The grounds of the famed Wanderers Club in Johannesburg will host the first JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship to be held outside of metropolitan New York. The Championship is scheduled for March 4, 2010.
JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge
Championship moves to Johannesburg
2010 race marks first Championship outside of New York,
Event launches annual international rotation
NEW YORK, September 8, 2009 — The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge® Championship, a race in Manhattan which has allowed thousands of companies around the world to showcase their fastest runners for nearly three decades, is moving overseas.
Members of the London Deloitte Women's team show off their knee-high Union Jack socks at the 2008 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship on Park Avenue in New York. Having won the Women's title in London again in 2009, Deloitte gets a chance to show off their socks in a new Championship locale on March 4, 2010 - Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 27th annual championship will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 3.5-mile road race will feature the first-place men's, women's and mixed teams from all 12 cities in the 2009 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Series.
The trip to South Africa will mark the first time that the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship will be held outside of metropolitan New York. The event debuted at the New Jersey Meadowlands in 1983, moved to Wall Street in 1984, and had been held on Park Avenue each fall from 1985-2008.
Since 2001, the Corporate Challenge Series has expanded internationally with events added in Sydney, Australia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Singapore. To reflect this global diversity, the championship will rotate annually to other Corporate Challenge cities.
“We are continually working to bring exciting innovations to the Championship,” noted Barbara Paddock, Senior Vice President for JPMorgan Chase & Co., the owner and operator of the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Series. “We believe this move will not only be well received by the participating companies, but also signal that the Corporate Challenge Series is stronger than ever.”
Scheduled to be held at the historic Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, the Championship race will be part of a unique running “doubleheader” on March 4. That same night, the seventh annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Johannesburg will be held. That race is an annual sell-out, with 11,911 participants in 2009.
“The championship-qualifying companies will love experiencing the Corporate Challenge in Johannesburg,” Paddock said. “The setting truly captures the global essence of our series. And South Africa will take a great deal of pride in hosting the first championship out of the United States.”
The 2009 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Series has featured more than 220,000 participants from over 7,700 companies around the world. Of this throng, 144 runners from 36 teams will compete in Johannesburg.
The complete list of qualifying companies (listed in order of men's, women's and mixed teams):
- Sydney, Australia — Macquarie (men's and women's teams); KPMG
- Johannesburg, South Africa — Transnet Rail Engineering (men's and women's); Bateman Engineering Projects
- Singapore — Bikelabz; Singapore Armed Forces; Singapore American Schools
- Chicago — General Electric; CNA; Sargent & Lundy
- Rochester, NY — Corning; Greece Central School District; University of Rochester
- Buffalo — Moog; Amherst Central School District; M&T Bank
- New York — The Running Company;
Department of Education/UFT Runners; Memorial Sloan Kettering
- Syracuse — General Electric; Lockheed Martin; Fayetteville -Manlius School District
- Boston — Raytheon; Fidelity Investments; Saucony
- Frankfurt, Germany — Ministry of Interior and Sport; Hessen Police; Roche Diagnostics
- London — Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Deloitte (women's and mixed teams)
- San Francisco — To be determined at September 16 race.