Thousands run downtown in Rochester's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

Nearly 9,000 people are registered to run the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Tuesday night. (WHAM photo - July 11, 2017)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Nearly 9,000 people took over the Inner Loop in downtown Rochester on Tuesday night for the 28th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

The 3.5-mile run was a chance for more than 360 companies from across the Rochester region to come together for a night of healthy competition and workplace camaraderie.

The race began at 6:45 p.m. The course began on N. Plymouth Avenue, headed east on the Inner Loop, turned west on East Main Street, then turned back onto the Inner Loop heading west before finishing at Frontier Field.

The course map can be seen below. (Mobile and app users can click here)

Organizers stated that there were 8,771 runners and walkers from 361 companies, which is approximately an 18-percent increase compared to 2017.

This years first place finisher in the men's division was Matthew Wilber with a time of 18:21 (5:14 pace). For the women, Trisha Byler came in first with a time of 21:16 (6:04 pace).

The five largest companies and/or organizations to enter the Corporate Challenge are:

  • Wegmans - 862 entrants
  • Paychex - 410 entrants
  • Rochester Regional Health - 364 entrants
  • University of Rochester - 261 entrants
  • City of Rochester - 147 entrants

A donation from the 2018 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Rochester will go toward the Veterans Outreach Center.

Prior to 2016, RIT hosted the race for 12 years. At its inception, Highland Park was the original site for the Corporate Challenge - hosting runners and walkers from 1991-2003.

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