On Sunday, October 23 the La Jolla Cove was transformed as it hosted the best day in triathlon for The Challenged Athletes Foundation. More than 200 challenged athletes, kids and permanently injured military personnel participating alongside 500+ able-bodied athletes, celebrities, sports legends and professional athletes took on the new “challenge distance” triathlon with a 1 mile swim, 44 mile bike, and 10 mile run. All told, the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge raised more than $1.2 million to fund adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges so they can live full and active lifestyles.
Jamie raced with a relay team representing The National Meningitis Association. Mike LaForgia a meningitis survivor from New York did the 1 mile swim, Anna who represented her boyfriend who is a meningitis survivor did the 10 mile run and Jamie did the 44 mile cycling course. It was clearly a challenged course for Jamie - 44 miles - ugh!! I complain if I have to drive 44 miles. But Jamie cycled the course and of course I was truly amazed. The course was an array of obstacles, beginning with fog and cold riding up to California coast to hills and I mean steep hills through the east side of La Jolla. KC, Jackie Levy and I were driving the pace car - we drove next to her, in front of her and behind her - cheering her on and of course we were there if and when she needed to stop and take a break. Take a moment a look at TJG facebook for all our pics - we had a ball. Again - thanks Lynn Bozof and the National Meningitis Association to allow us to participate in such an amazing event and to once again bring attention to meningitis and to this vaccine preventable disease.
Well now to our next adventure - Jamie will be in Los Angeles with the US Paralympic Cycling Team. Jamie and the team are at track cycling camp at the LA velodrome. If you're not aware of this amazing and I must say scary sport check it out at La Velodrome. When we returned from our Meningitis conference in Paris Jamie was informed that she will be adding this sport on top of her road race cycling. So just another exciting event as Jamie gears up -HA! no pun intended - for the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara Mexico. We will keep you posted