Earlier Start for the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

See Road Closures and Course Map INSIDE

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge takes over Delaware Park Thursday evening, rain or shine.  A less than ideal forecast of showers and thundershowers awaits a field of nearly 14-thousand runners from over 400 companies at the 39th annual event.

"A record number of companies are participating this year, 427," said Race Director Melina Buck.  "We have a great field of runners, just under 14-thousand."  Buck said officials are closely monitoring the weather and it will be business as usual, unless there is dangerous weather at race time."

The start time of the race was moved up to 6:25pm. It was changed to accomodate the growing number of participants in the race.

The companies with the largest number of entrants are: Wegmans (501 entrants), Ingram Micro (482), Kaleida Health (413), Buffalo Public Schools (366), M&T Bank (278), Moog (253), HSBC (245), Elderwood (239), Erie County Medical Center (218), Erie County (213).

The race starts on Amherst Street between Colvin and Nottingham.  It goes down Delaware Avenue to Gates Circle, then back up Delaware and finishing in Delaware Park on Ring Road.

If you are participating in the race, organizers urge you to use free shuttle transportation from Buffalo State College. Lots G20 - G22 at Buffalo State open at 4pm.  Shuttle service runs from 4:15pm - 6pm and after the race from 8pm-10pm.  

Buffalo Police ask drivers to avoid Parkside and use alternate routes, as heavy traffic is expected around the park.

Road Closures

Roads in the area will start closing around 5:00pm.

These roads will be closed until 8:15pm: 

Amherst Street between Parkside Avenue & Edge Park.

Colvin Avenue between Amherst & Linden Streets.

Nottingham Terrace between Delaware Avenue & Amherst.

Buffalo Police say there will be rolling street closures along the race route as the race starts & proceeds.

They also remind drivers not block driveways, crosswalks or fire hydrants. Those that do, will be either ticketed or towed. You are also asked to avoid parking on the grassy areas around Delaware Park.

See a full course Map HERE.

JPMorgan Chase will donate in celebration of all Corporate Challenge participants to the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, which inclusively serves small businesses on Buffalo’s East Side and throughout Western New York. The mission of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center is to increase the quantity and capacity of local minority and women entrepreneurs.

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