Rising to the Challenge

x_caftriathalon2Staff members from local Asis Physical Therapy volunteered at a recent event in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The 24th Annual Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC), held in La Jolla, brought 200 physically challenged athletes, 550 able-bodied athletes, celebrities, and professional triathletes together for a one-mile swim, 44-mile bike ride, and 10-mile run.

“The event was centered around athletes who had physical disabilities, many of whom had lost a limb or experienced physical trauma,” explained Melodie Nungesser, Clinic Manager at Asis Physical Therapy. The Asis team was stationed to cheer on the athletes during the bike and run sections of the race. “We supported the athletes during the toughest parts of the course,” Melodie said. “We were fortunate to have the chance to cheer on, motivate, high five, and push the athletes of all ages! The passion and enthusiasm shined through in the staff of Asis as they mirrored the enthusiasm reflected by the drive of the athletes.”

x_caftriathalon3Volunteering for the SDTC made a tremendous impact on the Asis team. “We are no stranger to disabilities – every day at Asis Physical Therapy, we help those with different levels of abilities pursue their various goals,” Melodie explained. “At the CAF triathlon, we were able to watch dreams in the making.”

The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for people with physical challenges to pursue active lifestyles and competitive athletics. Programs include camps and clinics, grants, military outreach, and community education. Learn more at www.challengedathletes.org.