35 years of walking hand in hand, over 7,50,000 people from businesses and corporations over all these years, more than 7000 different companies across the globe, and a single motive- JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. The event that started in 1977 with an objective to promote fitness at workplace, has taken various meanings for people across the corporate hub. 248,168 participants from 8173 companies throughout the world participated in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in 2011 alone. All these feet came together for a 3.5 mile road race to contribute a little over $6,00,000 to local not for profit organizations. Ever since the beginning, when 50 companies participated with their 200 runners, the numbers have been growing and the interest deepening. The event that started for fitness at work place is today a place to meet people from various milieus, build camaraderie, to create a charity for the needful and various such objectives.
The 2012 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge has given yet another objective to the runners with their punch line, “Teaming up for a greener tomorrow.” Right from online registrations to promoting waste management and organizing the best possible greenest event, the initiative gives the participants yet another reason to team up. Practicing for the finale lets you know your colleagues better and out of the work cubicle. It’s a perfect opportunity to know the employees at all levels of hierarchy and across various departments in a very social and casual environment, network and be friends with them and at times even find better opportunities and ideas for career advancement.
The 2012 tour across 13 different cities, across 5 continents, started in March with Johannesburg, South Africa and shall continue its course through six other countries U.S., Singapore, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Australia. Event in each country is given its own cultural touch and an atmosphere that makes the business people feel at ease. With more than 3,00,000 business executives at all levels expected to participate in the event, it turns out to be the biggest networking gathering across the globe.
Different companies, origins and backgrounds are all converted into common race numbers and a feel of a perfect sports gathering is conceived. Bankers meet engineers and a marketer tries to know the Scientists in the other world. From artists to architects, manufacturers to insurance people, all slip into their sneakers and their team race badges alike to give a kaleidoscopic view hardly seen in the history. Asians meet the Englishmen & women and the Americans run down the tracks with the Africans, meeting more and more people, building relationships, creating contacts and driving an enthusiasm for their business, all under the blanket of making good health and giving importance to physical exercise along with a heart for charity.
This 9 month long celebration of team spirit and encouraging social camaraderie and networking ends in November this year with its Championship event in Chicago. It’s the third year of “Olympic-style rotation” the first two being Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 and Singapore in April 2011.