June 18th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Triathlon Challenge Raised $1.4 Million

A manufacturing company in California recently teamed up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation to sponsor the 19th Annual Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge. This was a day-long event that drew more than 5,000 supporters who were spectators as well as participants. The event raised about $1.4 million to be used by the Challenged Athletes Foundation to support challenged athletes by providing grants for adaptive sports equipment, training, and competition expenses so that they are able to live active lifestyles and participate in sports. The ‘challenge’ distance triathlon consisted of a 1-mile swim, 44-mile bike ride, and 10-mile run. Participants included more than 200 challenged athletes who competed side by side with 500 able-bodied athletes. They also conducted four sports and agility clinics which were designed to help teach challenged athletes the skills they need to succeed in sports. It was an amazing event with great success and helps spread the message that no matter what body you have—be it an able-bodied athlete or a challenged athlete—success is obtainable when you put your mind to it.