Team Liza

Leading social network for athletes unites a global community to empower athletes with physical challenges and raise funds for CAF.

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is proud to announce its flagship fundraising event this fall is now the 2021 CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava. This October, athletes of all abilities can connect to participate and record activities across multi-sports and raise funds for individuals with physical challenges. CAF’s mission aligns with Strava’s ethos to ‘strive’ and for 28 years has provided access to athletes with physical disabilities in over 103 different sports. The 2021 CAF Community Challenge, powered by Strava culminates with an extraordinary in-person weekend of events that will reunite the community and raise millions of dollars.

“Last year when we took our events virtual, we saw tremendous excitement and participation using the Strava platform,” said Nancy Reynolds, CAF Senior Director of Business Development. “Strava’s partnership and ongoing commitment to making sports more accessible and fun connects our mission and offers a unique feeling of camaraderie and competition with athletes of all abilities from all parts of the world.”

Open to everyone, the 2021 CAF Community Challenge powered by Strava will take place from October 1 to October 24. Athletes of all abilities can participate by running, walking, rolling, swimming, cycling, fitness classes and much more. Collectively, participants will log and track their activity miles on Strava’s platform and enjoy challenges and contests with fundraising incentives to generate awareness and support for CAF. In parallel to the final weeks of the 2021 CAF Community Challenge, Strava will also host a global, all-activities challenge with opportunities to win sweepstakes prizes and contribute to CAF.

Strava’s technology connects over 90 million users worldwide and as of today, over 5 billion runs, rides, swims, hikes, and other activities have been uploaded. Since 2014, CAF athletes have played integral roles in driving technology innovation by expanding the functionality of wheelchair-related activities on the Strava platform, which now includes handcycle and wheelchair activity types. These innovations and the community building of Strava have inspired more and more CAF athletes to track their daily activities and training.

Team Liza at 2019 Kona Ironman

Beth and Liza James of Crested Butte, Colorado known as “Team Liza” are currently training for CAF’s Million Dollar Challenge 640-mile bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego. After tackling all these miles, they will join in the weekend triathlon in San Diego. Beth and her three kids were involved in a tragic car accident 16 years ago that left her youngest daughter Liza with a traumatic brain injury.

Liza is now 24-years old and, while nonverbal and cannot walk on her own, she loves being outdoors and racing with her accomplished triathlete mom, Beth. Their very first triathlon was CAF’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge where Beth witnessed the sheer joy on Liza’s face swimming, biking, and running together. This mother-daughter team have since crossed many other finish lines together and always smiling.

Join Us at the 2021 CAF Community Weekend In October!

Experience the magic that unfolds at the CAF Community Weekend. Interested in starting your own team to help support the CAF Community Challenge? Click the button below to get started!

For questions about participating in our CAF Community Weekend or the San Diego Triathlon Challenge, please contact Jen Rose at jennifer@challengedathletes.org. For media inquires, please contact Christy Fritts at christy@challengedathletes.org.