How Sharethrough Created An Amazing Race-Themed Offsite

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October 20, 2022
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Technical Level
October 20, 2022
Matthew Workman
Marketing Coordinator
After nearly two years apart, 150 Sharethrough employees got together in Montreal for our first post-merger, company-wide offsite.

This was no ordinary offsite… after receiving mysterious invitations in the mail, Sharethroughers were invited to Montreal to participate in a scavenger hunt-style race across the city, bringing our teams together and gearing up for a strong finish to 2022. In this post, we’ll be uncovering the planning, the execution and the aftermath of The Amazing Sharethrough Race.

The Idea: A Sharethrough Amazing Race

In past years, Sharethrough offsites have had themes such as: Superheroes, cartoon characters, Star Wars, and much more. With this year's offsite was set to be Sharethrough’s first company-wide get together in over two years, we wanted to bring our employees and teams together in a special way, promoting collaboration and team building for all of our new hires across North America and Europe. With Q4 2022 just getting underway, we chose a theme that would bring us together and ignite a competitive spirit as the company looked to close off this year’s chapter: A Sharethrough Amazing Race.

Real-Life Auditions for the Amazing Sharethrough Race

What’s an Amazing Race without funny audition videos? As many people know, auditions are almost always required to participate in reality TV shows, and Sharethroughers were not exempt. We asked each department (for example: the product, marketing, finance & legal teams) to submit videos explaining how they plan to accomplish their Q4 OKRs and objectives, and subsequently, win the Amazing Sharethrough Race! On top of bringing the teams together to plan out their goals for the quarter, we were able to showcase all the fun and creative videos during the offsite.

Sharethrough employees auditioning for The Amazing Sharethrough Race

Ready, Set, Go! 4 Steps to Building the Race

The day was finally here. After a morning of presentations, workshops and fireside chats, it was time for Sharethrough employees to set off into the streets of Montreal and take on The Sharethrough Amazing Race! Sharethroughers tackled math problems, scavenger hunts, relay races, games and puzzles in a race to the finish line. 

Step 1: Amazing Race Team Names… With a Sprinkle of Sharethrough On Top

To encourage collaboration within the company at large, we divided Sharethrough employees into 16 cross-department teams of 7-8 people. We also ensured to include at least one Montreal-based employee in each group to help guide the team around the city. With teams selected, it was time to come up with team names, and we made sure our industry could shine through! We selected fun team names such as Native, Display, Cookieless, and even our Sharethrough values: Stronger Together and Ownership. Before the race, each team member received a branded bandana with his or her team name on it to help identify them.

Sharethrough-style team bandanas

Step 2: Picking the Route in Montreal & Its Neighbourhoods

As with any Amazing Race, teams need a route to follow. With that in mind, we wanted to showcase Montreal and its neighborhoods, and give Sharethroughers a taste of the culture and tourist destinations that make the city so special. We chose seven different locations across the city center, such as Chinatown and the Old Port of Montreal, with stations including the Basilique Notre Dame, Place-des-Arts, Bota Bota Spa Sur L’eau, and the grand entrance to Chinatown. To ensure fairness across each group, each team had a unique route to ensure they wouldn’t give away the secret locations.. The final destination, which was unveiled after Sharethroughers successfully navigated their way across the seven stations, was Dorchester Square. Once arrived, teams would receive special t-shirts showcasing a print of all the locations they visited that day: a fun souvenir to highlight their attendance.

Sharethrough employees received t-shirts showcasing all 7 destinations!

Step 3: Roadblocks, Puzzles, Games & More!

What’s an amazing race without fun activities, exercises and games along the way? Roadblocks were a major part of the Amazing Sharethrough Race. With relay races to complete, math puzzles to solve, and treasure hunts to triumph, Sharethroughers were in for a treat! 

At Bota Bota, le Spa sur l’eau, participants had to complete three different relay-race stations blindfolded with their fellow teammates giving them verbal instructions along the way.

At the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, teams were asked to find hidden letters to build an 8-letter word. It was funny to witness teams look for letters that were right beside them, hidden in plain sight. Once they guessed the hidden word, teams could move on to their next station.

Another station involved solving a complex math equation… with only pen and paper. 

