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Participating in a triathlon is a big accomplishment. For youth athletes Brandan Hickey and Griffin Miller it means more than just crossing the finish line — it’s a celebration of the obstacles they’ve overcome and the healthy, active lifestyles they live today.


 


GRIFFIN MILLER
Griffin Miller, 10, has also had health challenges, but the help of his family and a positive attitude helped him get through it — and back racing triathlons.


The Greenville, Indiana, resident got his start in multi-sport four years ago.


“The fact that my dad was doing triathlons and my mom was telling me about these triathlons for kids, I finally caved in and said I’d try one. And I started to like them,” Griffin says.


During his first two seasons of triathlon, Griffin was unaware that he was racing with two holes in his heart. When he went in for a routine doctor’s appointment at age 9, doctors discovered these “holes,” also known as an atrial septal defect.


This came as a shock, because Griffin had always been a healthy kid, who loved playing baseball, basketball and wrestling.


To repair the hole, Griffin had open heart surgery, but only spent four days in the hospital. In one week, he was back to school. Five months after surgery, Griffin participated in a triathlon in Southern Indiana.


“He’s got a super attitude and never quits,” says Travis Miller, Griffin’s dad.


“I just think that I’m going to be fine in the end,” Griffin adds.


Griffin is an inspiration to his friends and family in many ways, and now is a part of introducing swim, bike, run to other kids. Because of the role triathlon has played in Griffin’s life, Travis is launching a new youth triathlon in their hometown this year (check it out at www.daretotriracing.com).


“We’re really going to have a good time doing it,” says Griffin, who’ll kick off his season at his dad’s race.


 


Do you have an inspiring youth triathlon story to share? Email us at communications@usatriathlon.org with USAT Kids in the subject line for a chance to be featured in USA Triathlon Kids magazine or www.usatriathlon.org/kidzone.
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