Together, more than 700 athletes, volunteers and sponsors rose before the sun for the 7th annual One More Tri. Triathletes with and without disabilities battled the waves, biked and ran…and showed us all what athleticism, perseverance, and grit looks like.
55 Special Olympics athletes and partners participated in the 2018 One More Tri, a large jump from three athletes in the first year. The event’s premise of being accessible to racers from all levels has led to the increase in athlete participation. Over the years, more race options have been made available for athletes – they can choose to complete only a certain portion of the race or participate in the full triathlon if they wish.
Athletes are also given the option of “angels”: volunteers who will ride and compete right alongside those that need a little extra guidance. These increased options have had a great impact on all participants, not just Special Olympics athletes. In fact, 30% of One More Tri racers are first time triathletes! The overall commitment to accessibility and the dedication of volunteers has made One More Tri a must for any triathlete.
Many volunteers come back year after year for this Unified triathlon. For a group like Monmouth University Swimming, the event has become a team-wide staple. Typically college students waking up on a Sunday morning before 6 a.m. is unheard of, but for this group of student athletes, they do so with a smile.
In addition to the support from volunteers, Edison Energy and M&T Bank stepped up and supported the event as sponsors.
— Edison Energy (@Edison_Energy) September 16, 2018
Major thanks to our volunteers at today’s One More Tri! They brought energy all morning long.
— Special Olympics NJ (@SONewJersey) September 16, 2018
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