Triathlons take determination, stamina, and perseverance. During a triathlon athletes will ask themselves, “Why am I doing this?” I became involved in triathlons 3 years ago and love competing in them. Everyone should be encouraged to try a triathlon. If I could be paid to train people to prepare for a triathlon, so many lives would be changed forever. Obesity would be lowered, family involvement would increase, overall general health would improve, but more importantly the sense of accomplishment and self-esteem would prevail. Triathlon events are worldwide. Imagine the impact of 3rd world students being encouraged to train, to sweat, to push beyond their limits. War torn countries coming together and taught that exercise, physical and mental, are beneficial to them. Their “why” in completing a triathlon could inspire them to seek out other opportunities they didn’t know they could tackle. In the United States, mini triathlons are popping up statewide. Teaching an entire class or school of students to train for a mini event would create such a tremendous bond of support among the students, teachers, parents, and community. By starting small, I could train a group from school, and then expand to the community, then neighboring cities, and keep moving outward. Triathlons are a lifetime event. Once you complete one you have a rush of accomplishment that you seek out other triathlons. Imagine the young and old everywhere training together, competing together and everyone using their “Why am I doing this” to improve other aspects of their life.