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The only triathlon held in Washington DC is offering even more triathletes the opportunity to “test the waters” with the launch of a shorter-distance race. The ninth annual Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will take place on Sept. 7 and will now a sprint-race for the first time in its 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.
“We want to continue pushing the envelope in terms of staging one of the most distinguished triathlon events in the world right here in our Nation’s Capital,” said Molly Quinn, Vice President of Triathlons at Competitor Group, organizers of the Events DC Nation’s Tri. “The Olympic distance race annually sells out and we know the shorter distance will be attractive to new triathletes just getting involved in the sport. Spots are extremely limited for this inaugural race and will likely sell out by 4th of July weekend, so we’re encouraging participants to register soon.”
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.
“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.