Gwen Jorgensen’s Custom Bike Available for Bidding at Dare2Tri’s Evening2Inspire

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Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club is hosting An Evening2Inspire, its second annual fundraising event, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at Venue SIX10 in Chicago.

The evening is an opportunity to celebrate all athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments who will cross a finish line with the help of Dare2tri, a nonprofit that serves paratriathletes of all levels. The event will honor Alec Litowitz, Dare2tri Board Chair and founder of asset management firm Magnetar Capital. The four Dare2tri athletes competing in the Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro this fall, who compose 40 percent of Team USA, will also be recognized.

An Evening2Inspire follows the historic debut of paratriathlon as a Paralympic sport at the 2016 Rio games. Funds raised will support Dare2tri’s programs and services that positively impact the lives of athletes. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner and programming sure to inspire and motivate many.

Along with recognizing athletes, An Evening2Inspire will host an charity auction. Bidding starts online at www.dare2tri.org/auction/ this Friday and closes Sept. 30.  Funds raised from the event will support Dare2tri’s mission to impact positively the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments by developing their skills in paratriathlon while inspiring the community at large.


Among the auction packages, individuals can bid on Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen’s custom triathlon bike. Following her Olympic Triathlon performance, Jorgensen donated her custom-painted bike to Dare2tri.

“The custom painted Specialized Amira with HED wheels which I trained and raced on earlier this season was one of my favorite bikes. The custom paint job is amazing and looks spectacular.  I spent hours training and racing on that bike and it helped me on my journey to Gold at the Olympic Games. Good luck with your bidding and donate whatever you can. I hope it raises a lot of money for Dare2tri,” Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen’s bike was commissioned by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a sponsor of Jorgensen, the ITU World Triathlon Series, the Boston Triathlon and Dare2tri. In addition to training for the Olympics, this is also the same bike on which Jorgensen raced to victory at the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds in June and the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in July. The bike features HED Stinger 3 wheels and Di2 Shimano groupset. The Amira has been Jorgensen’s choice ride since 2012 because of its lightweight carbon frame, tapered head tube and responsive handling.

For more information on An Evening2Inspire and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit: www.dare2tri.org/an-evening2inspire/.

“We are grateful to Gwen and the team at Columbia Threadneedle for their ongoing support and this generous contribution to our gala event,” said Keri Serota, executive director of Dare2tri. “After the debut of Paratriathlon at the Paralympics, our gala will be a celebration of all paratriathletes who have crossed a finish line with the help of Dare2tri.”

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