CAF: San Diego Triathlon Challenge and More

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Braylin attended the Össur Leg Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic on Saturday, October 20, where he got to run and play with other young lower-limb amputees just like him. The next day Braylin joined his new friends in his first Kid's Run at the SDTC. Photograph by Paul Sapiano, courtesy of CAF.

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.

Triathlete, 74-year-old Andy Bailey received some pointers at the Össur Amputee Running Clinic.

From left: Karlee, Oshlianna, Shayna, and Breezy each lost a leg to cancer. The girls started the SDTC weekend as strangers but ended as good friends. Photograph by Paul Sapiano, courtesy of CAF.

From left: CAF athletes Cameron Clapp, Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Jake Frank, and Roderick Sewell stop to celebrate after completeing the one-mile swim. Photograph by Shiggy Ichinomiya courtesy of CAF.

First-time running clinic participant Barry Burnett. Photographs courtesy of Össur.

Melody Bach is joined in the SDTC Kid's Run by Paralympians Blake Leeper (left) and Katy Sullivan (right). Photograph by Cliff Endsley, courtesy of CAF.

This was the first time the Shriners Child Amputee Prosthetics (CAP) Project clinic had a booth at the SDTC. They received great traffic to the booth; both families and O&P students came by to learn about their services. Photograph courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Los Angeles, California.