Koesters Shares Fitness Journey With Others

Many individuals take their own path to fitness. They run at their own pace, do the exercises they want to complete, during the time of day that works best with their schedule. For Kevin Koesters [KESS-terz, pictured left], Senior Project Manager of Facilities Operations and Development, it’s all about sharing the path with others.

In June, Koesters and Ryan Wester, formerly of FOD and now with ENGIE, participated in their third obstacle course race together. This time it was the Savage Race at Mad River Mountain in Bellefontaine, Ohio, which incorporated cardiovascular fitness with upper body strength. To complete their group of participants, the two recruited Al Stazzone, a fellow Senior Project Manager in FOD, and Al’s son Nick. The two Stazzones had never participated in a race of that kind before, which led to some hesitation.

“It was mostly because of my age. I didn’t want an injury,” Al said.

Once on the course though, the group found its groove, putting mind over matter.

“Seeing [Al and Nick] feel the way they did, knowing they accomplished something and then hearing that they immediately wanted to sign up for next year’s event because they had such a great time, it was good to hear, it was awesome,” Koesters said.

In addition to the obstacle races, Koesters is a running enthusiast. He’s participated in relay races like the Ragnar and Great Lakes Relays with friends. He’s also completed a marathon and multiple half marathons.

“In some ways, they’re viewed as individual achievements, but they can’t be done without the support of running groups, family and friends,” Koesters said.

Koesters' daily workouts aren’t done without friends either. Five days a week, Koesters and a group of three others go to the RPAC before work to exercise together.

“I appreciate it more being in a group setting versus individual.”

Koesters has always tried to remain physically active, but like almost everyone, there are lapses in consistency. That’s where his friends come in, riding along with him on the path to fitness.

“They help provide accountability. You know if you’re not going in that morning you’re going to hear it from them the next day, so that’s helpful.”