Staff Reporter

JOHANNESBURG played host to the 12th JPMorgan Corporate Challenge on Thursday, capping another strong showing by corporate South Africa at an event that saw 13 000 participants from 227 companies swop their office cubicles, laptops and endless meetings for their running shoes.

Samuel Segoaba, representing Transnet Engineering, claimed first place in the 5.6km race, crossing the finish line in a time of 17:36. The women’s race was won by Annah Moeketsi, also from Transnet Engineering, at a time of 21:49.

JPMorgan, one of the world’s leading banking groups, founded the 5.6km challenge in its home city of New York, in 1977.

The event has grown steadily ever since, and it now takes place in seven countries on five continents. The Johannesburg event took place in and around Melrose.

The main aim of the race is to cultivate friendships, wellness and camaraderie among the corporate community, and proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Laureus Sport for Good for Foundation, which uses the power of sport to address social challenges and initiate social change and currently supports 15 sports-based community initiatives nationwide.

The race also attracted South African sporting and entertainment celebrities such as Natalie du Toit (Olympic & paralympian), Pat Symcox (former Protea), Armand du Plessis (Mr South Africa 2014), Damon Kalvari (Cliff Central producer), DJ Fix (5FM), Hayley Watters – Nee Owen (actress), Jonathan Boynton-Lee (Top Billing presenter), Kerry McGregor (model), Maps Maponyane (model/actor), Roxy Louw (model/surfer), Tamarin Jardine (Miss Earth SA 2012), Tumisho Masha (actor) and Zanele Mdodana (SA netball player), who supported the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. – Staff Reporter

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