Who is Wall Street's best athlete?


The world may be turning its attention to London and the Olympics, but there is another competition heating up closer to home. Specifically, in New York where the annual RBC Decathlon will be held this weekend to determine Wall Street’s Best Athlete.

Yes, I know. Wall Street? But it’s for a good cause. In addition to competing for the title, the athlete/broker/investors raise money for children’s cancer research. And you can have a rooting interest in the competition through the performance-based CharityBets www.TheDecathlon.org .

Here’s how it works: You can either make a simple set donation or a sliding donation in which the amount you give rises or falls based on how the competitor performs. There are also head-to-head and over-under donation-wagers that can be made. However you wager, the charity wins. According to RBC Decathlon co-founder Dave Maloney, the competition has generated more than $900,000 this year alone.

The RBC Decathlon events are a combination of the actual decathlon, NFL combine and p.e. class, with the 40-yard dash, 400-meter run, 800-meter run, the five-cone drill, football throw, pull-ups, dips, 500 meter row, bench press and vertical jump.

“The RBC Decathlon is the epitome of modern sport where athletic performances produce a meaningful impact on issues well beyond the playing field,” Maloney wrote in an email. “When there’s money on the line to benefit a giant issue like cancer, the relationship between the athlete and fan changes. It strengthens to a point it otherwise couldn’t and you'd be surprised at the level of performances a person is capable of when the stakes are this great.

“Who runs faster; Usain Bolt in an Olympic final or Usain Bolt with $10 million in donations on the line for cancer research if he breaks the world record? I take the latter.”

The decathlon begins Sunday morning at Columbia University’s Wien Stadium, but competition kicks off Friday with a vertical jump-off between Brad Bagdis of the Knight Capital Group and Nets shooting guard Marshon Brooks. Bagdis, who played football at Harvard, won the vertical jump in last year’s RBC Decathlon.