Only once each team completed their challenge successfully would they be handed the clue to their next destination. Check out some photos of our roadblock stations below.

A few photos of our roadblock stations, including the word search, bean-bag toss and relay-race.

Step 4: Tickets to the Next Destination

Every Amazing Race features special clues which are handed out to teams from the beginning of the race at their departing location, all the way up to leading them to their final destination. The Sharethrough Amazing Race was no different, and featured unique clues to lead teams to different locations across downtown Montreal. Riddles and puzzles were used in the clues, allowing teams to collaborate and work together to try to figure out their next stop. 

Here are some examples of clues that were handed out along the way. Can you figure out the answer?

“This neighborhood was built in the late 19th century, guarded by traditional Paifangs and is one of the oldest of its kind in North America.” 

“I can be warm in the middle of winter, freezing cold in the middle of summer, a place of relaxation and healing, where you’re literally floating.”

Teamwork, collaboration, hard work & hustle. All traits that our Sharethroughers embody, so it came as no surprise to see them on full display for the Sharethrough Amazing Race, and what an amazing event it was! Thank you to all of the Sharethrough employees for their participation, and for the marketing team for all of the hard work, planning and dedication that went into putting on such an incredible event.

We can’t wait to get together again in 2023… stay tuned for more fun Sharethrough activities!

Want to learn more about Sharethrough’s company culture, or curious about our open job opportunities? Make sure to reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!

After nearly two years apart, 150 Sharethrough employees got together in Montreal for our first post-merger, company-wide offsite.

This was no ordinary offsite… after receiving mysterious invitations in the mail, Sharethroughers were invited to Montreal to participate in a scavenger hunt-style race across the city, bringing our teams together and gearing up for a strong finish to 2022. In this post, we’ll be uncovering the planning, the execution and the aftermath of The Amazing Sharethrough Race.

The Idea: A Sharethrough Amazing Race

In past years, Sharethrough offsites have had themes such as: Superheroes, cartoon characters, Star Wars, and much more. With this year's offsite was set to be Sharethrough’s first company-wide get together in over two years, we wanted to bring our employees and teams together in a special way, promoting collaboration and team building for all of our new hires across North America and Europe. With Q4 2022 just getting underway, we chose a theme that would bring us together and ignite a competitive spirit as the company looked to close off this year’s chapter: A Sharethrough Amazing Race.

Real-Life Auditions for the Amazing Sharethrough Race

What’s an Amazing Race without funny audition videos? As many people know, auditions are almost always required to participate in reality TV shows, and Sharethroughers were not exempt. We asked each department (for example: the product, marketing, finance & legal teams) to submit videos explaining how they plan to accomplish their Q4 OKRs and objectives, and subsequently, win the Amazing Sharethrough Race! On top of bringing the teams together to plan out their goals for the quarter, we were able to showcase all the fun and creative videos during the offsite.

Sharethrough employees auditioning for The Amazing Sharethrough Race

Ready, Set, Go! 4 Steps to Building the Race

The day was finally here. After a morning of presentations, workshops and fireside chats, it was time for Sharethrough employees to set off into the streets of Montreal and take on The Sharethrough Amazing Race! Sharethroughers tackled math problems, scavenger hunts, relay races, games and puzzles in a race to the finish line. 

Step 1: Amazing Race Team Names… With a Sprinkle of Sharethrough On Top

To encourage collaboration within the company at large, we divided Sharethrough employees into 16 cross-department teams of 7-8 people. We also ensured to include at least one Montreal-based employee in each group to help guide the team around the city. With teams selected, it was time to come up with team names, and we made sure our industry could shine through! We selected fun team names such as Native, Display, Cookieless, and even our Sharethrough values: Stronger Together and Ownership. Before the race, each team member received a branded bandana with his or her team name on it to help identify them.

