The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s highest annual honour – the Jim MacLaren Award is given each year to the individual or individuals who have made the greatest contribution to the CAF mission in that year. In recognition of many years of work, Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) founder and IRONMAN Hall of Fame Inductee, Bob Babbitt will be presented with the award on October 19, 2018.
In the past year, CAF Co-Founder and Spokesperson, Bob Babbitt, has worked to further the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. As a spokesperson, media personality, athlete advocate and event MC – CAF notes that ‘Bob embodies the true spirit of the CAF community’.
He will be presented the Jim MacLaren Award on Friday October 19 at the 2018 Celebration of Abilities Awards Dinner starting at 18:30 PST at the Qualcomm Theater in Sorrento Valley, California.
Bob started racing triathlons in the late 1970s. He did his first IRONMAN Triathlon in 1980 on the island of Oahu and ended up completing five more when the event moved to the Big Island. He has since been recognised by both the IRONMAN Hall of Fame and the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.
Bob also co-founded Competitor Magazine and created Competitor Radio and the Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series.
This year, Bob will once again be hosting the Celebration of Abilities Awards dinner to kick off the weekend’s event and will be a field reporter on CAF’s 2nd annual Live Stream of the San Diego Triathlon Challenge on Sunday October 21 from 07:00 to 10:00 PST.
“There has been no one who has for the last 25 years lived our mission with more authenticity, passion and selflessness than my co-founder, Bob Babbitt,” said Jeffrey Essakow, Co-Founder, President and Chairman of the CAF Board. “He so richly and justifiably deserves our highest annual award and the one that honours his dear and beloved friend, Jim MacLaren.”