Since 2011, Dare2tri has proudly fostered a community where athletes can connect and learn from one another. Naturally, then, many experienced athletes will step into leadership roles as coaches, mentors, and disability advocates.
Take Hailey Danz, for example. When Hailey interned with Dare2tri in 2011, she promised to do her first triathlon. It was a promise that would change her life forever. Today, she’s one of the most decorated paratriathletes in USA history, a 2x Paralympian and incredible ambassador for the sport. This year, Hailey joined Dare2tri as a coach and recruited Kyle Stepp to attend a paratriathlon camp. Like Hailey, Kyle is a survivor of childhood cancer and a member of the limb loss community.
“Dare2tri is a community where you are not seen as a person with a disability, you’re seen as an athlete.”Kyle Stepp
Kyle had dreamed of running since he was 14. After 12 years, his dream became a reality with the support of Hailey and Dare2tri. In June, he not only began running, he also finished his first-ever triathlon. The next month, he competed at the Paratriathlon National Championships, where he placed third in the Men’s PTS2 division. Now, Kyle has his sights set on several more races in 2023. When he’s not training, you’ll find him advocating for disability rights in his home state of New Mexico for the So Kids Can Move campaign.