It was cold, wet, and rainy, but that didn’t stop me and a couple thousand of my closest friends from competing in the Nation’s Triathlon yesterday morning. It was a (potentially) record-breaking crowd swimming in the Potomac (which was actually quite pleasant– my favorite leg by far!), biking out to Maryland and then up Rock Creek Park, and running around the Mall and Hains Point. Even Mayor Fenty got in on the action. The Nation’s Tri is a major Team in Training goal race, and yesterday’s event raised millions for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
DC is known for hosting the Nation’s Triathlon every year, which has become one of the bigger triathlons in the country with 6,000 participants. But the race sells out very quickly and only has an Olympic-distance course. To encourage more local participation and more first-time triathletes, the folks who put on the Nation’s Tri started the DC Triathlon this year, which will be run this Sunday starting at 5:30 AM. This race includes two different distances, with courses that include a swim in the Potomac, a bike through Rock Creek Park, and a run around the Mall.
The inaugural race is sold out, but I’d recommend heading down to watch the craziness this weekend. I completed last year’s Nation’s Triathlon, and I’m registered for this Sunday’s race, so I’ll see you out there!
Nation’s Triathlon by Noah Devereaux
Last week our fine city hosted the annual Nation’s Triathlon where competitors are challenged to swim 1.5K through the murky Potomac, bike 40K, and run 10K. It’s a feat so easy that even our very own Mayor Fenty can do it. I’m kidding of course. The only way I could compete in this race is if it were a 51.5K bike ride.
This amazing shot by Noah Devereaux takes the sweaty, strenuous, and sometimes painful event and strips away the grit, replacing it with grace and beauty. The perfect lane lines and tree-lined street capture your eye and lead it toward the majestic Capitol at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The warm morning sun glimmers off the newly paved road and creates a shadow for the runner to compete against. It takes months of dedicated preparation to compete in a race like this, but this photo makes it look like a mere jog through the park.