THE CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION RETURNS TO OFFER THE ULTIMATE INCLUSIVE SPORTS WEEKEND TO SUPPORT ATHLETES WITH PHYSICAL CHALLENGES

The CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava offers a family atmosphere, all-new adapted sporting events and a full range of community-building events

CAF returns to deliver the ultimate inclusive sports weekend by supporting athletes with physical challenges

CAF Community Challenge from October 21 to 23, 2022

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Back in Mission Bay, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is set to host its flagship event, the Community Challenge, powered by Strava with the San Diego Triathlon Challenge presented by Dan and Geof, from Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23. Entering his 29e year, the CAF Community Challenge Weekend presents a showcase of inclusive sports with an extraordinary series of events that bring together athletes, supporters, spectators and volunteers with the common goal of empowering and supporting people with a physical disability. Sunday’s list of community events includes the San Diego Triathlon Challenge presented by Dan & GeofEOS Fitness Tour de Cove Stationary CyclethonEOS Fitness Yoga by the Bay, a 3 mile fitness walk and the must-do Kids Run and Roll presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. This year, the event exhibit will offer the public free tastings of Jeffs’ Beach Burgers and Athletic Brewing Company soft drinks, haircuts by John Paul Mitchell Systems, a Toyota Athlete Lounge experience, an inflatable entertainment area for children and much more.

“The CAF Community Challenge weekend is one of the most inclusive and extraordinary sporting environments where athletes of all ages and abilities come together to experience the power of sport,” said Kristine Entwistle, General Manager, CAF. “Each year, we distribute thousands of grants and each October, we invite our community to come and witness CAF’s mission in action. We have expanded our adaptation clinics this year, allowing athletes of all abilities to participate in an unparalleled sporting experience.

As athletes with and without physical disabilities compete side by side, this weekend celebrates the power of sport to transform lives, build community and change perceptions of all that is possible. Funds raised through the Community Challenge directly support CAF’s mission of providing opportunities and support for people with physical challenges to lead active lives through fitness and competitive athletics. .

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To kick off the weekend, CAF will also be hosting an Adapted Open Water Swimming Experience with USAT and its first-ever USABA Blind Football Experience for the visually impaired. Tennis and pickleball clinics will be offered on the Bahia Hotel tennis courts. At 1:00 p.m., guests will gather at La Jolla Shores to welcome home more than 125 CAF riders Million Dollar Challenge presented by Sully Entertainment who just completed a seven-day, 640-mile bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego to raise over $1 million in support of the CAF mission. Later in the evening, CAF will host its annual meeting Ability Celebration Award recognizing partners and challenged athletes from across the country for their pioneering and inspiring achievements throughout the year.

Saturday October 22

On Saturday, CAF Adaptive Sports Clinics are expected to host more than 150 athletes with physical disabilities from across the country who will receive expert training and mentorship instruction. Participation opportunities include Össur and CAF Running and Mobility Clinic, CAF’s Adaptive Surf Clinic, CAF’s Wheelchair Basketball Clinic and one USABA Goalball Clinic.

Sunday October 23

On Sunday at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay, sports legends, celebrities, professional athletes, supporters and challenged athletes from around the world will gather for the Parade of athletes just before the CAF signing event, the San Diego Triathlon Challenge. Known as “the best day in triathlon,” the San Diego Triathlon Challenge includes a calm one-mile swim in the bay, a 36-mile scenic bike ride and a 10-mile run course through the beautiful Mission Bay.

Other Sunday highlights include the Tour de Cove Stationary Cyclethon and Yoga by the Bay presented by EōS Fitness, and 5K fitness walk and Challenged Athletes Jami Marseille Children run and roll, presented by the Philadelphia Insurance Companies for Young People with Physical Disabilities. For the first time ever, the event will also offer a Toyota Athlete Lounge experience where all participating athletes can recuperate, refuel and recharge their batteries.

