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Runners fill the streets of downtown Frankfurt in 2008. In 2009, more than 69,000 will again participate in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on June 17.
With 69,042 entrants, Frankfurt again
will be the largest foot race in the world
Challenged athletes benefit; Hessen Prime minister is starter
FRANKFURT, June 1, 2009 — Once again, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Frankfurt will be the largest foot race in the world in 2009.
As it has in recent years, Frankfurt's annual celebration of corporate fitness and camaraderie has attracted companies from more than 300 cities and towns around Germany . The 17th annual edition of Frankfurt 's Corporate Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, with a crowd of 69,042 participants from 2,708 companies registered.
The number of runners represents only a six-percent decline from 2008's record gathering of 73,719 and an actual increase of five-percent in total number of companies. And, for the first time, one of the companies will have more than 2,000 starters — Commerzbank with 2,475.
“We had been prepared for fewer participants in the light of the current business climate and are now very delighted that the decline has been relatively limited and the competition therefore remains the largest run in the world also in this year,” said Dr. Karl Altenburg, CEO Germany/Switzerland/Austria J.P. Morgan. “It is wonderful that so many people will once again follow our invitation to participate.”
While there will be plenty of smiles and camaraderie in downtown Frankfurt on race night, the event will have a long-lasting impact. The large field will allow for J.P. Morgan to make a donation of over 200,000 Euros to German Sport Aid Foundation (Deutsche Sporthilfe).
“The social commitment for disadvantaged individuals should not be reduced, especially not in economically difficult times,” said Altenburg . “Therefore we are happy to continue our traditional donation at the Corporate Challenge. We feel especially obliged, as we did in the past two years, through the patronage of the Federal President of Germany , Horst Köhler, and the support of the German Sport Aid Foundation, for which we are very thankful and proud.”
The Sport Aid Foundation selects several sponsoring projects in the handicapped sport segment together with J.P. Morgan. These will include the following in the next months: the track and field project of javelin thrower Steffi Nerius in Leverkusen, the wheelchair fencers at the Olympic post in Tauberbischofsheim, the table tennis players in Langen and Marburg, the C-squad promotion of young disabled persons, sports for the hearing impaired, the Wheelchair Club Frankfurt as well as integrated projects at several German secondary schools.
“The Corporate Challenge has become firmly established over the course of the years in Frankfurt and we are especially glad that the Prime Minster of Hessen and native of Frankfurt, Roland Koch, emphasizes this through his attendance by sending the runners on the track with his starting signal,” said Altenburg.