On June 23, 62 Freed Maxick employees ran in the 36th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The 3.5 mile race started at the corner of Amherst and Nottingham, and finished on Ring Road. Over 300 corporate tents filled Delaware Park including Freed Maxick’s where over 100 employees, clients, and business partners stopped in for food and games after the race.
This year was the 5th largest corporate challenge with 12,488 participants and 383 companies and organizations represented. Buffalo is just one of many cities worldwide that host the event (including New York, London, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Sydney), but is the second in number of participants behind New York. The event marks the beginning of summer for many of the people who run each year.
Freed Maxick’s own Kimberly Mills was the women’s champion, finishing the 3.5 mile race in just 21:22, beating second place by 16 seconds. This was her first time running in the corporate challenge. “I backed off a little the second mile and just hung on as much as I could that last mile,” she said. She qualifies for the 2017 J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship. Tom Insalaco was the firm’s fastest male employee, who finished in 23:49.
Freed Maxick also finished fourth in the mixed team division. Times are the combined finishing times of each team’s top five racers. Freed’s team time was 1:38:12, beating Attica Correctional Facility, the fifth place team, by just three seconds.