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The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series is a world-wide series of 3.5-mile (5.6-km) running events open to groups of full-time employees from organizations within the business and public sectors. Participants may register only as part of a company team - no individual entries are accepted. After the race, each organization groups its participants into an unlimited number of four (4)-person teams in order to determine the race's top teams. Awards are presented for individual and team performances.

Each company entered is led by a Company Captain, who creates the company team, recruits participants, and manages the team. Teams of competitive runners have a chance to qualify for the Series Championship, where they will compete against the champions from all the Series events for top honors in the corporate running community.

Participating companies use the event as a platform to promote health and fitness in the workplace, foster goodwill and camaraderie among their employees, and show their commitment to the community and best environmental practices. The Corporate Challenge strives to make a difference through a donation to a not-for-profit organization in each host city, and through our operations initiatives designed to make the Corporate Challenge the world's greenest road race.

Date Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time 6:55 p.m.
Location Grant Park
Distance 3.5-mile

Company Team Entry Fee Payment Setup

Participating companies can setup their team payment structure in one of three ways:

1.      Individual: Each company employee submits their full payment upon completion of the online registration form including acknowledgement and agreement to the participant waiver. 

2.     Company: Each company employee will not be required to submit payment. The company captain submits full payment after ALL employees have completed their registration form including acknowledgement and agreement to the participant waiver.

3.     Company and Individual Split Payment

a.     Each company employee pays a pre-determined percentage of the registration fee upon completion of their registration form including acknowledgement and agreement to the participant waiver. The company captain submits payment for the balance after ALL employees have completed their registration form including acknowledgement and agreement to the participant waiver.

b.     The company determines a set quantity of completed employee entries to be paid by the company. These entries will not require payment by the employee. Any number of entries completed beyond that quantity are paid by the employee as outlined in Options 2 or 3a. The company submits payment for the total balance after ALL employees have completed their registration form including acknowledgement and agreement to the participant waiver

Company Team Payment Methods

Individual entry fee payment is to be submitted by the registrant in the following method:

  1. Credit Card: Accepting American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa

Company payments can be submitted at any time and require a $25.00 processing and handling fee. Company payments can be submitted in the following (4) four methods:

  1. Credit Card: Accepting American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa
    1. Company Captain team balance payment (current or final)
    2. Company Captain final team balance payment (divided among different cards)*
  2. Company electronic check
  3. ABA Routing No. 021000021
  4. Account No. 590-361074
  5. ABA Routing No. 021000021
  6. Account No. 590-361074
  7. SWIFT: CHASUS33
  8. ACH Transfer*
  9. Company Check*

*Please contact chicago@corpchallenge.jpmorgan for additional instruction, additional bank account information, W-9 information and payment invoice.

Please Note:
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable even in the case of event cancellation.

  • Due to course restrictions, the Race Organizer reserves the right to limit entries before the closing date.
  • Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis of online registrations and full payment received until the maximum number of participants has been reached.
  • To determine the submission date of your company entry, the Race Organizer will use the date that your company entry is finalized, or the date that full payment is made, whichever is later.
  • No changes will be allowed once the company entry has been finalized.
  • No substitutions.
  • No race day entries will be accepted.
  • Team Race packet (bib numbers) will not be released until all entry fees have been paid.

Entry Fees and Deadlines

Entry Fee $59
Entries Opens Thursday, February 27, 2020
Entries Close Thursday, April 20, 2020 or until race capacity has been reached

If you are interested in becoming a Team Captain in 2019 and your company has never registered for the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Chicago, please signup for the Team Captain mailing list by contacting chicago@corpchallenge.jpmorgan.com.

Parking and Transportation

Access to downtown Chicago commercial parking garages, parking lots, reserved parking spaces and street parking remain intact on those streets unaffected by event closure.

Parking is available at the Grant Park South underground parking garage on South Michigan Av.

  • South, heading north, the entrance is between Congress Parkway and Jackson Boulevard.
  • North, heading south, the entrance is between Jackson Boulevard and Congress Parkway.

See the Millennium Garages website for more parking information and additional parking options.

Due to the time of day and the size of the event, carpooling, public transportation, walking and bicycles are strongly advised.

