Triathlon for people of all ability levels slated
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."
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.