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Thousands to take part in annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Rochester

J.P. Morgan Chase

Tuesday is a big day for running and walking in downtown Rochester. At 7 p.m, the 29th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will be held. It’s a 3.5 mile road race, for both runners and walkers, through downtown Rochester.

The race has been held downtown for the last few years; before that it was held at RIT for more than a dozen years, and prior to that venue, it was at Highland Park.

J.P. Morgan Chase Executive Director for Commercial Banking, Nancy O’Brien, says more than 7,700 participants and over 300 companies and organizations are participating.

“I think it’s a nice opportunity for people and for companies, to do sort of a healthy event with a lot of camaraderie and teamwork together, and this gives them an opportunity to do that.” O’Brien said.

The number of participants are down a little from last year, but O’Brien says it is still an impressive showing.

The corporate challenge is held all over the world, but organizers say that  some of the biggest crowds in terms of runners and walkers are in Rochester.

The course starts and ends near Frontier Field. 

There will be a number of street closings on Tuesday:

At 5 p.m., the following streets will be closed

• Morrie Silver Way from Oak Street to State Street
• Plymouth Avenue from Allen Street to Brown Street

At 6:30 p.m., the following streets will be closed:

• State Street from Brown Street to Main Street 
• Inner Loop from Plymouth Avenue to Main Street
• Scio Street from Lyndhurst Street to Main Street 
• University Avenue from Main Street to Windsor Street 
• Delevan Street from Gibbs Street to Scio Street 
• Plymouth Avenue northbound from Main Street to Brown Street

All streets are expected to reopen at approximately 9 p.m. For more information visit

Here's a link to the course map.


Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.