Teri Hatcher and a friend were recently discussing what would be on her “bucket list,” a list of things to do before she dies.
So what’s on it? “I want to learn to play a couple of songs on the guitar. I want to learn a few of those fancy dances from one of those Dancing with the Stars teachers. And I want to run a triathlon,” the Desperate Housewives star tells PEOPLE.
The timing was perfect for Hatcher, when her show’s parent company Disney asked her to lead a team in this year’s Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Sept. 13. In addition to checking off an activity from her bucket list, 44-year-old Hatcher is also raising money to benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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For a month, she has stepped up her training, she says. And although she feels like a kid when she rides her bike to work three to four times a week, and has been known to swim with the whales, she says running is the hardest part of the triathlon.
“It’s the least fun for me,” she says about the four-mile run that comes at the end of the event. “By that point, I’m really tired, so the whole time I’m thinking, ‘I’m not going to make it.'”
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But Hatcher says participating was not about getting a great time or winning.
“I’m just out to do it and I did it,” she says. “I did surprise myself that I’m in better shape than I thought I was.”
Anyone interested in donating to her cause can go to Teamhatcher.org.