Morgan Burrows of Corning won her fourth consecutive Rochester J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® women's individual title, highlighting a night of racing under idyllic conditions at Rochester Institute of Technology.
A crowd of 10,236 runners and walkers from 402 companies competed in the 26th annual Corporate Challenge. It was the 13th consecutive year the event was conducted on RIT's 3.5-mile course, after an initial 13-year run at Highland Park.
And, through all that history, Burrows is aiming to become perhaps the most accomplished runner of them all. This was her fourth consecutive women's individual title, her fifth overall. Only Renee Rombaut, who ran for Sage Rutty in the 90's and early 00's and earned seven titles, has won more. Burrows' winning time on this night was 20:58, impressive with temperatures peaking at 81 degrees during the race.
Colleen Coon from North Rose Wolcott ran a solid race and finished second in the women's division with a time of 21:47. Lynn Youngman of Paychex was third in 21:54.
The men's division saw a first-time winner — Matt Pierce of Pictometry. He pridefully broke the tape in 18:07, ahead of Corning Federal Credit Union's Matthew Wilber, who clocked 18:53. David Rappleyea of Fairport School District logged an 18:54 time, good for third.
Rochester individual results (with a search feature) are available at this link and full men's, women's and mixed teams results will be published soon after eligibility verification of the top runners.
The largest companies in terms of participation were: Wegmans (771 entrants), University of Rochester (490 entrants), Paychex (382), Harris Corporation (204), Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (141), Coopervision (136), ESL Federal Credit Union (131), Rochester Regional Health (129), RIT (123) and Tops Friendly Markets (104).
The 10,236 entrants represented the sixth largest Corporate Challenge in Rochester.
IACKids served as the Corporate Challenge's beneficiary partner for the first time. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation will be making a donation to this not-for-profit organization in celebration of all participants, and the donation will be used to provide financial support to families in Monroe County that are struggling with bills while their child is admitted to the Golisano Children's Hospital. These families have children suffering from pre-mature birth, cancer, heart disease and other significant diseases/disorders.
Rochester was the fourth event of the 2016 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series, celebrating its 40th consecutive year of operation. The Series was the largest corporate sporting event in the world, with 255,270 total entrants from 7,677 companies in 2015.
The Series catches its breath for just one day before resuming on Thursday at Grant Park in Chicago.