CNY RPDB and SMTC Participate in Chase
The Central New York Regional Planning and
Development Board (CNY RPDB) and the Syracuse
Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) teamed up to
participate in the J.P.
Morgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge on
Tuesday, June 22. The 3.5 mile course was held
at the beautiful and historic Onondaga Lake Park with a
total of 6,790 participants from 259 companies.
This is the first year that the CNY RPDB and the
SMTC entered a team in the race, and our t-shirt design
was selected as one of two winning entries! We will
donate the $1,000 award from the JPMorgan Chase
Foundation to the Food
Bank of Central New York.
The energy and excitement of the event led to
laughter and good spirits among the race participants,
despite the sustained showers that resulted in a
72-minute rain delay. Event runners couldn’t have
asked for a better ending as the sight of a faint
rainbow and a beautiful sunset—accompanied by the
sound of cheers and applause—welcomed them across the
a video of the 2010 Chase Corporate Challenge.
Photos (click the photo for a larger view):
- Sam Gordon (CNY RPDB) turned the team’s
t-shirt concept into a reality with his artistic and
computer graphic skills.
Team members seeking shelter under the tent
before the start of the race.
(Left to right: Samuel Gordon (with daughter Alia), David Kubek, Ahmed
Ismail, David Bottar, Michael Alexander, James
The entire team of runners proudly displaying
their winning t-shirt design before the race.
(Left to right: Aaron McKeon, David Kubek,
Michael Alexander, Ahmed Ismail, Elizabeth Hassett,
The back of the co-winning t-shirt, which
proudly displays the CNY RPDB and SMTC logos.
Team members strategizing race maneuvers
under the tent before the race. (Left to right:
Elizabeth Hassett, Kevin Kosakowski, Ahmed Ismail, Michael
Alexander, James D'Agostino, David Kubek)
The team captain working to maintain morale and
(Left to right: Aaron McKeon, Michael
SMTC staff relaxing and having fun before the
(Left to right: Elizabeth Hassett, Ahmed Ismail,
The rain won’t dampen our spirits.
(Left to right: David Bottar, Samuel Gordon,
Meghan Vitale, James D'Agostino, David Kubek)
Team members pausing for a meal before the start
of the race.
(Left to right: Meghan Vitale, Samuel Gordon,
James D'Agostino, Aaron McKeon, Ahmed Ismail,
Team members realizing the race is still on and
about to begin as they finish their sandwiches.
(Left to right: Ahmed Ismail, Michael Alexander)