Dare2tri is committed to providing resources and paratriathlon training services to injured service members and veterans with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Dare2tri’s goal is to empower injured service members and veterans through active participation in sport, recreation, competition, and the greater community.
There are many reasons supporting the benefits of triathlon for injured service members, veterans, and their families:
- Triathlon is a community-based event in which athletes with disabilities can compete alongside able-bodied peers and/or with spouses, children, siblings, parents, and friends.
- Triathlon provides a space in the community for wounded veterans to engage with others, build social relationships, reintegrate into society, and become part of the local triathlon community.
- Triathlon promotes autonomy and provides direction and focus for wounded veterans as they choose a race, set a goal, and build a training plan to achieve that goal.
Dare2tri eases some of the anxiety or stress associated with sport, exercise, and/or competition by coordinating all of the necessary logistics and accessibility issues with race and program directors to meet the athlete’s needs. As such, Dare2tri athletes are free to simply focus on training and racing. Dare2tri also provides race guides and/or assistants for athletes to ensure that they always have someone to assist, motivate, and keep them safe during the race if needed.
Helping athletes to their first race and across the finish line is a life-changing experience, both for the athletes and for Dare2tri volunteers and staff! It is exciting when the accomplishment of one race develops into a lifelong love for the sport. Dare2tri is proud to include a number of injured services members and veterans as athletes on the Elite Team who challenge themselves to compete at the national and international levels.
Dare2tri collaborates with local groups and organizations to develop programs for veterans of all ages and ability levels. Most notably, Dare2tri has an ongoing partnership with the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, where coaching staff leads monthly swimming and cycling programs for veterans with visual impairments and spinal cord injuries. Dare2tri also works closely with the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Wounded Warrior Project, and USA Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Military Program.
Dare2tri offers an annual Injured Military Camp for veterans and injured service members.