Nation’s Triathlon Cancels Swim Portion

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  • Published Sep 8, 2011

Event organizers have canceled the swim for this weekend’s National’s Triathlon due to hazardous conditions caused by flooding.

This Sunday, Washington D.C. will play host to a triathlon — except it’s not.

“Due to the recent storms, city officials and event organizers have canceled the swim [portion of the race],” planners of the Nation’s Triathlon said in an email Thursday. “Flooding and fast moving currents have created hazardous conditions for swimmers, so this year’s race will be a 40K bike and 10K run.”

Olympic-distance triathlons like this one usually begin with a 1K (0.92-mile) swim. Participants in the Nation’s Triathlon do theirs in the Potomac River.

The event, now in its 7th year, canceled the swim once before, in its first year, an organizer said. That was because their permit didn’t come through in time.

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