As if the hundreds of people who turned out for the 3rd Annual Delaware Charity Challenge Winter Indoor Triathlon hadn’t already done enough to support their favorite local charities, on Saturday they participated in run, bike, and row contests, pouring their heart and soul into a race to raise funds for nonprofits.
Bitter cold temperatures couldn’t keep supporters away. Nearly 650 people — the largest turnout yet — filled the Chase Center to support and attend the Winter Games or the Pursuit of Health & Wellness Expo. A dozen organizations formed teams, helping raise $16,000 for Delaware nonprofits.
Not only did friends and colleagues sponsor triathlon participants, but several teams were also awarded thousands of dollars in prize money by event sponsor Innovincent for winning events like the scooter race, the Race to Raise, and divisions of individual sports.
Team Mosaic in Delaware, captained by Mike McCloskey, finished 3rd in the Race to Raise fundraising contest, which is really what the event was all about. “When this opportunity came up, I thought, what a great way to spread the word about Mosaic, other charities and nonprofits — sweat and raise a couple bucks. Like what more could we ask for?”
Mosaic in Delaware serves adults with intellectual disabilities operating in group homes across New Castle and Kent Counties, and they also offer behavioral support services. “Mosaic in Delaware helps keep individuals safe in their homes and helps them live as fully functioning adults as much as they are able to do. It’s beautiful,” said McCloskey, who works in academic counseling and student life at Delaware Tech and teaches group exercise at the YMCA of Delaware.
In gearing up for the event, McCloskey tagged friends on Facebook, asking them to “like” and donate to his fundraising page. His request was modest: $10. “People have been fun and supportive,” he said.
Here’s a list of the Triathlon participating organizations, with earnings of the top three: