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Human rush hour at JP Morgan 2013

19 April, 2013   Simran Randhawa


The 10th edition of the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge pumped up many corporates with excitement with almost 17,000 participants making it a sports event to be remembered (photo by Lee Jingyi/VOXSPORTS).


Singapore, 18 April 2013 - 16,730 runners participated today at the 10th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The blistering heat of the Singapore sun set low around us at 5.30 pm on the Esplanade Bridge. Surrounded by the lush and beautiful Singapore sights and sculptures, the runners were pumping with excitement to complete the 5-kilometre run. 

A record 404 companies entered the run as each company sported their own house t-shirts. With such an overwhelming number of participants lining up the bridge, there were a few who stood out. Participants dressed their best even with the temperatures rising sky high and some of the outfits included those from the superhero realm as Batman and Wonder-Woman amongst many others graced the occasion. They represented their companies with much ardor as they waited behind the starting line. 


Human rush hour began as the horn sounded the kick off to the marathon at 5.30 pm sharp. Everyone surged forward as the time ticked off the clock. Spirits were high as the temperatures continued climbing even higher. 

And they were fast! Jason Lawrence of OFS PED won the men’s division in 17 minutes and 39 seconds. He crossed the finishing line triumphant and ecstatic.  “The run was good. It was very hot but it was fine, it was no problem. It was good”, expressed the winner. 

Suzy Walsham of Symantec won the women’s division in 19 minutes and 34 seconds. “It was pretty hot today. I found it harder than I hoped but I’m reasonably happy with my run. You know it’s nice to come away with a win”, said Suzy Walsham with a big smile. 


Batman and Catwoman lost their way from Gotham City and were sighted at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge with the latter trying desperately to find a way back by way of GPS (photo by Lee Jingyi/VOXSPORTS).

As the sun began to slip below the horizon, crowds of participants made it through the finishing line at the F1 pit building.  Amidst the crowds of runners, there were a few who supported and paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with t-shirts embellished with “4-15-13, Runners United to Remember”. 

The rest of the participants were all smiles as they crossed the finishing line. Out of the sun and into the shade they went with gallons of water to cool themselves down. 

The F1 pit building hosted hordes of tents that represented the different companies that participated in the marathon. The air crackled with the sounds of cheers, cans opening and satay sticks roasting on the portable mini barbecue pits as the runners made their way to their respected tents to cool down. After the speeches and awards were given out, it was all celebration in the air. The runners continued quenching their thirst and filling their stomachs up with grub as the sun set on the Singapore skyline. 


More sightings of super heroes at the JPMCC 2013, this is one of Super Woman (photo by Lee Jingyi/VOXSPORTS).