The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) announced the launch of two of their premier fundraising events: CAF Million Dollar Challenge (MDC), presented by Qualcomm – a 7-day, 620-mile fully supported cycling adventure down the California coastline from October 16-22 and the 17th Anniversary Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) – a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run distance triathlon and festival in La Jolla, Calif. on October 24. Both events raise more than $1 million each for CAF and help physically challenged individuals get off the side-lines and into the game.
For the fifth year, MDC combines a challenging personal journey for participants with the satisfaction of making a difference in the live s of others. This year will be filled with special guests including pros from the Garmin-Transitions pro cycling team and former UCLA and pro basketball star Bill Walton, who after 36 surgeries, understands the importance of good health and the role of fitness and sport in enhancing peoples’ lives.
“I support the cause because it’s about dreams and sports for everybody,” Walton said in a press release.
CAF’s Aspen Medical Products SDTC began almost two decades ago as a fundraiser to help a fellow injured triathlete and has grown into a celebration of life and sport that is making a difference in the lives of physically challenged athletes around the world.
“The CAF event in San Diego is the greatest day in our sport,” 2009 SDTC participant, professional triathlete and 2007 Ford Ironman World Champion, Chris McCormack, said.