Last year, Dan King was able to use his superior running speed and bike climbing strength to win the CEO Endurance World Championship, earning the title of World’s Fittest CEO®, and donating $28,000 to the Playworks charity. The event was staged at Blackberry Farm, Tenn. and made into a 30 minute TV show that aired across the USA.
King, CEO of audio and web conferencing company ReadyTalk in Denver, is back to defend his title at this year's September 6-9, 2013 competition.
“I signed up because the event truly is a unique mix of intense athletic competition and quality social interactions,” stated King. “I expect this year's event to be highly competitive given that all of the returning athletes know what it takes to win. I plan to make it difficult to wrestle the title away from me.”
Second place finisher in 2012 was Frank Karbe, CFO of biopharmaceutical Exelixis (NASDAQ:EXL) in San Francisco. As a result of his second place finish, Karbe donated $9,000 to the Olympic Club Foundation charity. "I am participating again this year because this event offers not only a spectacular setting but alsoa unique blend of intense athletic competition and great camaraderie coupled with the opportunity to raise money and awareness for your favorite charity,” said Karbe. “And of course - I race to win!"
Doron Reuveni, CEO of uTest, a software testing company that was recently ranked #8 on the Forbes ‘Most Promising Companies’ list placed third in the 2012 Challenge. Reuveni was involved in a bike crash on the Elimination Bike Race stage in last year’s competition, but was fortunately not hurt and able to continue on with the rest of the six stages. When asked why he signed up for this year’s event Reuveni replied, “I had a blast at the 2012 CEO Endurance World Championship and I intend to bring the 2013 title home to uTest and to Boston!”
Sponsors of the event include AIG and Zoot Sports.