Amy Peloquin breaks the finish line tape held by Frank Bisignano, Chief Administrative Officer for JPMorgan Chase (left), and Doug Blonsky, President of the Central Park Conservancy, the race beneficiary. Photos: Joe Rosen, PhotoBureau.
Wall Street Systems wins early race;
Rios, Peloquin clean up on course
Results | Photos
Mayumi Shimokawa (30516) of McGraw-Hill Companies races to the finish (above), while Michael McMahon (29365) of Kelly Drye & Warren, LLP, and Dawn Newsome (34650) of RBS lead a group of runners to the finish at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park (below).
NEW YORK, June 17, 2010 – There was no chance that Wall Street Systems was going to miss out on participating in the 2010 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park. The firm’s CFO Karl Jaeger made sure of that.
“He told me in the winter, before registration even opened, ‘Sign us up on the first day, in the first hour. Get us the best tent’,” Wall Street Systems company captain Allison Gibson said.
Gibson took it from there. She not only got Wall Street Systems into an event that has sold out each year since 1988, she also secured a prime location for her company’s post-race hospitality within Central Park. And the recruitment of runners went global.
“We had employees here tonight from France, from Stockholm, from London, and from Boston,” the effervescent Gibson said. “This is a perfect event for us and building camaraderie. It’s not formal like a Christmas party. It’s a lot of people having fun and sweating!”
That story sums up the appeal of the 34th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The two nights of racing and partying in Central Park drew a capacity crowd of 30,000 entrants (15,000 each night), and the event shows no signs of slowing down.
“We have hosted this race for 34 years,” JPMorgan Chase Chief Administrative Officer Frank Bisignano said from the start stage, “and we dream of doing it for 34 more.”
Members of Medidata celebrate their efforts in a post-race photo.
The New York business community wouldn’t complain about that. They sold out all 30,000 spots in less than a month, with the big winner being event beneficiary Central Park Conservancy. Central Park has been the home of the Corporate Challenge since its 1977 debut and is the regular training ground for thousands of Corporate Challenge participants.
Two of the runners familiar with rolling hills and breathtaking landscape were the two individual winners this night – Jeffrey Rios of AKF Group (17:26) and Amy Peloquin (21:10) of Microsoft. Rios fended off Matthew Forys (17:40) of Blackrock for the men’s title while Peloquin earned an eight-second victory over Maria Lauretani of Consolidated Edison.
A total of 373 companies took part on a comfortably cool evening. The five largest were New York Life (351 entrants); RBS (347); RBC Capital Markets (331); BNP Paribas (300); BNY Mellon (250).
Jeffrey Rios of AKF Group wins in 17:26.
Though not as big in numbers, Dealogics had a healthy hospitality spread set up on the edge of the famed Sheep Meadow.
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“Fitness is important to us as a company,” said Edward Jones, who works in marketing for the firm that provides technology, data and analytics for the financial services community. “A fit employee is a productive employee, and we love the shared experience that we have at a race like this.
“Many of the people on our team tonight are runners, but for others, getting a J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge t-shirt is a big accomplishment,” he continued.
Speaking of t-shirts, judged to be the best on this night were the contest entries from Easton Associates and Visit Britain. Those two creative companies will each receive $1,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to donate to the charity of their choice.
The most coveted prize to companies will be forthcoming. The fastest team in each of three divisions – men’s, women’s and mixed – over the two nights will earn an invitation to the 2011 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship in Singapore. Check back to www.jpmorganchasecc.com in the coming weeks for the complete results and more details.
You can check now for your individual results as, for the first time, the Corporate Challenge executed chip timing in Central Park. All runners had their times posted on the Series web site before the next business morning.