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The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will be conducted virtually in 2021. This will give our longtime participants an opportunity to connect with their colleagues and celebrate teamwork, camaraderie, and the Corporate Challenge community worldwide, as well as introducing new Corporate Challenge participants from locations outside of Series cities.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is the world’s largest corporate running event. It began humbly with one race for 200 entrants on July 13, 1977 in New York’s Central Park and has now blossomed to events in 15 cities in eight countries on all six fully inhabited continents. The all-time largest Corporate Challenge was hosted in Frankfurt, Germany in 2008 – an amazing 73,719 participants. The Series has been owned and operated the entire time by JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor firms.
Every participating company must assign a Team Captain to create and manage their J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Company Team. The Team Captain will be the main point of contact for their company’s participation and will help to ensure a seamless experience for their colleagues.
When registration opens, the Team Captain can register their company on our website: jpmorganchasecc.com.
Once on the site, the Team Captain will find the event location and can choose between In-Person and Virtual Events. Next, Team Captains should create and activate their new Team Captain Account and register their team.
After the Company Team entry is completed, a registration link will be accessible on the Team Captain Dashboard which the Team Captain will send to their colleagues to register for the event.
The Team Captain must also register for their own team, using the same registration link and going through the Participant Account creation process. The Team Captain will be required to use a different email address for their Participant Account than the one they used to set up their Team Captain Account.
Our event is open to all employees of corporations, businesses and financial institutions who work twenty-five (25) hours per week and have been employed by the company for at least ninety (90) days prior to race night.
Employee participants must be at least 18 years of age on the date of registration. Contractors, Consultants, and Temporary staff are not eligible to participate on a team.
Each company must register a minimum of four (4) entrants that meet all of the eligibility requirements to form one (1) complete team: a male team of four (4) men—OR—a female team of four (4) women—OR—a mixed team of two (2) men and two (2) women to participate in the Series. Company Teams that register fewer than four (4) individuals will not be accepted and will be removed from the registration system when the registration period closes.
The Series Owner will follow recommendations from the CDC and local health departments regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, along with the latest health and safety procedures and guidelines. Details of those recommendations and a comprehensive COVID-19 protocols document will be shared with participants prior to the day of the applicable Race.
Please see our Rules & Safety.
There is no Championship or qualifier event in 2021.
Rules & Safety
Rules of Competition for the 2021 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Road Race Series
Participant Eligibility for Series
- The 2021 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Road Race Series (the “Series”) is open to all companies in all industries that have an interest in advancing workplace camaraderie. Company and employee eligibility determinations shall be made exclusively by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (the “Series Owner”) and/or its authorized representative Executive Race Committee (the “ERC”). All participant and team eligibility decisions are final. Upon request, ERC or the Series Owner may request supplemental materials to support a participant’s eligibility to participate in an in-person and/or virtual race in the Series (each, a “Race”)
- Employees of private sector, non-business organizations (e.g., federal, state, and local governments, quasi-governmental organizations, and educational institutions) 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, and meet all other eligibility requirements.
- Participants must be actively employed, working a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours a workweek at least ninety (90) days prior to the Race (as defined below) registration deadline for the company they are representing. Temporary/casual employees, employees on leave or sabbatical, volunteers, non-employees, club members, interns and sub-contractors are not eligible to participate in any Race in the Series. For the avoidance of doubt, furloughed employees are able to participate in the Race, in the discretion of their employer.
- Participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time that they register for the applicable Race or related Series event.
- Participants must be employed in the country in which the Race is held. Companies who register teams for any Race in the Series must have a facility or office in the country in which the Race is held.
- Each participant must register online using the Series’ registration system in order to be officially entered and eligible to run a Race. By registering for a Race, Participants represent and warrant that: (a) they are medically fit to run; and (b) they fulfill the previously listed employment requirements.
