Memo #5

Dear Teams,

Here’s an overview of key points about “The World’s Most Intellectually Daunting Biathlon.” 

  • In bringing back the biathlon, IBECC returns to being the only ethics competition that aims to do some tangible good for other people by helping a worthy cause. The biathlon is our mechanism for raising a donation. We’re asking students participating to ask friends and family to pledge $5 for each mile you cover.
  • Our donation will go to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. We chose this organization for a couple of reasons. First, the arts are critical to a thriving, healthy culture, and the Center provides important support for the arts in that part of Massachusetts for people of all ages. In particular, they work very hard to encourage children and teens in a variety of programs. Support for the arts is one of the first things to disappear in a tough economy, but the HCA was able to push through the hard times and succeed. Second, since we are bringing back the biathlon and doing so right after the Boston Marathon, the fact that the Center’s new building is right at the start of the Marathon suggested that this organization was especially appropriate. (The marathon goes from Hopkinton to Boston.)
  • There will be a $500 prize for the team that raises the most. 
  • The top two teams in the Walk/Jog/Run Division will receive prizes. Because the biathlon scoring has so many different factors (the presentation score, the fact that the walk/run score is based on “finishing place in gender,” the percentage of the team that participates), teams of walkers are able to do well in the Walk/Jog/Run division.  To recognize excellence in running, the 5 fastest men and women will receive an OM Smart Shirt.
  • The Tourist Division requires nothing more than accumulating steps sightseeing in Cambridge and Boston. The top two teams will receive prizes.  
  • If doing something for a worthy cause isn’t enough incentive, we can promise that if you have “The World’s Most Intellectually Daunting Biathlon” on your resume, no interviewer (for a job, grad school, etc.) will be able to resist asking you about it. You then get to tell them what a great accomplishment this was.
  • If even that isn’t enough, participate out of pride and self-respect!  Professor Thomas White, IBECC Founder and Director, is running the Boston Marathon two days before IBECC to raise funds for our charity. His message to the teams is, “If I can 26.2 miles at 68, I think students in their 20’s should be able to walk or run 4 miles.” Do you think you can come up with an excuse he will buy?

For more detailed information, visit our biathlon page.


Thomas White, Ph.D.
Conrad Hilton Chair in Business Ethics
IBECC Founder
Center for Ethics and Business
Loyola Marymount University

Kirsten A. Scanlin
Senior Associate Director, Center for Ethics & Business
Director of Operations, International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC)
Loyola Marymount University