CAF: San Diego Triathlon Challenge and More
Now in its 19th year, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) weekend, held October 19-21, capped off the most successful month in the organization's history. Thanks to support from sponsors, fundraisers, donors, and volunteers, the month's signature events-the Dodge Million Dollar Challenge, the Aspen Medical Products SDTC, and the 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove-raised about $2.7 million dollars in support of challenged athletes.
Here are the numbers:
- The Dodge Million Dollar Challenge, a seven-day, 620-mile ride down the California coast, was capped at 100 riders, which included 12 challenged athletes this year. They raised $1.4 million.
- There were a total of 750 participants in the Aspen Medical Products SDTC, which included 200 challenged athletes. They completed a one-mile swim, 44-mile bike ride, and ten-mile run to raise $1.2 million, and were cheered on by 7,000 spectators.
- The 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove, a 4.5-hour stationary cycling event, tallied 228 total participants, including 40 challenged athletes; $98,000 was raised.
The SDTC weekend was not limited to fundraising activities. Challenged athletes made new friends and rekindled old relationships at the SDTC Meet & Greet Picnic. There was also a choice of five clinics for challenged athletes to participate in: an open water swim clinic, a kid's surf clinic, a swim clinic (pool), a wheelchair triathlon clinic, and the Össur Leg Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic.