Runners from 140 companies gather to compete in sixth J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Shanghai
Shanghai – The sixth running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Shanghai was held late this afternoon with runners from 140 companies taking a break from work to join their colleagues and peers in the annual 5.6km run. Flagging off at 4pm at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, thousands of runners from the Shanghai business community came together to enjoy an evening of fun and fitness.
J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Shanghai kicked off with much excitement on Thursday, 20 October at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. This year, 140 companies took part in the sixth annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Shanghai.
“We are very glad that J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is becoming one of the major corporate events among the business community in Shanghai,” said David Li, Chairman and CEO of J.P. Morgan China, “The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is a proprietary event that brings together colleagues across industries and it is our commitment to the corporate community to provide an event of healthy competition, camaraderie and teamwork. It is heartening to see so many companies use the event as a platform to promote fitness and well-being in the work place.”
The race was held at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center – also known as the Sea Crown – and gave participants a wide, flat race course for leisurely running and stunning views along the way. After the race, all participants were able to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Corporate Challenge’s post-event village, where they were able to network and mingle with their peers, building connections between companies and colleagues.
Not forgetting to give back to the community, J.P. Morgan made a donation on behalf of each entrant to the Ai You Foundation for the third consecutive year. The funds will benefit the Foundation, whose mission is to encourage more people to give back to charity and their community.
Jiang Zhaohua, Deputy Secretary-General, Ai You Foundation said, “We are very appreciative of the support from J.P. Morgan. This year, we are channeling the donation towards the ‘Ai You Reborn Project – Medical Nursing Project for Orphaned Child Patients’ where orphans in urgent need of medical care will be able to embrace a new life and a brighter future.”
Mathieu Leboulanger from Schneider Electric crossed the finish line as male champion for the third consecutive year.
The Shanghai race record for both men and women stood the test of time and remained unbroken. Mathieu Leboulanger, 33, of Schneider Electric completed the race in 19 minutes 4 seconds in his third consecutive win and one that he finds most meaningful, "This year has been a bit more difficult for me due to injuries in the past two months. I had a very cautious start and I wasn’t sure I could finish ahead of the other competitors. It was easy wins for me in the previous two years but not this year so if I have to compare, this would be my best win," said Leboulanger.
Avid runner and first time participant, Jiang Yingli from Shanghai Disney Resort, broke the finish tape for female runners at 22 minutes 20 seconds, much to the delight of her colleagues cheering her on from the sidelines. Jiang commented, “Big thanks to J.P. Morgan for organizing this race. This event places good emphasis on fair competition among colleagues, healthy living as well as giving back to charity. Running is one of my favorite activities and I was confident of finishing in the top three so I am very pleased with my win today.”
Jiang Yingli, from Shanghai Disney Resort crossed the finish line first at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Shanghai. This is her first time taking part in the race.
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series features 13 events in seven countries on five continents. The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Shanghai is one of three runs organized in Asia Pacific. In its 40th consecutive year of operation, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series remains the largest corporate team sports event in the world, attracting more than 250,000 entrants from over 7,500 companies in 2016. The Series will next head to Sydney on 9 November – its final race for the year. For more information on the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series, please visit https://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/.
Prize presentation to the male and female winners of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Shanghai on Thursday, 20 October.
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J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, owned and operated by J.P. Morgan, is in its 40th consecutive year of operation. It promotes corporate fitness, teamwork and camaraderie by conducting 3.5-mile (5.6km) running events in 13 cities in seven countries, and celebrates each entry with a donation to charity. Entry is only available to employees of businesses and corporations, and more than 7,500 companies and 250,000 total entrants will take part in 2016.
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