Wounded War Vets To Race In The Triathlon At Pacific Grove
Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Nine permanently disabled Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will travel to the Monterey Peninsula on September 8-9 to participate in the 18th Annual Triathlon at Pacific Grove.
Their injuries run the gamut, from third degree burns to brain injuries to limb amputees. Each vet has a unique story, but they all have one thing in common: the desire to live healthy and athletic lives in spite of their injuries.
“Physical activities help me keep the competitive drive that I had while growing up and in the military,” states Nathan Hunt, a double leg amputee who will be racing in the Olympic distance triathlon. “I can use my new strengths and try things I never thought were possible before I was injured.”
All nine veterans will have their trip and race entry fully sponsored by Cusumano Real Estate. Cusumano has always been a big supporter of the military and other active recovery programs such as the Wounded Warrior Project and Ride 2 Recovery. Cusumano’s goal is to provide America’s wounded vets with a mental and physical outlet to help aid in the transition from military service to civilian life.
For all but one of the vets, this will be their first attempt at a triathlon. They will race as members of “Operation Rebound,” a Challenged Athletes Foundation program that supports military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities.
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove features Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, as well as a 5K/10K run. Approximately 2,000 athletes and 6,000 spectators will participate in the weekend’s festivities.