Every April since 2004, the most traffic you have ever seen gathers on the beautiful Esplanade Bridge in Singapore.
This year it was a massive 14,202 people. But this wasn't some sort of after-work, bumper-to-bumper stress. This was a celebration of working in Singapore — the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®.
The 14,202 were runners and walkers from 351 companies. They began their race from the bridge and concluded a 5.6km (3.5-mile) course that ended adjacent to the F-1 Pit Building in Marina Bay. Following, they celebrated their accomplishment in on-site hospitality marquees and eating/drinking establishments throughout the island city-state.
When Singapore joined the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series in 2004, it was the first event in Asia. The investment in the region has paid off as the Corporate Challenge has been a year-to-year success, reaching a full capacity of entrants the last six years and nine of its 13 years in total.
The race attracts a list of industries as diverse as the culture itself. The largest team of entrants this year was event owner and operator J.P. Morgan, with a spectacular 1,178 entrants. Impressive teamwork was also shown by PwC (651 entrants), StarHub (599), Deloitte (501), SAP (305), Visa (260), BNP Paribas (225), Cisco Systems (207), ABN AMRO (172), and Standard Chartered (165). Since 2011, StarHub (3,674 entrants in that time frame), PwC (3,550) and Deloitte (3,422) have annually been the three largest companies following J.P. Morgan.
Being the first to break the tape is a coveted goal for Singapore runners. That honor this year went to Jason Lawrence of the Overseas Family School (men) and Aileen Ling Wan Tan, representing MOH Holdings (women).
Lawrence won his seemingly annual duel with Stuart Haynes of Morgan Stanley. Haynes won the individual men's title in 2014 and 2015, but this time finished second to Lawrence, who came across the line in 17:27 to Haynes' 17:35. It was Lawrence's second J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge crown, having also won in 2013 (when Haynes was third).
For Aileen Ling Wan Tan, it was her first Corporate Challenge title, with a solid winning time of 22:01. Yi Yee Clarissa Ooi, representing Citi, was a close second in 22:07.
Singapore individual results (with a search feature) are available at this link and full men's, women's and teams results will be published in May after eligibility verification of the top runners.
For the fifth consecutive year, J.P. Morgan will make a donation on behalf of all Corporate Challenge participants to The Smile Mission, an Asia-centric international children's medical charity that provides free surgery and treatment to children with facial deformities.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series is in its 40th consecutive year of operation. It remains the largest corporate team sporting event in the world, with 255,270 total entrants from 7,677 companies in 2015.
The Series now heads to the United States with stops in five cities over three weeks in late May and early June — May 24 in Rochester, NY; May 26 in Chicago; June 1-2 in New York's Central Park (including the June 1 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship), and visits to Syracuse, NY and Boston on June 7 and 9 respectively.