Participants fill Frankfurt at the 2013 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.
Germany continues huge participation
at 2014 Frankfurt Corporate Challenge
|FAST FACTS: FRANKFURT
||22nd J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5-mile run/walk for the corporate community.
||June 11, 7:30 p.m.
||Primary staging area within Opernplatz. Race course winds through Frankfurt's central business district.
||71,735 entrants from 2,781 companies. The third-largest Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt history and the largest road race in the world thus far in 2014.
|Largest companies participating:
||Deutsche Bahn (1,510 entrants); Deutsche Lufthansa (1,414); Deutsche Bank (1,308).
||German Sport Aid and German Handicapped Sport Youth.
|2013 team champions:
||Polizei Bayern (men); Bundespolizei (women); KfW Bankengruppe (mixed).
|The Corporate Challenge:
||In its 38th consecutive year, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series promotes health and camaraderie in the workplace. In 2014, the Series will visit 13 cities in seven countries on five continents, looking to build on an all-time record attendance of 262,311 entrants from 7,969 companies in 2013.
||Syracuse, NY, June 17
FRANKFURT, June 4, 2014 — The numbers continue to boggle the mind.
When the 22nd J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® in Frankfurt begins next Wednesday night, June 11, there will be 71,735 entrants from 2,781 on the starting line. Wow!
Putting those numbers into context:
- It is the largest road race in the world thus far in 2014.
- It is the third largest event in the 38-year history of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series, trailing only similarly-sized races in Frankfurt — 73,719 in 2008 and 72,741 in 2010.
- It will mean a donation of 258,500 Euro from J.P. Morgan to event beneficiaries German Sport Aid and German Handicapped Sport Youth.
Martin Wiesmann, J.P. Morgan’s Senior Country Officer in Germany, will serve as the official starter for the race along with two-time Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt. Wiesmann will then leave the start stage to run in the event, reinforcing that J.P. Morgan owns the Corporate Challenge and puts its full physical and creative efforts behind it.
“I am very glad to be able to announce these participation numbers,” said Wiesmann. “It makes a substantial donation possible.”
Indeed. In the past eight years, the Corporate Challenge has resulted in more than 1.75 million Euro being donated to handicapped sports activities. Donations like that can change lives.
“Sport provides exercise, games, fun, adventure and joint experiences while simultaneously increasing mobility, adding to personal independence, increasing self-confidence and reducing personal fears while delivering a broad range of contacts,” explained Lars Pickardt, president of the German Handicapped Sport Youth.
With the funds donated by J.P. Morgan, the German Handicapped Sport Youth will provide opportunities for youth to take part in Talent Days across Germany. Designed to provide access and allow as many young individuals with disabilities as possible an entry into the different sports disciplines, Talent Days are planned in Leipzig, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Wolfsburg, Munich-Oberschleißheim and Bad Kreuznach.
A goal of the initiative is to slowly introduce children and teenagers with disabilities to competitive sports, added Pickardt.
He will join Michael Ilgner of the German Sport Aid Foundation and Witt, who champions the Katarina Witt Foundation, cheering on the runners and walkers who will have arrived from all across Germany.
They will have plenty to cheer, starting with the three largest teams in the race — Deutsche Bahn (Railway Company) with 1,510 participants, the Deutsche Lufthansa (Airline) with 1,414 runners and the Deutsche Bank (Financial Institution) with 1,308 employees.
In addition, Olympic skiing champion Victoria Rebensburg, as well as the cross-country skiers Nicole Fessel and Sebastian Eichenlauer, will participate for the team of the Helvetia insurance company — on a non-competitive basis.
And, German Sport Aid will field a team featuring “Marathon Twins” Anna and Lisa Hahner from Fulda. They also are running on a non-competitive basis.
The 2013 individual champions were Simon Stuetzel of Scholarbook GmbH, who blistered the course last year in 16:08, and Tinca Uphoff of Frankfurt Goethe University, who won 19:07. The winning teams were Polizei Bayern (men), Bundespolizei (women) and KfW Bankengruppe (mixed), and each has qualified to compete in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship on July 9 in London. Winning teams from this year’s race will qualify for next year’s Series Championship at a site to be announced.
Further information regarding the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is available at www.jpmorgancc.de and at www.facebook.de/frankfurtcorporatechallenge.