267,960 participants set record for
Corporate Challenge Series
NEW YORK, January 20, 2015 — The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® has become a runaway best-seller around the world.
It started with a modest 200 runners in New York's Central Park on July 13, 1977 and has grown to 13 cities on five continents. In 2014, the 267,960 participants from 8,071 companies both set records for the Corporate Challenge.
The event in Frankfurt was the largest in the Series with 71.735 entrants from 2,781 companies throughout Germany. To commemorate the effort of participants around the world, J.P. Morgan donated approximately $700,000 to not-for-profit organizations.
Here’s a quick run-through of 2014’s Corporate Challenge events:
Johannesburg - March 6, 2014
A sold-out crowd of 13,000 employees from 226 companies registered. The average team size of 59 employees per company is the highest in the entire Corporate Challenge Series. Johannesburg has sold out each of its 11 years in the Series. Event beneficiary Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was supported at the event by an A-list of South African sporting and entertainment stars, including rugby legends Morné duPlessis and Butch James, and Olympian distance runner Elana Meyer.
Singapore – April 24
A record crowd of 16,861 employees from 356 companies registered. This capped an incredible 5-year growth period of 59-percent since the event attracted 9,924 entrants in 2009. Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, served as the Guest of Honor and flagged off the runners from the Esplanade Bridge. At the front of the start line was his colleague Tan Chuan-Jin, the Acting Minister, Ministry of Manpower.
Chicago – May 22
Chicago’s 25,192 entrants made it the largest single-night event in the U.S. in 2014. (New York was a two-night event on June 4-5 with a total capacity of 30,000.) The event supported and raised awareness for Get IN Chicago, with basketball legend Isiah Thomas serving as spokesperson. “It’s very meaningful to me to give back to my hometown by supporting an important initiative like Get In Chicago,” said Thomas (@iamisiahthomas), who tweeted his appearance and support of @GetInChicago to his 107,000 followers.
Rochester – May 29
A near-record crowd of 10,900 runners and walkers from 460 companies registered for the Rochester race. This was second-largest number of entrants in Rochester Corporate Challenge history, trailing only the 11,118 attracted in 2008. Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive, sent the runners and walkers off from the starting line. “This event is very well organized and it represents one of the things I love about living in Monroe County,” Brooks said. “The energy and pride of our people in the workforce really makes this the success that it is.”
New York – June 4-5
A capacity crowd of 30,000 runners filled Central Park over two nights in events that benefited the Central Park Conservancy. It was the 38th consecutive year of operation for the race and entrants of all skill levels. J.P. Morgan has hosted exactly 85 Corporate Challenge events in Central Park. From 1977-85, we hosted one event per year. From 1986-2003, we conducted three (one normally in May, June and July), and from 2004-to-date two per year. It is one of the most-widely attended event in New York road racing history with more than 1.6 million total participants.
Frankfurt – June 11
The largest event in the Corporate Challenge Series with 71,735 total entrants from 2,781 companies. Olympic gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt was celebrity starter for an event that benefitted German Sports Aid and German Handicapped Sport Youth. Amazingly, this event began in 1993 with just 527 total entrants running on a dirt race course along the River Main. It has now grown to an event that featured participants from 439 different town and cities throughout Germany.
Syracuse – June 17
A capacity crowd of 8,564 runners and walkers from 316 companies registered; the largest number of entrants and companies in Syracuse Corporate Challenge history. Syracuse has the highest percentage of walkers in the Corporate Challenge Series. Approximately 47-percent of the total entrants indicated on their registration form that they would walk the 3.5-mile Onondaga Lake Parkway course. By point of comparison, walkers represented 11-percent of the field at our New York City events in Central Park on June 4-5.
Buffalo – June 19
An impressive crowd of 11,914 runners and walkers from 396 companies registered. This was the fifth consecutive year that total attendance has exceeded 11,000. The event has been held 33 out of 34 years within the confines of Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Delaware Park, the only exception being 1992 (Nichols School). Buffalo is the 2nd oldest event in the 38-year J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series (NYC, 38 years).
Boston – June 24
Total participation was a full capacity of 12,000 runners and walkers from 585 companies. Capacity was reached within one week of the opening of registration. Event has been a sell-out each year since 1995. The race course is traditionally one of the fastest in the Corporate Challenge – a flat, out-and-back route on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay, with a turnaround at Kenmore Square within a long fly ball from Fenway Park.
London – July 9-10
The two nights both achieved sold-out status with a total crowd of 29,526 participants from 741 companies. The 31st annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship – featuring the first-place men’s, women’s and mixed teams from all 13 Series cities – was held on July 9. Four-time Olympic gold medalist and 2013 America’s Cup winner Ben Ainslie – possibly the United Kingdom’s most popular current professional athlete – was on hand. “Sport teaches us a lot about teamwork, working under pressure, and delivering upon expectations,” Ainslie said. “Competing really teaches you so much about life in general. So it is fantastic that J.P. Morgan presents this opportunity to members of the London business community to compete with pride for their company.”
San Francisco – September 17
Set a San Francisco record for participation with a full capacity 12,750 entrants from 390 companies. Post-race hospitality was held in adjacent AT&T Park, home of the two-time World Series baseball champion San Francisco Giants. “An amazing night and setting,” said Peter Engel, Vice Chairman, Investment Bank for J.P. Morgan. “The way this event has grown through the years is a testament to the hard work of the company captains who registered their teams. I can’t think of a better business-to-business event in the city with more benefits.
Shanghai – October 23
The first Corporate Challenge ever held in China reached a full capacity of entrants – 8,200 from 240 companies. This is the youngest race in the Series, in its fourth year, and it also has the earliest race start – 4:30 p.m. Since J.P. Morgan brought its owned and operated Corporate Challenge to Shanghai in 2011, it has been embraced by the Chinese business culture. This year’s crowd is 13-percent larger than 2013 and represents a 109-percent increase from the debut.
Sydney – November 11
Australian marathon legend Rob de Castella was on the starting line representing his not-for-profit – the Indigenous Marathon Project (the event beneficiary) – as a Sydney-record crowd of 8,212 participants from 355 companies competed and celebrated at Centennial Park. de Castella also participated in the very first Corporate Challenge held in Centennial Park, back in November, 2000.
For video highlights of most 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge events, please visit the J.P. Morgan Channel on You Tube at www.youtube.com/jpmorgan