Corporate Challenge -- October 2020

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CEREAL CHALLENGE set for the month of June!  A big and sweet part of the GOACC’s Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K Run and Walk has always been the Cereal Challenge.  The ‘throw down the cereal spoon gauntlet’ began in 2013 as an idea proposed by community resident Joann Dombeck. 

This year’s running race is rescheduled for Fall 2020 (with date announced shortly).  Officials at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will still be hosting the Corporate Cereal Challenge in June.

Results from last year’s cereal challenge was huge -- 7061 cereal boxes were donated in 2019, which was a jump in 2,878 boxes from 2018! There were 2406 boxes of cereal donated from the employees at WNY Logistics and they were awarded the most cereal boxes donated award.  With an employee to cereal boxes ratio of 22.99 boxes, SolEpoxy was awarded the most boxes collected per employee. 

D.B. Busan, the pantry Warehouse Manager stated, "This challenge was a brilliant idea from Joann – especially cereal during the summer months when most children are at home and the Food Pantry needs to have on its shelves!”

Companies can sign up by email stating that your company will be collecting cereal.  An official tallying form will be sent upon receipt of email.

The contest officially starts Monday, June 15th and will end Tuesday, June 30th but employers can began gathering donated cereal any time after registering to GOACC.  Once all donations have been collected at each business, the boxes should be counted, number reported on the form and then cereal brought to the Olean Food Pantry before the end of business Monday, June 29th.  The Olean Food Pantry is located at 8 Leo Moss Dr, Olean (behind the Cattaraugus County admin building and Bethany Lutheran Church).  Delivery times to the pantry are when they are opened: Mondays 12:30-4:30, Fridays 10-2.

Erica Dreher, GOACC member services manager, added, “Businesses and their employees are battling COVID19 shortfalls (unemployment, remote workers, loss of business, moral low, etc.).  We hope that this challenge will bring some camaraderie and a fun competition back to the workplace and in turn bring BIG SMILES on all those children this summer.”

For more information or registration details, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or by email.





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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