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Posted: July 30, 2016:  

Athletics: BMW Dallas Marathon and Columbia Business School Bring Back Executive Challenge with Two $5,000 Charitable Awards Available to Winners.

Fastest female and male executives in December 11 marathon will win donation in their name to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

DALLAS (July 26, 2016) - Organizers for the BMW Dallas Marathon and Columbia Business School announced a renewed partnership in 2016, and will host the second annual Columbia Business School Executive Challenge as part of BMW Dallas Marathon race day. The challenge encourages senior level professionals to lace up their running shoes in friendly competition during the December 11th BMW Dallas Marathon.

New for 2016, the winning male and female executive finishers will both win a $5,000 contribution to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) made in their name. "The Columbia Business School Executive Challenge launched last year as a fun way to spur relationships among top business leaders," said Julie Rademaker, senior director of marketing at Columbia Business School. "By awarding two executives this year we expect to see the friendly competition among marathon participants turned up a notch, and look forward to working with all Executive Challenge participants on race day."

Participating business leaders are recognized for their dedication to fitness, community and charity; in 2015 more than 50 top executives - local, regional and national - ran in the Dallas Marathon’s inaugural Columbia Business School Executive Challenge. Companies and businesses are encouraged to pledge to match the BMW Dallas Marathon’s charitable contribution, should their leading executive be the first to cross the finish line on December 11.

The $5,000 donation awarded to the fastest finishing female and male executive will be donated directly to TSRHC, the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon since 1997. "We’re excited to continue a great partnership with Columbia Business School, a highly acclaimed institution, to recognize the parallel energy and commitment required to succeed in professional business and endurance sports," said Dallas Marathon board chairman Lisa Croley.

For more information and eligibility requirements for the Columbia Business School Executive Challenge, or to register, visit

About the Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon: the BMW Dallas Marathon. Now in its 46th running, the marquee race attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. The BMW Dallas Marathon racecourse highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the city of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $3.8 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit

About Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School is the only world-class, Ivy League business school that delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets with real-time exposure to the pulse of global business. Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with unparalleled exposure to real world business practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, capture, and create opportunity in any business environment. The thought leadership of the School’s faculty and staff, combined with the accomplishments of its distinguished alumni and position in the center of global business, means that the School’s efforts have an immediate, measurable impact on the forces shaping business every day. To learn more about Columbia Business School’s position at the very center of business, please visit

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