Challenged Athletes Foundation Announces MBK Bay Area Cycle Challenge Followed by a Penthouse Reception at The Battery

February 26th, 2015

Boston Marathon survivor Heather Abbott to speak at reception

San Francisco, Calif. – The MBK Bay Area Cycle Challenge and Penthouse Reception to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is an elite indoor 4-hour cycling experience at SHIFT with an evening reception at The Battery Penthouse. The event will honor Pro Triathlete and IRONMAN champion Meredith Kessler “MBK” and feature some incredible female role models including Heather Abbott, who lost her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Last year, CAF supported 1,469 athletes with physical challenges globally with 118 people in the Bay Area alone, several who will participate in this event. Funds raised will help CAF support more people with physical challenges locally and nationwide.

“I feel so fortunate to be a part of CAF because it is a community that embraces hope, selflessness and camaraderie. I embrace every part of it and am fortunate to instill ‘girl power’ into the lives of female athletes, on and off the starting line,” says Meredith Kessler.

The party goes from pedals to penthouse at San Francisco’s exclusive social destination, The Battery. It’s known as a gathering place for the city’s innovators and doers, but on March 21st it will play host to those who know no limits when it comes to changing lives for others. The Penthouse party will feature incredible views of the city, contemporary cuisine and an empowering presentation with special speaker, Heather Abbott.

On ‘Marathon Monday’ in Boston in 2013, Heather and some of her friends had gone to the Red Sox game and then to a restaurant on Boylston Street when the bomb went off.  The second bomb cast her through the restaurant doorway and former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham picked her up and carried her outside.  Heather ended up having her leg amputated below the knee due to the injuries she sustained.

She will be her sharing her story and inspiring all guests alike, especially young athletes like 10-year-old Ella Rodriguez. Last Christmas, she asked Santa for a very special gift – a new friend who has a prosthetic like her. Ella received a running leg from CAF and an amputee mentor to provide the support she needs.

Thanks to the fundraisers, guests and sponsors:  SHIFT, The Battery and Qatalyst Partners,  this event will raise money to help fund more adaptive sports equipment like running prosthetics, racing chairs and training and competition expenses so that anyone with a physical challenge has the opportunity to live an active and healthy life.

To purchase tickets or to learn more visit: 

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 $60 million has been raised and over 9,500 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear:  give opportunities and support to those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles. To learn more, visit or call 858-866-0959.



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Challenged Athletes Foundation Announces MBK Bay Area Cycle Challenge Followed by a Penthouse Reception at The Battery

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