JPMorgan Corporate Challenge

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The J.P. Morgan 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, camaraderie and team work to employees of local businesses and organizations.[1] Teams are organized by company or organization, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation celebrates the participants by making a donation to local charities.[1]

The Corporate Challenge was founded in 1977 by Manufacturers Hanover with a single race in New York City, with 200 runners from 50 companies. It has since grown to include 13 races in seven countries on five continents, with total participation in 2017 of 248,937 entrants from 7,334 companies.

The events are all-inclusive of skill levels and age, with nearly equal amount of racers, joggers and walkers. Throughout the 2017 Series, participation was approximately 53-percent male, 47-percent female. Seven of the 13 Corporate Challenge races in 2017 achieved a full capacity of entrants and most had a pre- and post-race hospitality component, where companies could gather to celebrate their participation.

The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series will be marking its 42nd consecutive year of operation in 2018. Through all 42 years, the Corporate Challenge has been owned and operated by J.P. Morgan and its predecessor firms. Manufacturer Hanover was the title owner of the Corporate Challenge from 1977-91. The event was called the Chemical Bank Corporate Challenge from 1992-95, the Chase Corporate Challenge 1996-2000, the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge 2001-10, and by its current name, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, since 2011.

The unifying event of the Series is the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship, which features the first-place men's, women's and mixed teams from each of the 13 Series cities. The Championship was first held in 1983, and the 34th Championship was conducted on June 13, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. Aaron Bienenfeld of Frankfurter Laufshop (Frankfurt) and Trisha Byler of DuPont (Rochester) earned the men's and women's individual titles. Airbnb, Google (San Francisco) and Morgan Stanley (New York)captured the mixed, men's and women's team titles, respectively.

Overhead view from the Frankfurt J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
Corporate Challenge participation
City 2017 2016
Date Runners Companies Date Runners Companies
Johannesburg, South Africa March 30 14,006 269 April 7 13,796 237
Singapore April 27 14,239 318 April 28 14,202 351
Chicago, Illinois May 25 27,114 617 May 26 27,037 683
Rochester, New York July 11 7,496 329 May 24 10,236 402
Buffalo, New York June 15 12,446 358 June 23 12,488 383
Frankfurt, Germany June 13 63,445 2,419 June 15 68,119 2,633
New York City May 31 15,000 354 June 1 15,000 350
New York City June 1 15,000 338 June 2 15,000 357
Syracuse, New York June 6 8,287 285 June 7 7,862 280
Boston, Massachusetts June 8 9,006 364 June 9 9,475 324
London, England July 5 14,898 361 July 6 13,776 372
London, England July 20 14,346 419 July 21 14,099 357
San Francisco, California September 7 10,858 354 September 8 10,542 367
Shanghai, China November 7 5,995 190 October 20 4,900 140
Sydney, Australia November 1 8,804 391 November 9 8,586 353

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2007 marks 31st annual running of JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge". Official Corporate Challenge web site. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 

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