At this year’s 18th “Berliner Wasserbetriebe 5 x 5km TEAM Relay Race”, there was a new competitor on the field: a five-person team from VSI Berlin. The runners testing their mettle represented nearly every department at VSI’s Berlin location, including Subtitling, Synchronisation, Audio Editing, Video Technology and Development.
The race is a major event in the capital city, and after years of growing popularity, it is now Germany’s largest relay race. Teams consist of five participants, each running a 5km circuit in the northern part of Tiergarten Park, to a hand-off zone in the sculpture garden below the Federal Chancellery.
“Achieving a smooth baton changeover really put our team spirit to the test,” recalls Julia Brigasky. The team had to pick out their colleagues from a sea of runners gathered in the hand-off zone to make the pass. Each team chose their own baton, and for the well-coordinated team that Magdalena Wolf selected at VSI Berlin, the “baton” was actually a water gun that doubled as a source of refreshment in the summer heat.
Among the nearly 30,000 participants in the massive three-day event, VSI Berlin’s team put in a respectable performance to score a solid spot in the middle. At the risk of wearing out the old Olympic motto, “It’s the participating that counts”, VSI Berlin’s staff felt that the end result wasn’t as important as internalising and enacting the values that shape VSI’s culture. Those values came to life in the team’s pre-race organisation, in the action on the field and, at the end of the day, in a relaxing picnic to celebrate a job well done.