20 October 2008
The London Triathlon is the biggest triathlon in the World, attracting over 10,000 entrants every year. Competitors face a 1.5km swim in open water, a spectacular 40km bike ride along closed roads through the centre of London and finally a 10km run to the finish.
In August 2008, Project Viper brought together a group of over 20 Visually Impaired athletes who took part in the challenge. The Project Viper team included partially as well as totally blind men and women, from complete novices to GBR representatives. Some completed the whole event themselves while others did one or two legs as part of a relay team.
Not only did Project Viper raise money for four sight-related charities, it spread the word that visual impairment is no barrier to taking on physical challenges that would exceed the abilities of the large majority of able bodied people.
100% of the donations raised by Project Viper via this website will be split equally between Seeing Is Believing, British Blind Sport, St. Dunstan's and Open Sight to help support their various sight-related initiatives. Standard Chartered Bank, who is a key project supporter, will match 25% of all donations made.
Project Viper was inspired by www.tritalk.co.uk and supported by Standard Chartered Bank and endorsed by the British Triathlon Federation.