- Each company must register a minimum of four (4) entrants that meet all of the eligibility requirements to form one (1) complete team: a male team of four (4) men — OR — a female team of four (4) women — OR — a mixed team of two (2) men and two (2) women to participate in the Series. Company Teams that register less than four (4) individuals will not be accepted and will be removed from the registration system when the registration period closes. In the event that a team is removed from the registration system before the registration period closes, the registration fees for the team members within that incomplete team will be refunded to the individual who paid the registration fees for such removed team members minus any processing fees already collected by the ERC or Series Owner.
- The Series Owner and ERC reserves the right to delay, postpone, cancel, or not officially time any Race in the event of adverse weather conditions, fire, flood, earthquake, or acts of God, acts of war, terrorism, riots, civil disorders, rebellions or revolutions, third party strikes, lockouts or labor difficulties, a public health emergency, epidemic, or pandemic effecting the geographic location of the applicable Race or Series (in whole or in part), a court order or any government order or State of Emergency called by state or local officials which expressly prohibits the Race and/or related Series events from being held, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control or anticipation of a party, (each, a “Force Majeure Event”). The determination of what constitutes a Force Majeure Event is reserved solely to the discretion of the Series Owner and the ERC. In the event of a cancellation, postponement or delayed Race arising out of or related to a Force Majeure Event, entry fees shall be deemed non-refundable and non-transferable unless otherwise explicitly stated by the Series Owner in a communication tied to the Force Majeure Event.
- A Force Majeure Event includes a regulatory requirement or advisory prohibiting or restricting non-essential business or travel, in-person events, close contact of attendees, maximum number of attendees, serving of food or beverage, and hospitality and catering spaces. In the event of such event, to the extent that a participant has already paid entrance fees for the postponed or cancelled hospitality event, the Series Owner may apply all previously paid amounts toward a different or rescheduled Race hospitality event occurring within twelve (12) months of the original Race date.
- These Rules of Competition and any other Race rules are subject to interpretation by the local event organizer, the Series Owner and ERC. All decisions of the local event organizer, ERC and the Series Owner are final. For the avoidance of doubt, the Rules of Competition and any other jurisdiction specific Race rules may be modified, at any time, in the sole discretion of the Series Owner.
- Due to the large number of entries to be processed, all Company Teams and team members acknowledge that company and individual entries which do not qualify under these rules, whether or not they have been accepted initially by the local event organizer, may be rejected by the ERC or the Series Owner either before or after any Race, and those teams and/or team members may be disqualified. In the event of disqualification prior to the start of the applicable Race, entry fees will be refunded to the individual who paid the registration fees of the disqualified team member minus any processing fees already collected by the ERC or Series Owner. In the event of disqualification after the start of the applicable Race, entry fees will be deemed non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Due to course restrictions or permitting regulations, the local event organizer, ERC or the Series Owner reserves the right to limit the number of participant entries before the published Race registration closing date.
- Any participant seeking a reasonable accommodation must submit a written request to the Race’s customer service team on or before the published registration closing date at: https://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/#contact.
- 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 (1) or more Races. In the event of such disqualification of any or all team members of a Company Team, such team member(s)’ entry fees shall be deemed non-refundable and non-transferable.
- A Virtual Race allows participants to register for an event and complete the distance of the event on their own and then submit their time through the Race’s website for scoring. Participants are given a scoring period to complete the Race and submit their results.
- Participants do not need to be registered for an In-Person Race to participate in a Virtual Race.
In-Person Race Rules
- All participants must complete the medical contact and emergency information on the back of their race bib.
- All participants must wear their assigned race bib in full view on the front of their shirt. Anyone found running with another person’s bib will be disqualified, and risks disqualification for their entire Company Team. Disqualified participants or Company Teams are not entitled to a refund.
- Participants may not start the Race early and must complete the exact 3.5mi/5.6 km course and may not vary the routes unless otherwise prior approval has been provided by ERC or Series Owner. Violation of this policy may lead to disqualification of the entire Company Team from this and future Series Races.
