Co-workers compete for charity, children

By Michelle Costanza

June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 12:07 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 45 businesses teamed up for charity, and ran through raindrops Thursday evening.

Hosted by the Broome County YMCA for more than 20 years, the Chase Corporate Challenge encourages local workplaces to lace up their sneakers for a cause.

The races raise money for the YMCA's "Strong Kid's Campaign," which brings character-building opportunities to children who may otherwise not have access to them.

"It helps send kids to camp, helps with swim lessons. It's part of the financial assistance program and it really spreads a lot of camaraderie," said Broome County YMCA Branch Executive Director Gayle Pado.

Sloshing through puddles and fighting the humidity, participants of the 5K, predicted mile, mile relay and executive mile all agreed that getting wet was half the fun.

Trophies were given out to winners of each group, though a few of them had nothing to do with how fast they crossed the finish line.

"They are getting into it. People are dressed as tooth fairies, some have pom-poms, all kinds of stuff. They are competing for costumes," laughed Pado.

The YMCA said they are expecting an even bigger turnout for next year's event.

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