Dolabella wins CEO Challenge World Championship
BOULDER, Colo.--August 24, 2009--CEO Challenges is the world leader in sport competitions for CEOs, and once each year, hosts the CEO Challenge World Championship to find out who is the 'best of the best'. This year the Championship was held in conjunction with the USA National Triathlon Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on August 22. CEOs were required to pre-qualify for the event, either by posting triathlon times under 2:30, or winning a previous CEO Challenge event.
After a highly competitive race, it was Carlos Dolabella, partner and CFO of First Class Rent a Car in Miami, who bested the field to win in 2 hours 12 minutes for the Olympic distance course (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run). Since triathlon requires incredible fitness in three sports, CEO Challenges grants the title of Fittest CEO® to the winner of its World Championship each year. Therefore, as champion of this year's event, Carlos Dolabella has earned the exclusive title of World's Fittest CEO®!
Second place at the CEO Challenge World Championship went to Frank Karbe, CFO of Exelixis Inc (NASDAQ: EXEL) from San Francisco (2:14), and third place went to James Schnauer, President of Spice Design Inc of Los Angeles (2:15).
"Carlos Dolabella is very deserving of the World's Fittest CEO® title," stated Ted Kennedy, President of CEO Challenges. "Due to upriver flooding, the current in the Black Warrior River was very strong on race day, and Carlos used his superior swimming ability to distance himself from the other CEO Challenge competitors. Frank and James were chasing him down in the 10k run, but Carlos showed great perseverance to hold them off for the victory."
CEOs who have a passion for sports love the opportunity to compete alongside people who share their challenge of finding time to train while juggling work demands, travel schedules, and family commitments. Brent de Jong, founder of AEI, and fifth place finisher at the CEO World Championship, summed up the experience by saying, "It was fantastic to spend the weekend with like-minded individuals. The appeal of the CEO Challenge program is a combination of the camaraderie with fellow CEOs who love triathlon, and the opportunity to compete against people who share my challenges."
CEO Challenges typically hosts 12-15 events each year for 100+ CEOs in many different sports. Next up for the company is a CEO AVP Challenge at the AVP Las Vegas Tour stop in September, followed by the XTERRA World Championship in October, and ending the year with a CEO Cycling Challenge with George Hincapie in his hometown of Greenville, SC in November. As a way of 'giving back', a portion of each CEO's entry fee is donated to the Challenged Athletes Foundation charity to provide prosthetics and wheelchairs to disabled athletes.
About CEO Challenges (CEOChallenges.com)
CEO Challenges is the world leader in sport competitions designed specifically for CEOs, business owners, Presidents, and C-suite executives. The firm's goal is to find 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, Driving, AVP, Fitness, Marathon, Golf, Fly Fishing, Sailing, Hockey, Skiing, and Tennis Challenges in spectacular settings worldwide.