Frequently Asked Questions

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No, donating is not a requirement to participate in Tri My Best. However, St. Louis Children's does provide the opportunity for those participants who are interested in donating. To learn more about our Miles on a Mission challenge, click here.

Between 60 and 80 athletes participate each year in Tri My Best.

Tri My Best is tailored to each athlete’s mobility level. This allows each athlete to be set up for success while still being challenged.

Athletes train on their own and may also train during attendance at Camp Independence, a donor-funded camp at St. Louis Children's Hospital. At Camp Independence athletes receive specialized attention from pediatric therapists in adaptive sports programs designed to challenge campers to increase their activity level, aerobic fitness, strength and balance in a safe, fun and rewarding atmosphere.

Athletes are school-aged kids.

If you have questions about volunteering as an individual or as a group, please contact Julie Grassi at

Volunteers must be 16 years old.

Of course! There are different volunteer opportunities. Click here to learn what opportunity may work with your schedule.

Yes, Tri My Best is a great opportunity for groups to volunteer together.

Day of spectators and cheerleaders of all ages are welcome and encouraged. If a spectator or cheerleader is under the volunteer age (16 years old) they need to be accompanied by an adult. One adult can supervise a group of cheerleaders/spectators. If you wish to be a spectator or cheerleader, please contact Julie Grassi at

First Heat:
Arrival time: 8 a.m.
Start time: 8:30 a.m.

Second Heat:
Arrival time: 8:15 a.m.
Start time: 9 a.m.

Third Heat:
Arrival time: 8:45 a.m.
Start time: 9:30 a.m.

Fourth Heat:
Arrival time: 9:15 a.m.
Start time: 10 a.m.

Fifth Heat:
Arrival time: 9:45 a.m.
Start time: 10:30 a.m.

Please note all heats begin at the pool.

No, parking is free. Click here to learn more details about parking.

Click here for directions and a map of where to park.

Remember to bring sunscreen, towels, goggles, a jacket, chairs for spectators, equipment and any specific food and drinks your athlete wants. We will have some snacks and water available.

If you do not have a bike/trike for the event, visit Creative Mobility after you check-in. They will be located at the cycle transition area and will fit the athlete for a cycle prior to swimming.

If you do not have a helmet, St. Louis Children's Hospital Safety Stop will have a tent to purchase a helmet and get it properly fitted.

The Tri My Best Adaptive Triathlon can be adapted to any ability. We offer four different distances and athletes can change the distance if needed the day of the event or even during the event.

  • 1 Lap: 50-meter swim; 0.5-mile bike; 0.15-mile run/walk/wheelchair push
  • 2 Laps: 100-meter swim; 1-mile bike; 0.3-mile run/walk/wheelchair push
  • 3 Laps: 150-meter swim; 1.5-mile bike; 0.45-mile run/walk/wheelchair push
  • 4 Laps: 200-meter swim; 2-mile bike; 0.6-mile run/walk/wheelchair push