- Participants are required to start the Race in the corral that corresponds to the color of their bib; participants may not move to a corral closer to the start line.
- In the interest of participant safety and security, and to allow public streets and permitted areas to reopen as required in compliance with municipal and/or law enforcement permitting restrictions, participants are allotted up to a pace of twenty (20) minutes per mile (12.4 minutes per kilometer) to complete the course (1 hour and 10 minutes total) from the time they cross the Race’s start line. Participants unable to maintain this pace should be mindful that amenities on the course may not be available, and participants participating in Races on public streets may be asked to move off the course or onto sidewalks. Participants that fail to complete the course in 1 hour and 10 minutes from the Race’s start time may not receive an official Race time.
- To allow public streets and permitted areas to reopen as required, start lines will be closed and timing mats will be removed twenty (20) minutes after the official Race start or after the last corral starts the Race, whichever is longer. Any participant that begins the Race after the start line closes will not receive an official time.
- For safety reasons, roller skates, skateboards, rollerblades, baby joggers, baby strollers, roller skis, bicycles, and pushchairs are strictly prohibited anywhere along the Race course. Use of any of the aforementioned items will result in disqualification of the individual participant and possibly their entire team. For the avoidance of doubt, wheelchair users who self-propel are not prohibited from participating in the Race.
- Non-Service Animals (“Service Animals” defined below) are strictly prohibited anywhere along the Race course. Use of a non-Service Animal will result in disqualification of the individual participant and possibly their entire Company Team. For purposes of these Series Rules of Competition, a “Service Animal” means a working dog, not a pet, who is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability with such tasks directly related to an individual’s disability. Service Animals exclude animals whose sole task is to provide comfort or emotional support to an individual; provided, however, that dogs who have been trained to assist individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder shall be considered Service Animals for purposes of these Series Rules of Competition. All Service Animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with their work or the individual’s disability prevents using such devices. In such instances, the individual must maintain control of the Service Animal through voice, signal or other effective controls.
- All individual and team payments must be received by the day of the Race. If such fees are not received by the Series Owner, such failure to pay may result in disqualification of the individual participant and possibly the entire Company Team as determined by Series Owner and/or ERC in their reasonable discretion.
- Participants must wear the Race-provided timing chip/transponder on the back of their bib to be scored and appear in the official results. Individual results are calculated on the time elapsed between crossing the start and finish timing mats. Participants must cross the start and finish line timing mats and on-course timing split points to receive an official time.
- Companies must register a minimum of four (4) participants that meet all of the eligibility requirements to be eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place Company Team awards.
- Each participant may be placed on up to two (2) scoring teams at each Race per year. For example, a female participant may score for both a female and a mixed team.
- Once a Company Team has placed in the top 3rd of a division and won any award in any Series Race, the individual team members are not eligible to score on any other team at any other Race during the calendar year.
- Company Teams representing retail stores that predominantly feature running shoes and apparel are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place team awards but are eligible for individual awards if such teams meet all other Race eligibility requirements.
- Ties between two (2) or more teams shall be resolved by determining which team wins the most one-on-one matchups among their four scoring members, comparing first to first, second to second, and so on. Should there still be a tie, the team with the 4th team member with the next quickest time will be declared the winner.
- Based on clock/gun time and not chip time (time elapsed between crossing the start line and finish line), the top five (5) male and female finishers will be the first five (5) eligible runners to cross the finish line; verification will take place on site. Once the verification takes place, the top three (3) individual runners will be posted on the results page.
- Series Owner will not hold a championship race in 2022. Participants on winning teams from 2021 Series’ events are not eligible to qualify for a championship race.
Virtual Race Rules
- Participants should follow all local and state guidelines regarding exercise and social distancing.
- Must complete a course of 3.5 miles or 5.6 km during the advertised event period as communicated by the Series Owner or the time submitted will not be included in the overall Race results on the Series’ leaderboard.
