Who were you racing against at the Atlantic City Triathlon? Friends? Family? Neighbors? Teammates? Add a Special Olympics USA Games and World Games Triathlon Champion to that list!
Noah Dellas, Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) athlete, completed the TRI AC Olympic course in 2:23:43, finishing 116th overall and 3rd in his 20-24 age group. “The course was well marked and the support from spectators, volunteers and other athletes was amazing” noted Dellas, who also coaches a Special Olympics New Jersey swim program. The option to compete in a triathlon was first introduced to SONJ athletes in 2012, and since then has steadily grown in participation numbers. Dellas was part of Team NJ at the 2014 USA Games held in Princeton, NJ and then moved on to represent Team USA at the 2015 World Games held in Los Angeles, CA.
Whether you realized it or not, you were part of a Unified Sports experience at the Atlantic City Triathlon. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition. Unified Sports was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities.
Come and run unified with us! Celebrate inclusion and support athletes like Noah by registering for the 3rd Annual Unified 5K Run on November 2nd. The race is hosted by Inspira Health at their incredible new Inspira Medical Center in Mullica Hill, NJ and brought to you by DelMoSports. Register and find out more at www.Unified5K.org!