You know how Jake in accounting is always claiming that he has to leave early to get to the gym?  Time for Jake to put his money where his mouth is.

It's the J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge and it's back again for 2021.

Who is the race for?

According to their website, it's for "professionals from all industries and at every level." You have the opportunity to run next to some of the hardest workers in Western New York. If you've got an office full of people who are interested in fitness, a group that has really been focusing on being more fit in 2021 and want a measuring stick of how you've done, or you just want to get started being more fit as a workplace, this is a perfect opportunity for you.  The requirements are:  "The race is open to all employees that are 18 years of age or older of corporations, businesses and financial institutions who work twenty-five (25) hours per week and have been employed by the company for at least ninety (90) days prior to race night.

When will it happen?

According to WGRZ, the road race will take place on September 23, 2021 at 6:05 at Delaware Park

How long is the run?

This run is going to ask you to a couple steps further than normal.  While a regular 5k race is 3.1 miles, the Corporate Challenge is 3.5.  It's something that I didn't realize the first time I ran it...and yes, while it doesn't seem like a lot, that extra .4 miles will take you by surprise if you aren't ready for it.

What if I still don't feel comfortable with crowds?  Is there a virtual option?

They've tried to make sure that just about everyone can participate in one way or another, whether it's running, walking, in person or virtually.

How do I register?

First, determine who your team captain will be.  Just like in many businesses, the team captain will be the point person that will make the process seamless for the rest of the people on the team.  They will be your contact.  Then make sure your team captain keeps an eye out for info for upcoming registration and 2021 Team Captain information.

This thing is huge.  It's a lot of fun, and it's a great opportunity to do some networking and some fun competition between businesses.  Get your team together and get ready to run.  You never know who you might see there!

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