JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

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The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge is an annual series of 3.5-mile (5.63 km) road footraces owned and operated by JPMorgan Chase, with an intended focus on promoting "fitness in the workplace".[1] Teams are organized by company or organization, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation makes charitable donations proportional to the number of participants.[1]

The Corporate Challenge was founded in 1977 by the New York Road Runners with a single race in New York City, with 200 runners from 50 companies. The top-finishing teams in all 12 cities will qualify to compete in the fifteenth, the Championship Race, held in October in New York City.[2]

Not all participants race competitively; large percentages walk or jog the entire course, with the purpose being camaraderie within and among the corporate teams. The festival atmosphere during and after the race attracts non-runners as well.

A new and primary focus for this year’s event is the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge’s Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow initiative. JPMorgan Chase aims to implement the greenest road race in each city that the Corporate Challenge is held. To date, the Series has saved more than six tons of paper (through online registration and paper-free marketing practices), recycled on-site more than 10 tons of plastic and glass, and saved more than 5,000 gallons of crude oil (through alternate modes of transportation by participants). That’s more than 900 million BTUs, or enough energy to light a home for nearly 10 years.

The 25th annual JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship was held on October 6, 2007, with Enos Matalane of Transnet Rail Engineering (Johannesburg) and Claire Martin of Royal Mail Letters (London) earning the men's and women's individual titles. Transnet, Polizei Hessen (Frankfurt) and Royal Mail Letters earned the men's, women's and mixed team titles, respectively.

With nearly 74,000 participants in 2008, the Frankfurt event was the world's largest footrace that year.[citation needed]

run 2007 in Frankfurt
Corporate Challenge participation
City 2008 2007
Date Runners Companies Date Runners Companies
Johannesburg, South Africa 6 March 10,000 272 1 March 10,338 288
Singapore 26 April 12,748 351 3 May 11,856 343
Chicago, Illinois 22 May 23,603 632 24 May 22,766 * 578 *
Rochester, New York 29 May 11,135 442 31 May 10,397 * 411 *
Buffalo, New York 5 June 12,399 421 7 June 11,563 372
Frankfurt, Germany 11 June 73,719 2,589 13 June 67,270 2,446
New York City 18 June 18,281 299 20 June 17,500 329
New York City 19 June 18,215 346 21 June 17,500 544
Syracuse, New York 24 June 6,698 256 26 June 6,153 268
Boston, Massachusetts 26 June 13,863 633 28 June 12,887 556
London, England 9 July 13,653 268 11 July 12,969 329
London, England 10 July 13,043 277 12 July 13,031 307
San Francisco, California 17 September 19 September 5,320 232
Championship (New York City) 4 October 7 October
Sydney, Australia 12 November 14 November 6,921 306

* unofficial results
Bold indicates current records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2007 marks 31st annual running of JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge". Official Corporate Challenge web site. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  2. ^ "JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge". New York Sports Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-04-14. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 

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