Etihad Airways Unites Endurance Athletes Around the World as Events DC Nation’s Global Triathlon Sponsor

July 22nd, 2014

Etihad Airways Unites Endurance Athletes Around the World as Events DC Nation’s Global Triathlon Sponsor

Entrants in the Tri Club Challenge have a chance to win two round trip tickets from DC to Abu Dhabi and two entries into the TriYas Triathlon

Washington, D.C. – July 22, 2014 – Etihad Airways today announced plans for an expanded sponsorship of Events DC Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, taking place on Sunday, Sept. 7. The leading United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline will once again unite two premier triathlons that take place in capital cities—Events DC Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C., and Tri Yas in Abu Dhabi, UAE—as the Official Airline of both races.

“Etihad Airways is proud to once again serve as the Official Airline of Events DC Nation’s Triathlon in Washington D.C., which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Tri Yas, DC Nation’s sister race which takes place in Abu Dhabi,” said Geert Boven, Senior Vice President of Americas, Etihad Airways. “Etihad’s sponsorship of the two triathlons further highlights the strong and growing sports, cultural and business ties between the capital cities of the U.S. and the U.A.E.”

The airline, which launched daily service between Abu Dhabi and Washington, D.C. last year, was also named the title sponsor of the triathlon’s Sport & Fitness Expo.

Additionally, Etihad Airways is hosting the Etihad Airways Tri Club Challenge, where triathlon clubs from around the world compete for the chance to win an exclusive trip package including two round trip tickets on Etihad Airways, three-night stay in Abu Dhabi and entry into Tri Yas triathlon on February 20, 2015.

“The Events DC Nation’s Triathlon has truly become a global event, welcoming participants to our Nation’s Capital from around the world,” said Molly Quinn, Vice President of Triathlon Events. “We’re proud to partner with such a prestigious airline that acts as the common link between these two triathlons and the capital cities.”

The Events DC Nation’s Triathlon is renowned for a scenic course that winds through the National Mall and Memorial Parks including a swim in the Potomac River, bike course through the streets of Washington and Maryland, before finishing with a run through Washington DC’s historical landmarks with a spectacular finish south of the FDR Memorial.

The event weekend kicks off with a two-day Etihad Airways Sport & Fitness Expo, which is open to the public on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 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, fitness apparel and a series of interactive clinics.

Tri Yas is one of the most prestigious triathlons in the Middle East. Nation’s Triathlon’s sister race takes place on February 20, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, at the Yas Marina Circuit – home of the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

For more details on the packages and Etihad Airways’ involvement with the Nation’s Triathlon and Tri Yas event, please visit:

For more information about the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please visit or follow @NationsTri on Twitter.

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried 11.5 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base Etihad Airways flies to 109 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 102 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 210 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is in the process of formalising its equity investment in Swiss-based Etihad Regional*. For more information, please visit:

*Operated by Darwin Airline

About Events DC Nation’s Triathlon

Operated by Competitor Group, the 9th Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is one of the premiere sprint and international distance triathlons in the world. Set against the magnificent and patriotic setting of the Washington DC and its monuments, participants in the event will swim 1 in the Potomac River, bike through scenic vistas, and conclude with a run through downtown D.C. Further information about the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon is available at or follow @NationsTri on Twitter.

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Etihad Airways Unites Endurance Athletes Around the World as Events DC Nation’s Global Triathlon Sponsor

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