The Southern Tier Corporate Challenge Virtual Run/Walk 

This Year's Challenge is set for June 24, 2021

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DEADLINE FOR CHALLENGE is September 21st for the 10th Annual Southern Tier Corporate Challenge.  For those registering for the challenge after September 21st the cost will remain $22, but you may not receive a challenge promotional item depending on availability. 

The Challenge Run/Walk held virtually this year will be held from Thursday October 1st- Thursday October 8th 2020. Challenge hosts, the Olean High School Sports Boosters and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce invite all organizations, businesses and companies to participate in this wellness event!

This virtual option allows participants to choose when they participate (you can walk or run at your preferred time between Thursday October 1st- Thursday October 8th), you can choose your course, and you can have fun by challenging your co-workers, family, friends, get social through media posts, or even host a competition among your peers.

Erica Dreher, GOACC Member Services Manager reported, “Registrations are going strong: CA BOCES with 56; Community Bank NA with 24; Intandem with 71; Olean Medical Group 22; and Siemens at 41 participants.” 

The registration fee remains $22 per participant which includes your shirt, race buff, and food voucher to Pizzaland.  

“I challenge employers and businesses to encourage their employees to participate by walking or running during their lunch breaks in groups of six or less, to compete while social distancing. This will help promote health within the workplace, fulfill the desire to enjoy the warm weather, and to challenge each other with a little friendly competition,” said Sarah Pingie, GOACC Communications & Marketing Intern.   The City of Olean plans on hosting a employee gathering with employees partaking in the run/walk.

Sponsors for the challenge include BlueCross/BlueShield of Western New York, The Mix 101.5 / WMXO, Sanzo Beverages, and Pepsi Bottling Company of Jamestown. From small companies to large corporations, the event will promote health, wellness and fitness among companies and their employees, families and individuals. For more information or registration details, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or by email.



LOOKING FOR A ROUTE TO TAKE?  Here is our past** running and walking routes...

2011, 2012 Walk

2011-12 RUN

2013 Walk

2013-17 RUN

2014, 2015 Walk

2016, 2017 Walk

2018 Walk

2018-19 RUN

2019 Walk

**Please note -- some of these routes have construction going on, so be prepared to have to cross the street.




2019 Results



Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce created the Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K Run and 2.1 Mile Walk in 2011 with the goal of supporting companies in creating internal wellness programs. The Corporate Challenge allowed local businesses to compete in a participative and competitive basis, while promoting fitness and corporate camaraderie.  That first year, the event had 302 participants, 102 more than anticipated.  The challenge has been a success every year since, with an average of 695 participants.  This year’s Challenge is set for Thursday, June 25, 2020.

The challenge committee would like to see more participants do the running portion.  “It’s great to see so many people come out and participate, but we would like to see people challenging themselves to run,” stated Erica Dreher, GOACC membership outreach coordinator and an avid runner.

She added, “There are step by step guides to running a 5K -- Couch to 5K Training; Become a Runner in 8 Weeks; and Run a 5K, among many others online.  We do ask that before you release staff to start in the program, we ask that they consider a few points:

Please consult your physician before you start any exercise program, if you are over 40, not accustomed to any exercise, or more than 20 pounds overweight; Schedule your workouts/trainings; Expect bad days; and Don’t rush.”

GOACC asks that anyone participating in the training challenge fill out a free training registration form.  We are setting up this challenge to reward those that do complete the program AND also compete in the run portion of our Challenge 5K.  The 8-week program will begin April 26th.

Once the employee is registered via email, GOACC will email out several programs to choose from.  Each week, GOACC will email the training participants with encouragement, status of their program, and other tidbits.

After the 8-weeks and the challenge event, GOACC will place all participants name in a hat, and choose winners -- gifts will range from a subscription to a runners magazine, a gift card to local grocery stores, or t-shirts and hats.

For more information or questions, please call 716-372-4433 or email











2019 Results



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