Some of the 71,735 participants make their way through Frankfurt in the 2014 race.
FRANKFURT, June 9, 2015 — For the ninth consecutive year, Germany's most popular road race -- the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® -- once again will support disabled sports.
The 23rd edition of Frankfurt's Corporate Challenge will be held June 17. Often the world's largest race, this year's edition will feature more than 70,000 participants from 2,682 companies across Germany.
While there are many reasons the race is so popular, the goodwill the Corporate Challenge generates through substantial donations to sports for the disabled in Germany ranks high on the list. It is one reason the large crowd expected for this year's race delights Martin Wiesmann, Senior Country Officer Germany of J.P. Morgan.
"Some 253,000 Euro in the form of donations can be collected due to the number of participants (in this year's race)," said Wiesmann, who, despite a busy race-day schedule, participates in the race each year. "These funds enable sport projects for young individuals with physical or mental handicaps. Over the course of the past nine years, the female and male runners -- together with J.P. Morgan -- have donated a total of 2,034,849 million Euro for this good cause."
Through the Corporate Challenge, J.P. Morgan partners with the German Sport Aid Foundation and the German Disabled Youth Foundation. And this year, Sport Aid has some exciting news. It has been able to find well-known sports patrons for five highlight projects:
- former ice skating Olympic champion Katarina Witt, who also will serve as a race starter;
- javelin throw world champion Steffi Nerius;
- the Bundesliga soccer team of Eintracht Frankfurt with board member Axel Hellmann in charge;
- decathlon icon Frank Busemann;
- bobsled Olympic champion Georg Hackl.
The appeal of these famous names raises awareness for the projects and motivates the athletes, many of whom will take part in "talent days" made possible by Corporate Challenge contributions. Designed to provide access and allow as many young individuals with disabilities as possible an entry into the different sports disciplines, the talent days are being expanded from five to 12 this year.
In addition to the substantial contributions to sports for the disabled, the Corporate Challenge has struck a chord with Germany's corporate work force because of its focus on fitness and camaraderie.
In 2014, some 71,735 entrants representing 2,781 companies gathered in Frankfurt, many traveling from distant cities and towns in more than 300 buses. It was the largest road race in the world and the third largest in Frankfurt's 22-year history.
It was also one of the fastest.
Tinka Uphoff, representing the German Federal Financial Authority, broke the 19-minute barrier over the 5.6-km race course. Her 18:59 is the fastest women's time in the history of the Frankfurt race. The men's race also was fast as Sebastian Reinwand and Joseph Katib, both of Memmert GmbH, battled to the finish line, with Reinwand edging his teammate by just two seconds in 16:24.
They helped their company win the men's team title. Later this summer, along with women's team champion Allianz AG and mixed team winner Deutsche Lufthansa AG, they will represent Frankfurt at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship in San Francisco on September 9.
Further information regarding the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is available at www.jpmorgancc.de and at www.facebook.de/frankfurtcorporatechallenge.