Our 2018 Sun Prairie kids triathlon reflected the true meaning of community.

There are so many different kinds of communities, and I’m honored to be a part of each one that came together on June 23rd.  From the triathlon community, the Tri 4 Schools community, the Prairie Athletic Club community, tothe Sun Prairie community, there were so many people coming together to support our most important asset:

Our children’s future.

We started the day with an emotional and inspirational message from Deb Holland, partner of the late Annie Rubens, who meant so much to our Sun Prairie event and Tri 4 Schools family.  Check out the touching opening ceremonies from Deb, and our friends at TDS (once again our presenting sponsor) and Mayor Paul Esser.

Wow, did Nathaniel nail that anthem or what?  He’s only four years old, by the way.

And the day just got even better from there.  We’ve gotten lots of stories of memorable moments from this year’s race.  Here is just one that has touched our hearts:

sun prairie kids tri 2018

This is Oliver. He completed his first triathlon on Saturday with some assistance from his mom.  Oliver is on the autism spectrum, and while his mom was unsure of how he would handle the race experience, here is what she had to say:

“What a great event!  We had a fantastic time and Oliver really did great – the bike and run he did great, and honestly, I couldn’t keep up!  But, I felt comfortable with the volunteers that they weren’t going to let him go down some random street.  He now wants to do another one, so we’ll see you in Middleton in August!” 

We’re so thankful for stories like this that show that all kids can succeed and enjoy this sport, and we’re beyond grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who help make this event a special and memorable experience for every athlete.



Thank you to everyone who contributed time, resources and energy to making this race happen!  We’ve created this slideshow below thanks to amazing race photos (free downloads HERE) by SutterChase Studios!

Fittest School and Funds Raised

Each race, we tally up the number of athletes from each participating school to help us divide out our race entry fees ($10,050 from this race). Here’s how it shook out this year for our top five schools:

  1. Midval Elementary, Madison – 40 athletes!  They’ll earn our Fittest School trophy to add to their collection.

  2. TIE! CH Bird Elementary, Sun Prairie – 36 kids
  3. TIE! Lincoln Elementary, Madison – 36 kids
  4. Royal Oaks Elementary, Sun Prairie – 24 kids
  5. Leopold Elementary, Madison – 20 kids

Looking Ahead

We know that there are always opportunities to improve, so we hope you’ll consider taking our event survey. You can also review your results, and claim your special goody bag offers here.

Got any great photos or inspiring stories?  Please share them with us via email (katie@tri4schools.org) or on our Instagram, Snapchat (@tri4schoolswi), or Facebook page.  You can use the hashtag #t4ssunprairie.

We’re not done yet this year!  Please join us on August 18th in Middleton for our third and final youth triathlon this summer!  Registration is open via our website, and volunteers are always needed, too!

From our staff, board, and race day leadership, we are honored that you choose to support us.  Thanks for allowing us to share in an important moment in your child’s life.

With gratitude,
Katie Hensel

Founder and Executive Director