The program, now in its 4th year, consists of 5-person relay teams who each participate in the full MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon relay (26.2 miles total). The 2009 race took place Dec. 13. Winning relay teams in a variety of categories share a purse of $30,000 in prize money, given directly to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in the names of their respective corporations.
The awards were presented Jan. 19 at a reception in the Cox School’s Collins Executive Education Center.
“The Cox School is honored to co-sponsor the Corporate Relay Challenge with Behringer Harvard,” said Al Niemi, Cox dean. “We are committed to strengthening the community in which we live and work, and this event allows us to do so by supporting the mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”
The 2009 winners:
- Fastest Corporate Team (first corporate team to finish relay) – BNSF Velocity, 2 hours, 43 minutes and 57 seconds.
- Most Corporate Teams (based on total number of 5-person teams completing the relay) Sewell, 13 teams total
- Oldest Corporate Team (average age of all 5 runners as of race day) – Sewell 13, 57.2 years
- Youngest Corporate Team (average age of all 5 runners as of race day) – Sewell 9, 21.6 years
“The Corporate Relay Challenge is a great example of how deeply entrenched corporations in Dallas are in community support efforts,” said Phil Baker, chairman of the Dallas White Rock Marathon board of directors. “By participating in the Corporate Relay Challenge, they are not only involved in the biggest single-day spectator event in Dallas, but also support our extremely worthy beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”