The two-day national championship is similar to a track and field Olympics, with opening ceremonies, trials, and finals. The main focus of these championships is to promote health in the workplace and competition among corporate athletes.
In Corporate Relays, events are team- or relay-oriented to make them equally competitive for men and women of all ages. For example, one relay requires at least one woman runner plus another runner 35 years of age or older. Some events even require runners of a particular executive level; retired employees may also be eligible for certain events. Distances in these relays range from 100 or 400 meters to 2 miles on the track, as well as 5K and 10K road races. In 2014, individual events were added; 200m and 400m (may change from one year to the other). Team-oriented shot put, discus, high jump and long jump round out the field events. Also included are two non-scoring events: a 4-person relay consisting of two Special Olympic athletes and two corporate athletes, and a Kids Race. The competition allows both the weekend warrior and the former college track star to participate in the same event and to contribute equally to a team’s success. For example, a 50-year-old woman who wins her age group in the 5K scores as high as the overall winner.
Nationally-known runners co-host the event and cheer participants on. Co-hosting the event in 1995 were nationally ranked Natasha Kaiser-Brown and Kevin Little. Previous hosts include Joan Benoit and Edwin Moses.