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Astronaut To Participate In Triathlon From Space

Sunita Williams will participate in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, for a CNN special.

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As if holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a female astronaut wasn’t enough, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams is preparing to compete in a triathlon … in space.

Williams, who is stationed aboard the International Space Station, is planning to participate in the 26th annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September. But unlike the more than 5,000 athletes who will gather at Zuma Beach in California to swim, bike and run, Williams will compete while orbiting more than 240 miles (386 kilometers) above Earth. She left Earth July 17 for her second long-duration stay in the orbiting lab.

Williams will participate in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in concert with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, for a CNN special. While Gupta sticks to a more Earthbound experience of swimming in the Pacific Ocean, bicycling and racing through the streets of Malibu, Williams will run, pedal, and engage in a series of bench presses that will serve as the microgravity equivalent of swimming.

Read more: Space.com