The hunt is on to find the Midlands’ fittest and fastest businesses at this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run.
The city’s annual half marathon features the Arcadis Business Challenge, in which companies of all sizes and sectors compete for fastest-time trophies and all-important bragging rights in the corporate world.
A special element to this year’s Business Challenge comes in the Chamber Cup, which invites Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce members and patrons to battle it out to be crowned fastest firm in the organisation.
Recognised as the voice of local business since 1813, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is headquartered in Edgbaston and covers six geographic divisions across the Midlands, plus the Asian Business Chamber, Future Faces and British American Business Council Midlands.
The Midlands’ biggest half marathon takes place on Sunday, October 15, the same day as the now sold-out inaugural Birmingham International Marathon, meaning more than 22,000 people could be taking to the streets in a city-wide celebration of running.
The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce will be entering a team for the Arcadis Business Challenge and chief executive Paul Faulkner said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Arcadis Business Challenge at this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run.
“The event is a great way to showcase Birmingham as a passionate sports city, particularly with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games bid gaining momentum.
“We’re particularly excited about the Chamber Cup element of this year’s run and I would encourage member businesses from across the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce network to sign up so we can find out who is the fastest and fittest firm in the region!”
Each Arcadis Business Challenge team needs to be a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight, but companies can enter as many teams as they wish.
Trophies are handed out to fastest teams in Small, Medium and Large Business categories with the four fastest accumulated times by participants added up for each team to pick the overall winners.
Any company entering 12 or more participants will automatically receive a plaque in the name of their fastest runner, inspiring friendly workplace competitiveness.
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run starts on Jennens Road in the city centre before taking in sights such as Selfridges, Edgbaston Stadium, Cannon Hill Park and Bournville.
Companies already signed up for the Arcadis Business Challenge include accountancy practice PKF Cooper Parry, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, banking giants Deloitte and HSBC and event title sponsors Arcadis.
Sign up for the Arcadis Business Challenge by clicking here.