Happy runners and walkers make their way across the starting line of the 2008 Johannesburg JPMorganChase Corporate Challenge in Johannesburg. Another sold-out crowd is expected for the 2009 race on 5 March.
Ready, set ... go! Online registration opens
for expected sellout in Johannesburg
JOHANNESBURG, November 25, 2008 — In recent years, Johannesburg has built a reputation as having some of the fastest corporate runners in the world. Speed will again be in demand in South Africa as online registration has opened for the 2009 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Johannesburg.
The 5,6-kilometre team road race will be held on Thursday, 5 March 2009 with an 18.30 race start at The Wanderers Club. With last year's race attracting a sold out field of 10.000 runners, capacity again will likely be reached for 2009's corporate event. To insure your company's spot, please notify your colleagues that registration is now open and begin assembling your team for a unique night of competition and camaraderie for your entire company.
Registration details and forms are available by clicking here.
Happy before the race, Transnet's female team awaits the start of the 2008 Series Championship on New York's Park Avenue. The runners were equally happy after the race, winning the female team title and helping South Africa to a sweep of individual and team honors.
As in 2008, the Corporate Challenge will be “Teaming Up For a Greener Tomorrow” by utilizing best environmental practices, including 100-percent online registration. Indalo Yethu Trust, the organization that leads South Africa 's environmental campaign, referred to the 2008 Corporate Challenge as “the first truly green sporting event in the country” and “an environmental-awareness case study for all other events going forward.” The greening campaign was a huge success series-wide for the Corporate Challenge in 2008, with the Series being recognized by Runner's World magazine for its environmental contributions (see details).
The entry fee for the 2009 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Johannesburg is R90 per entrant. All entries must be part of a corporate team, with each team needing to register a minimum of four employees. There is no limit to the number of employees that can be on a company team, however, registration will be closed once we reach our runner limit. If you require assistance registering your teams or have any questions please email Johannesburg@jpmorganchasecc.com or call 0860 460 906. Out of pocket operating expenses for the Corporate Challenge, owned and operated by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., exceed revenues from registration fees.
In 2008, Johannesburg was blessed with a pristine evening for racing — temperatures in the low 70's with no wind and an azure sky. That allowed for fast times and leisurely exits from the expansive post-race party, which included a concert by Watershed, a popular South African band. Please check back for updates about this year's post-race concert, and get ready for another fast, competitive race.
In 2008, Transnet Rail Engineering runners Tshamano Setone (16:58) and Catherine Nkosi (20:40) claimed the male and female individual titles at Johannesburg. The two runners then captured individual titles at the Series-ending Championship on New York 's Park Avenue, leading Transnet to the male and female team titles. And, Goldfields claimed the mixed team title in New York to make it an unprecedented South African sweep.