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Athletes of all abilities triumph at annual PossAbilities Triathlon, 5K and Kids Triathlon
2019-05-09

 

 

Athletes hold their hands over their hearts during the national anthem prior to starting the race. [Photo courtesy of the Loma Linda University Health]

May 05, 2019  |  Loma Linda, California, United States

Nearly 1,000 athletes of all abilities triumphantly ran, walked, wheeled, biked and swam their way through the 17thannual PossAbilities Triathlon, 5K, & Kids' Triathlon held at Loma Linda University's Drayson Center, Sunday, April 28. The event included both an adult and children’s triathlon, 5K run, fun activities, and vendor booths for families to explore. All athletes received official finish times and a finisher medal. ​

The annual triathlon sets out to bring together athletes of all abilities and ages in friendly competition and serves as preparation for some PossAbilities members who are professional athletes and Paralympic hopefuls. ​

Zimri Solis, a trilateral amputee from Jurupa Valley, has been competing in the event for four years and had a goal of completing the course in under 1 hour and 10 minutes. Zimri met his goal and completed the course in 1 hour 7 minutes and 44 seconds.​

"It’s really exciting to meet this goal,” Zimri said. "Each year is a new challenge, but at the end of the day being a part of this triathlon is an opportunity to better myself as a person and an athlete. The ultimate goal is to positively impact people so they can keep achieving their goals.”​

The event is hosted each year by PossAbilities, a free community outreach program of Loma Linda University Health that offers disabled and challenged individuals a sense of community and healthy social network. ​



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