Photo: Bruce Buckley
More than 3,300 participants competed in a bike-run Sunday morning at the 11th running of the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon. The event, which took place in West Potomac Park, featured Sprint and Olympic distances as athletes honored the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
On Friday, event organizers announced that they had to cancel the swim portion of the race because the water conditions in the Potomac River did not meet the DC Department of Energy and Environment’s EPA-based safety standards for permitting full-body contact with the water. Instead, participants competed in a modified bike-run race beginning with a time-trial start running into transition.
Michael Phinney, from Yardley, Penn., claimed the victory in the men’s 24.8 mile bike and 10K run Olympic race in 1:35:37. DC native Paige Wooden took the women’s title in 1:48:36. In the sprint race, Philip Diven from DC dominated the 12.4 mile bike and 5K run finishing in 1:05:02. Theresa Ferry finished first for the women in 1:11:59.