Athlete Spotlight: Dominic Flesey-Assad
The SOOR Active Move Challenge pushed athletes to see how many minutes of exercise participants could log each week from April 5th through May 2nd. Any type of intentional exercise or movement counted towards their minutes. Participants self-reported their minutes, steps, and types of exercise each Monday. The Move Challenge had a total of 21 participants who collectively logged 173.5 hours and 413 miles of intentional exercise by running, walking, biking, rolling, SOOR Active Zoom workouts, Zumba, dancing, and weightlifting.
Multnomah County athlete, Dominic Flesey-Assad, excitedly took on the role of ‘Move Challenge Ambassador’ when we requested his help! In that role, Dom helped us encourage SOOR Active athletes to get moving and reminded everyone to track their exercise throughout the month. Dom shared his daily progress in SOOR Active through posts, photos and videos and encouraged others to do the same. Dom personally logged 2,733 minutes of exercise and walked 410,731 steps (194.3 miles) during the challenge. Dom initially got motivated to start tracking his daily steps after his appearance at the last USA Games in 2016 and never stopped. He said that his Apple Watch has made it much easier to set goals and track his exercise. He challenges himself to walk at least 20,000 steps per day but averages 45,000+ steps during the months with nice weather.
Dom and SOOR’s CEO, Britt Oase, even have a step challenge between the two of them. “Dom is impossible to beat – and trust me, I’ve tried”, says Britt. “He will send me a text or Facebook message with his steps on any given day and my competitive side immediately comes out. I will grab my dog and head out for a walk or run, but I have yet to beat him. It’s all in good fun, he keeps me motivated, and he’s quick to remind me of the athlete oath: Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!”
We are so proud of Dom and his dedication to staying active. We really loved seeing him out on his daily walks and appreciate his willingness to encourage others to stay active – keep up the great work, Dom!