ZLR Wins for Wellness (Again)

We ZLRers work hard, play hard, and always prioritize teamwork, including when it comes to staying healthy and active. That’s why it’s extra sweet to be the 2023 Drake Relays Wellness Challenge winner in the small employer division (5–50 employees) — marking the second consecutive year for ZLR Ignition to win the prestigious honor.

ZLR receiving participation award at Drake men's basketball game.
ZLR at the Grand Blue Mile 2023
ZLR at the Grand Blue Mile
ZLR with Griff

The health and wellness initiative experienced the highest number of employers participating in 2023 since its inception, with more than 55 companies and 1,100 employees participating.


“The Drake Relays Wellness Challenge is an important part of ZLR Ignition’s culture of supporting the community and encouraging ourselves and those we love to live well and be well,” says Xan McNelly, president and CEO. “Participating in this annual event is a tradition we look forward to all year as an opportunity to have fun, be active and build teamwork, and we are honored and delighted to be recognized again.”


Join us in 2024!
Join us during the 56th anniversary of the Drake Road Races on Sunday, April 21, and at the Grand Blue Mile on Tuesday, April 23. Registration information and race details are available at DrakeRoadRaces.org. For more information on enrollment for your organization for the free 2024 Relays Wellness Challenge, email [email protected].


About the Relays Wellness Challenge
The Relays Wellness Challenge is organized in conjunction with the Drake Relays presented by Xtream and contested at the Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. An incentive-based wellness competition between central Iowa-based employers, points are awarded based on participation in the Drake Road Races, the Grand Blue Mile and through volunteering at Relays Week events. Rather than emphasizing a finishing time or place, total scores are calculated on a participant point system relative to the total number of employees in the company. Points can be earned by running, walking or volunteering at these two premier events, and immediate family members are also eligible to participate.