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Be a Game Day All-Star

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The D10 provides a world class Game Day experience, and volunteers play mission-critical roles in making it happen.

Whether it's shepherding a heat of athletes through the ten events, capturing memorable moments for The D10's social media, or supporting the recovery stations in the Athlete's Village, volunteers are in the thick of the action.

Their enthusiasm and dependability ensure a seamless and exuberant Game Day payoff for the athletes who've been training with purpose for months. 
All volunteers will receive their specific assignments the week of the event. Like the athletes themselves, volunteers receive an invaluable opportunity to build relationships, cultivate camaraderie, and… Read More

Carly Antonucci: Team Atmosphere Builds a Family

W680 the d10 houston 012918 01 00027 00000a1 The D10 Athlete Profile explores what brings competitors to The D10 playing field... and what they bring away from it. 

Carly Antonucci
Principal Sales Engineer / Timken Steel
The D10 Houston 
Fundraising goal: Team Whatever It Takes ($6,000) 
Marquee Event: Pull Ups [Goal 6 Reps]

Second year competitor Carly Antonucci may be a "Jersey girl," but she's clearly adopted Houston as her home away from home. Carly's also  a serious D10 competitor. In last year's Houston D10, she obliterated 7 of her 10 goals, including flying 9 inches above her Vertical Jump goal. She's back in 2019, ready to compete hard and fundraise even harder. 

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Christian Menefee: The Definition of Healthy Competition

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By his own accounting, Christian Menefee has spent "a few years of my life in the pediatric ward."

Christian's older brother Patrick fought multiple bouts with leukemia growing up, receiving life-saving treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In support of his brother, and his family, Christian spent many long nights and full days on the ward while his brother battled. 

Having internalized the importance of both medical care and emotional support to the afflicted, Christian later spent time volunteering in the pediatric ward, and it was this personal connection to the mission that led him to The D10… Read More

Ethan Holmes: Running Hard Again

W680 ethan holmes track training The D10 Athlete Profile explores what brings competitors to The D10 playing field... and what they bring away from it. 

Ethan Holmes
Consultant / Newman & Newman, LLC
The D10 Chicago
Fundraising goal: Team Newman ($25,000)
Marquee Event: 400 Meter Run (Goal: 0:52)

What is your primary motivator for competing in The D10 events?
Much of this for me was a return to my college playing days conditioning and athletic form. That was the initial self-interest at least. I had gotten out of my routine of daily workouts and running and my body was suffering from that.
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Megan Knigge: Family, Children And Friends (My Big Three!)

W680 megan knigge d10 athlete family The D10 Athlete Profile explores what brings competitors to The D10 playing field... and what they bring away from it. 

Megan Knigge
Managing Director / Deloitte
The D10 Chicago
Fundraising goal: Team Deloitte 2 ($6,000)
Marquee Event: 500M Row (Goal: 1:50)

What is your primary motivator for competing in The D10 events?
I love a challenge. Anytime and any place. Turning 40 only reinforced for me the need to push myself outside of my comfort zone. This includes events like The D10 that allow me to compete at my highest level.

How much of your motivation for participating in The D10 stems
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Jarrod Shaw: I Run For Those That Can't Run, I Jump For Those That Can't Jump

W680 jarrod shaw vertical We invite you to get to know our amazing D10 Board Members. Jarrod Shaw sits on the Board of The D10 Chicago. An incredibly self-motivated man who understands the value of hard work.

There are two kinds of motivational speakers in this world: those who list the job title on their LinkedIn profiles, and those who motivate others by often quiet example. Count Jarrod Shaw in the latter category.

Jarrod Shaw can't relate an origin story for his own internal drive, he merely remembers when it clicked. In eighth grade, Jarrod took honors as an MVP and something inside him said quite strongly, "Success feels good." It… Read More

Kevin Ward: I Want Top Step On The D10 Chicago Podium

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D10 Chicago newcomer, Kevin Ward, has high hopes for his first Game Day. It's singular -- Top Male Athlete. Brash? Maybe. They teach brash at Iowa football. 

The former Iowa Hawkeye defensive and special teams standout drives himself when it comes to training for his inaugural D10 competition. He uses no coaches, no trainers, no workout partners. It's Kevin Ward against Kevin Ward, trying to overcome that D10 hurdle facing all former football players -- how the heck do you run an 800M?

Luckily for Kevin, before he added pounds for college ball, he was a… Read More

Matthew Burton: I'm So Serious About D10 Training, I Built An App

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The D10 Athlete Profile explores what brings competitors to The D10 playing field... and what they bring away from it. 


Matt Burton
QA Lead / Pixel Press
The D10 Chicago
Fundraising goal: ($2,019)
Marquee Event: Broad Jump (Goal: 11 feet)

What is your primary motivator for competing in The D10 events?
The core motivation for me is doing what I love, training and competing while helping the fight to cure children's cancer. It's such a natural win-win. There's nothing quite like what
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