Associates in London, Boston, Chicago and New York take on the J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge to benefit non-profits
Recently, more than 100 associates from our New York, Boston, Chicago and London area offices participated in the J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge events in their respective cities. This annual race draws thousands of employees from hundreds of companies in 13 cities, seven countries and five continents. It is a global celebration of teamwork, camaraderie, and community and provides an opportunity for organizations to connect with clients and corporate neighbors to raise money for charities and local non-profits in communities around the world.
Running along the River Thames
In London, a group of 30 heritage CEB associates — triple that of last year — braved an unexpected heatwave to join a total of 28,000 other runners in total for the 31st Annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge London. The team of runners — representing several business units — ran the 3.5 mile course through Battersea Park and along the River Thames. They enjoyed the trek through the beautiful park at the peak of summer despite the stifling 27 degree celsius (80 degrees fahrenheit) heat. Cian O Morain and Natasha Morgan led the pack, finishing first among our runners in the men’s and women’s races, respectively. This year’s race benefitted Cancer Research UK.
“For those of us who hadn’t run before it was amazing to see just how many people from other London-based organizations took part,” said Rachel Owens, Senior Research Scientist in Product Research & Development. “It was fantastic to be part of such a prestigious event, and we all drew strength from the massive buzz.”
Looping past Lake Michigan
In Chicago, 41 associates ran alongside more than 27,000 other runners and walkers from 620 companies. This was the largest turnout for a single- night event in the U.S. for the challenge. In celebration, J.P. Morgan Chase made a donation to Get IN Chicago.
This is the fourth year that the team has participated in the race as part of the Chi-Fit challenge — a six-week program during which participants record their physical activity and compete for prizes.
A total of 80 participants across the commercial team logged in 2,800 hours of exercise.
Circling Boston Common
In Boston, 23 associates joined approximately 9,000 other Boston-area employees from over 350 companies for the 34th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The 5k course starts and ends on the Boston Common, looping past the city’s famous baseball stadium, Fenway Park. John Burker and Christie Briggs finished first among our male and female runners, respectively.
This year’s challenge benefitted the Every Child Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“This was my third J.P. Morgan Chase run with Gartner,” said Yulia Solomon, Account Executive. “What I love most about it is that it gets different business units from the office to come together and sweat for a good cause.”
Crossing Central Park
In New York, 12 Gartner associates teamed up to run the challenge in Central Park — home to the inaugural Corporate Challenge in 1977. The Gartner team included members of the Research Board and Consulting teams, including State and Local Government (SLG) East, High-Tech and Telecommunications Providers (HTTP), Financial Services Industry (FSI), Education, Applications and Operations.
Team members enjoyed the 3.5 mile trek through the park, and jokingly called it “the slope of enlightenment” — the team slogan and a nod to Gartner’s Hype Cycles methodology.
“It was exhilarating to literally run together as one Gartner, surrounded by teams from so many of our clients,” said Andrew Spiro, Senior Consultant, Consulting.
“It’s always nice to change the setting, while still working as a team to accomplish a goal,” Research Board Production Coordinator Yaritza Rodriguez added.
“I always enjoy when Consulting and the Research Board come together outside of the office. It’s fun and rewarding to get to spend time with each other after hours for a worthy cause,” commented Audra Becker, Senior Production Coordinator, Research Board.
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