A Corporate Challenge….

 

 

       

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The annual J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge takes place today in Roc City, a-k-a Rochester New York (Upstate) on the RIT Campus(Rochester Institute of Technology). Amazingly, this crowd-drawing occasion is in its 24th year! The event donates a large portion of the proceeds raised to the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. There are 460 companies participating this year; a new record for this event. There’s also an astounding 10,600 runners who are on their marks, waiting to begin the race for this very worthy cause. Runners are expected be out of the starting blocks at 7:00pm.

I used to participate in this well-known community affair. As a former employee with J.P. Morgan Chase, I proudly participated along with friends and co-workers. There was nothing like the feeling of pride I felt in participating in such a high-profile event; one that donned the name of the very company I worked for. I wore my Corporate Challenge t-shirt and assigned race # with elation and satisfaction. It was such an awesome sight to see so many companies taking part with their employees representing them and also sporting their company’s respective  t-shirt(s).

There were numerous tents set up throughout the grounds with all kinds of delicious food and beverages. Seeing fellow employees outside their usual work zone was refreshing and provided an opportunity to see another side of people. There’s a certain type of buzz  that was present when I attended the ‘challenge’. Excitement, anticipation and comradery, all filled the air amidst the laughter and chatter of people who came together for a common cause. Solidarity is a powerful thing and it made and continues to make this cause a highly successful one!

Now, I need to be perfectly honest with you, the reader. I was no runner, but I did speed walk the 3 1/2 miles that this race consists of. I felt just as accomplished when I walked across that finish line as those who had run the race! I felt exhilarated – I had done it! In my opinion, it doesn’t matter how you get there, just as long as you do!

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  1. D'aller Naturel
    May 30, 2014 @ 04:02:07

    I speed walk through most races too! And I agree, it still feels like a big accomplishment when you complete the race. The firm I interned for participates in cancer (and other) runs every year. But because I have Achilles tendinitis from years of dance resulting in extremely tight calves, I can no longer run for long periods of time in one go without severe shooting pain. I have to run in small increments or just speed walk, so I opt for speed walking most of the time.

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    • sporterhall
      May 30, 2014 @ 04:17:19

      Wow! I’m finding that you are a woman of many talents! Yes…I think I would feel just as accomplished if I had crawled across the finish line…lol! The thrill of participating combined with the passion for the cause is priceless. Sorry to hear about your Achilles tendinitis. Long as it doesn’t stop you from moving, you are still in the race! Always happy to hear your feedback. Thanks for commenting!

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