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Near-perfect running weather helped energize 319 Caterpillar employees and 25,000 other participants at the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge in downtown Chicago.
Recently, employees from 21 facilities joined the Cat Crew for a 3.5-mile road race. The annual Chicago run/walk attracts teams from approximately 600 global companies.
“Caterpillar was very well represented again this year,” said Amy Manwaring, Cat Crew event co-coordinator. “Our 319 participants made us the fifth largest team at the Chicago event. Thank you to the dedicated runners and walkers, our many volunteers and Corporate Wellness Services, who kept us healthy and hydrated.”
Caterpillar has participated in the Chicago portion of the Corporate Challenge since 1985. The Cat Crew’s best male and female finishers for 2014 were Daniel Sotiroff (20:39) from Aurora, Illinois and Kat Dudaryk (25:11) from LaGrange, Illinois.
“The Corporate Challenge is a great event for all fitness levels,” said Dudaryk, who also served as LaGrange site coordinator. “This year LaGrange brought 52 participants to the Cat Crew, and I’m hoping we can continue to grow in the future. Group activities like this are a great way to get people together and get motivated. It’s nice to have an event outside of work where we can all come together.”
Labeled "the world's most popular sporting event for the full-time business community," the Corporate Challenge began 38 years ago in New York City. Today, the event spans seven countries and five continents, with more than 265,000 combined runners and walkers. The annual road races serve as fundraisers for various charities in participating cities.
The Cat Crew’s participation in the Corporate Challenge is coordinated by Caterpillar Social Activities.