By Mike Kirner
Senior Marketing Specialist
FRONT ROW: Doug Longyear, Dan Johnson, Matt DeTorres, Courtney Frager MIDDLE ROW: Tom Christian, Steve Llevano, Aaron Stein, Corin Rodlend, Jason Karbelk, Blair Powers, Susan Yau, Vanessa Ghandi, Olesya Epps, Camilla Lozano, Susan Keokham, Monica Coen BACK ROW: Konrad Knutsen, David Mastro, Danny Pickard, Sean McCallum, Eli Ceryak, Tim Hogan, David Duble, Ahmed Badenjki
33rd Annual Race
At 7:00 P.M., on Thursday September, 7th, a lean and mean team of 25 Cushman & Wakefield NorCal brokers and administrative staff participated in one of the year’s healthiest after work events: The annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is part of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series, a world-wide series of 3.5-mile (5.6-km) running events open to groups of full-time employees from organizations within the business and public sectors. The 10,000 participants were required to register as part of a company team.
The 3.5 mile race began near Pier 23 and ATT Park’s famed McCovey Cove in San Francisco’s Mission Bay region and meandered its way North to Rincon Park on the Embarcadero, before circling back and finishing up near the starting line.
17 Minutes; 59 Seconds Later
San Francisco Research Analyst and Company Captain Jason “Marathon Man” Karbelk topped all Cushman & Wakefield participants and posted an incredible 17 minutes and 59 seconds to run the 3.5 mile J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. His average time was 5.08 minutes per mile and only 60 seconds behind the event’s winner (Matthew Leach) who ran the course in 16 minutes and 55 seconds. Both times posted were interestingly also twice as fast as the actual writing of this article.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Top 5
1st Place (C&W) – 9th Place Overall
Jason Karbelk: 17:59
2nd Place (C&W) – 24th Place Overall
Konrad Knutsen: 19:05
(Knutsen, now 41 years young, has won the entire race in 2005 and 2007)
3rd Place (C&W) – 51st Place Overall
David Mastro: 20:04
4th Place (C&W) – 417th Place Overall
Stephen Llevano: 23:40
5th Place (C&W) – 45th Place Among Women; 438th Place Overall
Blair Powers: 23:45
Blair Powers is a Brokerage Coordinator in San Francisco’s multifamily capital markets group. An avid runner, she vanquished a long list of male participants and finished in 45th Place among 3,438 women and placed 438th overall.
More on the J.P Morgan Challenge
Each company entered into the race was led by a Company Captain, who created the company team, recruited participants, and coordinated all the details. Teams of competitive runners have a chance to qualify for the Series Championship, where they will compete against the champions from all the Series events for top honors in the corporate running community.
Participating companies use the event as a platform to promote health and fitness in the workplace, foster goodwill and camaraderie among their employees, and show their commitment to the community and best environmental practices. The Corporate Challenge strives to make a difference through a donation to a not-for-profit organization in each host city, and through operations initiatives designed to make the Corporate Challenge the world’s greenest road race.
The entire Cushman & Wakefield participants roster and race results are pictured below:
Number & Peanut Butter Cruncher has Eyes on Berlin (Updated September 25th)
Jason Karbelk competed in the Marathon in Berlin, Germany on September 24th. He placed 101 out of over 43,852 runners ! He is attempting to qualify for the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. The number and data crunching amateur runner can often be seen eating crunchy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches throughout the work day to keep his aerodynamic physique finely tuned.
According to Karbelk: “This special annual event brings together our company’s running enthusiasts and is an ideal way to foster a healthy lifestyle and encourage fitness among groups of employees. It was a grueling pace this year and I think my preparations to qualify for the Olympics are going according to plan. “
2017 T-Shirt Design Winner
Each year, Cushman & Wakefield NorCal sponsors a race t-shirt design contest among local designers. This year’s official winning design was created by Burlingame’s Matthew Fernie, who was awarded a $100 Visa Gift Card.
To participate in future races, please contact Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org