forever. At the end of the day, you can have all the things that money can buy, but the true blessings are the memories you make with people you care about.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for supporting Rev3 and allowing us to work hard for you. I hope you have many blessings in your life and many things for which to be thankful.

Tracy is a full time Rev3 staff member. She specializes in volunteer organization, customer service and social media/marketing. She is also mom to 9 rescue animals and wife to a very tolerant man. On race weekend, you will find her in the information tent. When she’s not working, you’ll find her volunteering at her local animal shelter or running the trails of the Cuyahoga National Park.