The JP MorganChase Corporate Challenge, a 3.5 mile race, attracted 11,500 participants in Delaware Park, Buffalo, New York on Thursday, June 11, 2007. There were 405 companies represented. Buffalo is one of about a dozen cities which hold the Corporate Challenge. Temperatures in the high 60’s with a small amount of humidity were welcome to the runners who faced sweltering conditions over the years.
The newly paved Amherst Street in the park held several rows of company tents where participants made their way back after the race for food and fun.
The creative T-shirt contest winner was Lactalis American Group which had 45 participants. The shirt featured a mouse dangling another mouse to help it reach for a piece of cheese, representing teamwork. The company will receive a $1,000 donation from Chase to designate a charity of its choice.
The Corporate Challenge helps raise money for a different beneficiary each year. This year, the money went to support the Buffalo Police Athletic League. The group was picked because it will use the prize money to help provide youths with summer jobs.
Christ Muldoon, representing Crowley Webb and Associates was successful for the fourth time in the Corporate Challenge with a time of 17:40 minutes, eight-seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Muldoon ran for Syracuse University while in college.
On the women’s side, Maura Frauenhofer, running for Catholic Health Systems, was the first woman to cross the finish line in 19:52 minutes. Discussion ensued whether she was a legal participant. Those who qualify must work at least 25 hours per week for the past three months. Frauenhofer works part-time at St. Joseph’s Hospital which will look into her eligibility. She is a former Canisius College cross country runner and won comfortably by 21 seconds over Allison Carr of Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services.
Marathons are becoming very popular in the Buffalo area. The Buffalo Marathon took place on Sunday, May 30, 2010 with 4,600 runners participating. Mohammed Awol of Ethiopia won the men’s division in 2:19:03, while Amy Frazier of East Amherst, New York was first with a time of 3:09:52, more than eight minutes before her closest competitor. Post race fruit and refreshments were provided for all runners at the finish line. All marathon runners and half marathon runners who finished under six hours receive a commemorative finisher’s medal.
The 10th Annual Western New York Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be run on Saturday, June 12th. The race is a celebration of breast cancer survivorship and a way to honor and remember those who have lost their battle to breast cancer. The 5K Run/Walk & One Mile Family Fun begins at 10 a.m. 75% of all proceeds from the WNY Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure stay in Western New York to fund vital breast cancer programs across the 8 counties of Western New York. Over the last 10 years the Susan G. Komen Western New York Affiliate has invested over $3 million to community grantees and outreach initiatives. The remaining 25% goes to Susan G. Komen National Research Grants.
The Buffalo News, 6/12/10