  • CTA Train Lines: Brown, Purple, Red, Blue, Orange, Pink downtown stops.
  • Metra Stations: Ogilvy; Union; LaSalle Street, Millennium, Van Buren.
  • Ride Share pick up and drop off is located on the corner of Wabash Ave. and Harrison St.
  • Bike Valet (onsite bike storage) is located on the South East corner of Columbus and Balbo.

Race Night Hospitality

The Corporate Challenge provides the ideal opportunity for employee team building and social professional networking before and after the race. Whether your team consists of 10 or 2500, host your company team and colleagues on race night by reserving an event Hospitality site. Hospitality sites are available in various tent sizes, furniture, equipment and catering options.

Click this link to visit our Hospitality page.

Race Organizer Contact Information

Lakeshore Athletic Services
chicago@corpchallenge.jpmorgan.com.
847-779-7444

By post or courier:
J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
c/o Lake Shore Athletic Services
6227 Monroe Court
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Race Packet Pickup

Team Captains (or designated person) will be asked to receive all team employee bib numbers on a specific date and location. For a $40 fee, Team Captains may request to have all runner bibs sent to their office location the week prior to the race. There will not be Packet Pick Up on race day. All Team Captains must receive their team’s bibs prior to race day.

Race Start/Start Corrals

The 3.5 Mile course starts and finishes in Grant Park, Chicago near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Balbo Avenue. The race start is organized in “waves” by staging then releasing 1,500-5,000 runners at a time until all 20,000 runners have crossed the start line. There are six start waves,

Starting at 6:55 p.m., the first wave of runners will line up and cross the start line, followed shortly by the second, third, etc., until all six waves have crossed the start at approx. 7:35 PM. Each wave of runners is staged in color coded corrals represented by the color of their personal race bib number.

Start Corrals, Bib Color and Approx. Start time (subject to change)

6:55 p.m.

Wave 1

Red

50 – 2,000

<  7:00 / Mile

6:57 p.m.

Wave 2

Green

2,001 – 6,000

<  8:00 / Mile

7:01 p.m.

Wave 3

White

6,001 – 10,000

<  8:30 / Mile

7:08 p.m.

Wave 4

Blue

10,001 – 18,000

< 15:00 / Mile

7:19 p.m.

Wave 5

Blue / Yellow

18,001 – 26,000

> 15:00 / Mile

7:27 p.m.

Wave 6

Yellow

26,001 – 29,000

> 1: 00 Hour


Additional start details for the 2020 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Chicago coming soon!

Scoring and The Championship

The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will be scored using a chip scoring system. Each runner number will have a timing chip affixed to the back. Official timing for team scoring purposes begins when the participant crosses the start mat.

The Company Captain will determine the composition of the male, female and mixed teams representing his/her company AFTER the race. Teams must be organized online using Captain's Tools and in accordance with the scoring rules located here.

Participants will be automatically organized into 4-person male, female, and mixed teams based on the chip times. Each name will be assigned to only ONE (1) team. The score for each team is obtained by adding together the finish times for all four (4) members.

Complete teams are composed of:

  • Male team: four (4) men
  • Female team: four (4) women
  • Mixed team: two (2) men and two (2) women

Company captains must confirm their teams online the day after the race by using Captain's Tools. You may re-organize the automatically assigned teams at this time if desired or necessary.

Individual and special awards will be listed on this website following each race. Team results will be added as soon as they are verified.

Teams of competitive runners have a chance to qualify for the Series Championship, where they will compete against the champions from all the Series events for top honors in the corporate running community.

A scoring team is made up of either four (4) males, four (4) females, or two (2) males and two (2) females. These teams will be made up of the four (4) fastest runners in each scoring category. The team captain will be able to create and submit the scoring team using Captain's Tools. To learn more about Scoring rules go to our Event Details page.

Deadline TBA
Notes

The Team Captain will confirm team scores online using Captain's Tools.

Street Closures/Traffic Information

  • May 21, 2020 Street Closures (subject to change)
  • 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Balbo between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive
  • 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Balbo between Columbus and Michigan; Columbus between Roosevelt and Congress
  • 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. There will be rolling closures in Grant Park vicinity, affecting Congress, Jackson, Monroe, Randolph, Wacker and the streets west of Lake Shore Drive

NOTE: Lake Shore Drive, Illinois, Michigan, Roosevelt and Grand will remain open

Additional Traffic and Street Closure details to be added as the event date nears.


