I am training and raising money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon to help give everyone who wants to live an active lifestyle the opportunity to participate in the sports they love. I am fortunate to know amazing athletes with physical challenges. They inspire me to push myself. They humble me. Special (and often expensive) equipment is sometimes needed for them to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Because of the importance of exercise to a healthy mind and body, and because CAF helps provide for this need, they are a very worthy cause to support.
I will participate as a member of Team De:terminence. De:terminence is a Sacramento-based group that focuses on supporting the 30 million Americans with rare diseases. Those diagnosed with rare diseases can feel hopeless, especially those whose diagnosis has little or no research efforts to help fight the condition. De:terminence helps by procuring necessary equipment, resources, teammates, or just a loud fan club in order to help people achieve amazing physical challenges.
Thanks to my friend Sof, who brought me to a CAF event in February (organized by fellow GF alum Barry!), I will be doing something I have never done before. On October 21, I will swim 1 mile in the ocean, bike 44 miles, and run 10 miles alongside challenged athletes using adaptive equipment. To try and keep up with them, I have completed two shorter distance triathlons, started open water swimming, and get up before 5 am to have enough time to train. I have met new friends, lost some weight, and maintained my sanity amidst a difficult year. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the CAF triathlon. I hope you can help me pay some of that forward.