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J.P. Morgan's Karl-George Altenburg (far right) enjoys a light moment at press conference announcing details of this year's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt. Joining him were three of the VIP participants for the race (left-to-right): Michael Ilgner, CEO German Sports Aid; Steffi Nerius, World Champion Javelin thrower; and Markus Frank, head of sports for the City of Frankfurt.
Frankfurt J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
soars over 70,000 entrants for 2nd time
June 9 race in line to be world's largest in 2010
FRANKFURT, May 19, 2010 — The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Frankfurt, scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, is set to earn global attention.
The 3.5-mile team road race has closed registration with 72,741 entrants from 2,752 companies. At this time, that is the largest road race in the world for 2010.
This will also be a near-record in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 18-year history in Germany . It falls just short of the 73,719 attracted in 2008, but is 5-percent more than the 69,042 participants last June.
“Having a title such as the ‘largest run in Europe or the world’ is certainly satisfying,” said Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg, CEO of J.P. Morgan for Germany/Austria/Switzerland.
The largest teams in this year are Commerzbank with 1,936 starters followed by Lufthansa with 1,313 and Deutsche Bank with 1,240.
The enormous crowd — and the impact it will undoubtedly make on the long-term motivation for physical fitness of many — attracted German health minister Dr. Philipp Rösler, who will serve as the official starter.
“This is the first time that a German minister will attend the Corporate Challenge. We are not only delighted, but also very proud,” said Altenburg .
In addition to health minister Rösler, there are other notable participants:
- Joey Kelly, a member of the popular, multi-generational Kelly Family musical group.
- Kathrin Dörre, one of the world's best marathon runners in the 1990s, with her husband, trainer Wolfgang Heinig.
- Seven monks of the Buddhist Pagoda Phat Hue from Frankfurt, who will practice their “walking meditation”
- Economic and sports official Markus Frank of the city of Frankfurt.
Participants in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge represent all industry segments and travel to Frankfurt from more than 300 different cities. Two-thirds of the participants are based in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region and one-third (nearly 25,000 individuals) travel to Frankfurt from all across Germany .
The German Sport Aid Foundation (Deutsche Sporthilfe) has been a beneficiary partner with the Corporate Challenge since 2007, and J.P. Morgan will make a donation for each of the 72,741 entries. These funds will benefit various programs for disabled athletes in numerous sports throughout Germany
The motto of the run is “The friendly competition” and it describes the spirit of the competition perfectly: training together as a company before the Corporate Challenge, then successfully completing the run together and celebrating together with the colleagues after the race.
And there will be plenty to celebrate post-race on June 9 after participating in 2010's largest race of the year to date.