The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a world leader in creating athletic opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities, is proud to announce that for the first time in North America, prize money will be offered at a Paratriathlon Championship.
Male and females in all six Paratriathlon classes will compete against each other for a $4500 prize purse at the Accenture Challenged Athletes National Championship held during the New York City Triathlon on Sunday, July 8, 2012.
“We are very excited to team with Accenture and Korff Enterprises to present the Accenture Challenged Athletes National Championship,” said Virginia Tinley, CAF’s Executive Director. “Our mission is to provide unique sporting opportunities to physically challenged individuals, and in doing so, to educate and inspire the general community. This event does all of those things, and introduces an exciting new format that will enable the ‘best of the best’ male and female paratriathletes to rise to the forefront.”
To identify the winners, male and female “par” scores have been developed for each of the six Paratriathlon classes. The individuals who come closest to – or beat – these targeted times will be declared the winners. Prize money will be awarded to first ($1,000), second ($750) and third ($500) place to the overall male and female finishers. The par scores for each category will be posted on the NYC Triathlon website.
“Accenture is committed to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and their approach to helping people with physical challenges succeed in both sports and life,” said Cathinka E. Wahlstrom, New York managing director for Accenture. “We look forward to sponsoring this event for the seventh consecutive year and commend all the high performing athletes who sign up for the competition.”
To ensure that challenged athletes across the United States and around the world have the opportunity to participate in this unique race, CAF will offer travel stipends of up to $1,000 in travel support to 15 qualified challenged athletes. Individuals can apply for these grants through the CAF website and will be chosen at the discretion of CAF. For more information, please visit the CAF website.