Support District Triathlon
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District Triathlon began in 2016 when DT’s founder, Marcus Fitts found himself in need of a new challenge following knee surgery. When he started racing in triathlons, he noticed a dearth of diversity in the sport. He knew this needed to change. What followed was a transformational commitment to changing lives.
Since 2016, we have become a 501(c)3 nonprofit and have grown our membership from 3 to 100. Because triathlons are a sport with very few minorities and People of Color, we provide coaching and moral support through tailored trainings such as structured programming focused on improving proficiency within swimming, biking, and running. DT works together as a team and a close community so all members can reach their personal goals and share their stories with the community further spreading our mission.
Today, proceeds from grants, donors and membership support youth & adult sporting events such as our Mindathlon, Splash and Dash and various initiatives that foster healthy eating and lifestyle habits, mental health services & webinars. We also provide current & aspiring student athletes with a strong foundation for success. Why is fitness so important?*
– Physically active people have a healthier state of mind;
– Black DC residents have a significantly higher rate of overweight and obesity as compared to white residents (66 percent
black versus 40 percent white);
– In DC, ~34% of 10 – 17 year olds and ~23% of adults are obese or
– More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth;
We hope you’ll join, volunteer or donate to help us fulfill our mission in the DC community.
President & CEO, District Triathlon
* President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition