Challenged Athletes Foundation's 19th Anniversary Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge Raises $1.4M for Physically Challenged Athletes
A radiating glow seemed to part the clouds at the La Jolla Cove Sunday morning, Oct. 21. More than 7,000 people made their way to the picturesque setting for the 19th annual Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC), a weekend-long festival of events celebrating what is possible for athletes with physical disabilities. The event, which includes the 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove cycling marathon and Kaiser Permanente Thrive-5 K Fitness Walk, welcomed more than 300 challenged athletes, 700 able-bodied athletes and 5,000 supporters.
Thanks to support from sponsors, fundraisers and donors, this year's SDTC weekend was one to remember. From the youngest toddlers to medal-winning Paralympians, challenged athletes of all ages and abilities were given a unique opportunity to prove to themselves, and the world, that there is nothing they can't accomplish.
The Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge weekend generated $1.4 million, including funds raised by the 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove stationary cycling marathon, and the Kaiser Permanente Thrive-5K Fitness Walk. The funds will allow the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) to continue to provide equipment, training and support for physically challenged individuals to find success in sports – and in life.
Money raised at last year's SDTC funded a record 1,106 grants for challenged athletes in the U.S. and around the world. CAF has now funded close to 7,000 individuals over the past 19 years. Now with the success of this year's SDTC CAF will be able to serve even more challenged athletes in 2012.
To learn more about CAF and SDTC go to www.challengedathletes.org, and follow CAF on twitter @CAFoundation or #BestDayInTri.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $40 million has been raised and almost 7,000 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF's outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it's a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF's mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.