BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Austin, TX, May 11, 2011 – In recognition of the Capital of Texas Triathlon’s strong support of disabled athletes and the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project, two World T.E.A.M. Sports-sponsored athletes will compete in the 21st running of the popular central Texas event this May 30.
World T.E.A.M. Sports will be represented at the challenging Austin event by Tina Ament of Alexandria, Virginia, and Marc Esposito of Cameron, North Carolina. Ament competed in this April’s Boston Marathon, finishing third in the woman’s visually impaired division. Esposito, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, participated in the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride from San Francisco to Virginia Beach with World T.E.A.M. Sports.
Recovering from severe injuries he sustained when attacked while crossing an Afghanistan mountain pass, Esposito is philosophical about his participation in sporting events. “There is a sweet connection we ‘wounded’ or ‘disabled’ athletes make between challenge or doubt and success or victory,” said Esposito. “It’s about the same blood sweat and tears once shed on battlefields that is now being shed in water, on a bike, and during a run. It’s about never giving up, never quitting – for me, it’s about living life after almost losing it.”
Active in cycling, skiing and marathons for many years, Ament has been blind since birth. She runs by holding onto an exercise band linked to another participant, who acts as a guide. In cycling, she rides a tandem bicycle with a pilot. At this year’s Boston Marathon, Ament finished in third place in the impaired division.
Known among triathletes as the “CapTexTri,” the annual Memorial Day weekend event attracts more than 15,000 competitors, volunteers and spectators. In addition to the May 30 triathlon, the weekend includes a multisport exposition at Austin’s Palmer Events Center. World T.E.A.M. Sports will host a booth at the expo, promoting upcoming events, including the Face of America Texas ride this November, which will pass through Austin.
Event sponsors include Toyota, Life Time Fitness, Janus and other leading companies. The CapTexTri is the second of seven events in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup. A total of $50,000 in cash prizes will be paid to the top ten finishers of the series, which concludes October 2 in Dallas.