The Mill Race Marathon is an important event to a company with global operations, and has had a significant impact on its culture and commitment to healthier lifestyles.

While this is certainly true of Cummins Inc., the company that sparked the idea of the annual race and plans and organizes it, it’s also true of a company located in Bartlett, Illinois, a little west of Chicago.

Senior Flexonics, a supplier to Cummins for more than 20 years, has sponsored the marathon annually since its inception four years ago, and each year some of its employees travel to Columbus to run in either the marathon, half-marathon or 5K. The greater impact is that the marathon event was a key factor in Senior Flexonics starting a company wellness program, said Joe Mockus, Senior Flexonics vice president and general manager.

When the company learned of the inaugural marathon in 2013, employees wanted to participate. That year, the company chartered a bus and brought 53 race participants. About 20 participated in the second and third years, and about 30 are expected to run in the races this year, Mockus said.

“The Mill Race Marathon really lit a fire with folks here,” Mockus said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.