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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Marion triathlete representing Florida in European Special Olympics Triathlon

A Marion County triathlete is one of three individuals who have earned the right to represent the state of Florida in the 2024 Special Olympics European Open Triathlon.

Zachary Deonath qualified to participate in the three-stage race, which takes place in Slovakia next month, on behalf of the Special Olympics Florida contingency. He was one of only three individuals to earn the honor.

“We are super excited to share that our very own Marion County Athlete Leader, Zachary Deonath, has earned a spot at the Challenge Samorin Championship Sprint Triathlon in Slovakia,” reads a statement from Special Olympics Florida’s Northeast Region posted to social media last month.

Zachary Deonath
Zachary Deonath has qualified to compete in the 2024 Special Olympics European Open Triathlon

Deonath is an accomplished athlete with multiple medals to his name. During the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando in the Summer of 2022, the athlete took home the gold in the 1000m Unified Open Water Swimming event. He also earned a bronze in the Unified Sprint Triathlon.

Now, Deonath is turning to the community to help him fulfill his dream of competing in the triathlon next month.

“From travel and accommodation, the financial burden can be significant. That’s why I’m humbly asking for your support in raising $4,000 to cover these expenses and ensure I can participate in this life-changing event,” reads a statement on his Special Olympics Florida donation page. “Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will make a difference.”

To help support one of Marion County’s own, consider making a donation to Zachary Deonath and supporting him in his quest to participate in the 2024 Special Olympics European Open Triathlon.

For more information on the local extension of the organization, visit Special Olympics Florida Northeast Region online.