RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, August 14, 2020) – Sportable elite athlete, Chris Marston, completed the equivalent of more than 15 triathlons in 15 days, raising $1,603 to benefit adaptive sports through Sportable’s 15th Anniversary Campaign. Sportable is Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club and the funds raised will directly impact the organization’s mission to make sports accessible and inclusive throughout the Greater Richmond area.
“We are incredibly proud of Chris’s achievement,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “Not only did he complete an astonishing 372-mile training regimen in 15 days, but he also raised critical funds and awareness for Sportable’s mission. When athletes support our organization, it speaks volumes about the impact of our work. We are honored to be a part of Chris’s journey and look forward to his progress towards the international stage.”
A triathlete with a form of Cerebral Palsy called right side Hemiplegia, Marston surpassed his goal and completed the equivalent of 17 sprint triathlons, eight Olympic triathlons, or two Ironman triathlons while fundraising through his peer and professional networks. In total, he swam 10 miles, biked 308.81 miles, and ran 53.94 miles from July 25 through August 8. 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.”
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 September 18-20, 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. To enlist in 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.