Google runners are part of the lead pack at the start of the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in San Francisco. The Google men's team won here last year and is representing San Francisco in the 32nd annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship.iary of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in San Francisco in 2015.
City of Champions fitting host
for 32nd Series Championship
SAN FRANCISCO, August 25, 2015 — Fittingly, the current City of Champions is hosting champions from around the world in the 32nd running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship.
The event brings together the first-place men's, women's and mixed teams from 13 cities in seven countries to crown global champions in the 2014 Corporate Challenge Series. The race takes off approximately five minutes before the 31st annual San Francisco J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® at McCovey Cove on Sept. 9.
Please note that the regular San Francisco Corporate Challenge is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m., a half-hour later than its normal time. The course itself is 3.2-miles (see map). It begins at Lot A at McCovey Cove, is well-lit and is largely on the Embarcadero.
Rochester's Corning broke through to win the mixed team title at last year's Series Championship in London.
This will be the first time San Francisco has hosted the most prestigious corporate running event in the world, which is continuing its "Olympic" rotation of Series cities, after visiting Johannesburg, Singapore, Chicago, Rochester, N.Y., and London since 2010.
But, with San Francisco's recent run of championship teams, it is more than appropriate that the city hosts another championship event. With the San Francisco Giants winning the 2014 World Series last October and the Golden State Warriors capturing the NBA Finals in June, San Francisco is the only market to currently have defending champions in two of the five major professional sports in North America (baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer).
To further reinforce the "champions" theme, Draymond Green, who played a key role in the Warriors' rise to the NBA throne, and Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants legendary pitcher Vida Blue, will be on hand as the official starters of the race.
And, more champions could be on the horizon for San Francisco. Its three team representatives — Google (men's and women's teams) and runcoach (mixed teams) — all have solid chances at competing for titles on their home turf.
For Google, representing a city of champions should come naturally. The high-tech company has enjoyed unparalleled success in its San Francisco races, with Google's men's team winning six titles here since 2007.
Last year's squad of Matt Miller (16:47), Kevin Pierpoint (16:57), Josh Muxen (17:17) and Kirk Scheibelhut (17:27) ran away from second-place finisher Alterg to win the 2014 San Francisco men's team title by more than three minutes.
To win a Series title, however, Google will have to succeed perennial power Transnet Engineering of Johannesburg, which earned its eighth men's team Series Championship title last year at London. Other strong contenders appear to be Memmert (Frankfurt), the Department of Industry (Sydney), the New York Road Runners (New York) and long-time Championship presence Raytheon from Boston.
With four San Francisco team titles to its credit since 2007, Google's women's team is equally as strong as its men's squad. Made up of Angela Strange (20:02), Shaluinn Fullove (20:03), Lauren Matheou (20:18) and Katherine Miller (22:33), Google blitzed last year's women's field at San Francisco, winning by almost 12 minutes.
The local champions figure to face strong challenges from HSBC (London), Allianz (Frankfurt), and Memorial Sloan Kettering (New York).
Meanwhile, San Francisco's Mixed Team champion, runcoach, also brings solid credentials into the Championship. The team of Tom Mcglynn (17:10), Brett Miller (18:55), Kate Tenforde (19:09), and Ashley Benson (21:10) captured its title by more than five minutes in 2014. Not only is runcoach a two-time defending champion at San Francisco, but Tenforde has won the last two individual women's titles here.
The San Francisco champions figure to be pushed by the University of Rochester (Rochester), Allianz (Sydney), Memorial Sloan Kettering (New York) and Fidelity (Boston).
Following the Series Championship start, the 31st San Francisco Corporate Challenge will get underway. This year's race features a sold-out crowd of 10,000 participants from 325 San Francisco-area companies.
Salesforce, with 901 entrants, has the largest entered team in the capacity crowd. In all, 17 companies had 100 or more entrants, including: J.P. Morgan (507), VMware (302), Genentech (254), BlackRock (249), Visa (220), BioMarin (213), Autodesk (202), Gilead Sciences (200), Twitter (146), Shutterfly (140), Accenture (135), Infinera (128), Square (128), Gap (123), First Republic Bank (114), Box (102).
For the second consecutive year, Year Up will be the race beneficiary, with J.P. Morgan making a donation on behalf of the San Francisco capacity crowd to the non-profit. Year Up Bay Area — one of 14 Year Up sites around the country — serves 400 students each year at its San Francisco and San Jose campuses, helping prepare 18-24 year-olds for the workforce and matching them with employers.
Following the double-races on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, the 39th season of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series continues Sept. 17 in Shanghai.