Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Big Picture

Since it started in 2007 with a few kids, the goal of giving all kids the multisport lifestyle is getting closer!

Now at a middle school and a dedicated donor and volunteer base, Tri-This is poised to reach even more kids directly in 2012 than ever before.

The goal would be for any kid to be able to say, "I'd like to go mountain biking this weekend," or "road biking" or "trail running" and check the tri-this calender and connect with a leader taking kids out there that weekend... or maybe they just go camping with their friends one weekend and end up getting hooked with being outdoors.

To that end, we went more facebook-friendly this year and update a google calendar at and

We also made cards to give to all the bike shops talking about our events and about our donation program. We don't just give the kids bikes, we make sure they can do basic fixes, and as kids proress in the program they can do more complicated repairs and upgrades. If a kid knows how to replace a Fork, change out handlebars with confidence and install a new chain, I'd say they're doing better than a lot of regular adult cyclists!

Through low-cost and high quality events over a diverse spread of disciplines, we can partner with other groups looking to get kids outdoors. (ICAN, Fig Garden Tri, Central Valley Trips for Kids, etc.) our core focus remains helping kids from low-income areas get involved and then use the training and trips as incentive for mentoring and to help keep them successful.

It's going to be a great year, thanks for an amazing 2011!