SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 24th annual Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge benefitting Challenged Athletes Foundation will take place on October 22, 2017 at La Jolla Cove. Participants can do the triathlon as an individual or part of a relay team that consists of a 1-mile ocean swim, 44-mile bike and 10-mile run. This unique and inclusive sports festival also features the YMCA of San Diego County Tour de Cove Cycling Marathon, Kaiser Permanente Thrive 5K Walk Presented by Hanger Clinic, Philadelphia Insurance Kids' Run, Össur Educational Zone, and Wawanesa Family Fun Zone.
Geof Garth, VP of Research and Development and Clinical Research at Aspen Medical Products remarked, "Being around CAF athletes is so uplifting. They inspire many of us to do more, to complain less, and to make the most of the life we each are given."
To kick off the weekend on Friday, October 20th, CAF will welcome home 100 cyclists from the Million Dollar Challenge and also host the Junior Seau Foundation Adaptive Kid's Surf Clinic, presented by Cavignac and Associates with 80 challenged athlete kids in town for the weekend and the XTERRA Wetsuits Ocean Water Swim down at La Jolla Shores.
On Friday evening, CAF hosts its annual Celebration of Abilities Awards Dinner at Qualcomm Theater to recognize Challenged Athletes for outstanding, trailblazing and inspirational athletic achievements. CAF will honor long-time Ambassador, Willie Stewart, with the prestigious Jim MacLaren award given to the individual who has made the greatest contribution to CAF's mission that year. Ever since losing his arm at 18 years old, Willie has been a leader in the adaptive sports world and the disability inclusion conversation overall. This past summer, Stewart became the first person with a physical disability to complete the Lifetime Fitness Leadman Challenge - 282.4 miles of ultra-challenging trail running and mountain biking in the Colorado Rockies. Nike will receive the Partner of the Year Award. "Nike believes in the power of sport to move the world, and together with CAF, we are committed to supporting athletes with physical challenges across all sports and ability levels to help them achieve their full potential. We are honored to receive this recognition, and look forward to continuing to support the CAF community with inspiration and innovation," said Tommy Kain, Associate Director of Nike North America Sports Marketing and member of Nike's Ability* Network.
On Saturday, October 21, 200 challenged athletes will participate in these adaptive sports clinics: Össur Running and Mobility Clinic Presented by CAF, Wheelchair Tennis Clinic, WCMX Clinic and Pool Swim Clinic.
For the first time, Sunday's San Diego Triathlon Challenge will be live online at www.CAFLive.com. Now people outside Southern California can experience the inclusive power of sports and the motivational stories of the CAF community.
SOURCE Challenged Athletes Foundation
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