JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge 2007

On 13th June, 67,270 runners from 2,446 companies were at the starting block of the 15th JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt (Germany). The 5.6-kilometer (3.5-mile) event will almost certainly retain its title as the largest road race in the world in 2007.

“We are overwhelmed that we have a new record”, said Karl-Georg Altenburg, CEO of JPMorgan in Germany. “Our event stands for team spirit, camaraderie, communication and fitness. As you can see, these values count a lot in the German economy.”

The German subsidiary of Telekurs Financial also participated in this event with a motivated team of 18 runners. Six companies had 1,000 or more participants, including Allianz/Dresdner Bank (1,612), Deutsche Bank (1,447), Siemens (1,180), Deutsche Lufthansa (1,066), Commerzbank (1,050) and Deutsche Telekom (1,047).

“We can accommodate up to 70,000”, said Rolf Mai, the representative for the Frankfurt police and one of the architects of the 3.5-mile course that features Frankfurt 's modern skyscrapers and centuries-old neighborhoods. The course was a festival of energy, with tens of thousands of spectators blowing air-horns, tossing confetti, waving banners, and providing adrenaline to the participants who worked their way through muggy conditions.

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The motivated team of Telekurs Germany from left to right (bottom row): Ute Lins, Dagmar Graw, Stephanie Hahn, Sabine Schmitt, (top row.): Frank Gräsner, Sebastian Starosciak, Edgar Lins, Thorsten Hammel, Sebastian Schöber, Dietmar Hobbie, Patrick Althausen, Oliver Preisendörfer, Frank Frotscher, Antonia Sieber, Yvonne Kever, Gerhard Heß, Torsten Schneider, Julia Schmitz, Oliver Schwebel.


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