Our mission is to increase and support awareness, access and participation in paratriathlon in the USAT Mid-Atlantic Region through engagement and the provision of resources to local triathlon clubs; race directors; and youth, adult, and disabled veteran athletes who have a physical or sensory disability such as an amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy or blindness.
Support and resources are provided directly to physically challenged athletes in a variety of ways, including:
- Support communication, networking, and information sharing across the region via listserv and Facebook page
- Provide annual paratri clinic for youth & adults, and support other regional clinics through mini grant funding
- Support integration of disabled athletes with local triathlon clubs
- Make handcycle and racing wheelchair available for adult athletes to borrow for training prior to purchasing their own
- Provide mini grant funding to support participation in races, clinics and triathlon clubs
Supporting the Tri Community
Support and resources are provided to the established triathlon community as well:
- Consult with race directors regarding accessibility of race venues
- Identify and inform trainers, coaches, handlers, and guides
- Promote paratriathlon awareness at multisport and other expos
Our volunteer committee includes disabled and able-bodied triathletes with experience in medical and allied health fields, sciences, disability services, and community organizing. We currently have representation in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, and would like to expand with representation in every state and metro area in the Mid-Atlantic region. We also need committee members who can assist with outreach and media updates! If you are interested in promoting paratriathlon efforts in the region, please email email@example.com.
Paratriathlon Grant Funding
As part of ongoing efforts to promote paratriathlon across the region, USAT Mid-Atlantic provides mini-grant funding to paratri initiatives such as clinics, camps, event speakers, and other such activities.
Click here for the grant application for clinics/camps/speakers. (.doc)
Click here for the grant application for individual athletes (race/clinic entry fees, travel, tri club membership). (.PDF)
Hand Cycle Available
Do you want to try the sport of paratriathlon, but don't want to commit to the equipment yet? The region has purchased an adult handcycle and a racing wheelchair that are available to be borrowed by para-athletes across the region who want to give it a tri!
The handcycle is an Invacare Top End Force-2 handcycle, and the racing wheelchair is an adult-sized Eagle racing chair.Anyone living in the Mid-Atlantic region may borrow this, with only a USAT membership and a $100 security deposit is required, along with a release of liability and terms of agreement for borrowing the equipment. Individuals are responsible for transportation of the equipment to and from its Maryland location at the beginning and end of the borrowing period (though transport assistance may be available from supporters across the region). The equipment will be inspected before loaning it out to someone else.