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J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 2017

J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 2017Frankfurt runs for a good cause

13 Jun 2017

477 Deutsche Börse Group employees took up the 25th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. CEO Carsten Kengeter also donned his running shoes for the 5.6 km-long route through downtown Frankfurt.

Ice-skating star Katharina Witt fired the starting gun for the Deutsche Börse athletes and about 64,000 other competitors waiting at the starting line at Hochstrasse. Thousands of spectators lined the route, cheering the runners on. Group staff were easily identified by their blue T-shirts bearing the slogan: “One Group – One Team”. Tommi Maekitalo and Mara König were the fastest runners in the Deutsche Börse team to cross the finishing line on Senckenberganlage. They managed the route in swift times of 19:34 and 23:11 minutes, respectively.

Team spirit, communication, cooperation, fairness and health: these values stand at the centre of the event. After the race, things continued in a cooperative, communicative and more or less healthy manner at the after-race party at Alte Börse. As in previous years, refreshments were provided by Aramark, who not only donated the fruit bar, but also barbecue sausages.

In all, 63,776 runners from 2,419 different companies competed in the event. According to the organiser, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is the largest corporate race in the world and the biggest running event in Europe. By paying their entry fee, every competitor ensures €4 is donated to promoting sports projects for young disabled persons. By covering the entry fees for all the staff members in the team, Deutsche Börse contributed to the organiser being able to donate no less than a total of around €255,500 to projects run by Deutsche Sporthilfe (German Sports Aid) and Deutsche Behindertensportjugend (German Disabled Sports Youth Association).

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