RECORD BREAKING NUMBERS at this year's Corporate Challenge      

OLEAN – Both the participants numbers in the challenge race/walk and the number of cereal boxes donated had significant increases. The unofficial run/walk count was 841 participants (775 last year) representing 41 companies.  The cereal challenge went from 1,789 last year, to more than 2,896 - an increase of more than 60%! 

The sixth annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Run/Walk was hosted by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Olean High School Sports Boosters.  The event was created by GOACC with the goal of supporting companies in creating internal wellness programs. The race was open to both corporate and community teams. The challenge concluded with "Olean’s Largest Office Party" with music by The Colonial Radio Media and Entertainment Group. 

Chris Napoleon of Napoleon Engineering Services was named fastest CEO in the annual Southern Corporate Challenge. The FASTEST MAN was presented to Tim Chichester of Four Mile Brewing Co.; and the FASTEST WOMAN Kady Weisner of Bysiek CPA.

Team Awards include: Fastest Male Team, Corporate Division – Dresser-Rand – Tim Kaminske, John Stahley, Coty Winchell, and Brian Grosso; the Fastest Co-ed Team, Corporate Division –Four Mile Brewing - Nick , Gregg Piechota, Wendy Van Curren and Preston VanCurren; the Fastest Female Team, Corporate Division –  CUTCO Cutlery Corporation - Angela Colamaio, Elizabeth and Anna Augostini, and Pam Bailey, and the Fastest Co-ed Team, and Community Division –  Bysiek CPA, Trevor Poag, Owen Barber, Arnim Alexander and Kady Weisner.

Other specials awards include the Most Spirited Team – Allegany Limestone Central School; Most Walkers – The ReHabilitation Center; and Logo Design Contest Winner  -- HomeCare & Hospice and Total Senior CAre. KelKur Electrical Contracting."

“The whole jump in boxes of cereal of over 60% increase really hit home.  The children in the Olean area will be happy to serve up breakfast for themselves during this summer!  A big shout out to SolEpoxy as they went full speed and split up their employees to challenge each other on their donations.  It worked!  The employees of SolEpoxy donated almost 14 boxes each for a total of 1001," stated Meme K. Yanetsko.

Betty Burrows, GOACC program associate added, "As race organizers, we were happy of the support from Jamestown Community College, the Olean Food Pantry, and the City of Olean Police and Streets Departments.  Once again, this event couldn’t have happened without their support and the support from the volunteers.”

The Chamber challenged companies to donate cereal to the Olean Food Pantry. 1117 boxes of cereal were donated from the employees at Dresser-Rand, which had most boxes collected in total.  SolEpoxy had the most boxes collected per employee.

The 3.1-mile road race ran throughout downtown beginning and ending at JCC-Olean.  Complete race results for individuals and teams will be posted online at www.oleanny.com by Monday, June 27.  Sponsors for the Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K are BlueCross/BlueShield of Western New York, The MOUNTAIN, Sanzo Beverages, Constellation, Olean High School Sports Boosters, and GOACC.  From small companies to large corporations, the event promoted health, wellness and fitness among companies and their employees, families and individuals.  The next event for the Chamber is the Chamber GOLF Clasic on Monday, July 18..  For more information, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or by email events@oleanny.com.





Frequently Asked Questions & Helpful Information

Can we bring strollers? Jogging strollers can be used on walkers’ course only.

Are pets allowed at the race? No pets are allowed.

Do we need a team shirt? Since most teams have a company t-shirt, the event decided not to give out shirts to all participants.  However, if your company does not have company t-shirts, we will offer them to you at an additional $2.  Please see registration form.

Do you have to run? No, walkers are encouraged and will walk on the walk route. 

Can family members of employees be on a team? Absolutely, family members are welcome.  We encourage you to be on your corporate team if they enter, but if not, please join a family member’s team.

Is there a minimum/maximum for a team? No, the top 4 runners’ times will be calculated for team awards.

How can non-athletic employees participate? In the best team spirit cheering section!

Remember: No Glass / No Smoking.

GOACC and the OHS Sports Boosters invite all companies to participate.  It’s an opportunity for companies to encourage their employees to get out and exercise.  The companies walk together or run so it’s just a great networking and team building opportunity for companies.  The challenge concludes with “Olean’s Largest Office Party” complete with awards to the Fastest  CEO, the Fastest Team, The Most Spirited Team, T-Shirt Design Contest Winner.  The $20 fee includes a corporate challenge promotional item, refreshments, and entrance to Office Party with music by THE MOUNTAIN.

For more info, please call GOACC at 372-4433 or email events@oleanny.com.

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Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce • 716-372-4433 • info@oleanny.com

reater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce • 716-372-4433 • info@oleanny.c