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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Toyota Organizes Ekiden 2018 to Promote Corporate Sports Culture for Good Health for Employees


Signifying active support to the most exhilarating fitness trends, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) organized its much-awaited EKIDEN 2018 (Relay Marathon) with over 4,000 fitness enthusiasts.  Themed #TooFitToQuit, the run was flagged off within the company’s Bidadi plant premises, spanning a stretch of 15.4 kms.

EKIDEN is a relay marathon that started in Japan to encourage people to improve their health and teamwork.  In India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has been conducting the event since 2005, aiming to foster well-being and team spirit among its employees.

The winning team, representing “Plant2 Body Manufacturing section” consisting of team members R Manjunath, Yogisha Devadiga, Basavaraj Mahadev Kolekar, Sanjayakumar S, Subramanya, Madhu  K M, M Y Sandeep Kumar, H R Sumanth, were honored by Akito Tachibana, Managing Director - Toyota Kirloskar Motor. One of the team members from the winning group will represent Global Toyota Affiliates Team to compete further in Japan this year. The final winning team member selection round will conclude shortly.

As an organization, Toyota strongly believes that every employee should be a health ambassador and be a flag-bearer of Toyota’s customer-first approach. Toyota believes in Healthy Body, Healthy Mind connection which is the key to happier life amongst its team members, happier employees can positively contribute to the working environment of the organization. This year EKIDEN was dedicated to build awareness on the importance of staying healthy and fit, leading a fulfilling life. A number of other sport activities were set-up at the fitness zone such as Squats, Planks, Crunches, Push ups, etc., set the tone for the rest of the event with its participating employees competing as a team. Toyota’s top management’s enthusiastic participation in the various fitness activities added to the enjoyment.

After an invigorating run, Sailesh Shetty, Vice President - Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “Every Corporate is as efficient as its every single member. We promote all round fitness including both mind & body. Today the atmosphere is full of energy, festivity & bonding, promoting One Team, One Goal.

Toyota’s corporate sport is to promote good health amongst its employees & take it further to their families and social circles with an aim to outreach the importance of fitness to larger masses. Such culture will further support the employees to develop as sports ambassador sensitizing people to be more active and build happier community.”
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