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Thousands Expected To Run & Walk At The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

May 23, 2016

Credit J.P. Morgan Chase

Thousands of people from businesses and organizations all over the Rochester area are getting ready to run, or walk, and in general just have a good time on Tuesday night for the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

There are more than 10,000 people from about 400 companies registered to take part in the event which is over 3.5 mile course at RIT's Henrietta campus.

It's not so much a race as it is a chance for people to network and enjoy meeting new people.  Among them is Tyler Burke, he's a design engineer at Bergmann Associates and also captain of his company's team.

“It’s just a great opportunity to get out away from the office, seeing guys that should be walking around your office in suits, and they all show up wearing the same thing that you’re wearing, shorts and a T-shirt, and you get to run and get sweaty and hang out and have a good time afterwards with them,” Burke told WXXI News.

Burke says he likes the fact that his CEO, Tom Mitchell, also takes part in the corporate challenge every year.

“You see him once every few weeks when he’s giving big corporate addresses and suddenly he shows up at RIT in the middle of the field and he’s got shorts and a T-shirt on, and you take the time that you wouldn’t normally get and enjoy the weather with him, it’s pretty cool.”

It will be the 26th running for the Rochester event, starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

There will be shuttle bus service available for the runners and walkers and you can get more information about that and other details of the event here.

Expect traffic in the RIT area to be very congested on Tuesday between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.