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10 Telling Images from the LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh 70.3

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

Sixteen.  Including a three-person relay team, that’s the number of LexisNexis employees that competed in the LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh 70.3 race this past Sunday.  Thirteen went the entire 70+ miles on their own and crossed the finish line.

Downtown Raleigh ran red with the LexisNexis colors as more than 50 volunteers, dressed up in t-shirts with the design you see above, spread out across the course to assist at water points, aid stations and other supporting activities. LexisNexis swag — from bullhorns to cowbells — was visible all along the streets.  As a team we were in our own backyard, contributing to the community and getting involved in the local spirit, rather than as technologists commercializing software.

The weather cooperated as well, since it was a modest 80 degrees on race day, which is relatively cool for this part of North Carolina this time of year. We are, obviously, very proud of all of our team members who went out on a weekend to represent the company donning the red and black uniforms, which were designed by our own creative team.

While we’re still compiling hundreds of photos taken by our teammates, here are 10 that we thought merit sharing with the broader legal tech community.

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1.  The sun rises over the finish line even as competitors get set to start the swim many miles away at Jordan Lake. 

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

2.  The exhibit hall known as “Ironman Village” prior to the race. 

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

3.  Wayne Joe, sales, conducts a pre-game ritual, or so to speak, before setting off. 

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

4.  Three amigos get a last minute photo before starting the 1.2 mile swim — the first event of the race; (from left to right:  BJ Schaknowski (sales), Scott Winter (product management) and Scott Light (product management).

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

5.  With bells on…the “cowbells” proved a popular give-away  item. 

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

6.  Julia Williams, marketing, lines up to begin the swim; despite feeling ill, she gutted through the entire course. 

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

7.  Joel Eaton, professional services, was walking around the office on Monday, as if he merely took a casual stroll the day before.  Meh. 70 miles.  No big deal. 

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

8.  Khang Pham, business analyst, overcame several unforeseen set backs including a flat tire to finish the race.

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

9.  On the home stretch of the run the LexisNexis team members running the race were easy to spot.

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh

10.  Mike Lipps (right; @LexisMike), vice president and managing director of the LexisNexis software business, and Claudine Diaz (left), executive assistant, greet Matt Chrabot, a professional athlete who was the first to cross the finish line on Sunday. 

LexisNexis Ironman Raleigh
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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director with the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and currently as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.