RBC’s Sperduto, who played rugby for three years at Harvard before graduating in 1991, raised an additional $13,000 in donations from family, friends, colleagues and clients by bettering his targeted 18 bench-press repetitions. He finished with 22 at 175 pounds.
“Since college, I’ve been in banking for 22 years and sitting at a desk serving clients doesn’t necessarily bode well for your athletic prowess,” Sperduto said. “The goal for me is to exceed all the events I did last year.”
All contributions go to pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer and participants are required to raise a minimum of $3,000 in donations. Registration, underway at thedecathlon.org, is $275.
Competitors have six months to prepare for the decathlon and organizers are incorporating a CrossFit training program this year that includes monthly “skill sessions” taught by professional athletes, coaches and former Olympians.
Once a month during the training period, participants will be able to compete in one or two decathlon events and have a chance to collect charity bets from head-to-head matchups. It’s an opportunity to boost competition and friendly rivalries, organizers said.
“When you get out there, you’re competing against everyone,” Sperduto said. “But just given the cause and having over 100 people out there who are colleagues from around Wall Street, there’s a lot of incredible camaraderie.”