Part of the capacity crowd of 15,000 finishes in the gathering twilight at the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park on June 5.
Fast times, clear skies highlight
second night of Corporate Challenge
|NEW YORK AT A GLANCE (June 5)
||38th running of J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The 3.3-mile race course was entirely within Central Park.
||Capacity crowd of 15,000 runners and walkers from 393 companies.
||Mostly sunny and 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) at the 7 p.m. race start.
Goldman Sachs (786 entrants); Credit Suisse (383); RBS (363); NYU Lagone Medical Center (325); AllianceBernstein (284); Mizuho Financial Group (250); MUFG (250); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (225); PwC (225); Fortress Investment Group (206).
MEN: Charles Murphy, Arch Insurance Group, 16:40
WOMEN: Alexandra Cadicamo, Goldman Sachs, 18:50
||Central Park Conservancy
||The Corporate Challenge has earned a reputation as one of the most coveted events in New York City. Projected capacity for the two-night event was reached on the first day of registration. The venerable New York Times provided feature coverage of event on the morning of first race.
||“The event speaks to team camaraderie. We line up with our company, then with our colleagues we reach the finish line all together. After the race, we have our company tent where we can all spend time together as a team and enjoy time outside of the office.” — DANIELLE NAPOLITANO, Centerbridge Partners
NEW YORK, June 5, 2014 — Alex Cadicamo, an investor relations analyst at Goldman Sachs, ran her first marathon in November, placing an impressive 26th overall out of 20,000 women in the New York City Marathon, finishing just outside the iconic Tavern on the Green.
She made her return to Central Park an even more triumphant one on this flawless late spring evening.
Cadicamo, a 2010 Yale graduate, covered the 3.3-mile course in 18:50 to win the women’s division of the 38th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®. Her mark also bested the 19:08 posted by Denise Mazzeo in the first night of Corporate Challenge racing in New York.
With temperatures in the low 70s and practically no humidity, five women covered the 3.3-mile course in under 20 minutes, including runner-up Jeanna Composti of the New York State Department of Financial Services, who came in at 19:19.
While Cadicamo won comfortably, the men’s race was a cliffhanger. Charles Murphy of Arch Insurance Group — a third-place finisher in 2012 — outkicked Brett Frissora of Libremax Capital. Murphy’s winning time of 16:40 was a mere tick ahead of Frissora and 25 seconds ahead of Matthew Forys from the New York Road Runners, the 2012 men’s champion.
Complete individual results are available here. In all, a capacity crowd of 15,000 entrants from 393 companies took part, grateful that a day that dawned with thundershowers ended with blue skies, perfect for a night of competition and camaraderie.
The Cadicamo and Murphy triumphs will be the talk of Wall Street on Friday. John Traugott of Credit Suisse knows from personal experience how respected the Corporate Challenge is within the athletically-minded business community.
Traugott won the 2006 men’s individual Corporate Challenge title in Central Park. That got the attention of his group head, who emailed the CEO, who then toasted Traugott, quite literally.
Runners start the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park on June 5.
Due to restricted space and changes in the course, the distance for this year's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge was reduced from 3.5 miles to 3.3 miles. Follow this link to a pace calculator to determine what your time would have been over the 3.5-mile distance. Example: For an entrant who ran 18:30 over the 3.3-mile distance, that time would translate to 19:41 over 3.5 miles.
“The next Friday, they wheeled in drinks and food to celebrate and invited everyone on the floor,” Traugott told Lindsay Crouse of the New York Times, in a feature story that ran this week. “Everyone on Wall Street is a little competitive; it’s nice to be able to help win for your company.”
Charles Murphy of Arch Insurance Group and Alex Cadicamo of Goldman Sachs break the finish line tape to win the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park.
Traugott was officially the 18th male to cross this year, with a time of 17:54, illustrating how deep and talented the corporate running scene is now in New York.
For others, the Corporate Challenge is a reason simply to celebrate in one of the world’s most beautiful venues.
“The event speaks to team camaraderie,” said Danielle Napolitano, company captain for 42-member Centerbridge Partners team. “We line up with our company, then with our colleagues we reach the finish line all together. After the race, we have our company tent where we can all spend time together as a team and enjoy time outside the office.”
The 18-person Moon Capital team, making its first Corporate Challenge appearance, has made healthy choices a daily habit.
“Health and fitness is really important to us,” said Moon company captain Jaqueline Gliozzi. “We receive discounted gym memberships and have a gym with a trainer at the office. So there are people are able to work out during the day and that’s perfect for preparing for the Corporate Challenge.”
Corporate Challenge participants also supported the Central Park Conservancy, the official manager of Central Park. J.P. Morgan will make a donation on behalf of the sold-out crowd to the Central Park Conservancy to support the Conservancy’s mission to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series continues next Wednesday, June 11, with the 22nd annual Frankfurt, Germany event, featuring 71,735 entrants — the largest road race in the world to date in 2014.