Posted by: Autism Speaks | April 19, 2010

Bethesda Triathlon is a Great Success!

On a chilly April morning 500 triathletes successfully completed the eighth great Bethesda Triathlon benefiting Autism Speaks.  Event Chairs Peter and Karen Beveridge and their veteran committee successfully directed this super-sprint triathlon on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland which has raised almost $120,000 for Autism Speaks.

Peter and his committee are responsible for the success of this wonderful event which they have organized in Bethesda over the last decade,” said Ann Gibbons, Executive Director, National Capital Area. “This year they expanded the ranks of both participants and donors, in addition to putting on a premier event.”

Top fundraiser, Tara Blanchard, raised over $4,000 individually. She said:  “I registered for my first triathlon in honor of Andrew Rogoff, the son of my childhood friend Jodi. Andrew and his entire family face the challenges of autism every day. Andrew’s continuing accomplishments and his family’s unwavering dedication are motivation for me to get in the pool, on my bike and on the running path.”

Other participants included Jack Ploshnick and his buddies on “Team Plosh,” who raised almost $3,000.  “I am proud that my friends, Henry Canova and Brandon Goldstein did the triathlon with me. We raised money in honor of our neighbor, Jack Allnutt.  Organizations like Autism Speaks are funding critical research to help find a cure for children like Jack. “

The crowd went wild when Jahi SetepenRa crossed the finish line.  Jahi, a grandfather who “competed and completed!” in honor of his young grandson, re-enacted his finish with little Bakari on his shoulders.  “By participating in this event, “ Jahi said, “our hope is that we will soon hear:  ‘your child is no longer developmentally delayed with autistic characteristics.’ Thank you for your support and for keeping us in your positive thoughts and prayers.”

For more information, visit the Bethesda Triathlon webpage.


  1. Wow, it was brrrrr cold, however, I had a blast. It was my first Autism Speaks Tri and I did it for my former student. His grandfater and I decided to do it for him and also the Awareness of Autism. Next year, we will get his father involved too.
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I will be there next year 2011.

  2. What a great cause! It’s awesome to see so many people come together and raise awareness and support!

  3. This is such a fantastic event! For the second year in a row, I participated in this race in honor of our son who has autism, and for all the other kids and families dealing with this. We are blessed that our son is making great strides and lots of progress, and it was awesome to see his eyes light up when he met me at the finish!
    But without funds to do the needed research, we wouldn’t know how to help these kids. Peter and his partners do a wonderful job pulling this together. THANK YOU!

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