From a single event in 1977, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge has grown into an international series that attracted 240,000 entrants in 2008. Visit any of the sections for the 12 cities in the Series by clicking on the city name in the map above.
J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge schedule
announced for 33rd year of global series
World's largest corporate road race circuit to host
events in 12 cities in six countries on five continents
NEW YORK, February 10, 2009 — The complete schedule for the 33rd year of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® was announced today, with 3.5-mile road races in 12 cities in six countries on five continents, and the continuation of the Series' Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow initiative.
JPMorgan Chase has owned and operated the Corporate Challenge Series since debuting with a single race in Central Park in August, 1977. The Series promotes the benefits of healthy competition, employee camaraderie and goal-setting. The world's most popular sporting event for the full-time business community drew a record 242,510 participants from 7,380 companies in 2008 and donated more than $600,000 to local not-for-profit organizations.
The 2009 Series officially began this past Nov. 12 with the annual stop Down Under in Sydney, Australia. It will continue on Thursday, March 5 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Stops will also be made in Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom and seven cities in the United States.
After the March visit to Johannesburg, the 2009 Series will continue on Thursday, April 16 in Singapore and then moves to the United States for an active May and June.
Six U.S. cities — Chicago (Thursday, May 21), Rochester (Thursday, May 28), Buffalo (Thursday, June 4), New York City (Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-11), Syracuse (Tuesday, June 23), and Boston (June TBD) — will be visited over a six-week period. In that same timeframe, the Corporate Challenge will travel to Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday, June 17. Frankfurt, with 73,719 participants, was the largest road race in the world in 2008.
There will also be Corporate Challenge events in London, England (Wednesday and Thursday, July 10-11) and San Francisco (Wednesday, September 16).
The 2009 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will also feature an exciting, new Championship concept. Plans are being developed and will be announced during the Series year.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge celebrates team work. Unlike other road races, you can not enter the Corporate Challenge as an individual and each event is held on a weeknight, immediately after work. It is designed so companies and their employees can come together in a healthy, camaraderie-filled environment. All levels of employees are eligible to enter with a company being able to register an unlimited number of entries (with a minimum of four).
Adding to the team-building element, awards are given to the top five men's, women's and mixed teams.
The large majority of companies that participate also create their own t-shirts. The three companies with the most creative t-shirts at each event are chosen to receive a $500 donation to the charity of their choice. This is in line with the Corporate Challenge objective of creating an environment where companies can come together, engage in healthy competition, and feel pride in where they work and their community.
The other “team” element is the Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow initiative. Each Corporate Challenge event utilizes best green practices in the areas of procurement, waste management and transportation. These efforts in 2008 earned the Corporate Challenge a spot in the 10 Greenest Races, as compiled by Runner's World Magazine.
Tangibly, the Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow program in 2008 resulted in the following environmental savings: Online registration saved over 10,000 pounds of paper, which is enough paper to cover 51 3.5-mile Corporate Challenge race courses if lined up lengthwise; reduction and recycling of race day materials — including cups, water bottles, posters and information packets — saved enough energy Series-wide to power all the iPods of all 240,000 of our participants for an entire year; and shuttle bus transportation in a half-dozen of our cities saved over 150,000 miles of driving and saved the equivalent fuel of taking nearly 500 cars off the road for a full week.
Registration for all Corporate Challenge events typically open no later than three months before race day in each Series city. Please contact your local race coordinator for more specific information on securing your company's spot.