Staff from FCS made their debut in the 2015 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. With nicknames like Turtle, Wildcat and Pup, who knew what to expect but they did us proud! After a day of rain, the showers finally stopped and the weather was perfect for the early evening run and walk along Onondaga Lake Parkway. The Corporate Challenge is different from many other races because the participants must compete as part of a team. Team Captain Matt Lamphere was confident the group would do well noting several “ringers” on the team who were experienced runners.
Melissa Parker, Director of the Chemical Dependency Program at the Oneida clinic, helped organize this year’s team. Both Lamphere and Parker felt it was a great way to get the FCS name out there and represent the agency. FCS was among 280 companies and organizations that participated this year. “The race is well attended by other treatment providers and an awesome opportunity to network with other companies in the central New York area from a multitude of disciplines.” said Parker. Meanwhile, FCS counselor Rob Douglass took time to visit other agency tents to chat and issue pre-race challenges.
The course covered a 3.5 mile stretch along Onondaga Lake. The road was closed to traffic and a rainbow of t-shirts with corporate logos filled the parkway as more than 6,000 people ran or walked in this year’s event. Kyle Taranto and Laura Sawyer were the first FCS team members to cross the finish line but were soon followed by the other hearty members of our crew. After the race, team members relaxed in their pop-up tent but were already thinking ahead to next year. “We’re issuing a challenge to the Cortland office for next year,” said Team Captain Lamphere. “We’d like to get more people participating on the team.” The others nodded in agreement.
The JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge is a charitable event and this year’s central New York beneficiary is Honor Flight Syracuse, an organization that honors America’s veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit the national memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.