About The Decathlon
What is The Decathlon? +
The Decathlon is an athletic competition for men & women currently employed in the financial service industry and professional service industries integral to the business of finance such as legal, accounting, consulting, technology and administration.
New for 2015 – the TEAM Competition invites those outside of financial services industry to compete and fundraise with us.
The Decathlon is the NFL Combine for athletes stuck behind a desk.
It’s a fraternity of your peers joined only through sweat and dedication. This is your opportunity to join the fight against pediatric cancer .
It involves 10 events testing speed, endurance, agility, and strength.
100% of all donations support Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Why was the event created? +
The Decathlon was created to solve an argument amongst friends as to who was the best athlete. The event has evolved to celebrate all types of athletes and fitness levels while creating an NFL combine for the athlete in all of us.
We aim to be the world’s preeminent cancer research related fundraiser. We are passionate about its success in lieu of our mothers respective bouts with breast cancer. Learn more about The Decathlon here
What are the 10 Events? +
1. 400M run
2. Football Throw
4. 40YD Dash
5. 500m stationary Row
6. 20yd Shuttle Drill
7. Pull Ups
8. Vertical Jump
9. Bench Press – Men 175lbs | Women 75lbs
10. 800M run
What is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center? +
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center.
Their focus is on patient care as well as to innovative research, making significant contributions to new and better therapies for the treatment of cancer.
Learn More about MSKCC Here
What is POETIC? +
Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigator’s Consortium. It is a program created and administered by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designed to research and treat children with cancer who do not respond to common treatment practices.
The TEAM Competition
How do I create a team? +
Think of the NEW Team Decathlon as fantasy football where you actually get to compete. All you need is a team captain to register first and build your team from there.
The team captain should work in financial services but that is the only restriction. The three (3) other team members can be colleagues, clients, vendors or friends from other industries. You do not need to work in financial services or at the same firm to be part of a team. Just be prepared to bring it on game day.
Team captains should secure one of our 100 slots ASAP. You can then recruit your dream team from there. And remember, 1/3 of your total score will be your team’s fundraising total so make sure to save a slot for a rainmaker!
I don’t work in finance can I be on a team? +
YES! Only the team captain must work in the industry. Anyone else may join the team.
How does the TEAM competition work? +
The TEAM competition was created with flexibility, balance and fundraising in mind. Competitors in the TEAM Decathlon compete in the exact same events as those featured in the individual event. Here’s a breakdown:
Team Size – Teams may vary in size from 2 – 4 competitors. Both men and women can compete on the same team.
# Events – Each competitor may choose the events they want to compete in. You can compete in all 10 or only 1.
Scoring – The top two (2) scores from each event are taken from each team. If all four team members compete in an event the bottom two scores are dropped. There are 20,000 total points available in the athletic portion of the event. (1,000 per team member, per event)
Fundraising – There are 10,000 points available from the fundraising component. This will make up 1/3 of your overall team score
Training / Who Competes?
How do I train for The Decathlon? +
In many ways you have been training for The Decathlon since your first picked up a football, stepped on a track or into a gym. The Decathlon was created to be accessible to working professionals no matter their level of fitness, yet designed so every participant is motivated to train hard and perform their best. The events are designed to test your current levels of fitness.
Can you throw a football?
Can you do pull ups or dips?
Can you sprint for 40 yards?
Sure, training in these specific events will improve your performance, but if you go to the gym, or stay in shape via sports leagues or road races, The Decathlon is for you.
I want to train for The Decathlon, what should I do? +
The Decathlon has partnered with premier running, rowing, yoga, and general fitness instructors. For information, please email email@example.com
Do I have to compete in all 10 events? +
Yes, participants in the Individual Competition must complete all 10 events. The events are spread out over the course of a day to give you ample rest to perform your best. Should you skip an event you will receive 0 points for that event.
Participants in the Team Competition may choose to compete in any number of events. The top 2 performances in each event from each team are awarded scores. Team members may compete in all 10 events or choose to only focus on their strengths.
What types of athletes compete in The Decathlon? +
The Decathlon has a wide range of competitors with varied athletic backgrounds. You don’t have to be a former professional athlete to compete well in The Decathlon.
Many of our competitors are weekend warriors and some use the event as the impetus to get back in shape. This is the forum to see how you can measure up to your own goals.
The Decathlon is a fun test of athleticism. If you hit the gym a few times a week, practice CrossFit, played high school or college sports, or just love to compete, The Decathlon is for you.
Event Day Details
When is The Decathlon 2015? +
The Decathlon will take place on June 13-14, 2015. Join the Mailing List to obtain updates.