The whole community will also be invited to try several new adaptive sports on the Nike Flyease Sport Court, a GRIT Freedom Chair obstacle course, adaptive rock climbing, adaptive beach volleyball and an adaptive kayaking and paddleboarding experience with Mission Bay Aquatic Center. There is something for everyone at the Community Challenge, including those who wish to participate virtually and raise funds for CAF.

Schedule of events for the weekend:

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Event

Location

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Clinical – USAT open water swimming

Bonita Cove Beach

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Clinical – USABA Blind Soccer

Bonita Cove Park

1:00 p.m. (approximately)

Million Dollar Challenge

La Jolla Coasts

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Clinical – Wheelchair Tennis and Pickleball

Bahia Resort

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Presentation of the Awards Celebration of Abilities

Bahia Ballroom

Saturday October 22

Event

Location

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Clinical – Össur & CAF Race and Mobility

Bonita Cove Park

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Clinical – Adaptive surfing

Mission Beach Park

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration and Packet Pickup

Bahia Resort

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Clinical – Wheelchair basketball experience

Bahia Resort

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Clinic – USABA Goalball

Bahia Resort

Sunday October 23

Event

Location

7:00 a.m.

Parade of athletes

Bonita Cove Park

7:35 am

National anthem performed by Samuel Nehemiah

8:00 a.m.

San Diego Triathlon Challenge Bathing Begin

8:15 a.m.

SDTC Bike Departure – relay, handcycles, MDC cyclists

8:45 am

SDTC To run Departure – Wheelchairs and 10 mile relay

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cove Tower presented by EōS Fitness Start

9:00 a.m.

Pre-Run Stretch for Kids

9:30 a.m.

Struggling Athletes Children Run and Roll presented by Philadelphia Insurance

11:00

Yoga by the bay presented by EōS Fitness

11:15 a.m.

5K Walk Begin

2:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony

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Registration for these events is still available: https://www.challengedathletes.org/communitychallenge/

This weekend celebrates the power of sport to transform lives, build community and change perceptions of what people with permanent physical disabilities can achieve. Funds raised from these events directly support CAF’s mission to provide opportunities and support for people with physical challenges so they can lead active lives and receive the support needed to succeed in sport and in life. life. CAF believes that involvement in sport at all levels increases self-esteem, encourages independence and improves quality of life and these sporting events are an opportunity for every athlete to prove it.

The weekend’s event sponsors include:

Strava, Dan + Geof, 100%, Athletic Brewing Company, EōS Fitness, LAZ Parking, Lusardi Construction Company, Nike, Össur, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Smoothie King, Toyota, XTERRA Wetsuits, Accenture, Bahia Resort Hotel, Jeffs’ Beach Burgers, San Diego Padres, Union Bank, American Association of Blind Athletes, Watkins Wellness, Bu Sunscreen, GRIT Freedom Chair, GU, Independent Trading Co., Petco, Rainbow Sandals, San Diego Foundation, San Diego Union-Tribune, SKLZ, SockGuy, Spaero Triathlon, Stadium Legends, The Feed., ZYM, Access Trax, Cavignac & Associates, CREDO Tri, Hanger Clinic, Mobot, John Paul Mitchell Systems, Therabody, 1 Shot Energy Chews, Avalon Bay Communities, McGriff (Lighthouse Project Foundation)

About the Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a global leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lives. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at all levels increases self-esteem, promotes independence and improves quality of life. Since 1994, more than $147 million has been raised and more than 40,000 funding requests from people with physical disabilities in all 50 states and more than 70 countries have been satisfied. In addition, CAF’s outreach efforts reach an additional 60,000 people each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping to secure an uninsured carbon fiber racing foot, or getting the enthusiastic encouragement of a mentor who triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: to provide opportunities and support for those who want to lead an active and athletic life. To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.

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CONTACT: Christy Fritts Challenged Athletes Foundation 858.442.9570 [email protected]

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