J.P. Morgan, in celebration of the Corporate Challenge in Chicago, will make a donation to a Chicago Cares. J.P. Morgan makes locally-designated donations in each of the 13 Corporate Challenge events in seven countries on five continents.

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Race Rules

Participant Eligibility

  1. The 2020 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Road Race Series (the “Series”) is open to all companies in all industries that have an interest in advancing workplace camaraderie. Company and employee eligibility determinations shall be made exclusively by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (the “Series Owner”) and/or its authorized representative Executive Race Committee (the “ERC”). All participant and team eligibility decisions are final. Upon request, ERC or the Series Owner may request supplemental materials to support a participant’s eligibility to participate in a Race.
  2. Employees of private sector, non-business organizations (e.g., federal, state, and local governments, quasi-governmental organizations and educational institutions) may compete and score only if they are on a team from the same unit, branch, chapter, or school at which they are directly employed, and meet all other eligibility requirements.
  3. Participants must be actively employed, working a minimum of 25 hours a workweek at least ninety (90) days prior to the Race (as defined below) registration deadline for the company they are representing. Temporary/casual employees, employees on leave or sabbatical, volunteers, non-employees, club members, interns and sub-contractors are not eligible to participate in any race in the Series (each, a “Race”).
  4. Participants must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the Race.
  5. Participants must be employed in the country in which the Race is held. Companies who register teams for any Race in the Series must have a facility or office in the country in which the Race is held.
  6. Each participant must register online using the Series’ registration system in order to be officially entered and eligible to run a Race. By registering for a Race, Participants represent and warrant that: (1) they are medically fit to run; and (2) they fulfill the previously-listed employment requirements.
  7. Each company must register a minimum of four (4) entrants that meet all of the eligibility requirements to form one (1) complete team: a male team of four (4) men - OR - a female team of four (4) women - OR - a mixed team of two (2) men and two (2)  women to participate in the Series. Corporate teams that register less than the minimum will not be accepted and will be removed from the registration system when the registration period closes. In the event that a team is removed from the registration system before the registration period closes, the registration fees for the team members within that incomplete team will be refunded to such removed team members.
  8. Companies must register a minimum of four (4) participants that meet all of the eligibility requirements to be eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place team awards and Championship Race qualifications. 
  9. Due to the large number of entries to be processed, all company teams and team members acknowledge that company and individual entries which do not qualify under these rules, whether or not they have been accepted initially by the event organizer, may be rejected by the ERC or the Series Owner either before or after any Race and those teams and/or team members may be disqualified. In the event of disqualification prior to the start of the applicable Race, entry fees will be refunded to the applicable disqualified team member minus any processing fees already collected by the ERC or Series Owner. In the event of disqualification after the start of the applicable Race, entry fees will be deemed non-refundable and non-transferable.
  10. Due to course restrictions or permitting regulations, the event organizer or ERC reserves the right to limit the number of participant entries before the published Race registration closing date.
  11. Any participant seeking a reasonable accommodation must submit a written request to the Race’s customer service team on or before the published registration closing date at: chicago@corpchallenge.jpmorgan.com.
  12. The Series Owner reserves the right to reject or disqualify any entrant or team whose conduct is inappropriate to the spirit of the Race. Individual disqualification may lead to the disqualification of the entire team and/or company for one or more Races. In the event of such disqualification of any or all team members of company team, such team member(s)’ entry fees shall be deemed non-refundable and non-transferable.
  13. The Series Owner and ERC reserves the right to delay, postpone, cancel, or not officially time any Race in the event of adverse weather conditions. The determination of what constitutes adverse weather conditions is reserved solely to the ERC. In the event of a cancellation, postponement or delayed Race, entry fees shall be deemed non-refundable and non-transferable.
  14. These Rules of Competition and any other Race rules are subject to interpretation by the event organizer, the Series Owner and ERC. All decisions of the ERC and the Series Owner are final.

