Thousands Ready To Take The Corporate Challenge

June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 7, 2012 Updated Jun 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Employees from more than 450 companies will be lacing up their sneakers for the three and a half mile run around Delaware Park. This year’s JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge will host 15,000 people, including everyone from serious runners to casual joggers. Even those who want to walk the race are welcome.

Police warn that the area will be extremely busy, so they have tips for those coming to the race. First, they remind people not to leave valuables in their car. This includes electronics, money, purses and wallets.

They also said with the high traffic volume, off-site parking would be beneficial to drivers. Authorities will not be ticketing in the “no park zones” on side streets around the park. Police will ticket cars that are parked unsafely, including vehicles blocking driveways, fire hydrants, crosswalks or in handicapped spaces. No parking is permitted on grass around the park.

“We'd like to say it's the largest event in Buffalo with the exception of the Buffalo Bills football game,” spokesperson Alan Tieula said.

Many companies go all out, making this the biggest event of the year. Many cook hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, while others hire a gourmet chef to whip up some healthy options after the big run. The after party is not only for runners but also their families and other supporters.