Sharethrough-style team bandanas

Step 2: Picking the Route in Montreal & Its Neighbourhoods

As with any Amazing Race, teams need a route to follow. With that in mind, we wanted to showcase Montreal and its neighborhoods, and give Sharethroughers a taste of the culture and tourist destinations that make the city so special. We chose seven different locations across the city center, such as Chinatown and the Old Port of Montreal, with stations including the Basilique Notre Dame, Place-des-Arts, Bota Bota Spa Sur L’eau, and the grand entrance to Chinatown. To ensure fairness across each group, each team had a unique route to ensure they wouldn’t give away the secret locations.. The final destination, which was unveiled after Sharethroughers successfully navigated their way across the seven stations, was Dorchester Square. Once arrived, teams would receive special t-shirts showcasing a print of all the locations they visited that day: a fun souvenir to highlight their attendance.

Sharethrough employees received t-shirts showcasing all 7 destinations!

Step 3: Roadblocks, Puzzles, Games & More!

What’s an amazing race without fun activities, exercises and games along the way? Roadblocks were a major part of the Amazing Sharethrough Race. With relay races to complete, math puzzles to solve, and treasure hunts to triumph, Sharethroughers were in for a treat! 

At Bota Bota, le Spa sur l’eau, participants had to complete three different relay-race stations blindfolded with their fellow teammates giving them verbal instructions along the way.

At the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, teams were asked to find hidden letters to build an 8-letter word. It was funny to witness teams look for letters that were right beside them, hidden in plain sight. Once they guessed the hidden word, teams could move on to their next station.

Another station involved solving a complex math equation… with only pen and paper. 

Only once each team completed their challenge successfully would they be handed the clue to their next destination. Check out some photos of our roadblock stations below.

A few photos of our roadblock stations, including the word search, bean-bag toss and relay-race.

Step 4: Tickets to the Next Destination

Every Amazing Race features special clues which are handed out to teams from the beginning of the race at their departing location, all the way up to leading them to their final destination. The Sharethrough Amazing Race was no different, and featured unique clues to lead teams to different locations across downtown Montreal. Riddles and puzzles were used in the clues, allowing teams to collaborate and work together to try to figure out their next stop. 

Here are some examples of clues that were handed out along the way. Can you figure out the answer?

“This neighborhood was built in the late 19th century, guarded by traditional Paifangs and is one of the oldest of its kind in North America.” 

“I can be warm in the middle of winter, freezing cold in the middle of summer, a place of relaxation and healing, where you’re literally floating.”

Teamwork, collaboration, hard work & hustle. All traits that our Sharethroughers embody, so it came as no surprise to see them on full display for the Sharethrough Amazing Race, and what an amazing event it was! Thank you to all of the Sharethrough employees for their participation, and for the marketing team for all of the hard work, planning and dedication that went into putting on such an incredible event.

We can’t wait to get together again in 2023… stay tuned for more fun Sharethrough activities!

Want to learn more about Sharethrough’s company culture, or curious about our open job opportunities? Make sure to reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!

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After nearly two years apart, 150 Sharethrough employees got together in Montreal for our first post-merger, company-wide offsite.

This was no ordinary offsite… after receiving mysterious invitations in the mail, Sharethroughers were invited to Montreal to participate in a scavenger hunt-style race across the city, bringing our teams together and gearing up for a strong finish to 2022. In this post, we’ll be uncovering the planning, the execution and the aftermath of The Amazing Sharethrough Race.

The Idea: A Sharethrough Amazing Race

In past years, Sharethrough offsites have had themes such as: Superheroes, cartoon characters, Star Wars, and much more. With this year's offsite was set to be Sharethrough’s first company-wide get together in over two years, we wanted to bring our employees and teams together in a special way, promoting collaboration and team building for all of our new hires across North America and Europe. With Q4 2022 just getting underway, we chose a theme that would bring us together and ignite a competitive spirit as the company looked to close off this year’s chapter: A Sharethrough Amazing Race.

Real-Life Auditions for the Amazing Sharethrough Race

What’s an Amazing Race without funny audition videos? As many people know, auditions are almost always required to participate in reality TV shows, and Sharethroughers were not exempt. We asked each department (for example: the product, marketing, finance & legal teams) to submit videos explaining how they plan to accomplish their Q4 OKRs and objectives, and subsequently, win the Amazing Sharethrough Race! On top of bringing the teams together to plan out their goals for the quarter, we were able to showcase all the fun and creative videos during the offsite.

