Johannesburg brings Corporate Challenge back to in-person racing
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series will return to in‐person participation and socialising in 2022, with South Africa kicking things off.
The 17th running of the Corporate Challenge in Johannesburg is scheduled for Thursday, 31 March, at the Wanderers Club. This will mark three years and three days since the last race, when a sold‐out crowd of 14,000 runners and walkers from 343 companies took to the starting line on March 28, 2019.
Due to the COVID pandemics necessary safety precautions, the Corporate Challenge Series was limited to Virtual participation in 2020 and 2021 across all its cities. The last live Corporate Challenge was November 14, 2019 in Shanghai.
But the wait is over, registration for the Johannesburg race is now open to employees of all local businesses eligible to enter for a fee of R200 per person.
Entrants for the 2022 event can expect a similar experience to previous Corporate Challenges, with company hospitality available inside the cricket ovals at Wanderers, along with post‐race entertainment featuring local sensation, Swing City. The emphasis will be on safety, with the Corporate Challenge following local health regulations to deliver peace of mind and a world‐class road racing experience.
This 5.6-kilometer race is an opportunity to spend quality time with your colleagues outside of work and celebrate your company, employees, and community leaders.
“We are thrilled to be back on the Johannesburg suburbs roads for the first time since 2019, and be the first J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge host city to return to in-person participation. It goes without saying that the pandemic has had a huge impact on all South Africans. It is exciting to finally be able to run together again as a corporate community and bring back one of the most popular road races on the South African calendar.” - Kevin Latter, Senior Country Officer & Head of Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan Sub Saharan Africa
Continuing a relationship that dates to 2014, J.P. Morgan will donate on behalf of all Johannesburg J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge entrants to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Entrants in 2019 enjoyed in-person appearances from several well-known ambassadors for the Foundation, including rugby legends John Robbie and Morné du Plessis, football stars Desiree Ellis and Dean Furman, Paralympic swimming champion Natalie Du Toit, and TV personalities Cynthia Tshaka and Dan Nicholl.
Johannesburg has been a staple on the Corporate Challenge Series slate since its debut in 2004. It attracted 6,144 entrants from 211 companies that first year, and has since grown to be a sellout event welcoming 14 000 participants annually. Johannesburg is the only event in the Corporate Challenge Series to sell out each year of its existence and is also the only Corporate Challenge ever held on the African continent.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series, owned and operated by JPMorgan Chase and held annually since 1977, is deep in the planning stages of hosting events in 15 cities in eight countries during 2022. All other race dates will be announced in due course.
The Series hosted 251,299 runners and walkers from 7,581 companies in the last full year of racing in 2019. The virtual edition of the Corporate Challenge in 2020 was the largest remote running event in the world.