Essentially, Tri-This! trains youth from high poverty areas in the disciplines and sports of mountain biking and triathlons. We accomplish those goals through practice, tracking of grades and attendance, and trips to expose the students to the opportunities present in the world of outdoor recreation and fitness. For some students, training has proven to be something they don't want to be involved with, so we've also established a group of students who get involved with Tri-This just for volunteering activities. Almost all students have connected and bought into the program; with grades consistently going up each year they are involved. (See our Statistics pages for annual reports).Tri-This! got its start in a conversation between a student and teacher at McLane High School in Fresno, CA. Dustin was a football player who tried water polo at the suggestion of his math teacher and McLane Water Polo Coach, Brandon Dorman. Dustin enjoyed it and asked Mr. Dorman to challenge him. They found the idea of a triathlon challenging, so set about to train for a sprint distance event. From there it grew, the Fresno Police Activities League (PAL) got involved, and things started happening! April 15th, 2007 10 students and and Mr. Dorman participated in their first sprint distance triathlon!
events (the Splash and Dash and Hensley Lake MTB Duathlon). We desire to bring high quality events to the Valley that encourage fitness and health for athletes of all ages. These events serve as fundraisers as well to subsidize the formidable costs of maintaining and receiving new bikes, transportation, race registrations and associated costs for our students, who we make it cost only about $10 an event for!
Shortly after a wonderful article by the Fresno Bee, donations started pouring in and the team really solidified. With almost two dozen races from multiple disciplines under their "racing belts," the team committed to reaching more kids with the triathlon message of discipline, commitment, and friendship!
The Tri Team was sponsored by the Fresno Police Activities League from 2006-2008. In 2009, the decision was made to leave PAL and form the new non-profit venture Tri-This! Inc. In 2011 as Mr. Dorman changed employment to Computech Middle School where dozens of students started biking to school and competing in bike events over the weekend!