The only triathlon held in Washington DC is offering even more triathletes the opportunity to “test the waters” with the addition of a shorter distance race. The 9th annual Nation’s Triathlon taking place on Sunday, September 7, 2014, is adding a Sprint distance race for the very first time in its nine year history. The shorter distance will feature a 750 meter swim, a single-loop 16 mile bike and a 5k run, finishing within view of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Organizers hope the shorter distance will be attractive to new triathletes just getting involved in the sport.
The event has featured an Olympic Distance triathlon (1.5km Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run) race for the past eight years, giving athletes the opportunity to experience the Nations’ Capitol in a totally different and unique way. With a swim in the Potomac River, where they swim past Arlington Cemetery and under the Memorial Bridge twice. A flat and fast bike, winding past the Potomac River, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, and the Kennedy Center. Then a single-loop run that takes competitors past the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, National Holocaust Memorial, US Mint, Hains Point, and more.
The Events DC Nation’s Triathlon is a patriotic weekend celebration with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo and a finish line festival featuring a live band. The prestigious event is renowned for a scenic course that winds through the National Mall and Memorial Parks, passing by Washington DC’s historical landmarks and with a spectacular finish south of the FDR Memorial.
Operated by Competitor Group, the 9th Events DC Nation’s Triathlon is an event that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“No matter your experience level, there is something for everyone at the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon, especially now with the shorter distance race,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division. “Like the Olympic-style triathlon, the Sprint course will showcase Washington, DC throughout the race, giving local and visiting participants a prime opportunity to experience our wonderful city and its unique history and sights.”
Building off of the success of its seven-year partnership, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society returns as the official and exclusive charity of the event, which is the only triathlon in the country to benefit research toward a cure for blood-related cancers. Through the Team In Training program, participants have raised more than $14 million for blood cancer research and patient service programs.
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