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Do you remember the first time you finally were able to balance, pedal, and move forward all at once on your first bicycle? If you do remember, it was no doubt a magical moment after weeks of frustrating crashes.

Some children will never learn how to ride a bike or how to swim. Once these youth reach adulthood, it is very difficult to learn. Many children don’t learn due to a lack of resources, including not being able to afford a bike, lacking an adult in their lives able to teach them, and/or just having no interest since people around them do not use bicycles. This blog will discuss an innovative solution for this void, ACHIEVE Kids Tri, and how you can help support it by convincing friends or family to sign up for the Sold Out Nation’s Triathlon through an ACHIEVE Kids Tri charity slot.


Support a great cause and register through the Nation’s Tri Charity Option!

ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enriching the lives of youth by introducing them to the sport of triathlon.

Athletes learn how to train for the swim, bike, run, and transitions of a triathlon in a free six-week camp open to youth ages 9 – 14. At the end of every ACHIEVE camp, the athletes put all their hard work into action at a USA Triathlon-sanctioned Official Kids’ Triathlon. As youth navigate the challenges of a triathlon, they also build essential life skills in fitness, nutrition, discipline and self-confidence.

Think about how much you enjoy the multisport lifestyle and how challenging it is to train for a triathlon. However, imagine how much more difficult this is if you had never learned to ride a bike or how to swim. Most likely, a triathlon would seem a feat almost impossible, which is why there are certain demographics missing from triathlon and other multisport races.

Share the love of multisport with youth that otherwise would not have the opportunity. You can do this by:

1. Learning more about ACHIEVE Kids Tri.

2. Becoming involved by donating, volunteering, spreading the word by joining the Quarterly Newsletter list.

3. Convincing friends or family to register (link to:  for the Nation’s Triathlon ACHIEVE Kids Tri Charity Slot.

Michelle Harburg

Originally a six-day per week runner, Michelle started training for triathlons in 2007 when she realized that she should cross train in order to keep her knees healthy into old age. Since then she has competed in all of the triathlon distances. Michelle is a USA Triathlon level 1 certified coach and has lots of tips on effective training for triathlon. She currently is attending American University for her MBA while working as Program Director for ACHIEVE Kids Tri. ACHIEVE is a free six-week summer camp that teaches at-risk youth fitness, nutrition and health through the sport of triathlon, and ends with a USA Triathlon certified mini-kids race. Her 2011 race schedule includes the National Half Marathon, Miami Olympic Triathlon, New Orleans Half, Ironman Texas, The Washington DC Triathlon and The Nation's Triathlon.