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EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2014

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Portland Puddle Jumper Youth Triathlon and Fun Runs has been created as a platform to increase avenues for competitive youth endurance sports in the Pacific Northwest and all of America.  The training associated with competitive endurance sports also acts as an important building block to give kids the opportunity to form structure, confidence, and the will to succeed when facing tough challenges as they grow into adults.  Portland Puddle Jumper is all about youth; therefore, the race is a fundraiser for juvenile arthritis (JA), which affects nearly 294,000 children under the age of 18.  Arthritis and related conditions, such as juvenile arthritis, cost the U.S. economy nearly $128 billion per year in medical care and indirect expenses, including lost wages and productivity.  By meeting our fundraising goals, Portland Puddle Jumper will donate all profits at a value of nearly $17K to each of the three designated 501c3 charities.  These charities are: Randall Children's Hospital Foundation, Arthritis National Research Foundation, and Helgi Olafson Foundation.  All programs have a focus on arthritis.  Furthermore, Portland Puddle Jumper will serve as a much needed educational JA awareness program.  At our prerace meeting (Sept 13th) in Portland, which will be open to the public, we will have a seminar led by Rhuematologists from Randall Children's Hospital to educate people on juvenile arthritis, as well as to share the stories of some young patients who live their lives in constant pain from one or more of the many form of this "invisible" disease.