Wipro Limited, a leading technology services and consulting company, yesterday held the 17th edition of the ‘Spirit of Wipro’ (SOW) run, which drew close to 40,000 participants across 140 locations.
The annual event, under the theme of “Ambitions Realized,” provided an opportunity for employees and their families, as well as partners and clients, to connect with one another, contribute to their communities, as well as celebrate successes.
As part of Wipro’s commitment to making a positive impact on its communities, all employee contributions were matched 100 percent by Wipro, with proceeds going to Wipro Cares, the community initiatives arm of Wipro Limited.
This year’s proceeds were dedicated to local nonprofit organizations, focusing on the Wipro Cares impact pillars: digital skills, youth empowerment, and sustainability.
Further, this year, to mark the long-awaited return to physical participation, Wipro organised five global anchor runs held in Bengaluru, Dubai, London, New York/New Jersey, and Mountain View, California.
These anchor runs around the globe showcased the true power of the Wipro spirit, fostering a deeper sense of community, collaboration, and celebration.
In Bengaluru, the SOW run was integrated with the “Bengaluru Marathon,” the marquee city run which is sponsored by Wipro. The SOW run was held at Kanteerava Stadium, with close to 5,000 participants, and was flagged off by Rishad Premji, Executive Chairman, Wipro Limited.
In Dubai, the race took place in Dubai Parks and Resorts, largest theme park destination in the Middle East.
In London, participants gathered at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, enjoying the stunning views of the Park as well as the children park nearby.
In Mountain View, California, the SOW run took place at the Bayland Park, a preserved wetland. In addition to celebrations and activities, the local Boys and Girls Club held a sustainability workshop for the kids of runners and spectators.
In New York/New Jersey, the selected location was the Forest Lodge, where runners and spectators participated in entertainment and activities. The New York/NJ run closed with an employee-led ‘flash-mob.’
In addition to these anchor runs, 50 Wipro locations hosted local runs, while over 2,500 participants joined the SOW run from various location around the world, using the Strava app.
Saurabh Govil, Chief Human Resources Officer, Wipro Limited, said, “We are excited to see the overwhelming response to the Spirit of Wipro Run 2023. The event has once again shown us the power of collaboration and the positive impact we can make when we come together as a global community. It is a true reflection of our values and culture at Wipro. We are immensely proud of all the participants, volunteers, and supporters who have joined us in this remarkable journey, embodying the spirit of unity, health, and social responsibility.”