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Powerful Colorado Team Favorite for 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge
Date:9/5/2013

e creative director and father of two. The team completed the race in third place last year and is a favorite to win this year.

One reason is the addition of Mestdagh to the team in 2012. An accomplished rock climber who lost part of a leg during a climbing accident, Mestdagh made the climbing segment of the Challenge look easy. “He was so graceful,” Downham remembers. “It was like watching a mountain goat maneuver up the cliffs.”

Mesa County athlete Lintott is also well-regarded by Downham, who calls him a “phenomenal workhorse.”

In its seventh year, the Challenge is one of the non-profit’s most popular events, offering competing teams river rafting, climbing, mountain biking and hiking segments. “Working together as a team of athletes with and without disabilities through an extremely grueling competition really gives a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie,” said Downham. “It was a really tough race. I can't believe we're doing it again.”

For persons with disabilities who are considering sports, Downham is reassuring. “If there's something you want to do, find a way to do it,” he said. “Pushing my limits, being in the outdoors, and not listening to other people's yammering about what I can and can't do...that's what has kept a smile on my face these last 18 years with a disability.”

The Adventure TEAM Challenge from World T.E.A.M. Sports is sponsored by Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Penske Truck Rental and Timberline Tours. Celebrating 20 years in 2013, World T.E.A.M. Sports creates inclusive sporting events for disabled and able-bodied athletes.

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