October 18-20, 2019 • San Diego


San Diego Triathlon Challenge

The San Diego Triathlon Challenge has raised funds that have allowed over 9,500 challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line. For 26 years, this has been an event unlike any other in the world. Some call it uplifting, many call it life-changing. Everyone calls it #theBestDayInTri.

On October 18-20 this year, over 200 physically challenged athletes, 600 able-bodied athletes, celebrities and sports legends will complete a 1-mile ocean swim, 44-mile bike and 10-mile run on one of the most breathtaking courses in the country, all in support of Team CAF!

By participating in this one-of-a-kind event, you help fund adaptive equipment, coaching, training, competition expenses and mentoring to challenged athletes around the world. If an athlete has the drive to compete and pursue an active lifestyle, we’re there to support them.

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Last fall, $3.2 million was raised from October 13-21st as a result of three signature fundraising events: The Million Dollar Challenge Bike Ride, Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge and YMCA of San Diego County Tour de Cove. These funds have allowed over 9,500 challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line with adaptive equipment, coaching, training, mentoring and competition expenses.

Learn more about the San Diego Triathlon Challenge at challengedathletes.org.

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

Plus, check out these inspiring bios about just two of many challenged athletes:

Christiaan Bailey


WCMX, Surfing


Christiaan was a professional skateboarder and surfer alternating his home between Santa Cruz, California and serving as a surf safari guide in Central America and west Africa. A skateboard crash while shooting a video would paralyze Christiaan from the waist down and put his lifestyle in question.

Questions are made to be answered and Christiaan was a firm “yes” when it came to returning to his passions. With the help of all his former sponsors, Christiaan remained able to continue surfing on tour, becoming not only the first paralyzed World Surfing Association National Champion, but also the first paralyzed person to surf “Mavericks” in Half Moon Bay, California.

In 2010, Christiaan was selected by the International Olympic Committee to showcase the sport of WCMX during the Vancouver Paralympic Opening Ceremonies.

Christian is also the CEO of Ocean Healing Group, a non-profit that provides adaptive sports adventures in Costa Rica to children in wheelchairs and their families. Check out his YouTube channel here.

Ella Rodriguez

Challenge: Below Knee Amputee

Sports: Wheelchair Basketball, Track and Field/Running, Wheelchair Tennis, Surfing, Sittting Volleyball, Archery

Ella’s Christmas wish as a child to have other amputee friends like her resulted in a connection with CAF. Born with a club foot it was through sport that Ella found confidence, fitness, peers, and community. Ella is involved in dance, track & field, and wheelchair basketball; she plays wheelchair basketball with the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program varsity team, finishing first in the Western conference and 8th at Nationals last year. Ella’s development has earned her opportunities to attend development camps at the Olympic Training Center. She also attending our 3-day surf clinic in June, 2018 where she learned from Team CAF elite mentors like Mike Coots.