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 2016 of 254,501 entrants from 7,624 companies.

The events are all-inclusive of skill levels and age, with nearly equal amount of racers, joggers and walkers. Throughout the 2016 Series, participation was 51-percent male, 49-percent female. Nine of the 13 Corporate Challenge races in 2016 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 enjoyed its 40th consecutive year of operation in 2016. Through all 40 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 33rd Championship was held on June 1, 2016 in New York's Central Park. Coolboy Ngamole of Sibanye Gold (Johannesburg) and Sara Donahue of Abt Associates (Boston) earned the men's and women's individual titles. Sibanye, Corning (Rochester, NY) and Strava (San Francisco) captured the men's, women's and mixed team titles, respectively.

Overhead view from the Frankfurt J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
Corporate Challenge participation
City 2016 2015
Date Runners Companies Date Runners Companies
Johannesburg, South Africa April 7 13,796 237 March 26 13,598 230
Singapore April 28 14,202 351 April 23 14,263 298
Chicago, Illinois May 26 27,037 683 May 21 25,463 647
Rochester, New York May 24 10,236 402 May 26 10,363 418
Buffalo, New York June 23 12,488 383 June 25 12,375 396
Frankfurt, Germany June 15 68,119 2,633 June 17 70,239 2,682
New York City June 1 15,000 338 June 4 15,000 300
New York City June 2 15,000 357 June 5 15,000 360
Syracuse, New York June 7 7,862 280 June 9 7,865 278
Boston, Massachusetts June 9 9,475 324 June 11 9,124 504
London, England July 20 14,346 419 July 8 14,558 350
London, England July 21 14,099 357 July 9 14,394 350
San Francisco, California September 8 10,542 367 September 9 10,018 318
Shanghai, China October 20 4,900 140 September 17 5,757 151
Sydney, Australia November 9 8,586 353 November 11 8,344 340

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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