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Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District annual event takes place Aug. 11 in Beaverton

PHOTO COURTESY THPRD - Participants at last year's event. The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and FACT Oregon will host their second All Ability Tri4Youth, a fun, safe, fully accessible triathlon with an emphasis on inclusion. The event is open to youths of all abilities ages 8 to 26.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at THPRD's Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 S.W. Walker Road, Beaverton. Athletes will swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run a half mile on a fully accessible course.

Participants can do the triathlon on their own or as part of a team and can use adaptive equipment as needed.

"Our goal is to create recreational opportunities for everyone in our community," said Julie Rocha, Tualatin Hills Athletic Center supervisor. "This is a wonderful event where youth and adults experiencing a disability, their siblings and peers have an opportunity to participate in an exciting all-ability event."

Rocha said last year's debut event drew 98 participants and organizers "hope to double that number this year."PHOTO COURTESY THPRD - Participants at last year's triathlon.

This year will feature opening remarks from Karen Gaffney, president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation. Gaffney is the first person with Down syndrome to complete a relay swim of the English Channel. She has completed many other long-distance swims. Her foundation champions the journey to full inclusion for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

A post-race party will feature activities, food, music and community partners that specialize in providing support for families experiencing disability. Every athlete will also receive a T-shirt and medal.

Registration is available at factoregon.org. Registrants can create a fundraising page to support registration fees. Interested volunteers may inquire at the FACT Oregon website.

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