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Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Date: October 18, 2015
Location: La Jolla Cove, CA

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What began more than 20 years ago as a fundraiser to help one athlete, Jim MacLaren, to regain his independence after a tragic second accident has grown to become one of the most highly-regarded and motivational events in the triathlon world. Since that first event, the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge has been instrumental in raising the funds that have allowed more than 9,500 challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line and inspired a new generation to realize they have no limits.


Participation includes a weekend full of activities including:

  • A one-of-a-kind "challenge" distance triathlon
  • One of the most breathtaking courses in the country.
  • Opportunity to compete side-by-side, as an individual or on a relay team, with Ironman Champions like Chris McCormack, athlete super-stars like Bill Walton, world-class challenged athletes and other celebrities.
  • A motivational "A Celebration of Abilities" dinner and awards presentation showcasing some of CAF's amazing stories.
  • Pre-event showcase and tutorial clinics in Amputee running, Wheelchair mobility, Swim (ocean and pool), and Tandem cycling (for pilots and stokers).
  • The industry’s "best schwag bag," (valued at $350) including custom Converse sneakers, CAF sweatshirt, shirt, running shorts and more.
  • Unique event amenities like a participant continental breakfast and post-event BBQ.
  • Chance to fundraise for awesome incentive prizes including products from Oakley, Garmin, Rudy Project and more.
  • An inspirational sports festival including the Tour de Cove cycling marathon, 5K Fitness Walk, Family Fun Zone, CAF Village of exciting exhibitors, a silent auction and CAF store.


It's known as "The Best Day in Triathlon" and the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge did not disappoint.

Starting with an emotional introduction of challenged athletes from the past, present and future and a tribute to Robin Williams, the day got off to magical start as athletes young and old, challenged and not waded into the calm, clear Pacific waters of La Jolla Cove for the 1-mile swim. With the voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly, welcoming them in, swimmers made their way to transition and tagged their relay partners or set off on the hilly 44-mile ride. The event concluded with the challenging 10-mile run to the Torrey Pines glider port.

Meanwhile, back at La Jolla Cove, the fun was just getting started. After the wheelchair runners left at 9:30, the stage was set for the most anticipated event of the day: The Philadelphia Insurance Kids Run.

At the 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove -- a 100-bike, 4.5 hour cycling marathon set hard by the Pacific -- the day culminated with the presentation of a three year complimentary 24 Hour Fitness membership to Moise Brutus, a triple amputee from Miami who seeks to participate in the Rio Paralympics as a cyclist.

All told, close to $1.3 million was raised to get challenged athletes back in the game of life. More importantly, friendships were made and renewed; barriers were broken and broken again; and, lives were changed -- for both challenged athletes and able-bodied alike.

Thank you for making it possible.

2014 Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Results, Photos and more!

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The San Diego Triathlon Challenge is the greatest day in our sport. To be a part of what this amazing Foundation does and how they change lives for people was so motivating, it gave me a purpose. I was inspired, and wanted to do more.

— Chris "Macca" McCormack