The Nation’s Triathlon takes place on Sunday September 7. The triathlon (now in its 9th annual year) benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society so not only does this race benefit your health it also supports a good cause. Seasoned triathlon participants enter every year, but it’s also a good race for the beginning triathlete as well. The race includes a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike course and a 10K run. This course is unique in that it’s one of the few triathlon races that take place in the Nation’s Capital. Participants are able to swim in the Potomac River and race past historic monuments, all in a day’s work.
Made it through the race (or simply supported someone who did)? Head to the Finish Festival to par-tay. Enjoy a VIP tent, food for the athletes, tri-club challenge tents, a live band and an awards ceremony. The start and finish line as well as the Finish Festival take place at the West Potomac Park (West Basin Dr SW).
Interested in participating in the Triathlon, but minus the sweat? Last year nearly 600 volunteers helped make the festival a stand-out event. There are a lot of options for volunteers which include bike racking, assisting at the swim start line as well as a host of other duties. Volunteering at the Nation’s Festival has its perks: volunteers receive a dry-fit volunteer shirt and complimentary food and drinks at the Volunteer Lounge.
Need to carbo-load pre-triathlon? We recommend Acqua Al 2 (212 7th St S), a fantastic Italian restaurant in the heart of Capitol Hill. Can’t decide which pasta dish to try? The pasta sampler is ideal for the indecisive diner in your group. Our other go to is Bistro Italiano (320 D St NE), which offers generous portions in a quaint neighborhood setting.