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Denise Mazzeo and Dave Knowles, both of Seward & Kissel, claim individual victories at the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park.

Seward & Kissel shows winning edge
on first night of Corporate Challenge

WHAT: 38th running of J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The 3.3-mile race course was entirely within Central Park.
WHO: Capacity crowd of 15,000 runners and walkers from 245 companies.
WEATHER: Clear and comfortable 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 Celsius) at the 7 p.m. race start.

Morgan Stanley (1,000 total entrants); American Express (899); Bloomberg (557); Hospital for Special Surgery (525); Deutsche Bank (430); Barclays (316); New York Life Insurance Company (311); Coach (300); Deloitte (292); J. Crew (284).


MEN: Dave Knowles, Seward & Kissel, 16:25

WOMEN: Denise Mazzeo, Seward & Kissel, 19:08
BENEFITS: Central Park Conservancy
NOTABLE: J.P. Morgan and its predecessor firms have hosted the Corporate Challenge in Central Park annually since 1977. It is the most-widely attended event in New York road racing history with more than 1.6 million total participants in 38 years.
QUOTABLE: “The Corporate Challenge inspired me to start running. I did not want to do this race with co-workers, having never run before. But I did it, and now I have gone on to run 12 marathons.” — ELYNN LEBRON, Advent Capital Management

NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 —
Seward & Kissel is one of the top law firms in Manhattan, an award-winner that has been in business since 1890.

Its talent and competitive spirit extends out of the office and courthouse to the race course, as proven ably on the first night of racing at the 38th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Central Park.

Dave Knowles and Denise Mazzeo, both wearing the singlets of Seward & Kissel, earned the first-place men’s and women’s titles, respectively. Knowles ran a solid 16:25 over the 3.3-mile course to outduel Robert Dugger of Alvarez & Marsal (16:37). Mazzeo dusted the women’s field; her 19:08 more than a full minute ahead of the 20:15 posted by Allison Goldstein of Wiley. Complete individual results are available here.

It was Knowles’ first time breaking the tape at the Corporate Challenge; he finished fourth in 2013. Mazzeo had tasted victory previously in 2012.

While Seward & Kissel dominated the front of the pack, there were 14,998 other competitors in the sold-out crowd that were enjoying everything else the Corporate Challenge has to offer — particularly company camaraderie and teamwork.

“We really enjoy spending time together and engaging in healthy competition,” said Deborah James, company captain at Standard Motor Products. “Our teammates really take pride in their finishing times and who comes in first on the team. We give our runners props in the company newsletter, posting finishing times and highlighting our first-place finisher.”

But, James noted, there is also an appeal to the 60 Standard Motor Products entrants who just like to enjoy a beautiful stroll in Central Park.

startRunners start the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park.


Due to restricted space and changes in the course, the distance for this year's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge was reduced from 3.5 miles to 3.3 miles. Follow this link to a pace calculator to determine what your time would have been over the 3.5-mile distance.  Example: For an entrant who ran 18:30 over the 3.3-mile distance, that time would translate to 19:41 over 3.5 miles.

“In the past few years there have been corrals set up at the starting line, giving a nice distance between runners and walkers,” James said. “As a walker it is great to look around and see all of your fellow participants. I personally love seeing all the t-shirts, and ours are designed in-house and are pretty great.”

XO Group is the authority on “all things wedding,” and appropriately it takes a very committed approach to forming its Corporate Challenge team.

Advent celebrates its participation in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in New York.

“We have 80 runners representing just about every department,” Kelly Roberts, company captain at XO Group, said. “From our CEO Mike Steib to editors, tech team, engineers, designers, finance and administrative staff, there are runners and walkers all across the board. It's an excellent way for different departments to mix and mingle while setting goals and getting active!”

For Elynn Lebron and her Advent Capital Management colleagues, participation in the Corporate Challenge was a year in coming.

“Our Corporate Challenge race night was cancelled last year due to inclement weather,” Lebron said. “So we made the best of it and later on I organized a mini-race for our team. We wore our purple race shirts and ran around Central Park on a warm day. We were really looking forward to doing it this year with everyone else.”

The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge once again supported the Central Park Conservancy, the official manager of Central Park. In honor of the Corporate Challenge participants, J.P. Morgan will make a donation to the Central Park Conservancy to support the Conservancy’s mission to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public. Seventy-five percent of the Park's annual expense budget is raised by the Conservancy. 

We do it all again tomorrow for the second evening of team bonding at J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park.

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