J.P. Morgan has announced that the 34th running of the Championship – the unofficial Olympics for the full-time work force – will be held in Frankfurt, Germany on Tuesday, June 13. The 3.5-mile (5.6km) road race will feature the first-place men’s, women’s and mixed teams from each of the 13 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series cities – a total of 156 participants from 39 companies.
Like 2016, when New York was chosen as the Championship location to commemorate the 40th running of the Corporate Challenge in the Big Apple, there is a milestone attached to this selection. Frankfurt, which joined the Corporate Challenge family in 1993, will be marking its 25th running this June.
The 156 invited Championship runners can look forward to having an enormous crowd around them. Last year’s Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt featured a stunning 68,119 entrants from 2,633 companies. It is annually one of the biggest road races in the world and its race course is entirely on city streets, showcasing the stunning contrasts of Frankfurt’s modern skyscrapers and neo-Classical architecture.
This marks only the second time the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will be held in Europe. London’s Battersea Park was the location of the 2014 Championship.
The Championship – the unifying event of the Corporate Challenge Series – debuted in 1983 at the New Jersey Meadowlands. It moved to New York’s Wall Street in 1984, before taking up residency uptown on Park Avenue (in front of J.P. Morgan’s world headquarters) from 1985-2008. After a year off in 2009 to re-tool its format, the Championship been integrated into the existing Corporate Challenge race in various Series cities around the world.
Frankfurt is the eighth city to be visited in this Championship generation, following Johannesburg (2010), Singapore (2011), Chicago (2012), Rochester, NY (2013), London (2014), San Francisco (2015) and New York (2016).
The results from the 2016 Championship in Central Park illustrated the diversity of companies and geography in the Corporate Challenge.
Sibanye Gold, the largest producer of gold in South Africa, took home the men’s team title to its home city of Johannesburg. Corning, experts in precision glass, ceramics and optical physics, proudly represented Rochester, New York with the women’s crown. And Strava, a popular mobile app and website for competitive runners and cyclists, brought the mixed trophy back to San Francisco.
Who will win the 2017 titles and be coined the “healthiest and fastest” businesses in the world? The competition will be keen as the companies will represent seven countries on five continents.
Frankfurt is one of 13 events that will be held in the 2016 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series. The Corporate Challenge hosted 254,501 total entrants from 6,929 companies in 2016.