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U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Getting2Tri Foundation announces 2010 National ParaTriathlon Training Camp

Jan. 19, 2010, 5:58 p.m. (ET)

ATLANTA--The Getting2Tri Foundation (G2T, online at www.getting2tri.org), announced its National ParaTriathlon Training Camp (NPTC) will be held March 18-20, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. The third annual event provides new and experienced physically-challenged athletes with individualized coaching, interactive presentations and teachings, workout sessions, community building time and expert analysis. Hosted at the sports facilities of the Georgia Institute of Technology and surrounding areas in Atlanta, the camp is limited to 50 participants to ensure individualized attention and safety. Registration is open at www.G2Tcamp.org.

"This is one of the only national triathlon training camps in the country for athletes with a physical disability" said Mike Lenhart, founder and president, The Getting2Tri Foundation.  "This national event allows us to bring together athletes of all levels, coaches, trainers and mentors for three days focused on developing skills in swimming, cycling and running. While our focus is on instruction, the camp builds a community for physically-challenged athletes, now called "paratriathletes" that extends well beyond their time in Atlanta".  Now in its third year, the camp is held in March in an effort to best prepare paratriathletes prior to the start of the triathlon season. 

This year's camp is strategically aligned to finish on Saturday, the same weekend as the ING Georgia Marathon/Half-marathon.  Athletes and volunteers are encouraged to participate in the Sunday road race event in Atlanta as a possible "first step" beyond the camp experience.  Getting2Tri is an Affiliated Charity for the 2010 race thereby allowing race registrants to compete as part of Team G2T as a way to help raise awareness to the foundation's mission.

The camp will require more than 300 volunteers who will contribute to all aspects of the camp from operations to athlete coaching to training partners. Volunteers of all abilities and experiences are encouraged to support the athletes at this national event. Experienced athletes from the three sports of triathlon, as well as physical and recreational therapists and licensed coaches, are encouraged to volunteer at the only triathlon camp dedicated to athletes with a disability.   "Volunteering with G2T brings a purpose to participation in sports and strengthens communities", said Lenhart.

Formed in 2006, the organization provides coaching, mentoring and training in the sports of swimming, cycling and running to physically-challenged individuals. Specifically, G2T addresses the needs of individuals with limb loss, paralysis and muscular or neurological disorders. G2T athletes range from single sport members entering their first race as part of a relay team, to seasoned triathletes competing in Kona at the Ironman World Championships. The backgrounds of physically-challenged athletes are just as varied as their goals, from wounded veterans to people with limb loss due to disease. For each athlete, G2T's focus is the same: to get him or her onto the playing field, at whatever level is their personal best.

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