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J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge breaks records

Henrietta, N.Y. -- It was a record-breaking year for the 24th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

An all-time record 460 teams, including about 10,900 runners or walkers, ran in Thursday night's race on a 3.5 mile course on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus.

"That's a record number," said race organizer Jane Iaculli. "That, I think, is because Rochester's great. We have a lot of small companies here and they are all here tonight."

Companies like OffsiteDataSync, a Rochester-based tech company that employs 10 people.

"(We can) network a little bit, get some different insights and again stay healthy doing it," said John Cummings, the company's director of susiness development.

Being healthy was a reason many runners said they were motivated to run in the race.

"We have a health and wellness committee at Churchville that are trying to get students and employees more involved in running and other activities," said Paul Glor, a health education teacher and track and field coach in the Churchville-Chili Central School District.

"I've been trying to lose weight for a long time, and this for me was a way to have a goal," said Denis Pynn, a varsity football and track and field at Churchville-Chili.

It's a goal employees said is easier to keep when you work for a company that's behind you.

"It just really makes a difference having a company that supports a wellness initiative and really encourages their employees to participate and to improve their lifestyles," said Robyn MacChlerie of CooperVision. "Not only to be more affective at work, but their life their family, their friends, and it moves out from that, so it's pretty fantastic."

A donation was made by J.P. Morgan on behalf of the Corporate Challenge participants to the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.

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