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Nation’s Tri Needs Volunteers Next Weekend

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The Nation’s Triathlon is Sunday, September 12, and it will shut down many roads downtown.  So since you can’t really won’t be able to go anywhere Sunday morning, why not volunteer to help out with the race?  Volunteers are needed Thursday through Sunday for a variety of roles.

What do you get out of it?  Well, aside from the knowledge that you’re helping others have a great race experience, the race organizers have really sweetened the deal.  For volunteering, you’ll get a Nation’s Tri shirt and hat, a volunteer gift, complimentary food and drink, and a Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday night.  Sign up today!

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Make a Wish Triathlon Next Month

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Looking for some motivation to get in shape this fall?  What better inspiration is there than helping to fulfill the wishes of kids with life-threatening illnesses?  Mark your calendar for September 25 for the Make-a-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony.  This Olympic-distance triathlon is held just three hours outside of DC near Ocean City, and proceeds go to making wishes happen for kids in our area.

If you don’t think you’ll be ready to do a full triathlon in 7 weeks, consider signing up for the relay, where you’ll just be responsible for one leg of the triathlon.  Or you can just volunteer for the event and watch the triathletes do their thing. And if you can’t make it out to the beach that weekend, there are plenty of other ways to get involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.

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DC Triathlon this Sunday

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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!

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Nation’s Tri Recap

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You won’t believe me, but triathlons are ridiculously fun.  Swimming, biking, and running back to back to back for 32 miles sounds exhausting and painful to the uninitiated, but yesterday at the Nation’s Triathlon I had the time of my life.  And let’s put this in perspective, a year ago I could barely run a mile.  But with the great resources that our city has to offer, from free pools, great biking trails and an active triathlon community, DC has made a triathlete out of me.

The Nation’s Tri, which marked its fourth year yesterday, was a fantastic event from start to finish.  It has grown from 500 competitors in its first year to 6,000 registered competitors today, and it’s easy to see why: it’s professionally managed, takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of the city, and well, where else can you swim the Potomac with the mayor?

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