Running for team spirit and a good cause

On June 13, 2017, we were off again. More than 63,000 runners from 2,419 companies have been at the start in Frankfurt am Main for the 25th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. As they do every year, salaried employees from companies of various industries have taken part. As befits an international financial centre, banks, asset managers and other financial service providers have also been well represented. Sport itself wasn’t the main purpose pursued by participants in this company run over a distance of 5.6 kilometres or 3.5 miles: values such as team spirit, communication, collegiality, fairness and health were the focus instead.

Even before, the exceptional athlete Markus Rehm was an honoured guest at the press conference held on May 31, 2017. He won two gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and was supported through funds from the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. For every runner taking part in the race, four euros flow into the promotion of sport projects for young people with disabilities. As a result, a total of more than 2.5 million euros has come together for this purpose over the course of eleven years, which has enabled and is enabling the German Sports Aid Foundation and the Deutsche Behindertensportjugend, the youth organisation of the National Paralympic Committee Germany, to realise a number of important projects. As the top athlete Rehm points out: “My training group at the sports club TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen benefits from the funds being raised by the run. As a result, it has been able to further professionalise its work and introduce children and youngsters with disabilities to top-class paralympic sport and establish them there.”