The 2013 Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8, has attracted an international field of participants with triathletes registered from 16 countries (including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Scotland, Spain, Sweden), 45 states and the District of Columbia. The race is currently 93% sold out, with registration still available online at NationsTri.com.
Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as America’s most popular triathlon event, the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon is managed by San Diego-based Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company which also owns Triathlete.com, and Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia. The Events DC Nation’s Triathlon is the only triathlon in the country to benefit research for curing blood cancers. Through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program, participants have raised more than $12 million for blood cancer research and patient service programs.
“This year’s event features one of the largest international fields we have ever hosted,” said Molly Quinn, Vice-President of Triathlon Events at CGI. “Our new title partnership with Events DC and our airline partnership with Etihad Airways are helping us attract triathletes from around the world to our premiere multi-sport event here in the U.S.”
The prestigious event is renowned for a scenic course that winds through the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The triathlon includes a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River and 40k bike course through the streets of Washington, before finishing with a 10k run through Washington DC’s historical landmarks with a spectacular finish south of the FDR Memorial.
With its spectacular course and world-class reputation, the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon features several races-within-a-race including a Gryphon Technologies Military Challenge, open to active duty military and veterans, CQ-Roll Call Congressional Challenge, open to federal and Hill employees, the Commander-in-Chief Challenge, open to participants from the military academy tri teams, and the Tri Club Challenge, for triathlon club members.
Event weekend kicks off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, which is open to the public, on Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Washington Hilton. The free expo is where all race participants go to pick up their race packet and features more than 50 vendors with the latest in triathlon gear, nutrition samples, souvenirs and a series of interactive clinics. Etihad Airways is the official airline sponsor of the Events DC Nation’s Tri.