Chicago Run will be able to serve more Chicago-area middle school students thanks to the help of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge participants.
May 24 Corporate Challenge will benefit
American Red Cross and Chicago Run
Participants in the May 24 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge will help the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago in its mission to respond to daily disasters in the Chicago area.
CHICAGO, April 3, 2012 — American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and Chicago Run have been named beneficiaries of the 31st annual JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge, to be held Thursday, May 24 at Grant Park.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation, in honor of all Corporate Challenge participants, will make a donation to both organizations. Charitable giving is an important component of the Corporate Challenge Series, with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation donating more than $600,000 at Series events in 13 cities in 2011.
American Red Cross of Greater Chicago shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
From the single-family house fire to the mass devastation of hurricanes and floods, the American Red Cross responds to over 70,000 disasters a year. In the Chicagoland area the American Red Cross responds to 3 to 4 disasters a day; the majority of these are home fires and nearly half of the people helped are children. It gives disaster victims comfort in the form of safe shelter, food, infant supplies, replacement medications and much more.
“We’re so grateful to JPMorgan Chase and all the runners participating in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge,” said Fran Edwardson, CEO of American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “This is more than a race; it’s an opportunity to help your neighbors when they need it most. Funds raised through this event will help support local victims of disaster and members of the military and their families.”
Chicago Run is a non-profit that implements and supports free running programs for Chicago Public Schools as a means of increasing physical fitness, improving self-esteem, and promoting digital learning and cross-community collaboration.
“Chicago Run is grateful to the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge and its support of our Running Mates Program, which prepares middle-school youth to run in a local 5k or 8k race utilizing a training program that incorporates nutrition and team-building activities that promote a deeper understanding of community and diversity,” said Alicia Gonzalez, Executive Director for Chicago Run.
“As of spring 2012, Chicago Run serves 13,400 students in 55 Chicago Public Schools in 33 neighborhoods across the city,” Gonzalez continued. “Thanks to the JPMorgan Chase participants and our other supporters, more Chicago Public School students are on the fast track to health and fitness.”
The JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge will host a crowd of approximately 24,000 runners and walkers from over 600 companies on May 24. The 3.5-mile competition and post-race party begins at 7:10 p.m.
Adding to the competitive flavor in Chicago this year is the 2012 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship, featuring the top three teams from each of the 13 cities from seven countries in the Series. This race will be held on the same Grant Park race course with a start approximately seven minutes prior to the Corporate Challenge.
Chicago is the largest single-evening Corporate Challenge in the United States and the second largest in the Series, trailing only Frankfurt, Germany, which drew 68,454 in 2011.