NEW YORK, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, teams from New York's leading financial companies raced against each other in New York City's first Bloomberg Square Mile Relay through the heart of the Financial District. Champions Wells Fargo took the coveted title and received a $10,000 check to donate to their chosen charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Wells Fargo completed the ten laps of the one-mile (1.6KM) course in 1 hour 41 seconds; Bloomberg and Deutsche Bank came in close behind at 1 hour 2 minutes 20 seconds and 1 hour 2 minutes 49 seconds respectively. Individually, the fastest runner of the night, Carl Daucher from team Eris Exchange, completed the one-mile route in a time of 5 minutes 12 seconds, setting the gold standard for next year's relay.
"It feels great to be representing Wells Fargo. Thank you so much to Bloomberg for putting on this great event. We're happy we had this opportunity to make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America," said Brian Cutlip from the Wells Fargo team.
"Congratulations to the team from Wells Fargo for winning our first New York City relay, which benefited important causes," said Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder Bloomberg L.P. "We had great participation from our clients, partners and friends, and we aim to make the race an annual fixture on the Wall Street events calendar."
Thanks to the event's Official Venue Partner, the Howard Hughes Corporation, runners from the city's top financial organizations kicked off the competition at the Race Village within the Seaport District on the corner of Fulton Street and Water Street. They battled it out for lead position through an urban mile-long loop through Water Street and Wall Street before passing the baton to their teammate. The event culminated in an awards presentation for the top teams and a celebratory after-party at the finish line where runners and their friends were treated to a live DJ set and complimentary food and drinks.
In keeping with the commitment to give back to the local community, Bloomberg Square Mile Relay named the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as the official charity partner and made a donation of $10,000 to help support the non-profit organisation.
"We are grateful for the generous support the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay has shown by selecting us as its official charity partner for the inaugural event in New York. Partnerships such as these are critical to help ensure the Memorial and Museum is sustained, and that visitors from around the world, especially current and future generations, will be able to experience this world-class learning institution and living tribute for years to come," said Cathy Blaney, 9/11 Memorial's Executive Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
"The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is a unique sporting event which offers a perfect opportunity for the city's most competitive runners to come together for a night of camaraderie, teamwork, celebration and networking. Our goal is to offer a platform for teams from local corporations, like Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank to express their sporting enthusiasm while bonding with fellow colleagues," said Nick Keller, Managing Director of event organizer Square Mile Sport.
The New York relay ended the 2015-16 Season of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Global Series, but the baton will now pass to London to kick-start the 2016-17 calendar where participants will weave their way through the spectacular one-mile (1.6km) route around the City of London's square mile. Seven cities across the world, including London, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Sydney and New York, are now hosting this annual global race series, with additional major financial cities to be announced later this year.
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About Bloomberg Square Mile Relay:
The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is a unique, global event series, providing businessmen and women of all levels of running experience with an outlet for their sporting passion on the very same streets as their offices. Established in 2007 in the 'Square Mile' of London, the event now also takes place in six other major financial centers across the world. Bloomberg's hometown of New York is the latest and greatest relay city, which will become an annual fixture on Wall Street's sporting calendar. Registration of interest for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay New York 2017 is open now. Visit www.squaremilerelay.com/new-york to find out more.
Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company's strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 327,000 subscribers globally.
About Square Mile Sport:
Square Mile Sport is the event owner and organiser of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay – a unique event series designed exclusively to provide businessmen and women with an outlet for their sporting passion. Established in 2007 in London, Square Mile Sport plans to replicate the event in cities across the world. Square Mile Sport is wholly owned by Benchmark Sport, which operates leading international brands including the Sport Industry Group and Beyond Sport. www.squaremilerelay.com
About The National September 11 Memorial & Museum:
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the non-profit organization that oversees operations for the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum. Located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site, the Memorial and Museum remember and honor the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. For more information or to reserve a ticket to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, please visit 911memorial.org.