Where is The Decathlon 2015 taking place? +
St. John’s University’s DaSilva Memorial Field
Transportation is provided both to and from the event.
Is there a fundraising minimum in order to compete? +
Participants in the Individual Competition must raise $3,000 to guarantee entry. Company matches are encouraged and will be attributed to your fundraising total. The Decathlon’s producers are available to help you in your fundraising efforts as well. In 2014, the average competitor raised over $6,000 with more than 34 donors. Make an effort and you’ll blow the minimum away.
For Teams, one-third (1/3) of your team’s score is weighted by your fundraising result. There is not a specific fundraising minimum, however your team must make an effort to fundraise to guarantee entry.
Millions of people view the Fundraising Leaderboard, so fundraise to the best of your ability. Your name and your firm’s name are publicly displayed.
What items should a participant bring with them on event day?+
Not much other than your ‘A’ game. All Decathlon participants receive a full uniform; top and bottom. Participants are required to wear the uniform at all times. You may wear your gym clothes in the gym, but not in The Wall Street Decathlon. Water, juices, and fruit are provided, along with protein bars, protein shakes, towels, stretching mats, cups, water bottles, storage area for gyms bags, etc. Many participants bring multiple types of footwear to accommodate The Decathlon’s diverse events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need footwear recommendations.
May I bring my family, friends, donors, and colleagues to The Wall Street Decathlon? +
Yes. We strongly encourage you to invite family, friends, donors and colleagues to watch you compete.
Spectators will have the unique ability to “bet” on your performance in any of the 10 events. Think of it like the Kentucky Derby, only it’s more fun to bet on your friends and colleagues than a horse, right?
How can I get a spot if the individual event SOLD OUT? +
Sign up on the wait list ASAP! We typically release more slots in January and will notify those on the wait list on a first come first serve basis if/when a slot opens up for them. Should you receive this coveted email – ACT on it quickly. You will have 24 hours to accept your slot or it will be given to the next lucky competitor on the wait list.
What are the requirements to compete in The Decathlon? +
This is a one-of-a-kind athletic competition. We promise you’ve never experienced anything like it. Secondly, we treat you like a professional athlete.
All participants are provided with high-end competition uniforms, massage therapy, unrivaled nutritional supplements and sports drinks while competing in an atmosphere unlike any other.
To participate, we just ask these simple things -
(1) Be employed within the financial services industry if you’re planning to participate in the Individual Event
(2) Have a valid email address at their current place of employment, and
(3) Accumulate a minimum of $3,000 in donations if you plan to participate in the Individual Event.
How can I secure a spot in The Decathlon +
Sign up when registration opens on Tuesday, December 9th at 8:00am EST. The Decathlon always sells out in less than three (3) days. Jump at this opportunity.
The Individual event is limited to the first 200 individuals to register and meet the competition criteria.
The Team event is limited to the first 100 teams. Sign up as a team captain now and recruit your team later.
I do not work on Wall Street. Am I still eligible to compete in The Decathlon? +
Yes, you may compete in the Team competition as long as your Team Captain works in the financial services industry. Teams may be comprised of friends, colleagues, vendors or former teammates. You do not have to work at the same firm or in the same industry.
Is there an entry fee to compete in The Decathlon? +
Yes. The entry is not tax-deductible and is not applied to your fundraising total. Entry fee for TEAMS is $1,000. Entry fee for INDIVIDUALS is $395.
What is included in my entry fee? +
The entry fee covers the following:
- High-end competition uniform (Shirt and Shorts)
- Admission to all 10 events
- Transportation to and from the event
- Massage therapy
- Water and sports beverage during the competition
- Nutritional supplements
- Competitor swag
Will there be food and drinks provided for the competitors? +
Yes. Various energy drinks, energy bars, fruits and water will also be available to keep you nourished throughout the competition.
When does registration open? +
Registration opens Tuesday, December 9th at 8:00am EST.
When does registration close? +
Registration closes after all available slots are sold. The individual event usually sells out within 24 – 48 hours.
Fundraising / Goal Setting
Is there a fundraising minimum to compete in The Decathlon? +
TEAM EVENT There is no set minimum for teams. However, 1/3 of a Team’s score is dictated by the Team’s fundraising result. This is a fundraising event so any team that does not make an effort to fundraise may risk their eligibility in the competition.
Why is there a fundraising minimum to compete in The Decathlon? +
The event’s producers have established a fundraising minimum to ensure competitors are focused on the spirit and goals of The Decathlon.
It is their belief that athletes committed to the global fight against cancer can truly make a difference in fighting the disease and finding a cure. The fundraising minimum guarantees that competitors and The Decathlon share a common goal.
