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Posted: October 23, 2005

Triathlon: Karbe and Myers are Fittest CEOs in the World®

BOULDER, CO – Frank Karbe of Exelixis in San Francisco and Leslie Myers of Foodsense in Burlington, Vermont won the CEO Ironman Challenge World Championship on October 15 to become the Fittest CEOs in the World.

The CEO Ironman Challenge is a program designed as a 'race within the race' for CEOs and high ranking corporate officers who compete in Ironman triathlons (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile marathon). It recognizes that corporate leaders don’t necessarily have the time available to properly train for an Ironman given the high demand on their time and extensive travel. It also recognizes that they have achieved a certain level of success, and are looking for the ultimate Ironman experience that includes meeting Pro athletes, the best help available, removal of all hassles, and guests that are fully catered to while the CEO prepares for, and races in, the Ironman.

There were three qualifying events held this year, with a total of 45 executives competing in CEO Challenge events at Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Karnten Ironman Austria, and Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid. A total of 18 CEOs were fast enough to earn slots to race at the Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, and compete for the title of Fittest CEO in the World.

Frank Karbe combined the second fastest swim of all CEOs (1:05) with the fastest bike (5:06) and run times (3:25) to finish in 9:43, 30 minutes ahead of Peter Scharer of Images in Foil in Laguna, CA, and 35 minutes ahead of Alex May of Citigroup in New York.

Leslie Myers combined the fastest swim time of the three female CEOs (1:09) with the fastest bike (6:01) and fastest run (4:07) to finish in 11:27. This was over an hour ahead of the second place female finisher, Anja Daechert of Daechert & Partner in Germany. Linda Rahal of Trow & Rahal in Washington, DC finished in third place.

The over 50 division was won by Larry Smith of Smith Chevrolet Cadillac in Turlock, CA in 11:30. Peter Scharer won the 40 – 49 division in 10:14.

“The times from this year’s CEO Ironman Challenge World Championship were incredibly fast,” stated Ted Kennedy, President of CEO Challenge LLC. “The normally brutal winds were relatively calm this year, and the fast bike times reflected this. Plus, the CEO Ironman Challenge participants are just getting faster each year. The CEOs that make it to Hawaii have shown an uncanny ability to combine the rigors of running a business with the training necessary to complete something as daunting as the Ironman. They redefine the term ‘overachievers’.”

Demand has been so great for CEO Ironman Challenge events that the program is being expanded around the world. In 2006 there will be CEO Challenge events run in conjunction with Ironman Australia in April, Ironman France in Nice in June, Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene in June, and Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid in July. Each of these races will have up to five slots to the Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October to the fastest CEOs in each age group.

New for 2006 will be the first ever CEO Triathlon Challenge that will be held in conjunction with the Monaco Half Ironman in September. This race will include Ironman World Championship slots plus slots to the 70.3 World Championship.

More information on CEO Challenge events, including the newly released CEO Golf Challenge, can be found at, or by contacting Ted Kennedy at, or 720-222-3043.


Fittest CEO in the World – Male: Frank Karbe, Exelixis, San Francisco, CA – 9:43

Fittest CEO in the World – Female - Leslie Myers, Foodsense Inc, Burlington, VT – 11:27

39 & Under



Frank Karbe



Alex May



Peter Lazar

Bank Austria


Gary Holt

Comfort Dental








Leslie Myers

Foodsense Inc


Anja Daechert

Daechert & Partner


Linda Rahal

Rahal & Rahal





40 – 49



Peter Scharer

Images In Foil


John McConville



Mike Dannelley

American Interbanc


John Schlagenhauf

Badger Truck


Ted Philip

Decision Matrix Group


Max Hoes

CFR Line


Gunter Liska

Xerox Austria





50 & Over



Larry Smith

Smith Chevrolet Cadillac


Ernie Parr

Parr Insurance


Whitney Lynn



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