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Posted: June 8, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Fittest CEOs Face-off in Alabama

CEO World Championship at USA Triathlon Nationals

BOULDER, Colo.--June 8, 2009-- A number of the world's fittest CEOs will gather in Alabama in August at the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals to see who is this year's Fittest CEO®!

CEO Challenges has been hosting the CEO Triathlon World Championship since 2001, with the winner each year earning the coveted title of World's Fittest CEO®. For the first time ever, at least four of the previous CEO World Champions will race head-to-head to see who really is the Fittest CEO®.

"In the past we have awarded the Fittest CEO® title at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship," stated Ted Kennedy, President of CEO Challenges. "However many very fit, very fast CEOs find it impossible to fit a full Ironman into their work, travel, and family schedules -- especially this year. As a result, we are pleased to offer the opportunity for the best CEO triathletes in the World to join us in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on August 22 and compete to see who is the best, and therefore, fittest of all!"

One CEO who should have no problem with the heat and humidity of Alabama is Aaron Wallen of Haas Insulation in Hawaii. Aaron was the 2008 CEO Challenge champion at both the Hawaii Ironman World Championship and the USA Triathlon Nationals.

Challenging Aaron will be the CEO Ironman world record holder, Frank Karbe, CFO of Exelixis in San Francisco (EXEL). In 2005 Frank finished the Hawaii Ironman in a time of 9hours, 43 minutes to set the CEO Challenge record that still stands.

Also invited to take part in the event are past CEO Challenge World Champions Scott Binder, CEO of Comcast Colorado, Cid Cardoso, President and Owner of Inside-Out Sports in North Carolina (winner of the inaugural CEO Ironman Challenge in 2001), and Luis Alvarez, CEO of Grupo Aloymex in Mexico.

In order to be invited to take part in the 2009 CEO World Triathlon Championship, CEOs must win a previous CEO Challenge event, or post a time of 2hr 30 minutes at a USAT event in the previous year (2:45 for men over 50, and women).

CEO Challenge competitors are not required to qualify at a regional event, and, as an added bonus, the top CEO finishers from each of three age groups will earn an automatic slot on Team USA for the World Triathlon Championship in Hungary in 2010!

Competitors at the CEO Challenge World Championship will be treated to first-class accommodations at the host hotel on the U of Alabama campus, a very special Dinner with the Pros, all logistics including special race check-in, and many opportunities to get to know fellow CEOs that share a passion for business and triathlon -- and all to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation charity. More information, including how to register for the event, can be found at

About CEO Challenges (
CEO Challenges is the world leader in sport competitions designed specifically for CEOs, with the goal of identifying the world's best CEO in several sports. Founded in 2001 with the CEO Ironman Challenge, CEO Challenges has expanded to include CEO Triathlon, Cycling, Marathon, Sailing, Adventure, Fitness, and Driving Challenges in spectacular settings worldwide.

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