In the heart of Berkeley, I found myself standing shoulder to shoulder with my IBEW 1245 union brother, Johnathan, and a group of dedicated co-workers, ready to take on the challenge of a 10k run at the Berkeley Half Marathon. Little did I know that this experience would not only test our physical endurance but also strengthen the bonds of camaraderie that define our union.
The idea of participating in a half marathon had initially seemed daunting, but the prospect of doing it alongside my fellow union members transformed the challenge into an opportunity for growth and solidarity.
The course itself wound through the picturesque streets of Berkeley, each step a testament to the resilience and determination that unites us as a union. Johnathan and I, along with our coworkers, embraced the challenge with open hearts, pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zones. The rhythm of our footsteps echoed the synergy that comes from working together towards a common goal.
Participating in a marathon isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s a metaphor for the challenges we face in our professional lives. By taking on this challenge together, we proved that the bonds forged within our union extend beyond the workplace. The experience wasn’t just about running; it was about pushing boundaries, overcoming obstacles, and growing together.
I encourage every member of our union to consider taking on a similar challenge. Whether it’s a 10k, half marathon, or any endeavor that pushes your limits, the rewards are not just physical but extend to the bonds formed along the way. Together, we can inspire one another to reach new heights and conquer challenges we never thought possible.
In the end, the Berkeley Half Marathon wasn’t just a race; it was a celebration of unity, determination, and the belief that together, as a union, we can achieve greatness.
–Arnaldo Lizarraga, IBEW 1245 Organizing Steward, Shop Steward and Unit Chair