The Challenged Athletes Foundation ® (CAF) announced yesterday that nearly 50 physically challenged athletes from all over the world will participate in the Accenture Challenged Athletes National Championship.  The competition, which takes place on Sunday,  July 14 in New York City, allows athletes to compete head to head, regardless of their disability class, to determine the “best of the best” male and female paratriathletes of 2013.

This event will be held as a part of the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon, which is made possible by the partnering of CAF, Accenture, and Korff Enterprises.

“Accenture is proud to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation and their commitment to empowering people with physical challenges,” said Laila Worrell, Accenture’s New York Metro managing director.  “We are pleased to sponsor this event and commend the high performing athletes who participate in this competition.”

Due to the unique race format, all six paratriathlon classes will compete against each other for the $7,500 prize purse.  Male and female “par” scores are developed for each of the paratriathlon classes in order to identify the winners.  Individuals who either come closest to or beat the targeted times will be declared the winners.  Overall male and female finishers will be awarded prize money, with first place winners taking home $1,250, second place $1,000, third place $750, fourth place $500 and fifth place $250.

Among the nearly 50 participating athletes will be five members of the newly formed CAF Elite Paratriathlon Team. This race will be the third official race of the season for the team.  A “who’s who” of USA and World Champions will be in the field, including: defending Accenture Challenged Athletes National Overall Male Champion Andre Kajlich (Tri 1); 2010 & 2012 USA National Champion Mark Barr (Tri 2); 2 x ITU World Championship Gold Medalist JP Theberge (Tri 5); 2011 and 2012 USA National Champion Patricia Walsh (Tri 6); and, 2011 USA National Champion Jamie Brown (Tri 5).

“We are thrilled to see the growing interest in paratriathlon from both the challenged athlete and able bodied communities,” said Virginia Tinley, CAF’s Executive Director. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Accenture and Korff Enterprises to present the second annual Accenture Challenged Athletes National Championship.  Last year, this event received rave reviews from challenged athletes – not only for the prize purse, but for the unique format that makes for a more exciting competition and enables the ‘best of the best’ to rise to the forefront.”

For information, visit http://www.challengedathletes.org/site/c.4nJHJQPqEiKUE/b.6449023/k.BD6D/Home.htm

Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, close to $47 million has been raised and more than 8,200 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.