Lining up as champions in South Africa, members of Boston's three team champions - Saucony, Fidelity Investments, and Raytheon - pose at the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship in Johannesburg. A trip to next year's Series Championship will be on the line for three teams at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on Thursday, June 24. Online registration has opened.
Registration opens for 27th annual
Boston J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
The thrill of finishing is exhibited at the 2009 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Boston by
Shawn Hoyt of Pegasystems, Inc. (1238 in left photo) and
Joseph Kimemiah of Brown Brothers Harriman (right photo). Make sure your company is a part of the 2010 Boston race on June 24 by entering now.
BOSTON, April 1, 2010 — With the addition of chip timing and a history of 15 consecutive sellouts, this year's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Boston is expected to be as popular as ever. So, now is clearly not a time to delay as online registration has opened for the 27th running of the classic event in Boston Common.
The 3.5-mile team road race will be held on Thursday, June 24, with a 7:15 p.m. race start on Charles Street, between the Boston Common and Public Garden. And, the addition of chip timing will no doubt be a welcome feature at the Charles Street finish.
This is a first-come, first-serve event for registered runners. Team captains cannot "hold" spots for runners who are not entered. So, please, be sure to get your entry in early to assure your spot in the race.
Last June, a sold-out crowd of 12,000 participants from 651 companies enjoyed flawless weather for Boston's annual celebration of corporate fitness and camaraderie. Under sunny skies and ideal temperatures, Boston again showed why it is considered “the hub” of American running.
Jessica Cickay ran a blistering time of 18:42 to lead Fidelity Investments to the Female team title. Justin Lutz was equally impressive in running a stunning 16:53 to lead Raytheon to the Men's team title. And, Saucony took the Mixed team title by more than six minutes. Their efforts qualified the three teams for the first-ever Series-ending Championship to be held outside of metropolitan New York City — the March 4th JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In South Africa, Boston runners put together the best combined effort of teams from any American city. Cickay was the first non-African female runner and finished in a near-dead heat for second place, leading Fidelity to a solid third in the Female division. Lutz finished fifth among the men, pushing Raytheon to third in that division. And Saucony was a competitive seventh in the Mixed division.
A similar trip awaits the three team champions this year, but there are three rule changes for 2010:
- First-place teams in the men's, women's and mixed categories will earn a trip to the 2011 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship (location and date: TBD). Qualifying companies must have a strong Boston presence, with the company having a locally-based address (or addresses). At least three of the employees on the qualifying team must be employed at the address (or addresses). Individual runners who participated in the 2010 Championship in Johannesburg are not eligible to qualify for the 2011 Championship.
- The t-shirt contest will now choose two t-shirt winners, with each receiving $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
- The Most Senior Executive category has been eliminated so the event can more appropriately focus on team accomplishments over individual.
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. Awards will be given to the five fastest men's, women's and mixed teams. If you require assistance registering your company or have any questions please email Boston@jpmorganchasecc.com or call (888) 767-RACE.
Again this year, the Boston J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will be part of the “Teaming Up For a Greener Tomorrow” campaign, which uses best environmental practices in the organization of the event. Thanks in part to your responsible choices last June — registering online, recycling waste and taking alternative transportation to race site — the Corporate Challenge has been recognized for its efforts and the Series has made a significant, positive impact on the environment.
And, a local non-profit organization will be selected as the beneficiary of the race. Please check back to this website for details.
For now, don't delay. This event is all but assured of selling out, as it has for 15 straight years. So, please get your team together, start training, and make sure your company has a spot in the 27th annual Boston J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge by entering now.