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Posted On: 1/30/2017

RD Oja Steps Away from Syracuse's Corp. Challenge


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Dave Oja, of Syracuse, has announced that he is stepping away from the position of Race Coordinator of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Syracuse following more than a quarter of a century overseeing the Syracuse area’s largest annual road running event.

"I really can’t overstate how much I’ve enjoyed coordinating local operations for Syracuse’s edition of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®," says Oja. "Planning and overseeing the amazing growth in both the size and the complexity of the event have been enjoyable and satisfying challenges throughout the past 26 years. And in each of those 26 years, I’ve been enormously grateful for the team efforts of our race committee members, volunteer groups, Onondaga County Parks staff, host municipalities, law enforcement and emergency service agencies, vendors, team captains of participating companies, Corporate Challenge® Series administrators, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. management."

Oja, who will be 65 in July, assumed the position as the local coordinator of what was then the Manufacturer’s Hanover Corporate Challenge in 1991. The event attracted 3,143 entrants from 211 companies in its 1990 edition. Since then, the event has attracted as many as 8,559 entrants; initiated successful shuttle busing, recycling, and site security operations; enhanced its emergency medical services operations; and grown from zero to more than 250 company hospitality tents on site during the event.

Although he’ll be stepping away from the event that hosts the Syracuse area’s largest annual road race field, Oja will continue to direct the event that hosts the Syracuse area’s best annual road race field and only road race national championships: the Syracuse Festival of Races, whose silver-anniversary edition is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

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