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Hola One One State Street Mile
The HOKA One One State Street Mile is being held in Santa Barbara on Sunday, June 5th and for the first time ever – it will feature a Challenged Athletes Division!

The State Street Mile is a fast, downhill mile course in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Challenged Athletes Foundation invites you to register for the race to represent CAF and Challenged Athletes everywhere in this fun, fast race that benefits the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Program.

Who: Amputee Runners
What: State Street Mile
When: Sunday, June 5th starting at 8 am with 7 age group categories, starting in 10 minute intervals.
Where: State Street & W. Pedrogosa Street in Santa Barbara
Why: It will be fun. You can help personify and share the mission of CAF. PRIZE MONEY for the top three finishers.

To register, please use this link:

For more information about the race, go to:

We hope to have a great turnout and CAF will have a booth at the expo, so stop by and hang out with other Challenged Athletes. The race is less than a month away, so register soon. Feel free to contact me with any questions and thank you for your support of CAF!

Because of you, a record breaking number of grants were awarded in 2016 – 2,098 to be exact. 2,098 lives have been changed forever. This grant season we welcomed the Team CAF Class of 2016. This class is more than just athletes. We are volunteers, we are sponsors, we are families, and we are supporters.

Above all, we redefine what’s possible. We are Team CAF. 

Follow your team on social media by using #TeamCAF

Adaptive Programs at the Deni & Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athlete Center

Adaptive Yoga 

Adaptive yoga strengthens the connection between the mind and the body. Benefits include increased flexibility, greater sense of balance, increased strength, mental clarity, and overall well-being. This adaptive class, led by Alisha Welch, focuses on individuals living with mobility disabilities, such as partial or total paralysis, amputation, severe spinal cord injury, severe arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, head injury, spina bifida and cerebral palsy. In addition to her 12 years of yoga studies, Alisha has received an Adaptive Yoga teacher training certification from Matthew Sanford. She expects to continue to learn and share his teachings with students in the disabled community.


Adaptive Strength & Conditioning 

Adaptive Performance Systems (APS) offers the only completely customized, high-intensity training programs for adaptive athletes so you can perform at your highest levels, physically and mentally, for enhanced mobility and athletic excellence. Our world-class training programs are specially designed for amputees and wheelchair athletes and are exactly what separates us from all other fitness trainers in the industry. We effectively retrain and reclaim all the physical ability an amputation or traumatic injury disrupts on a daily basis.

Our workshop series, held at Challenged Athletes Foundation, offers a step-by-step coaching program designed to help re-master fundamental movement, target weak links, and maximize your physical potential. Whether you are a beginner in a prosthesis for the first time or an elite Paralympic athlete, you will walk away from the CAF APS Strength & Conditioning Clinic with hands-on, personalized techniques that you can start using today to improve your strength, mobility, athletic performance and overall physical wellness.

This class will be limited to 8 participants, so sign up today!


Adaptive Self-Defense 

Fighting should be avoided as much as possible. However, if a situation should turn violent or aggressive, the easy-to-learn practical self-defense techniques taught in this class are perfect for you. Greg Fraser has been instructing basic to advanced self-defense for many years and is considered one of the best in San Diego County. He has designed this clinic to help people with any physical challenge – including wheelchair users – learn how to better protect themselves. The class will include instruction on assessing the situation and performing safe self-defense moves.


Looking for athletes to participate in the  7th Annual Christmas Coma Ride to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation!

When: Saturday, December 26th
100 mile ride: Registration at 6:30AM; Ride at 7:00AM
30/50 mile ride: Registration at 8:30AM; Ride at 9:00 AM

Start/Finish: Barracuda Networks HQ
3175 Winchester Blvd Campbell, California 95008

30 mile option – For those that want to come out and ride but are not quite up to the 50 mile option this out and back route will let you stretch your legs a bit without worrying about overdoing it. All are welcome. View 30 mile route

The 50 (just a tad over) mile option – adds this loop around the Uvas Reservoir to make it a “lollipop”. View 50 mile route

The 100 mile option – here is the updated map: View 100 mile route

Fee: $50 donation to benefit CAF or $100 donation to include a jersey. VIEW JERSEY HERE (sizing chart available HERE)

See photos from the 2014 Christmas Coma Ride HERE

For questions or athlete registration please contact Jason at 

Challenged Athletes Foundation takes pride in the adaptive athletes they support.  Through equipment, travel, and training grants, we are happy to provide the support necessary for those with physical disabilities to achieve a level of success that permeates into all aspects of their life.


Kyler“Amputation is not a death sentence and there are others out there who need the hope & inspiration that comes from knowing life does not stop when you lose a limb.”

What started out as a birthmark on Kyler’s foot evolved into a constant source of pain and a thorn in the side of an otherwise athletically inclined child.  Kyler’s family would discover at age 8 that he had an extensive Arterial Venous Malformation (AVM) that was interfering with the normal vasculature of his right foot.

Years of playing soccer through the pain alternated with trips to see a specialist in Denver would eventually lead to a tough decision; the foot would be amputated.

Today, Kyler stands on one foot, trading years of pain for freedom and a chance to retain his active lifestyle without losing an ounce of his determination, positive attitude, or personality.

Kyler has his whole life ahead of him, and losing a foot isn’t going to stop him from everything he lives to gain and accomplish!

Kyler still aspires to be an elite athlete and does his best to not only excel in athletics, but also as a student and considerate, gracious, human being.  CAF is proud to partner with the 2015 Octoberstache campaign to support Kyler.  Follow his journey here: 



About Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $67 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. To learn more, visit or call 858-866-0959.

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