We Dare You!

This year, we dare you to “Start the Season” with a run, a gift, or a race. Which one will you choose?


Run a virtual 5K on May 1

Participants will receive a race bib and a motivational guided run podcast with world-class athletes to guide you throughout your run.

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Make a one-time or monthly donation

Help us “Start the Season” by donating to support our 2021 programs, or join our Pacesetter community by making a monthly commitment.

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Join the Dare2tri Race2Raise Team

Challenge yourself with a personal racing goal this year by signing up for a race through our Race2Raise program.

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Dare2Run 5K packages

Your participation helps us remove barriers to sports and fitness for individuals who have a physical disability or visual impairment.

Basic registration – $25

– Virtual 5K entry
– Audio-guided run podcast* with Olympic and Paralympic athletes
Printable race bib

Deluxe registration – $50

– Virtual 5K entry
– Audio-guided run podcast* with Olympic and Paralympic athletes
– Physical race bib
– Limited edition 10th anniversary T-shirt

A collage featuring a black 10th anniversary t-shirt, Dare2tri race bib, and guided run artwork.
Deluxe registration package

*What’s an audio-guided run?

The Dare2Run 5K guided run is a motivational podcast featuring the world-class athletes and musicians listed below. Hit play as you begin your 5K and listen to several incredible stories of perseverance that are bound to help you dig deeper.

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Gwen Jorgensen

Olympic Gold Medalist

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Shannon Miller

7-time Olympic Medalist

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Tatyana McFadden

17-time Paralympic medalist

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Chris Mosier

Pro athlete, 6-time member of Team USA

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Melissa Stockwell

Paralympic Bronze Medalist

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Alana Nichols

6-time Paralympic medalist & three-sport athlete

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Danelle Umstead

3-time Paralympic medalist

John Register

Paralympic Silver Medalist, U.S. Army veteran

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

6-time Olympic Medalist

New music from Goldford


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Music from Dispatch


Get social

Dare your friends to join you

  • Step 2. Copy and paste: I’m starting the season with #Dare2tri! I dare you to join me. Learn more at dare2tri.org

Follow us

Use the official hashtags

  • #Dare2tri
  • #StartTheSeason
  • #Dare2Run

Event history

While Start the Season has been reimagined for 2021, this annual event would traditionally ring in the triathlon season with a street fest style celebration.

During the spring, the Dare2tri community would gather together for a 5K fun run, raffles, food, drinks and live music at Chicago’s On Tour Brewing Company.

Proceeds from Start the Season benefit Dare2tri’s mission to enhance the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments by building confidence, community, health and wellness through swimming, biking, and running.

Four men smiling during the 2018 Start the Season event.


Take a trip down memory lane. Enjoy these Start the Season photos from years past.