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    Globally-run JP Morgan Corporate Challenge closes in Centennial Park

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Last night was the final event in the worldwide JP Morgan Corporate Challenge series for 2012 – and it was run and won right here in Centennial Park! This is the 12th running of the event in the Park, and we saw over 8,000 participants enjoy a challenging course in cool conditions.

Martin Dent, Olympian and City-to-Surf 2008 winner, representing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, took out the men’s race, while Kirsten Molloy from Allianz Australia won the women’s race. Three-time Paralympic gold medalist Kurt Fearnley was part of a special pre-event wheelchair exhibition race (first time as part of the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge).

Now to some pics of the event

A small band of intrepid runners/walkers from Centennial Parklands pre-race - will they be so fresh looking in an hour's time?

A small band of intrepid runners/walkers from Centennial Parklands pre-race – will they be so fresh looking in an hour’s time?

The crowds began to turn up late afternoon - globally, it's the 36th year of this event...

The crowds began to turn up late afternoon – globally, it’s the 36th year of this event…

Refreshments were at the ready for the runners

Refreshments were at the ready for the runners…

The wheelchair exhibition race was won by Kurt Fearnley - this is the first year wheelchair athletes have competed in this event...

The wheelchair exhibition race was won by Kurt Fearnley – this is the first year wheelchair athletes have competed in this event…

The first pack passes up Hamilton Drive in Centennial Park. It's steeper than you think!

The first pack passes up Hamilton Drive in Centennial Park. It’s steeper than you think!

The main pack of runners get underway - part of the 8,072 runners all up.

The main pack of runners get underway – part of the 8,072 runners all up.

The runners rush by - Sydney was the last of 13 city's around the world to host an event this year

The runners rush by – Sydney was the last of 13 city’s around the world to host an event this year

Quick update on the Centennial Parklands team...still alive...

Quick update on the Centennial Parklands team…still alive…

A feature of the event is to wear your corporate-branded running gear...wonder which company this is?

A feature of the event is to wear your corporate-branded running gear…wonder which company this is?

Crossing the line - men's winner Martin Dent did it in 16'11"...

Crossing the line – men’s winner Martin Dent did it in 16’11″…

You can read all about the event on the JP Morgan website.

A space for the whole community

Centennial Parklands is a space for the whole community. Last year we had 35 licensed events held here, from music to sport to arts and culture. Over 140,000 patrons attended these events, helping to raise vital funds for park maintenance and upgrade, and more than $550,000 in funds raised for other charitable causes.

This is the benefit of having, and maintaining, a great public space like this for the community. The Parklands is a vibrant and connected part of our community. It is far more than grass, trees and a place to walk a dog. It plays an active role in the health and lifestyle of our city, helping to make our global city one of the most liveable in the world. The mark of a world-class public parklands is to what extent it plays a vital role in the life of its community.

Events coming up

We have a busy events calendar over coming months that we hope you will come and enjoy:

…and over at Moore Park Cirque du Soleil continues at the Entertainment Quarter, and Coldplay play two big concerts at the adjacent Allianz Stadium.

As always, you can visit our What’s On calendar online, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or keep reading this blog to learn more about your favourite Parklands!

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Did you run in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge last night? How did you go?

 

 

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