IM ABLE Hosts Triathlon for All Abilities


Images courtesy of IM ABLE.

On May 19, IM ABLE hosted its ninth Got the Nerve? Triathlon in Mount Gretna, Pa. Athletes of all abilities and ages from around the country competed in a sprint distance triathlon consisting of a 500-yard swim, 16-mile bike and 5K run.

The sold-out event was put together with the help of more than 120 volunteers.Tour de Gretna spin cycle and KrankcycleIn addition to the triathlon, athletes participated in the Tour de Gretna, a spin bike and Krankcycle fund-raising event that benefitted the IM ABLE Foundation. Able-bodied and disabled spinners face off in the event, which demonstrated the inclusive nature of fitness. Each individual had to keep the spin bike or Krankcycle moving for three hours as an individual or team.

Another highlight of the event was athlete Craig Dietz, who participated in the swim portion as a member of a relay team. Dietz, who has no arms or legs, completed the swim in just 10 minutes.

Chris Kaag, IM ABLE founder and executive director, and Ned Hunter, Harrington Hoists president, presented a grant to Mike Doyle and his adaptive sled hockey team to cover the costs of helmets for each team member.

Kaag was recently honored with a resolution by Rep. Dante Santoni for his efforts in helping people with disabilities live active lifestyles. This honor coincided with the IM ABLE adaptive playground project. IM ABLE is partnering with the Gilmore-Henne Community Fund and Berks Youth in Action to build and install an adaptive playground at Opportunity House for children of all abilities.

The IM ABLE Foundation was created by Kaag who became disabled at age 21 as the result of a degenerative nerve disorder. His mission is to provide opportunities for disabled individuals to adopt active lifestyles and experience adaptive sports.

The 10th annual Got the Nerve? triathlon is scheduled for May 18, 2013.

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