Wednesday evening brought the DocuSign EMEA team together for the first night of the 2014 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series in London, among 407 companies who joined up to navigate the 3.5 mile course in support of non-profits. This is the first time we’d participated in the event as a collective, and it was great to see all of the busy executives taking the time out to run for a good cause.
Now in its 38th consecutive year, J.P. Morgan held another great race – a global celebration of corporate teamwork, camaraderie and community giving. This year was the largest Corporate Challenge crowd in London history, with a total of 14,779 participants! It was the first time London, or any European city, hosted the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Championship, bringing together the first place men's, women's and mixed teams from all 13 cities from seven countries in the 2013 Series.
Having waited a few extra minutes as the elite athletes set off, the 14-strong DocuSign team crossed the race start at around 7pm among a sea of corporate colours and logos, with the temperature pleasant 21ºC. Maneuvering through the crowd of runners on a the tight course at Battersea Park was challenging in places, but the spirit and competitive nature of the team came through as we all crossed the finish line, lead by our Sales Development Rep, Jamie Corrigan who topped the DocuSign leaderboard (beating me by 35 seconds).
We were also fortunate enough to be invited up on stage alongside Olympic and World Sailing Champion, Sir Ben Ainslie, to be presented with the prize of $1000 for most creative T-shirt design. And having decided to match it, DocuSign contributed a total of $2000 to the WaterAid beneficiary – which provides safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education to the poorest people in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Region and Central America.
The team would like to thank J.P. Morgan for organising another stellar race and a special mention to those that supported and motivated us as we were dragging our feet over the finish line!