MyTeam Triumph will be participating in the Spring for Down Syndrome event, set for Saturday (June 8).
The annual event includes a two-mile non-competitive walk/run, beginning at 9 a.m., in which MyTeam Triumph members will ride along with disabled participants.
MyTeam Triumph is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as road races, cycling events or triathlons.
The “Captain” is pushed or pulled in a special race stroller or trailer by two or three “Angels” to the finish line. MyTeam Triumph promotes health, teamwork and community. It requires the involvement of many people with diverse abilities and disabilities. This organization brings the community together with the equipment necessary to allow people with disabilities to experience the energy and thrill of crossing the finish line.
“Captains” are children and adults with special needs who could not participate in endurance events without the help of dedicated individuals. Some captains are able to walk all or part of the course. Others will be in the race stroller or trailers the whole event. Each experience is individualized for the captain based on their specific needs. The key is to create a fun, memorable experience for the captain, with the captain as focus of the team.
“Angels” are athletes or individuals who are excited to share what they enjoy with someone who could not do so on their own. They give up their opportunity for an award or personal record to share this experience with others who could not participate on their own. Two or three angels are assigned to each captain and they create a team that starts together, runs/walks together and finishes together. Angels register themselves for the event and pay their own registration fees.
To learn more about the organization, visit www.myteamtriumph-mo.org. Anyone interested in participating in this event, either as a captain or an angel, or would like more information can contact Melanie Donze at 573-883-6791 or Chip Marzuco at 573-883-5347.
(Information in a release from Melanie Donze.)