First Time Pro Field Participated for $20,000 Prize Purse
WASHINGTON D.C. – (September 10, 2017) On Sunday, September 10, nearly 2,000 amateur and 20 professional triathletes took to the 69-degree waters of the Potomac River and streets of the District of Columbia to compete in the 12th annual Nation’s Triathlon. Jason West from Pennsylvania and Olympian Sarah Haskins from Eureka, Missouri took first place honors in the men’s and women’s pro divisions. This was the first time the Nation’s Triathlon had ever hosted a field of professional triathletes and a prize purse of $20,000.
Jason West, Boulder, CO 1:50:33
Sarah Haskins, Eureka, MO 2:03:35
Brian Duffy, West Chester, PA 1:51:58
Erin Storie, Colorado Springs, CO 2:04:13
Garrick Loewen, Lasalle, ON 1:54:46
Kristen Marchant, Newmarket, ON 2:05:25
“Coming off a second place finish at the Des Moines Escape Triathlon last weekend and a first place finish at the Philadelphia Escape Triathlon, I was feeling great going into this race,” said 2017 Nation’s Triathlon Winner Jason West. “I struggled a bit on the bike, but stayed strong and positive and made it up on the run, it was a great day.”
Athletes endured a 1.5k swim in the historic Potomac River, past the Arlington Cemetery and under the Memorial Bridge; a 40k flat and fast bike ride past the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial and Kennedy Center; and on a challenging and beautiful 10k single loop run past the Jefferson Memorial, National Holocaust Museum, U.S. Mint and more.
“After my second place finish at the Des Moines Escape Triathlon, I am thrilled to take home the win today,” said 2017 Nation’s Triathlon Champion Sarah Haskins. “I really loved the fast course and historic Washington D.C. is such a beautiful place for a race.”
The pros joined more than 2,000 triathletes ranging in age from 18 to 83 years of age, including more than 24 Special Olympic participants. New this year, the Nation’s Triathlon will serve as a qualifying race for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The top three Olympic finishers per age group will receive coveted entry slots into the iconic San Francisco race. First place finishers in each age group will also win a complimentary race entry.
2017 Nation’s Triathlon sponsors include TYR Sport, velofix, Gryphon Technologies LC, TriBike Transport, Potomac Conservancy, TBLOCKS Transition Racks and Gatorade. Nation’s Triathlon is owned and produced by Premier Event Management. For additional information, visit www.NationsTri.com or follow on www.facebook.com/TheNationsTriathlon, @NationsTri on Twitter and nationstriathlon on Instagram.
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