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J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge runs/walks Tuesday night in a new venue

The annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is Tuesday, and it will have a different look this year.

The main change is the location.  After 13 years at RIT, organizers are bringing the race downtown, with the event beginning on State Street and ending near Frontier Field.

The event starts at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Matt Tipple is a commercial banking executive for Chase in Rochester. He says the move downtown should help provided added visibility for a number of local businesses and organizations.

“We do think that it will bring out a lot of the local downtown businesses to be more participative in the future and we’re really exciting about that," Tipple told WXXI News

Tipple says although some runners and walkers enjoy the competition, a lot of people take part in this event to be together with their co-workers and network with other local people.

“Really the purpose of this is to go out, to create an event with comradery, teamwork.”

The challenge involves a 3.5 mile road race used by both runners and walkers. More than 7,400 people will participate representing more than 300 companies and organizations.

Those numbers are down from last year, but a spokesman tells theD&C moving the event to July likely impacted registration with some people already having summer plans.

There will be a number of street closures in the area including:

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

-  Morrie Silver Way from Oak Street to State Street

-At approximately 6:15 p.m. the following streets will be closed:

-  Inner Loop (Main Street to Plymouth Avenue) 

- State Street from Brown Street to Andrews Street 

-Scio Street from Lyndhurst Street to Main Street

-University Avenue west ound from Main Street to Chestnut Street 

-Delevan Street from North Street to Scio Street 

-Plymouth Avenue north bound from Main Street to Brown Street

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

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.