Last week I had the fun opportunity to join the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 5k with fitness + blog friends Ashley, Ashley, and Theodora. I had heard about this monster Central Park race from friends of mine in the corporate world, but since my current job is a bit unique and I work from home, I didn’t think I would have a chance to participate. Not true! JP Morgan reached out and offered me a bib and the chance to experience it first hand for the very first time.
The race was unlike any 5k I’ve done before. It’s a two-day event with 15,000 runners and walkers participating each evening. To put those numbers into perspective, the starting corral was at least a mile long and we waited a good 20 – 30 minutes to cross the start after the gun went off. It was packed. But the energy was incredible, there was fun music, and we couldn’t have dreamed up better weather for a few evening miles around the park.
Because we had a bit of a wait in the corral, we made some new friends and had a lot of fun scoping out all the creative and entertaining shirts the different corporate teams made. One law firm had one that said “Justice isn’t the only thing that’s swift” and a newspaper company had a shirt that read “Not Running for Office.” Loved the team spirit – it has to be such a great opportunity for teams to bond and enjoy themselves outside of the office.
After bobbing and weaving our way through some seriously heavy foot traffic, we high-fived our way over the finish line. Volunteers were on hand to pass out water and snacks. Teams gathered for photos. There were quite a few real-time video calls going on in the cool down area. The Corporate Challenge happens in 13 different cities around the world, so maybe some of the NYC participants were calling teammates in different locales? Either way, everyone was in a celebratory mood.
Including us – CHEESE!
Did you run this year? Or maybe in years past? Would love to hear what kind of shirts your team made + what you think of the event. Thanks again to JP Morgan for inviting me to represent “The Fit Crasher Corporation” – as CEO and the only employee, I had a blast!