Right before Memorial Day Weekend, as we are gearing up for summer, the 33rd JP Morgan Corporate Challenge presented an opportunity for employees to represent Chopper Trading at one of the most popular corporate competitions of the year. This annual 3.5-mile challenge is both a foot race between teams representing Chicago area businesses, and a fundraiser for a Chicago area charity. Proceeds from this year’s race went to Get IN Chicago, a program that provides mentoring, cognitive/behavioral therapy, and parent leadership services to at-risk youth and their families in Chicago.
Competition was steep at this year’s sold out event. Chopper Trading was well represented, with 24 employees, amongst the 25,192 total participants that toed the line in Grant Park after work on May 22. Chopper’s fastest runner completed the race in 23 minutes and 34 seconds, with two of our other runners close behind him. Overall, Chopper had a strong showing against the nearly 600 participating companies represented in the race, including a number of industry peers.
More important than individual successes and team standings, is the support and camaraderie demonstrated by my colleagues at the race. The support they give each other during a competition is reflected in the support they give each other in the office, and helps to ensure Chopper’s success on a daily basis. Whether it’s a race, a basketball game, or a hard day at work, Chopper Trading employees make a great team.