Challenged Athletes Foundation raises nearly $1.2 million

By Phil Dailey

The Challenged Athletes Foundation held two of its signature events during the past weekend with the Million Dollar Challenge and the San Diego Triathlon Challenge.

The Million Dollar Challenge finished at Kellogg Park on Friday afternoon with 100 cyclist completing a seven-day ride that started in San Francisco on Oct. 15.

Among the riders of the 620-mile journey was NBA legend Bill Walton.

“Words can not describe what the Challenged Athletes Foundation does for people,” Walton said. “This week, and everything involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation is the best thing I have ever done with my life.

“To spend a week on the coast of our great state with the most interesting, the most proud, the most intelligent, the most thoughtful, the most caring, the most selfless people that I have ever been associated with — it’s just absolutely phenomenal for me.”

On Sunday, CAF’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge took place with 700 participants with a swim near La Jolla Cove, a 44-mile bike ride and a 10-mile run. The event raised roughly $1.2 million for the foundation.