Dare2tri can open up a new world of possibilities for someone with a physical disability.
Shortly before her 20th birthday, Marine Cpl. Kelsee Lainhart was severely wounded while on active duty in Kabul, Afghanistan. After a bomb exploded, Kelsee suffered a spinal cord injury which left her paralyzed. Countless others were injured, and 13 U.S. service members tragically died.
Just ten months later, Kelsee was learning to ride a handcycle and use a racing wheelchair at Injured Military Camp. To honor the 13 who lost their lives, she decided to race the Chicago SuperSprint Triathlon and bring attention to Dare2tri. And exactly one year and one day after her injury, she did precisely that. Although still actively recovering, Kelsee jumped into adaptive sports and moved forward with her life.
Dare2tri was founded to provide a healing space, physically and emotionally, for athletes experiencing immense barriers to success. Kelsee is proof that we can break down those barriers. As her journey into athletics moves forward, Dare2tri will be there every step of the way — with guidance, equipment, community, funding, and so much more.