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New York City Sports- Swarm Defense: Running With the Bulls

Posted Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 12:15 pm by Doug in Healthy Bees. More in 10005

Each year, JP Morgan Chase sponsors two evenings of runs in Central Park called the Chase Corporate Challenge, an event that benefits the Central Park Conservancy here in New York. (Chase sponsors other races around the world with other charity partners.) Taking place this year on Wednesday, June 18th and Thursday, June 19th, this increasingly popular event is seen by many New York corporations as a way to get their employees outside and moving around, using it as a team building event and something that can generate synergy (and other corporate buzz words).

Now in its 32nd year, this 3.5 mile run has, to many people, grown too large to be managed — with so many individuals running, most teams have difficulty finding each other during and after the race, and many feel that the race has become too large to be really enjoyable. As firms and individuals look around for a different spring time activity to try and build team morale (and to create an excuse for a company happy hour), many have turned to the Wall Street Run/Walk, an event being held tonight in lower Manhattan.


Benefitting the American Heart Association, the Wall Street run has a smaller and more intimate feel than the Chase Corporate Challenge, as runners maneuver themselves through a 5K course in the cannons of the Financial District. Arguably a more scenic run than one through Central Park (and one that is more difficult to replicate on an everyday basis due to the presence of cars in lower Manhattan at non-race times), the Wall Street Run begins just north of the World Financial Center, winds its way past the World Trade Center Site, heads west towards the South Street Seaport, and then completes its route down Water Street and the Brooklyn-Battery Park Esplanade.

The course for the 2008 Wall Street Run/Walk

The race is being sponsored by Merrill Lynch (whose headquarters are conveniently located near the race’s start), and is held in conjunction with the New York Road Runners, a group that has been organizing runners and hosting races in NYC for 50 years.

After the race (which many people will actually walk), it’s a safe bet that most of the participants will flood downtown watering holes, using the “brutal” 3.1 mile course as an excuse to throw back beers until the wee hours of a Tuesday night.

Though registration for the event ended several days ago, people are still encouraged to come out and support the runners, and to make donations to the AHA through the event’s website. With 17,000 participants signed up to run this year, the event will certainly be a bit more packed than in recent years, but should still prove to be a fun event and will provide one of the few nights where the Financial District is absolutely hopping past happy hour.

The race starts at 6:30pm, and though the weather seems disinclined to reward race participants with a beautiful sunset over the Hudson River, it promises to be a fun night of running and walking on the named streets of Lower Manhattan, which few people can really navigate without a map… or a designated running course.

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