KABC LA Interview with Sarah talking about CAF

Challenged Athletes Foundation helps amputees KABC los Angeles

KABC LA recently interviewed Sarah about the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and how it was instrumental in helping her and is today helping many people gain better health and reach their athletic dreams and goals.

“CAF is a nonprofit here in California that actually serves people with disabilities around the world. They pay for those running prosthetics, they pay for my cycling leg. Anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000 out of pocket,” said Reinertsen.

KABC LA interview

Sarah wants everyone with disabilities to be aware of the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation so that they too can get in contact with them if they want help in living a healthier lifestyle.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation is in its 25 year history and has raised over 50 million dollars to aid athletes with disabilities.

Featured in Equinox Magazine Furthermore

Sarah Reinertsen at the finish line of the 2018 Kona Ironman World Championship

Sarah was recently featured in Equinox Magazine Furthermore. She participated in a Q and A with Michelle Malia. She discusses being Paratriathlete who was born with a congenital femoral deficiency— meaning while she was a small child her thigh bone stopped growing. At just seven years old, she opted for an above-knee amputation. This has not stopped her from pursuing her athletic dreams. She does face unique challenges that athletes without her particular disability do not face. In the Kona Ironman for instance she faced the following:

In the swim, I can’t wear my prosthetic, so if I kick too hard it pulls my body to the left. I need to kick a little for propulsion, but not so much that I end up swimming extra. 

The ride in Kona is hilly, with 5,800 feet of elevation gain. I can stand up on a stationary indoor bike because it’s grounded, but I can’t do that on a road bike because I would tip over. I just have to sit and patiently grind it out to get to the top. Ninety percent of my power in the Ironman comes out of my right leg. 

As an amputee, I use 40 percent more oxygen and twice as much energy as two-legged people do, so I’m at a cardiovascular deficit right there. The marathon is hard, but I’m not as nervous about it because running was my first sport.

Equinox magazine Furthermore, January 8, 2019

Read the entire Q and A online in Equinox Furthermore Magazine.