With nine major U.S. professional sports championships in the past 15 years, Boston knows sporting excellence. And the New England fans support the Patriots (four Super Bowl victories in that time frame), Red Sox (three World Series crowns), Celtics (one NBA title) and Bruins (one NHL Stanley Cup) with regular capacity crowds.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® is honored to share at least one characteristic with those productive franchises — the ability to sell-out all its available spots. Such was the case again this year, as a total of 9,475 runners and walkers from 324 companies took part.
It was the 33rd year of this event in the beautiful Back Bay — framed by the ever-burgeoning Boston skyline — and the 22nd consecutive time it has reached full capacity.
Due to the limited crowd size, the largest companies were capped at 100 total entrants. Sixteen companies reached that figure, including Akamai Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Eaton Vance, American Tower, Boston Consulting, Brown Brothers Harriman, Fidelity Investments, Forrester Research, MFS Investment, Novartis, Putnam Investments, Reebok, Santander, Sapient, Vertex Pharmaceutical and Wellington Management.
The Boston event is popular, and also extremely competitive. And while the Tom Brady Era with the Patriots can accurately be described as dynastic, so can Abt Associates' control over the women's division.
Kaitlin Sheedy of Abt (a former collegiate standout at Tufts) was the first woman across the finish line in an impressive 19:47. Her colleague Sara Donahue — who won the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship women's individual title on June 1 in New York City — was runner-up in 20:10.
With Donahue having won the previous three years in Boston, this marks the fourth consecutive year Abt has been in the winner's circle. Caitlin Fahey of Fidelity was third in 20:11.
EverQuote's Connor Reck — a collegiate star at Harvard — started his own tradition, winning his first Boston J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge individual title in 17:09. Scott Mindel of EBAC was a strong second, crossing the Charles Street finish line in 17:20. Wolverine's Jason Ayr clocked 17:31, good for third.
The first-place men's, women's and mixed teams will earn qualification for the 2017 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship, and those results will be unveiled in the coming weeks, following eligibility verification of the top runners. Right now you can check out Boston individual results (with a search feature) at this link.
In celebration of tonight's event, J.P. Morgan will make a donation on behalf of all participants to City Year, which unites young leaders to serve as tutors, mentors and role models to students in the Boston area. The Corporate Challenge is also serving as an awareness-builder for City Year's "Red Jacket Weekend," to be held in Jamaica Plain this September.
Boston was the second event this week for the 2016 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series, and the seventh overall. The Series is celebrating its 40th consecutive year of operation and looking to improve upon the 255,270 total entrants from 7,677 companies in 2015.
It's a trip across the pond next, as the Corporate Challenge visits Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday, June 15. An astounding 70,239 runners from 2,682 took part in this event last June — one of the largest road races in the world in 2015.