Sharethrough employees auditioning for The Amazing Sharethrough Race

Ready, Set, Go! 4 Steps to Building the Race

The day was finally here. After a morning of presentations, workshops and fireside chats, it was time for Sharethrough employees to set off into the streets of Montreal and take on The Sharethrough Amazing Race! Sharethroughers tackled math problems, scavenger hunts, relay races, games and puzzles in a race to the finish line. 

Step 1: Amazing Race Team Names… With a Sprinkle of Sharethrough On Top

To encourage collaboration within the company at large, we divided Sharethrough employees into 16 cross-department teams of 7-8 people. We also ensured to include at least one Montreal-based employee in each group to help guide the team around the city. With teams selected, it was time to come up with team names, and we made sure our industry could shine through! We selected fun team names such as Native, Display, Cookieless, and even our Sharethrough values: Stronger Together and Ownership. Before the race, each team member received a branded bandana with his or her team name on it to help identify them.

Sharethrough-style team bandanas

Step 2: Picking the Route in Montreal & Its Neighbourhoods

As with any Amazing Race, teams need a route to follow. With that in mind, we wanted to showcase Montreal and its neighborhoods, and give Sharethroughers a taste of the culture and tourist destinations that make the city so special. We chose seven different locations across the city center, such as Chinatown and the Old Port of Montreal, with stations including the Basilique Notre Dame, Place-des-Arts, Bota Bota Spa Sur L’eau, and the grand entrance to Chinatown. To ensure fairness across each group, each team had a unique route to ensure they wouldn’t give away the secret locations.. The final destination, which was unveiled after Sharethroughers successfully navigated their way across the seven stations, was Dorchester Square. Once arrived, teams would receive special t-shirts showcasing a print of all the locations they visited that day: a fun souvenir to highlight their attendance.

Sharethrough employees received t-shirts showcasing all 7 destinations!

Step 3: Roadblocks, Puzzles, Games & More!

What’s an amazing race without fun activities, exercises and games along the way? Roadblocks were a major part of the Amazing Sharethrough Race. With relay races to complete, math puzzles to solve, and treasure hunts to triumph, Sharethroughers were in for a treat! 

At Bota Bota, le Spa sur l’eau, participants had to complete three different relay-race stations blindfolded with their fellow teammates giving them verbal instructions along the way.

At the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, teams were asked to find hidden letters to build an 8-letter word. It was funny to witness teams look for letters that were right beside them, hidden in plain sight. Once they guessed the hidden word, teams could move on to their next station.

Another station involved solving a complex math equation… with only pen and paper. 

Only once each team completed their challenge successfully would they be handed the clue to their next destination. Check out some photos of our roadblock stations below.

A few photos of our roadblock stations, including the word search, bean-bag toss and relay-race.

Step 4: Tickets to the Next Destination

Every Amazing Race features special clues which are handed out to teams from the beginning of the race at their departing location, all the way up to leading them to their final destination. The Sharethrough Amazing Race was no different, and featured unique clues to lead teams to different locations across downtown Montreal. Riddles and puzzles were used in the clues, allowing teams to collaborate and work together to try to figure out their next stop. 

Here are some examples of clues that were handed out along the way. Can you figure out the answer?

“This neighborhood was built in the late 19th century, guarded by traditional Paifangs and is one of the oldest of its kind in North America.” 

“I can be warm in the middle of winter, freezing cold in the middle of summer, a place of relaxation and healing, where you’re literally floating.”

Teamwork, collaboration, hard work & hustle. All traits that our Sharethroughers embody, so it came as no surprise to see them on full display for the Sharethrough Amazing Race, and what an amazing event it was! Thank you to all of the Sharethrough employees for their participation, and for the marketing team for all of the hard work, planning and dedication that went into putting on such an incredible event.

We can’t wait to get together again in 2023… stay tuned for more fun Sharethrough activities!

Want to learn more about Sharethrough’s company culture, or curious about our open job opportunities? Make sure to reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you!

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Matthew Workman
Marketing Coordinator

About the Author

Matthew is a marketing coordinator at Sharethrough. He is heavily involved in all company projects related to social media, digital marketing strategy, internal events, and communications.

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