Wounded Warriors and Supporters Battle in Biathlon this Sunday

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Disabled veterans and active duty service members will race in the eigth annual Team River Runner Biathlon.

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"I've seen the rim of the Grand Canyon, paddled whitewater in America, boulder-laden rivers in Costa Rica, and everything in between. I would not have come close to experiencing any of these things had it not been for Team River Run."- Amputee Brandon Huff

Team River Runner (TRR) will host its eighth annual Team River Runner Biathlon event this Sunday, September 23, 2012. Disabled veterans and active duty service members will race in the biathlon and others will be volunteering. This fundraising event is expected to raise $200,000 to support TRR's programs for wounded active duty service members and veterans. Funds raised will support the local D.C. chapter of TRR, as well as assist in establishing new chapters around the U.S.

Event Details

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Check-in: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Race start: 9:00 a.m.

The Washington Canoe Club in Georgetown
3700 Water Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

Paddle: 1-mile on the Potomac River (flat water)
Run*: 3-miles on the Capital Crescent Trail
*Athletes with disabilities may opt to use hand cycles instead of running.

For more information or to register for the race, please visit http://www.teamriverrunner.org/biathlon. To watch a video about what to expect at Team River Runner’s biathlon, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2F1BJidmS8

AboutTeam River Runner
Team River Runner (TRR), was established in 2004 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization to help active duty military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Wounded service members endure many months of surgeries, physical and psychological therapy, prosthetic fittings, and other life-altering changes. Against this backdrop, a number of these injured men and women welcome a chance to pick up a new challenge, and get out of the daily routine of their hospital treatment several days each week. TRR offers not only unique whitewater kayaking experiences but also the support of a tight-knit paddling community for wounded veterans and their families. Veterans served by TRR learn leadership skills that prepare them to become chapter and national trip leaders. Future goals will be for the TRR participants to teach adaptive kayaking to children who are fighting their own battles—with diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

TRR is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.

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