- Participants must track/record their performance (distance and total cumulative time) through their own personal distance and time tracking application, wearable or using a measured course and submit their result through the online results entry form or as otherwise instructed by Series Owner for inclusion on the Series’ leaderboard.
- Participants may conduct the Race on the roads, trails, track or treadmill and do not need to run on a course identified by Series Owner (if any).
- For safety reasons, roller skates, skateboards, rollerblades, roller skis, and bicycles are strictly prohibited.
- Individual results are calculated on the time elapsed between starting and ending the run. Participants must cover 3.5 miles/5.6km to receive an official time.
- Each participant may be placed on up to two (2) scoring teams at each Virtual Race per year. For example, a female participant may score for both a female and a mixed team in the Virtual Race.
- Virtual Race participants are NOT eligible for Championship scoring or qualification.
Code of Conduct for all Series’ Races and Events
- Race Etiquette. Proper Race etiquette is required at all times, including being aware of surroundings and any announcements and following instructions from Race officials. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
- Start. Participants must arrive early enough to enter their corrals on time. They must remain respectfully quiet during pre-Race announcements and the playing of the national anthem (in the U.S. only).
- Headphones. The use of headphones or earbuds is strongly discouraged. If participants wear headphones, they shall ensure that they can hear all announcements and/or instructions and remain aware of their surroundings, including other participants.
- Portable Toilets. In accordance with city ordinances, participants may only urinate in provided toilet facilities. They must be considerate in Porta Potty lines (never cutting ahead of others). Public urination in any part of the Race venue, course, village, or otherwise could result in disqualification and a police summons.
- Running Courtesy.
· Participants should not run in groups of three (3) or more across, as wide groups become barriers to other participants on the course.
· If someone behind a participant calls out, “On your left,” the participant in front should move to the right to let the other participant pass.
· Participants should never stop abruptly on the course (e.g., to drink at a water station or to tie shoelaces participants should move to the side of the course).
- Race Attire. Participants are prohibited from racing without shirts and/or removing their shirts during the Series. Runners must wear their bibs on the front of their torsos, where they can be visible at all times.
- Trash. Races are conducted in public parks and streets. Participants must deposit all trash in provided receptacles, including at water stations where they must take care to avoid hitting other participants with discarded cups. Recycling and compost bins should be used whenever possible.
- Safety. If any participant encounters a runner in distress, they should offer assistance and/or report the situation to the nearest aid station. If possible, they should also call 911 (U.S. Races) or the local emergency medical number.
- Medical. All participants should check with a professional health care provider prior to taking part in the Series. The Series Owner positions first aid and medical personnel at the start, along the course, and at the finish line. The coverage that personnel can provide is limited based on the overall range and quantity of medical care being provided to other participants. All Race participants must exercise personal responsibility in making decisions as it relates to one's health and participation in any Race. If a member of the Medical Care Team (as defined in the participant’s signed Entry Form) deems a participant unfit to continue participating in the Race, that decision is final. For clarity, by submitted an Entry Form, each participant has acknowledged and agreed that the responsibility for any medical costs incurred by a participant in connection with any element of his or her participation in the Race including, without limitation, any and all costs associated with the transport, care and treatment of the participant, are the exclusive responsibility of the participant.
- Prohibited Items. The following items are prohibited from Race venues:
· Weapons of any kind, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.
· Any dangerous item or “dual use” item that could be considered dangerous, including hammers, saws, sharp objects, etc.
· Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks, toxic chemicals, and explosives.
· Large packages, coolers, pop-up tent or camping tents and lean-tos.
· Duvets, sleeping bags and large blankets or comforters.
· Unmanned aerial devices, drones, survey balloons, photography mini-copters, or any other flying device.
· Opaque trash/plastic bags (excluding clear trash bags which are permitted).
· Animals/pets (excluding approved Service Animals which are permitted).
· Folding chairs, camp chairs and tables of any kind.