I heard there is a fundraising minimum for the competitors. How do I go about securing my fundraising commitments? +
Competitors are encouraged to use the fundraising tools available on The Decathlon’s website.
Are you concerned about the fundraising minimum? +
The Decathlon wants you to succeed in hitting your fundraising goals.
Please contact us and we’ll do our best to address your fundraising concerns:
Remember, most companies have a 100% matching policy so all of the donations coming from your colleagues could potentially be doubled.
Will The Decathlon keep track of my donors and donations? +
Yes, The Decathlon accounts for each donor and the corresponding donation amount.
You will be able to view all of this information in your profile.
Will The Decathlon notify me once I achieve the donation minimum? +
Yes, once a competitor secures the minimum donation level needed to gain entry into the competition, The Decathlon will notify the competitor.
What happens if I am unable to meet the fundraising minimum? +
The Decathlon maintains full discretion when evaluating the entry status of those competitors falling short of the fundraising threshold.
Competitors can secure entry by raising a minimum of $3,000.
What is the 10K Club and how do I gain entry? +
The 10K Club was created to recognize those select individuals who have gone above and beyond the fundraising minimum.
Automatic entry is granted for any competitor raising $10,000.
10K Club members will receive exclusive lululemon gear, advance registration and awards from our sponsors.
What is performance-based fundraising? +
The concept is simple; you pick an event, you set a performance goal and the amount of money you raise is dependent on how well you perform relative to your goal.
We encourage you to pick an event that showcases your abilities while setting a challenging, yet obtainable, goal.
How should I go about setting my performance goals? +
Performance goals should be challenging, yet obtainable, with proper training. We encourage you to select an event that showcases your athletic ability.
Do not set a goal with unrealistic expectations. Please remember that failure to reach and/or exceed your goal will result in lost donations.
The Decathlon advises you to set goals with a slight stretch from your current level of fitness.
Competitors should also be cognizant that while a goal may seem achievable in the gym today, it is much harder to complete an athletic feat after a full day of competition. (E.g., 20 Pull Ups may be easy when you’re fresh in the gym, but completing 20 Pull Ups after 7 other events is no easy task)
We also recommend completing each of the 10 events prior to setting your event day goals. Accurate goal setting will surely make for a more entertaining day of wagering for spectators / donors.
If I donate online, who receives the funds?+
100% of all donations collected benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
May I submit a donation via check?+
Yes, checks may be submitted although we strongly encourage donors to submit donations online at www.TheDecathlon.org/donate
To donate via check follow these instructions:Must include Event ID – E15AGDCL Address to – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Mail to – The Decathlon | 158 Peachtree Circle | Atlanta, GA 30309 Note – Please include name of athlete or firm you are supporting along with event ID E15AGDCL A year-end receipt will be mailed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center acknowledging the full contribution. 100% of all donations support Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Can I gift stocks / securities to a Decathlete?+
Donors can make gifts of stocks and securities directly to MSKCC in support of The Decathlon.
Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org the following information
- Security name | ticker
- # Shares
- Competitor supporting
- Contact info (name, phone #, mailing address, etc)
A year-end receipt will be mailed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center acknowledging the full contribution. 100% of all donations support Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
My company only submits donations to 501c3. Is The Decathlon a 501c3? +
No, The Decathlon is not a 501c3. Six Star Services, LLC DBA The Decathlon (Tax ID – 264376674)
is a limited liability company registered in New York state.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is a 501c3 and their tax-exempt document may be downloaded here
Scoring | Awards
Are there awards given at the competition? +
Yes. Awards are given in the following categories +FUNDRAISING
- Top Firm
- Top Team
- Top Individual
- 2nd Place Individual
- 3rd Place Individual
- Age Group Winners (Male & Female)
- Under 30
- 30 – 39
- 40 – 49
- Executive Level Competition
- Wall Street’s Top Executive
- 2nd Place Executive
- 3rd Place Executive
- Overall Winners
- Wall Street’s Best Athletes
- 2nd Place Overall
- 3rd Place Overall
- TEAM Competition
- Overall Top Team
- 2nd Place Team
- 3rd Place Team
How does the point system work? +
There is a total of 10,000 points available in The Decathlon’s Individual Event and 30,000 points in the Team Event. There is a maximum of 1,000 point available for each of the 10 events.
Much like the Olympic decathlon, the better you perform in an event the more points you are awarded. (E.g., 10 pull-ups = 232pts, 20-pull ups = 488pts, 35 pull-ups = 872)
View the 2014 results here -
Will I be able to view the point system matrix? +