Oct 02, 2013

Challenged Athletes Foundation Hosts San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Filbur Mfg. will sponsor the event with both financial and volunteer support

Filbur PureRite Challenged Athletes Foundation San Diego Triathlon Challenge

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) will hold its 20th Annual Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) on Oct. 20, 2013. Last year’s event attracted over 5,000 participants and spectators and brought in over $1.4 million to help physically challenged individuals get off the sidelines and into the game. Filbur Mfg., parent of the PureRite brand, will sponsor the event with both financial and volunteer support.

Shelly Johnson, marketing manager for Filbur Mfg., said, “This year we’ve decided to focus specifically on the SDTC Dodge Challenged Athlete Swim Clinic as it ties in beautifully with the mission of our industry…to promote the enjoyment and safety of water.”

The event began 20 years ago as a small fundraiser to help a local injured athlete regain his independence. Today, the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge has grown into a celebration of life and sport that is making a difference in the lives of physically challenged athletes around the world. SDTC features a “challenge” distance triathlon, a 1 mile swim, 44 mile bike and 10 mile run, in which more than 200 challenged athletes compete side-by-side with 500 able-bodied athletes.

The triathlon itself is the culmination of a full weekend of events that also includes the 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove, a four-and-a-half hour stationary cycling marathon and the Kaiser Permanente Thrive-5K Fitness Walk, both of which take place at La Jolla Cove. Challenged athletes of all ages and abilities from around the world come together in La Jolla, Calif., for this day. To provide additional support to participating challenged athletes, each year CAF conducts four free sports and agility clinics over the SDTC weekend, each designed to teach skills needed to succeed in sports. These clinics include the CAF Össur Leg Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic, Wheelchair Triathlon Clinic, Dodge Challenged Athlete Swim Clinic and Challenged Athlete Surf Clinic.

Funds raised over the course of the weekend allow CAF to support challenged athletes by providing grants for adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses so they can live active lifestyles and participate in sports. In addition, CAF will raise awareness and change perceptions of what is possible for people with physical disabilities. By participating in the triathlon, cycling marathon, 5K and kids run, more than 200 challenged athletes will demonstrate that there are no limits to their success in sports and life.