Almost every year, my company has participated in the J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. The race is held in 13 major cities on five continents, donating over $700,000 to charities. Each city has a different charity and this year Boston’s charity was the BUILD and the Greater Boston Food Bank
About the Charities
BUILD uses entrepreneurship to get low-income students motivated to get through high school to college and eventually to career success. They partner with four Boston high schools that have graduation rates as low as 42%. With BUILD’s help, the students get trained to launch and run real businesses which allows them to see what academic success can bring.
The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England. They distribute 48 million pounds of food and groceries annually to 540 hunger-relief agencies. They meals provide food for as many as 545,000 people a year!
(Source: JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge)
The race is an out and back from the Boston Common to Kenmore Square. It is always fun to run on the streets in the middle of the city that are normally jam packed with cars.
Words of advice: Never run expecting to get a PR unless you can wiggle your way to the front. Getting to the start line is a complete mess. You often are stop and go throughout the race because it is so packed. Runners find themselves on sidewalks to try to get ahead, but this doesn’t really help too much. And I get really aggravated when people push me, elbow me and say “move” or are rude because I’m “in their way” and they are trying to run fast. Again-unless you are expecting to win the race-don’t try to get a PR and don’t be mean to the other runners because they are “in your way”! This is more of a fun race or one you may start a friendly competition with your coworkers not one you are going to run a record time.
This year the race implemented a color-coded bib depending on your predicted finish time. The goal was to get the faster runners going first and prevent some of the bottlenecks, but it was difficult for those runners to even get by the masses. My coworkers and I all think that this could lead to people lying about their predicted time next year so they could get to the front! Hopefully that won’t be the case-but we will see!
I love and hate races right now. They are they only thing that are really motivating me to run, but at the same time they are bad because I have a problem with controlling my pace. Being in the midst of runners makes me want to try to run fast.
Last year I ran the Corporate Challenge and did a pretty good job at maintaining a good pace-30:32 (8:43 pace) because I knew my hips were still in repair so I tried to keep this in mind. But this year I was foolish and ran 27:57 (8:00 pace), which is faster than I run ever nowadays. My hips were definitely feeling it the next few days so I took some time off from running.
Regardless of my hips being a bit sore, I always love this race. It’s a great way to bond with coworkers and do something healthy at the same time!
Next up in the books is the Finish at the Fifty race this Thursday!
Questions for you
Does your company run the Corporate Challenge?
Do you have trouble with self-control with race pace?