JPMorgan Chase Challenge


With 73,719 entrants, the 2008 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt is the largest race in the world to date. It’s a short run of 3.5 miles, but still worth preparing for. In addition to training runs, I made sure the food and drink side was in order in the days leading up to the race.

The evening prior to the race I ate chicken in breadcrumbs, making the breadcrumbs myself even if it is somewhat messy with the egg and the flour. For breakfast on the morning of the race I had fresh fruit and a large pain au chocolat to give me energy. For lunch I had frikadelle, which are like large meatballs, and pasta. As the race began at 19:30 I also fitted in a tomato and basil sandwich mid-afternoon.

After all that I felt in good form for the race. By the time I crossed the start line it took me 21 minutes to reach the finish, which given the sheer number of people running, I thought was fairly respectable.    

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