RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, July 22, 2020) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to announce that elite athlete, Chris Marston, will complete the equivalent of 15 triathlons in 15 days to raise $1,500 that will directly benefit adaptive sports in RVA through Sportable’s 15th Anniversary Campaign.
“We are extremely grateful to Chris for choosing to support Sportable at this critical juncture in our existence,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “It is heartening to know how much our program means to athletes like Chris and how important it is for us to continue to provide quality opportunities to our community. Where there’s a will there’s a way.”
A triathlete with a form of Cerebral Palsy called right side Hemiplegia training for the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships on September 20, Marston will complete 15 triathlons in 15 days, July 25 through August 8, while raising funds through his peer and professional networks. Marston’s ultimate goal is to compete at the elite level and qualify to represent the USA at the Paralympics.
“The first time I watched the Paralympic Games was in 2016 and it changed everything for me,” said Marston. “I realized that I could strive to compete in a paratriathlon for the U.S. – something that was never introduced to me when I was younger. If Sportable had existed when I was growing up, I would have been exposed to adaptive sports at an earlier age. I want to make sure that every kid with a physical disability knows they have a community of coaches, volunteers and other athletes to mentor them and provide access to a whole new world.”
In June 2019, Marston was invited to attend and train at the Paratriathlon Talent Identification Camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. At that time, he had not yet trained or participated in a triathlon of any kind. He signed up for his first sprint triathlon at Colonial Beach and finished 2nd in his division prior to attending camp in August. Since then, Marston has been classified as Paratriathlon Standing 3 (PTS3) by the sport’s governing body, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and is only the second American athlete classified as PTS3 internationally.
Sportable has empowered athletes and supporters like Marston to be further involved with the 15th Anniversary fundraising efforts by hosting individual fundraising events or challenges as part of the organization’s Army of Orange. With a goal to raise awareness and $15,000 in honor of Sportable’s 15th Anniversary that will culminate with the 9th Annual Remote RVA Tailgate on September 19, the Army of Orange campaigns could range from celebrating personal milestones, engaging in physical activity, hosting a Do-It-Yourself Tailgate, and many other creative strategies.
Sportable revenues are 97 percent philanthropic, funded almost entirely through donations and grants. Gifts of any amount will make an immediate impact on Sportable’s mission to make sports accessible and inclusive in the Greater Richmond area. To support Chris Marston and his 15 triathlons in 15 days, or to join Sportable’s Army of Orange, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/sportable15/account/998555.
This year, Sportable celebrates 15 years of creating opportunities and transforming lives through sport for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. The non-profit organization provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line.