Athlete of the Year

The Athlete of the Year program is designed to help raise funds and awareness for Tri 4 Schools.  Starting in 2014, we selected one male and one female athlete to be our official ambassadors for the year – champions of our cause and the face of a healthy lifestyle!

Congratulations to our 2017 Athlete of the Year…Kim Varian!

Kim completed the Chicago Marathon despite a major injury in the weeks leading up to her race, and also surpassed her goal of $5,000!  We love you, Kim!

kim athlete of the year 2017 chicago


Learn more about the Athlete of the Year…

What does being Athlete of the Year mean for me?

  • You will receive either personal or small-group coaching to help you be successful on race day
  • Tri 4 Schools will provide you with official racing gear
  • You will be part of our media campaigns, events, and contribute to blog spotlights throughout your journey
  • Be a role model and inspire young athletes

What is expected of me?

  • Train for large scale athletic event
  • Raise $5,000 for Tri 4 Schools
  • Promote Tri 4 Schools among friends and family to help raise awareness of our mission
  • Wear Tri 4 Schools gear in and around race week
  • Wear Tri 4 Schools gear on race day
  • When possible, attend youth events, programs, and youth clinics as spokesperson


For more information, please check out our Athlete of the Year Promo Sheet, or e-mail

Not ready for the $5,000 commitment, but still want to make an impact on the health of kids in our community?  With our Racing Team, with a $500 fundraising commitment and some cool training gear.  Check out the info here.

2 Responses to “Athlete of the Year”

  1. Jennie September 21, 2014 at 11:43 am Permalink

    Good morning!

    My name is Jennie Mattern-Bicksler and I am a special education teacher and Girls on the Run coach at a Elvehjem elementary school. I am also an avid triathlete and MyTeam Triumph ‘angel’. This summer I completed my first half Ironman and raising funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Last week I registered for Ironman Wisconsin 2015 and am looking for an organization to partner with and raise funds for over the next 12 months. In August, at a back-to-school training, Paul Stitch and I talked about Tri 4 Schools. I’d love more information about bringing your program to our school. His wife Judy, just mentioned me in a comment on Facebook, recommending I consider getting more information about your Athlete Of The Year program too! Both Judy and Paul have been such a huge encouragement and inspiration to me and my quest to inspire and encourage kids to ‘tri’ hard at school and in the community!

    This past weekend I completed my first marathon. It was so fun to share pictures and stories with kids. When asked if I had won the event I explained that it’s way more important to dream big, work hard, persevere and finish strong than win. A finish is always a finish and there is a victory in seeing things through, no matter how slowly or how quickly you get there. I feel so privileged to teach about perseverance, endurance, as well as the importance of healthy nutrition, hydration and movement!

    Three years ago I had to have a radical hysterectomy, after which I gained weight due to changes in my metabolism. I recently weighed in 40 pounds lighter. Although I am grateful about weighing less, I have decided that no matter what the scale says at any given point I am determined to be thankful. Gaining strength is my real focus. It is vital to share that message with kids, especially young women!

    I am so grateful for every minute I spent swimming, cycling and running this past year. Along the way I have learned to quiet the voice inside my head that says ‘I can’t’ and come to realize I can and I will. I am amazed at the me I have become and the strength I’ve gained through determination, perseverance, and yes… a lot of blood, sweat and tears. I am also tremendously appreciative for all the love, support and friends I’ve found along the way! Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward from hearing from you soon.

    Warm regards,

  2. Jen Wiesner September 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm Permalink

    I am a teacher at a rural school in NE Wisconsin and I am currently training for Ironman WI 2015. My training year will consist of the Green Bay Cellcom half marathon, Door County Half Iron Man and Ironman WI. I would love if my training could benefit my students.

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