Running teams wanted: 2013 SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge

SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge logoInterested in participating in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, but shrink from the thought of running all 26.2 miles? SMU’s Cox School of Business invites all University faculty and staff members to join forces and conquer one of Dallas’ landmark events.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge brings corporate teams of five to tackle the world-renowned Dallas Marathon course in stints of approximately five miles each.

The Cox School is in its 8th year as a sponsor of the event and hosts an awards gala for the winning teams each January.

Relay teams compete in a variety of categories, including fastest team and youngest and oldest average team age. Presenting sponsor Behringer Harvard awards a total of $30,000 in the names of winning teams’ companies to the marathon’s beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

“I hope SMU faculty and staff will consider entering a team in the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge,” says Kevin Knox, assistant dean of external relations at SMU Cox. “It’s a great way to experience a truly inspiring community-building event while supporting the worthy cause of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and its patients.”

SMU faculty and staff members who participate in the Wellpower program can set up a personal challenge for running the Cox Corporate Relay Challenge. Contact SMU’s Baylor Health Coach Paige Shouse before beginning the challenge – she will make sure it meets the general criteria and help you set goals, measurement and tracking.

> More information on SMU Wellness Personal Challenges

All Corporate Relay teams will be invited to an awards reception to be held at the University’s Collins Executive Education Center in the weeks after the race.

Each five-person Corporate Relay Challenge entry costs $275 through Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 and $300 from Tuesday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 1. The Challenge is a popular event and usually sells out by November, says Kasi Zieminski, associate marketing director for the Cox School.

For more information, visit SMU team captains can contact Kasi Zieminski before registering to receive a $5 team discount.

Cox School announces winners of children’s hospital fundraiser

cox-corporate-relay-logo.gifSMU’s Cox School of Business and the Dallas White Rock Marathon board of directors have announced the results from the 2009 SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer Harvard.

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.”

Find a complete winners list at SMU News