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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018Local Companies Recognized for Commitment to Corporate Wellness

DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
P3R and the Pittsburgh Business Times are “Teaming Up for a Healthy Workplace” and recognizing FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Corporate Challenge participants on May 23
P3R, the organization behind the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, will present 12 companies and one individual with awards for their outstanding participation in the FedEx Ground Corporate Challenge program. 

"More Pittsburgh corporations than ever before were involved in this year's Corporate Challenge program and we look forward to inspiring even more champions of corporate wellness in future years," said Troy Schooley, senior vice president of sales and partnerships at P3R. "Employee health and wellness is good business, which is why P3R has worked to become a leader in health and wellness programs for our corporate partners and their staff.”

The 2018 FedEx Ground Corporate Challenge cup awards will be presented to companies in three categories based on the highest number of participants:
Division A - Under 100 Employees
Excel4Apps, NuGo Nutrition, Fleet Feet Sports Pittsburgh and big Burrito Restaurant Group

Division B - 100 to 999 Employees
Bank of America, Eaton Corporation and Michael Baker International

Division C - Over 1,000 Employees
UPMC Health Plan, GNC Live Well and PNC Bank

For the first time in the history of the FedEx Ground Corporate Challenge program, P3R will also present title awards to recognize overall participation, long-term support and lifetime achievement for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
P3R Corporate Challenge Champion Award
FedEx Ground is a 10-year sponsor of the Pittsburgh Marathon, serving as the title sponsor of the FedEx Ground Marathon Relay and the presenting sponsor of the Corporate Challenge. Hundreds of FedEx employees participate in the Marathon festivities every year, which is why the company has one of the largest employee participation rates in the annual Corporate Challenge. 

P3R Corporate Challenge #10YearsRunning Award
DICK’S Sporting Goods has been the title sponsor of the Pittsburgh Marathon for 10 years and has also provided support for other P3R events. The company encourages its associates to participate in the races and has had teams of hundreds of runners each year. Additionally, some of these runners have fundraised thousands of dollars the past two years to benefit the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and Sports Matter programming to help save youth sports.

P3R Corporate Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award
Ward Strang, executive vice president and chief operating officer of FedEx Ground, serves as the “executive champion” of the company’s Pittsburgh Marathon partnership. In addition to running several races - full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and 5K - he recently led the effort to renew FedEx Ground’s title partnership of the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay and the Corporate Challenge. 

These awards will be presented at the inaugural "Teaming up for a Healthy Workplace" event on Wednesday, May 23 at the Westin Convention Convention Center Hotel. Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan and DICK’S Sporting Goods, the event is a collaboration between P3R and the Pittsburgh Business Times. Tickets are available for purchase at

According to Patrice Matamoros, CEO and race director at P3R, “The FedEx Ground Corporate Challenge program was designed to support companies that share our passion for promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health and fitness education and activities.” Participation in the program provides an opportunity for companies to encourage employee health and wellness, as well as increase employee engagement. In turn, companies will notice happier and more productive employees that become champions of their own wellbeing. 

For more information about the FedEx Ground Corporate Challenge program, visit

About the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting a love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at:

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