· Glass containers
· Containers of liquid larger than one (1) liter
· Strollers (all kinds)
· Suitcases and rolling bags
· Camelbacks and any type of hydration backpack (excluding fuel belts and handheld water bottles which are permitted)
· Weight vests or any other vests with multiple pockets, especially those that can be used as water reservoirs.
· Costumes that cover the face and any bulky outfits that are not reasonably form-fitting.
· Props, including sporting equipment, military and fire gear, and signs larger than 11” x 17.”
· Selfie sticks and camera mounts/rigs that are not attached directly to participants' heads or torsos.
Violation of any of the rules indicated herein, in the Race registration packet, pre-Race electronic communications, and/or in Race announcements, or any modified or supplemental rules published by the Series Owner or the ERC prior to the Race, may result in disqualification of any participant, team, and/or the entire company for the applicable Race and/or future Series events or Races. All participants are bound by any modified or supplemental Rules of Competition or Race-specific rules to the extent they are published prior to the Race. In addition to the violations highlighted above, the Series Owner and ERC may assess penalties for any other violations not specified in these Rules of Competition based on all relevant facts and circumstances. The decision of the ERC and the Series Owner is final.
If you train regularly for at least a month before the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge you should be fit enough to participate in a satisfying race.
Participants shall follow all applicable local, state, and national guidelines and regulations regarding exercise and social distancing. Series Owner will follow recommendations from the CDC and local health departments regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations and the latest health and safety procedures and guidelines. Details of those recommendations and a comprehensive COVID-19 protocols document will be shared with participants prior to the day of the applicable Race.
In accordance with local law, participants may be expected to produce a negative COVID-19 test or vaccine status prior to the start of the applicable Race in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and related strains to other participants, community members and event staff.
Participants that feel ill and/or experience symptoms related to COVID-19 or related strains on the day of the applicable Race (i.e., cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell), have tested positive for COVID-19 or related strains within one hundred twenty (120) hours of the applicable Race, or have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive to COVID-19 or related strains within two (2) weeks prior to the day of the Race are prohibited from participating in the Series.
Heatstroke is the breakdown of the body's ability to control its own temperature. It occurs most often in short races when unfit runners, enticed by the seemingly easy, short distance, run at a pace that is beyond their conditioning. But even world-class athletes have suffered heatstroke. The condition is deadly; victims of heatstroke-including young, fit people-suffer an 80% mortality rate.
Any one of the below conditions puts you at risk for heatstroke. If one or more of these risk factors applies to you, do not run in the heat (above 70° F/21° C). Review the list on race day; if you are at risk, do not race in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series.
· Alcohol intake within twenty-four (24) hours
· History of heatstroke
· Lack of recent, regular training
· Lack of sleep
· More than 20% overweight
· Not acclimated to the heat. It takes three weeks to acclimate to an increase in temperature.
· Recent immunizations
· Sunburn or rash
· Taking medications, either over-the-counter or prescription, especially those that decrease your ability to sweat, including:
— Anti-diarrheal medications
— Cold medications
— Ephedrine, ephedra, ma huang
The beginning stages of heatstroke are often marked by a throbbing headache, a general feeling of malaise or excessive warmth, confusion, difficulty concentrating, disorientation, clumsiness, stumbling, and excessive sweating or no sweating. The symptoms of heat exhaustion, a condition that can precede heatstroke, are extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, giddiness, muscular cramps, rapid breathing, and faintness.
If you or a teammate have any of these symptoms, stop running, get into a cool environment (shade, for example), and seek medical attention immediately.
- · Don’t run during the hottest part of the day.
- · If you are not acclimated to the heat, reduce the length of your run and slow your pace by one minute per km until you’re acclimated to the heat. It takes three weeks to fully acclimate to a higher temperature and humidity.
- · Drink water throughout the day, before, during, and after runs and races.
· Asthma · Coronary artery disease · Diabetes · Drug use · Excessive stress at work or home · High blood pressure · High cholesterol · No previous running experience · Sedentary lifestyle · Smoking
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