It's back to a familiar date on the calendar for Rochester’s favorite after-work run.
The 28th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will be held on Tuesday, May 22 with a 7 p.m. race start in Downtown Rochester. The event had been held in either late May or the first week of June each year from its 1991 founding through 2016.
The 2017 Corporate Challenge was held on Tuesday, July 11. The date change last year was necessary to facilitate the event’s move to a Downtown race course. It drew 7,440 participants from 305 companies.
Back in the preferred May event date – while retaining a well-received Downtown course and a beautiful Frontier Field location for post-race hospitality – a capacity crowd of 10,000 entrants is expected. Registration will open on Tuesday, February 27 at www.jpmorganchasecc.com.
In addition to the new date, the race course has also been updated. The starting line will now be on Plymouth Avenue and the 3.5-mile distance will include stretches on Main Street. The finish line will remain on Morrie Silver Way with all post-race activity within adjoining Frontier Field, including fireworks and a concert.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge history in Rochester includes 13 years at Highland Park (1991-2003) and 13 more on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (2004-16) before its move Downtown last year. The record for number of entrants is 11,118, set in 2008. The overall Championship event for the Series was held in Rochester in 2013.
Rochester is part of the 13-city, seven-country, five-continent J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series. Celebrating its 42nd consecutive year of operation in 2018, the Series is the largest corporate sporting event in the world, with 248,937 entrants from 7,334 companies in 2017. Seven events are held in the United States (including Buffalo and Syracuse) with international races in Australia (Sydney), China (Shanghai), England (London), Germany (Frankfurt), Singapore, and South Africa (Johannesburg).