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Rolling out of bed before sunrise for the SAP TechEd 5K in Las Vegas was especially meaningful for the 700+ outdoor enthusiasts who registered this year. Held in memory of long-time organizer Diane Gottheimer Davis, the event generated an outpouring of emotions, including acknowledgements, remembrances tinged with sadness. I know because I was there interviewing runners (and walkers) at the start and finish lines who shared their thoughts in this VIDEO.

The high turn-out wasn’t surprising to anyone I spoke with, whether they arrived sporting Superman shirts or crutches. Everyone told me that Diane was a well-respected SAP Global Events team member whose best practices are still used today to deliver first-rate conference experiences to customers. In honor of Diane, SAP is donating to Women in Aviation International (WAI), an organization of which she was a member. This non-profit organization offers scholarships, education and encouragement to women worldwide world. Getting outside of the conference center for some fresh air was a fitting tribute to Diane and the innovative spirit she always brought to SAP TechEd.

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