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Entry from June 06, 2006
Corporate Challenge
The Corporate Challenge began in 1977; it was sponsored by Manufacturers Hanover, but is now sponsored by JP Morgan Chase. The 3.5-mile race has grown in popularity and now takes place on two days.

Date-Race #1: Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Date-Race #2: Thursday, June 22, 2006

JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge returns to Central Park for its 30th season. Over 750,000 people from businesses and corporations throughout Metropolitan New York have participated in this event since its debut in 1977. 200,000 runners representing 7,000 companies from all over the globe are expected to take part in this series of races that will span 12-cities, 6-countries and 5-continents. The New York event will serve as one of the qualifiers for the Chase Corporate Challenge Championship which will take place in New York City on October 7, 2006. The men's, women's, and mixed teams that finish in the top 20-percent will receive an invitation to the Championship. All participants must enter as part of a corporate team.

Both New York events will take place in Central Park at 7pm.

2006 marks 30th annual running
of JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

World's largest corporate road race series to host over 200,000
at events in 12 cities in six countries on five continents

NEW YORK, January 10, 2006 — For the 30th consecutive year, JPMorgan Chase will provide full-time workers from thousands of corporations around the world with a creative outlet for exercise and camaraderie while participating in an event that annually raises significant contributions for local charities, amounting to more than $1 million just in the last two years.

The 2006 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge® Series will feature 15 races in 12 cities in six countries on five continents with more than 200,000 employees from over 7,000 companies expected to take part. It is the largest corporate fitness event in the world and features unmatched continuity, keen competition and the ideal setting for an after-work party.

Owned and operated by JPMorgan Chase, the 2006 Corporate Challenge includes seven events in the United States — Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, New York, Rochester, San Francisco and Syracuse — along with worldwide stops in Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Singapore and Sydney. In each city, employees from local corporations enter as a team and compete in 3.5-mile road races, with the fastest company teams advancing to the season-ending JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship on Park Avenue.

"We're proud that hundreds of thousands of people annually accept our invitation to do something healthy for themselves by entering the Corporate Challenge," said Barbara Paddock, senior vice president for JPMorgan Chase. "Being active and physically fit is a vital part of workplace success, and we've been proud to lead this corporate fitness challenge for 30 consecutive years."

The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge is a 3.5-mile road race and participants enter as part of a company team. A minimum of four employees from each company are required and there is no maximum, though several races in the 2006 Series will reach full capacity shortly after entries open.

The 2006 Series commenced in Sydney on November 9 and the remaining international races, in chronological order, are Johannesburg (March 2), Singapore (April 26), Frankfurt (June 1) and London (July 5-6). The U.S. events include Chicago (May 25), Rochester (June 1), Buffalo (June 8), Boston (June 15), New York (June 21-22), Syracuse (August 1) and San Francisco (September 13).

The winning men's, women's and mixed teams from all those cities will meet at the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championship at JPMorgan Chase's Park Avenue headquarters in New York on Saturday, October 7.

The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge has been run annually since 1977 when the concept launched with one race in New York 's Central Park. A total of 200 runners from 50 companies entered that debut event. In 2005, Corporate Challenge events around the world averaged 14,717 participants from 490 companies.

27 July 1979, New York Times, "Companies Have Employees on the Run" by Jim Naughton, pg. A13:
Corporations have discovered jogging and they are doing to jogging what corporations do best -- organizing it. Wednesday night in Central Park, Manufacturers Hanover sponsored the last of its 3.-mile Corporate Challenges.

In the Corporate Challenge, corporations and government agencies organize men's, women's and coed teams. The men run in the first heat, the women in the second and the New York Road Runners Club keeps time and standings.

The races have been held for three years, but Wednesday night's turnout of about 3,200 men, 850 women and 1,000 spectators was the biggest crowd to date.

25 June 1981, New York Times, pg. B3:
A Faster Than Usual Pace for the Business Community Draws 6,000 Runners

Goods and Services IC 041. US 107. G & S: Arranging and Conducting Running Events. FIRST USE: 19770630. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19770630
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
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Filing Date March 17, 1981
Current Filing Basis 1A
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Published for Opposition May 8, 1984
Registration Number 1288247
Registration Date July 31, 1984
Owner (REGISTRANT) Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company CORPORATION DELAWARE 40 Wall St. New York NEW YORK 10015
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