On November 10th, Planet Ultra hosts our annual Solvang's Finest Century (and metric century) to raise funds, and awareness of Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).
Challenged Athletes Foundation raises money to help people with physical disabilities pursue an active lifestyle through physical activities and competitive athletics.
Since 1994, CAF has raised more than $11 million – allowing the Foundation to satisfy thousands of funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries. Eighty-two cents of every dollar raised by CAF provides funding, programs and a growing endowment fund that is getting challenged athletes into the game - and will continue to do so into the future.. Whether it’s a $2,000 handcycle, helping underwrite a $15,000 running prosthetic or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar injury, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, competitive lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. At the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece 45 of the 235 participating U.S. athletes (almost 20 percent) were supported by CAF. More recently at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in Torino, Itlay, CAF supported 23 of the 56 (41 percent) participating U.S. athletes.
CAF is the official charity of Planet Ultra - and over the past three years we have donated over $50,000 to the wonderful cause. We make a donation from the proceeds of every one of our events; but our Solvang's Finest Century is dedicated to the cause!
Join us for the BEST century or metric century route in the Solvang / Santa Ynez Valley area. Details about the event are here: http://www.PlanetUltra.com
Planet Ultra's own Deborah & Brian Bowling are also personally fundraising for CAF via their participation in the Qualcomm Million Dollar Challenge. To make a donation directly to CAF to support their efforts (using a secure website), click here: http://mdc2007.kintera.org/planetultra
Deborah & Brian Bowling