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Tri--to help vets rebound

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Laura Mitchell

THE STORY:

I've gotten a lot of joy from the discipline and physical movement that comes with triathlon. I also recognize how lucky I am to be able to learn a new sport as an adult. Not everyone has the ability to move their body when and as they want. Getting up before sunrise to train--and fit in a full day of work--is a privilege, not a grind. The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) works with those whose physical limitations mean they can't easily just lace up a pair of shoes or jump in the water on their own. The triathlon community has long supported CAF; I'm in awe when a disabled athlete shows just how well he or she can do with an adapted bike, a trained guide, or prosthetic limb. Those tools aren't cheap, though. The CAF needs--and deserves--our support. This year, the Chula Vista Challenge triathlon is supporting Operation Rebound--a branch within CAF that helps injured vets and first responders regain their mobility--and emotional equilibrium--by supporting their training goals, whether as triathletes or in other sports. My Challenge for Chula Vista is not just to do the race--for me an international distance triathlon--but to celebrate the fact that I can train and set this distance as a goal--by raising money for Operation Rebound. I am going to get up every morning between now and August 13 and swim, bike, or run, regardless of what you do. Will you help vets and first responders who are recovering from traumatic injuries pursue their goals by making a donation to Operation Rebound?

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