Exercise to Achievement

In 2014, parents, teachers, and community organizations brought their passion for healthy kids and active schools together with us to form the Exercise to Achievement™ program, which will start its fourth year in Spring 2017!

The Exercise to Achievement program is presented by our friends at UnityPoint Health – Meriter & Physician’s Plus!

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 Physician's Plus tri 4 schools


Registration is now open ONLINE for the following programs:

Prairie Athletic Club: Program has started, please call 608-845-9879 to inquire about space.


Harbor Athletic Club: REGISTER HERE

Schools that are training for the Sun Prairie triathlon will be using paper registration forms, which can be returned with payment directly to each school’s coaching team.

What is Exercise to Achievement™?

This is an eight week program that helps kids train for one of our triathlons while focusing on the mental and emotional benefits of being active.  Teachers and volunteers from each site will lead groups of elementary and middle school-aged kids through lessons of swimming, biking, running, and strength conditioning, with a social/emotional component accompanying each week.  Each week also incorporates a nutrition lesson and handout, and mindfulness to start/end the session.

Which schools are eligible? Can my school start one?

Any elementary or middle school that has the appropriate staffing can start a chapter, though we are limited to a maximum of 20 sites per year at this time (Spring 2017 programs are full).  In 2017, we are excited to offer two different options for the Exercise to Achievement program – full and “lite.”  The Lite program contains the same running, nutrition, and mindfulness curriculum, but meets once weekly (vs. twice) and does not include swim or bike lessons.  For a comparison of these programs, you can review this document.

Confirmed Full Program Sites for Spring 2017:

Training for Waunakee Kids Triathlon on May 20th:

  • Elm Lawn Elementary (also hosting a Lite site) – contact girwin@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
  • Lake View Elementary – contact Tom Qualls, tiqualls@madison.k12.wi.us
  • Lindbergh Elementary – contact Jay Matthews, jmatthews@madison.k12.wi.us
  • Mendota Elementary – contact Brad Orvis, bjorvis@madison.k12.wi.us
  • Northside Elementary (Middleton) – contact Christine Zellner, czellner@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
  • West Middleton Elementary – contact Molly Schelitzche, msomers@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
  • Wright Middle School – contact Mary Birmingham, mbirmingham@madison.k12.wi.us
  • Waunakee Intermediate – contact Jason Johnson, jjohnson@madison.k12.wi.us
  • Waunakee Arboretum Elementary – contact Lori Armstrong, larmstrong@waunakee.k12.wi.us

Training for the Sun Prairie Kids Triathlon on June 24:

  • CH Bird Elementary – contact April Lawler, aslawle@sunprairieschools.org, or Mick Krueger, mjkrueg@sunprairieschools.org
  • Westside Elementary (Sun Prairie) – contact Nicole Finley, ntfinle@sunprairieschools.org
  • Prairie Athletic Club – contact Chris Thompson, c.thompson@prairieathletic.com
  • Rome Corners Intermediate – contact Mark Getz, magetz@oregonsd.net
  • Lincoln Elementary – contact Anthony Smith, ajsmithbroad@madison.k12.wi.us

Confirmed Lite Program Sites for Spring 2017 are:

Training for the Sun Prairie Kids Triathlon on June 24:

  • Midvale Elementary, contact Lisa Peterson, lpeterson@madison.k12.wi.us
  • Van Hise Elementary – contact Jane Koval, jkoval@madison.k12.wi.us
  • Sandburg Elementary – contact Jerry Beld, jbeld@madison.k12.wi.us

Training for Middleton Kids Triathlon on August 19:

  • Elm Lawn Elementary (second site)
  • Harbor Athletic Club
  • Sunset Ridge Elementary

For more information on which version might be best for your school or community center, please contact our Program Coordinator, Melissa, at mlindemann@tri4schools.org.

Are there any programs offered during the summer?

We are planning on several sites in Summer 2017 that will train for our Middleton triathlon on August 19.  As of March 2017, we can confirm the following sites:

  • YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc, which will run from June 5-July 27.  These students will be completing the Tri-ing for Children’s Youth Triathlon on July 29.
  • Harbor Athletic Club, which will run from June 26 through August 16

What will my child learn?

Our curriculum has been compiled by experts such as physical education teachers, triathlon/swimming coaches, healthcare professionals, the Red Cross (swimming), Safe Routes to School (biking), and the Wisconsin Bike Federation.  All lessons focus on safety first, as well as pace, endurance, hydration, skill development, and basic nutrition.

We partner with our friends at UnityPoint Health – Meriter and SSM Healthcare on our nutritional content and activities.

Aside from the physical aspects of our curriculum, we have one social emotional component per week, as well as journal entries to help kids internalize their goals.  We also have nutritional handouts and games, as well as a pre-race visualization leading up to race day!  We are honored to partner with Elevate Wellness and little om BIG OM for mindfulness and meditation curriculum.  

Our social/emotional topics are:

  • Courage

  • Perseverance

  • Respect

  • Sportsmanship
  • Judgment

  • Enthusiasm

  • Integrity

  • Confidence

How can I find out more?

For more on the program or to get involved, please contact our Program Coordinator, Melissa, at mlindemann@tri4schools.org.  You can also call our main phone number at 608-845-9879.

Full Program Overview 2017

Lite Program Overview 2017

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5 Responses to “Exercise to Achievement”

  1. Jamie Breininger February 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm Permalink

    My kids and I ran in the Verona area Tri4schools mud run last year (one day for the kids, the next day for the adults) and wanted to participate again this year. I can not seem to get onto the website and see available dates and times though. Can you clarify dates and times for me please?
    Thank you
    Jamie Breininger


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