Rules of Competition
Race Eligibility Requirements
- The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Road Race Series (the “Series”) is open to all companies in all industries that have an interest in forging meaningful connections and cultivating healthy workplace cultures over the shared experience of fitness, friendly competition, and advance 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 an in-person and/or virtual race in the Series (an in person race, “In-Person Race”; a virtual race, “Virtual Race”; and each, a “Race”)
- Participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day the participant completes the registration form for the applicable Race.
- 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. For the avoidance of doubt, furloughed employees are able to participate in the Race, in the discretion of their employer.
- 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.
- Each company must register a minimum of four (4) participants 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 no more than two (2) participants from any gender to participate in the Series. For example, a team may include two (2) female participants and two (2) non-binary participants, or a team may include one (1) male participant, one (1) non-binary participant, and two (2) female participants. Please note that the gender that a participant voluntarily selects during the registration process will be used to create company teams for the applicable Race. Company teams that register less than four (4) individuals 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, THE REGISTRATION FEES FOR THE TEAM MEMBERS WITHIN THAT INCOMPLETE TEAM WILL BE REFUNDED TO THE INDIVIDUAL WHO PAID THE REGISTRATION FEES FOR SUCH REMOVED TEAM MEMBERS, MINUS ANY PROCESSING FEES ALREADY COLLECTED BY THE ERC OR SERIES OWNER.
- All participants must register for their employer’s company team. Companies may register only one (1) company team per Race location per year. If more than one team are identified per company for any Race, the teams will be merged into one (1) company team by ERC and/or Series Owner in its sole discretion.
- The Series Owner and ERC reserve the right to delay, postpone, cancel, or not officially time any Race in the event of adverse weather conditions, fire, flood, earthquake, or acts of God, acts of war, terrorism, riots, civil disorders, rebellions or revolutions, third party strikes, lockouts or labor difficulties, a public health emergency, epidemic, or pandemic effecting the geographic location of the applicable Race or Series (in whole or in part), a court order or any government order or State of Emergency called by state or local officials which expressly prohibits the Race and/or related Series events from being held, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control or anticipation of a party (each, a “Force Majeure Event”). The determination of what constitutes a Force Majeure Event is reserved solely to the discretion of the Series Owner and the ERC. IN THE EVENT OF A CANCELLATION, POSTPONEMENT OR DELAYED RACE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO A FORCE MAJEURE EVENT, ENTRY FEES SHALL BE DEEMED NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPLICITLY STATED BY THE SERIES OWNER IN A COMMUNICATION TIED TO THE FORCE MAJEURE EVENT.
- A Force Majeure Event includes a regulatory requirement or advisory prohibiting or restricting non-essential business or travel, in-person events, close contact of attendees, maximum number of attendees, serving of food or beverage, and hospitality and catering spaces. IN THE EVENT OF SUCH EVENT, TO THE EXTENT THAT A PARTICIPANT HAS ALREADY PAID ENTRANCE FEES FOR THE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED HOSPITALITY EVENT, THE SERIES OWNER MAY APPLY ALL PREVIOUSLY PAID AMOUNTS TOWARD A DIFFERENT OR RESCHEDULED RACE HOSPITALITY EVENT OCCURRING WITHIN TWELVE (12) MONTHS OF THE ORIGINAL RACE DATE.
- These Rules of Competition and any other Race rules are subject to interpretation by the local event organizer, the Series Owner and ERC. All decisions of the local event organizer, ERC and the Series Owner are final. For the avoidance of doubt, the Rules of Competition and any other jurisdiction specific Race rules may be modified, at any time, in the sole discretion of the Series Owner.
- For Races Held Outside of the USA: Participants must be employed in the country in which the applicable In-Person Race is held. Companies who register teams for any In-Person Race in the Series must have a facility or office in the country in which the Race is held.
- Due to the large number of entries processed for each Race, all company teams and team members acknowledge that company and individual entries which do not qualify under these Rules of Competition, whether or not they have been accepted initially by the Series Owner, may be removed from the Race 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 INDIVIDUAL WHO PAID THE REGISTRATION FEES OF THE 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.
- Due to course restrictions or permitting regulations, the local event organizer, ERC or the Series Owner reserves the right to limit the number of participant entries before the published Race registration closing date.
- 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: https://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/#contact
- 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 (1) or more Races. In the event of such disqualification of any or all team members of a company team, such team members’ entry fees shall be deemed non-refundable and non-transferable.
- All participants must complete the medical contact and emergency information on the back of their race bib.
- All participants must wear their assigned race bib in full view on the front of their shirt. Anyone found participating in any Race with another person’s bib will be disqualified, and risks disqualification for their entire company team. Disqualified participants or company teams are not entitled to a refund.
- Participants may not start the In-Person Race early and must complete the exact 3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers 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 entire company team from this and future Races.
