SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF) eighth annual Dodge Million Dollar Challenge will kick-off Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at Cavallo Point Lodge (601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965). More than 100 cyclists, including 12 physically challenged athletes, celebrities and professional athletes will embark on the seven-day, 620-mile ride down the scenic yet demanding California coastline, riding from San Francisco to San Diego – all to raise funds and awareness for those with physical challenges.
Each participant in the event, which sold-out in a record nine hours, will raise $12,500 or more to reach the goal of more than $1 million to fund grants for adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses, mentoring and sports clinics.
CAF is proud to have the Dodge brand as a global partner and presenting sponsor of the Million Dollar Challenge. The Dodge brand will assist in the event roll-out by leading out the cyclists with eight 2013 Dodge vehicles. In addition to their title sponsorship, the Dodge brand is underwriting two cyclists for the event, including Chrysler Group employee Marc Henretta, a paraplegic.
“The MDC journey is about so much more than the miles you cover,” said Dean Roeper, Co-Chair of the Dodge Million Dollar Challenge.
“It is about discovering the incredible capabilities of the human body and spirit. Riding side-by-side with the very challenged athletes who benefit from this event is truly a life-changing experience, and the speed with which this event sells out is a true testament of that.”
Participating in the challenge will be 12 challenged athletes including Creighton Wong (Oakland resident), an above-knee amputee, Sean Simonson (Palo Alto resident), a former firefighter who became a quadriplegic after a mountain biking accident, and Kevin Korenthal (Santa Clarita resident), a below-knee amputee who lost his leg due to a car accident.
Also riding are former Team Garmin-Sharp pro cyclist Christian Van de Velde and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton who, after 36 surgeries himself, understands the importance of being able to ride his bike every day. Additional MDC event sponsors include SKLZ, ROTH Capital, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Skin Medica, SPY, Barracuda Networks, Qualcomm, Sixteen-Fifty Creative Intelligence, Bank of America, ZICO, GU, Cliff Bar and MD Revolution.
To learn more about the Dodge Million Dollar Challenge, please visit www.cyclemdc.com. For more information about Challenged Athletes Foundation, go to www.challengedathletes.org. To follow the MDC on Twitter, go to @CAFoundation or #CycleForCAF.
About the Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, close to $50 million has been raised and almost 8,200 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.
About the Dodge Brand
For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance, style, emotion and technology. Building upon its rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance – from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive athletic design. With the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart that achieves up to 41 miles per gallon, the all-new Dodge Charger four-door muscle car paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon, the new 2014 Durango and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan – inventor of the minivan – Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest dealer showrooms in the United States.