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Eligibility Rules

  • The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is open to teams of employees from corporations, small and large businesses, and financial institutions. Company and employee eligibility determinations shall be made exclusively by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Series Owner) and/or its authorized representative. All decisions shall be final. Verification of eligibility must be provided upon request.
  • Employees of non-business organizations (e.g., federal, state, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and quasi-governmental organizations) may compete and score only if they are on a team from the same unit, branch, chapter, or school at which they are directly employed.
  • Clubs, unions, political, social, athletic, and similar organizations may not enter their members, volunteers, or other non-employees.
  • Participants must be actively employed, working a minimum of 25 hours a week for at least three months prior to race day for the company they are representing. Temporary employees, employees on leave, interns and sub-contractors are not eligible.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age as of the race date.
  • Participants must be employed in the country in which the race is held. The company must have a facility in the country in which the race is held.
  • Each participant must register online in order to be officially entered and eligible to run. Participants certify that they are medically fit to run and fulfill the previously-listed employment requirements.
  • Each company must register a minimum of ONE complete team: a male team of four men - OR - a female team of four women - OR - a mixed team of two men and two women to participate in the Corporate Challenge. Incomplete teams and individual entries will not be accepted.
  • Companies must register a minimum of ten participants to be eligible for team awards.

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Specific Race Day Rules

  • All participants must complete the medical emergency information on the back of their race numbers.
  • All participants must wear their assigned race number in full view on the front of their shirt. Anyone found running with another person’s number will be disqualified, and risks disqualification for the entire team.
  • Walker Policy: Walkers may not start in front of any runners, and may not start the race early. Walkers must complete the exact 3.5-mile course route and may not take optional or shortened routes.
  • All team members must participate unaided. Roller skates, skateboards, rollerblades, baby joggers, roller skis, bicycles, strollers, or animals are strictly prohibited anywhere along the race course. Their use will result in disqualification of the individual runner and may result in team disqualification.

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Scoring Rules

  • Participants must wear the race-provided timing chip to be scored. Scores will be based on the time elapsed between crossing the start and finish timing mats.
  • Each participant may be placed on only ONE scoring team at each event. For example, a female participant may NOT score for both a female and a mixed team.
  • Once a company team has won a division in any of the Corporate Challenge races, those individual team members are not eligible to score on any other team at any other Corporate Challenge race.
  • Company teams representing retail stores that predominantly feature running shoes and apparel are not eligible for overall team awards.
  • Runners from the 2014 Championship in London may not be included on a team scorecard in any division for any of the 2014 regular series races. These participants are eligible to be part of a corporate team roster and run in 2014 Corporate Challenge races, but they may not score.
  • Companies who do not meet the Championship Eligibility distance requirements may not be on any scorecard but are welcome to compete.
  • The top five male and female finishers will be the first five eligible runners of each sex to cross the finish line.

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Championship Eligibility

  • Qualifying companies for the Championship must have a strong local presence in the Corporate Challenge city they are representing. For U.S. events, your company is eligible if it is based in or has one or more offices in the greater metropolitan area of the city in which you are competing. For international events, your company is eligible if your company is based in or has one or more offices in the country in which you are competing.
  • At least three members of the qualifying team must be employed at an address (or addresses) in the greater metropolitan area (for U.S. events) or country (for international events) of the event in which they are competing.
  • Greater metropolitan area in the U.S. is defined as follows:  In Boston, Chicago, New York City and San Francisco it is within 50 miles of the city center.  In Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, it is within 100 miles of the city center.  Upstate New York companies that are within 100 miles of multiple Corporate Challenge cities cannot participate in more than one race in an effort to qualify for the Championship.
  • At the time of the Championship, all team members (original and substitute) must be actively employed by the company they are representing, working a minimum of 25 hours per week from the date of their original qualifying race through the date of the Championship race. Temporary/casual employees, employees on leave, interns and sub-contractors are not eligible.
  • Individual runners who participate in the 2014 Championship in London cannot participate in the 2015 Championship, without exception.  Runners who qualified for the most recent Championship but did not attend are eligible to qualify the following year.

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Additional Rules

  • Due to the large number of entries to be processed, all company captains and participants acknowledge that company and individual entries which do not qualify under these rules, whether or not they have been accepted initially by the Race Coordinator, may be rejected by the Executive Race Committee either before or after any race and those teams and/or team members may be disqualified.
  • The Series Owner reserves the right to delay, postpone, cancel, or not officially time any race in the event of adverse weather conditions. The determination of what constitutes adverse weather conditions is reserved solely to the Executive Race Committee. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, even in the case of event cancellation.
  • The Series Owner reserves the right to make additions, changes, or clarifications to these rules without prior notice to company teams or team members. The Series Owner will endeavor to advise teams of any rule change prior to the race, but any such change shall be considered binding upon all company teams and participants whether or not they have received notice of the change prior to the race.
  • All rules are subject to interpretation by the Race Coordinator and Executive Race Committee. All decisions of the Executive Race Committee are final.
  • The Series Owner reserves the right to reject or disqualify any entrant or team whose conduct is inappropriate to the spirit of the race. Individual disqualification may lead to the disqualification of the entire team and/or company for one or more races. It is expected that teams and team members will represent their company in the Corporate Challenge Series events in a sportsmanlike and professional manner.

Violation of any of the rules indicated herein, in the Race Packet, and/or in the race day announcements, may result in disqualification of any participant, team, and/or entire company for one or more races. The decision of the Executive Race Committee is final.

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