Race Day Rules

  1. All participants must complete the medical contact and emergency information on the back of their race bib.
  2. All participants must wear their assigned race bib in full view on the front of their shirt. Anyone found running with another person’s bib will be disqualified, and risks disqualification for their entire team. Disqualified participants are not entitled to a refund.
  3. Participants may not start the Race early and must complete the exact 3.5M / 5.6km course and may not vary the routes unless otherwise prior approval has been provided by ERC or Series Owner. Violation of this policy may lead to disqualification of the individual or entire company team from this and future Series Races.
  4. Participants are required to start the Race in the corral that corresponds to the color of their bib or a corral further from the start line than their assigned corral; participants may not move to a corral closer to the start line. 
  5. In the interest of participant safety and security, and to allow public streets and permitted areas to reopen as required in compliance with municipal and/or law enforcement permitting restrictions, participants are allotted up to a pace of 20 minutes per mile (12.4 minutes per kilometer) to complete the course (1 hour and 10 minutes total) from the time they cross the Race’s start line.  Participants unable to maintain this pace should be mindful that amenities on the course may not be available, and participants participating in Races on public streets may be asked to move off the course or to sidewalks.  Participants that fail to complete the course in 1 hour and 10 minutes from the Race’s start time may not receive an official Race time.   
  6. To allow public streets and permitted areas to reopen as required, start lines will be closed and timing mats will be removed twenty (20) minutes after the official Race start or after the last corral starts the Race, whichever is longer.  Any participant that begins the Race after the start line closes will not receive an official time.   
  7. For safety reasons, roller skates, skateboards, rollerblades, baby joggers, baby strollers, roller skis, bicycles, and pushchairs are strictly prohibited anywhere along the Race course. Use of any of the aforementioned items will result in disqualification of the individual participant and possibly their entire team. For the avoidance of doubt, wheelchair users who self-propel are not prohibited from participating in the Race.
  8. Non-Service Animals (“Service Animals” defined below) are strictly prohibited anywhere along the Race course. Use of a non-Service Animal will result in disqualification of the individual participant and possibly their entire team. For purposes of these Series Rules of Competition, a “Service Animal” means a working dog, not a pet, who is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability with such tasks directly related to an individual’s disability. Service Animals exclude animals whose sole task is to provide comfort or emotional support to an individual; provided, however, that dogs who have been trained to assist individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder shall be considered Service Animals for purposes of these Series Rules of Competition. All Service Animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with their work or the individual’s disability prevents using such devices. In such instances, the individual must maintain control of the Service Animal through voice, signal or other effective controls.
  9. All individual and team payments must be received by the day of the Race. If such fees are not received by the Series Owner, such failure to pay may result in disqualification of the individual participant and possibly the entire team as determined by Series Owner and/or ERC in their reasonable discretion.

Safety Bulletin

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Scoring Rules

  1. Participants must wear the race-provided timing chip/transponder on the back of their bib to be scored and appear in the official results. Individual results are calculated on the time elapsed between crossing the start and finish timing mats.  Participants must cross the start and finish line timing mats and on-course timing split points to receive an official time.
  2. Each participant may be placed on only one (1) scoring team at each Race per year. For example, a female participant may NOT score for both a female and a mixed team.
  3. Once a company team has placed in the top 3 of a division and won any award in any Series Race, the individual team members are not eligible to score on any other team at any other Race during the calendar year.
  4. Company teams representing retail stores that predominantly feature running shoes and apparel are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place team awards or Championship Race qualification but are eligible for individual awards if such teams meet all other Race eligibility requirements.
  5. Participants who competed in the Championship race of the preceding year may not be included on a team scorecard in any division for this calendar year’s Series Races. Such participants are eligible to be part of a corporate team roster and run in a Race, but they may not be scored on a team. 
  6. Ties between two (2) or more teams shall be resolved by determining which team wins the most one-on-one match-ups among their four scoring members, comparing first to first, second to second, and so on. Should there still be a tie, the team with the 4th team member with the next quickest time will be declared the winner. 
  7. Based on clock/gun time and not chip time (time elapsed between crossing the start line and finish line), the top five (5) male and female finishers will be the first five (5) eligible runners to cross the finish line; verification will take place on site.  Once the verification takes places, the top three (3) individual runners will be posted on the results page.