- Participants are required to start the In-Person Race in the corral that corresponds to the color of their bib; participants may not move into a different color corral closer to the start line.
- 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 In-Person 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 In-Person Races on public streets may be asked to move off the course or onto sidewalks. Participants that fail to complete the course in 1 hour and 10 minutes from the In-Person Race’s start time may not receive an official Race time.
- 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 start time or after the last corral starts the In-Person Race, whichever is longer. Any participant that begins the In-Person Race after the start line closes will not receive an official time.
- For safety reasons, roller skates, skateboards, rollerblades, baby joggers, baby strollers, roller skis, bicycles, and pushchairs are strictly prohibited anywhere along the 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 In-Person Race.
- Non-Service Animals are strictly prohibited anywhere along the course. Use of a non-Service Animal will result in disqualification of the individual participant and possibly their entire company team. For purposes of these 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 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
- All individual and team payments must be received by the day of the In-Person 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 company team as determined by Series Owner and/or ERC in their reasonable discretion.
- 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.
- 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 company team awards.
- Each participant may be placed on 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.
- Mixed Teams shall include no more than two (2) participants registering under the same gender.
- Once a company team has placed in the top 3rd of a division 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.
- Company teams representing retail stores that predominantly feature running shoes and apparel are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place team awards but are eligible for individual awards if such teams meet all other Race eligibility requirements.
- Ties between two (2) or more teams shall be resolved by determining which team wins the most one-on-one matchups 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.
- Based on clock/gun time and not chip time (time elapsed between crossing the start line and finish line), the top five (5) male, female, and non-binary participants who finish the Race within the overall top twenty-five (25) will be identified as the first five (5) participants in each gender to cross the finish line; verification will take place on-site. Once results are verified, all participants’ results will be posted on the Series Leaderboard.
Code of Conduct
- Race Etiquette. 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.
- Display Names. Participants shall refrain from using inappropriate, obscene, profane, insensitive or demeaning terms as their display name for the Series Leaderboard (which is provided during registration). The Series Owner reserves the right to remove a participant’s results from the Series Leaderboard if a Display Name is deemed inappropriate.
- 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.
- Portable Toilets. 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.
- Course Courtesy.
- Participants should not walk or run in groups of three (3) or more across, as wide groups become barriers to other participants on the course.
- If someone behind a participant calls out, “On your left,” the participant in front should move to the right to let the other participant pass.
- Participants should never stop abruptly on the course (e.g., to drink at a water station or to tie shoelaces participants should move to the side of the course).
- Race Attire. Participants are prohibited from participating in a Race without shirts and/or removing their shirts during the applicable Race or related Series event. 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 call 112.
- Medical. All participants should check with a professional health care provider prior to taking part in the Series. The Series Owner positions first aid and medical personnel at the start, along the course, and at the finish line. The coverage that personnel can provide is limited based on the overall range and quantity of medical care being provided to other participants. All Race participants must exercise personal responsibility in making decisions as it relates to one's health and participation in any Race. If a member of the Medical Care Team (as defined in the participant’s signed Entry Form) deems a participant unfit to continue participating in the Race, that decision is final. For clarity, by submitting an Entry Form, each participant has acknowledged and agreed that the responsibility for any medical costs incurred by a participant in connection with any element of his or her participation in the Race including, without limitation, any and all costs associated with the transport, care and treatment of the participant are the exclusively the responsibility of the participant.
- Prohibited Items. The following items are prohibited from 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 (excluding clear trash bags which are permitted)
- Animals/pets (excluding approved Service Animals which are permitted)
- Folding chairs, camp chairs and tables of any kind
- Glass containers
- Containers of liquid larger than one (1) liter
- Strollers (all kinds)
- Suitcases and rolling bags
- Camelbacks and any type of hydration backpack (excluding fuel belts and handheld water bottles which are permitted)
- 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, OR ANY MODIFIED OR SUPPLEMENTAL RULES PUBLISHED BY THE SERIES OWNER OR THE ERC PRIOR TO THE APPLICABLE RACE, MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION OF ANY PARTICIPANT, TEAM, AND/OR THE ENTIRE COMPANY FOR THE APPLICABLE RACE AND/OR FUTURE SERIES EVENTS OR RACES. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE BOUND BY ANY MODIFIED OR SUPPLEMENTAL RULES OF COMPETITION OR RACE-SPECIFIC RULES TO THE EXTENT THEY ARE PUBLISHED PRIOR TO THE APPLICABLE RACE. IN ADDITION TO THE VIOLATIONS HIGHLIGHTED ABOVE, THE SERIES OWNER AND ERC MAY ASSESS PENALTIES FOR ANY OTHER VIOLATIONS NOT SPECIFIED IN THESE RULES OF COMPETITION BASED ON ALL RELEVANT FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES. THE DECISION OF THE ERC AND THE SERIES OWNER IS FINAL.
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