Championship Eligibility

  1. All participant eligibility rules apply to the Championship Race along with the additional qualifications below.
  2. For U.S. events, a company is eligible if it is based in or has one (1) or more offices in the greater metropolitan area (within a fifty (50) mile radius) of the Race city. For international events, a company is eligible if it is based in or has one (1) or more offices in the country in which its team is competing.
  3. At least three (3) members of the qualifying team must be employed at an address (or addresses) in the greater metropolitan area (for U.S. events) or country (for international events) of the Championship Race.
  4. Individual participants who participated in the Championship Race of the immediately preceding Series cannot participate the current Championship Race, without exception. Participants who qualified for the most recent Championship but did not attend are eligible to qualify for the following year.  If a company participates in the Championship Race, it is eligible to participate the following year but the scoring team members may not be the same four (4) team members that participated in the prior Championship Race; all four (4) team members must be different.  

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for All Participants

At any Race in the Series, all participants must follow these Rules of Competition and conduct themselves in a courteous manner, showing respect for all fellow participants, volunteers, Race staff, and members of the community. Proper race etiquette is required at all times, including being aware of surroundings and any announcements and following instructions from Race officials. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.

Start

Participants must arrive early enough to enter their corrals on time. They must remain respectfully quiet during pre-Race announcements and the playing of the national anthem (in the U.S. only).

Headphones

The use of headphones or earbuds is strongly discouraged. If participants wear headphones, they shall ensure that they can hear all announcements and/or instructions and remain aware of their surroundings, including other participants.

Urination

In accordance with city ordinances, participants may only urinate in provided toilet facilities. They must be considerate in Porta Potty lines (never cutting ahead of others). Public urination in any part of the Race venue, course, village, or otherwise could result in disqualification and a police summons.

Running Courtesy

  • Participants should not run in groups of three or more abreast, as wide groups become barriers to other runners on the course.
  • If someone behind a runner calls out, "On your left," the runner in front should move to the right to let the participant behind them pass.
  • Participants should never stop abruptly on the course (to drink at a Water Station or to tie shoelaces, etc.).
  • All runners must exercise extreme care when spitting or blowing their noses to avoid soiling nearby participants.

Race Attire

Male participants are strongly discouraged from racing without shirts and/or removing their shirts during the Series. Runners must wear their bibs on the front of their torsos, where they can be visible at all times.

Trash

Races are conducted in public parks and streets. Participants must deposit all trash in provided receptacles, including at water stations where they must take care to avoid hitting other participants with discarded cups. Recycling and compost bins should be used whenever possible.

Safety

If any participant encounters a runner in distress, they should offer assistance and/or report the situation to the nearest aid station. If possible, they should also call 911 (U.S. Races) or the local emergency medical number.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from all J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge events and race venues:

  • Weapons of any kind, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.
  • Any dangerous item or “dual use” item that could be considered dangerous, including hammers, saws, sharp objects, etc.
  • Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks, toxic chemicals and explosives • Large packages, coolers, pop-up tent or camping tents and lean-tos
  • Duvets, sleeping bags and large blankets or comforters
  • Unmanned aerial devices, drones, survey balloons, photography mini-copters, or any other flying device
  • Opaque trash/plastic bags (clear trash bags are allowed)
  • Animals/pets
  • Folding chairs, camp chairs and tables of any kind
  • Glass containers
  • Containers of liquid larger than one liter
  • Strollers (all kinds)
  • Suitcases and rolling bags
  • Camelbacks and any type of hydration backpack (fuel belts and handheld water bottles are allowed)
  • Weight vests or any other vests with multiple pockets, especially those that can be used as water reservoirs
  • Costumes that cover the face and any bulky outfits that are not reasonably form-fitting
  • Props, including sporting equipment, military and fire gear, and signs larger than 11” x 17”
  • Selfie sticks and camera mounts/rigs that are not attached directly to participants' heads or torsos

Violation of any of the rules indicated herein, in the Race registration packet, pre-Race electronic communications, and/or in Race announcements, may result in disqualification of any participant, team, and/or the entire company for the applicable Race and/or future Series events or Races. The decision of the ERC and the Series Owner is final.