The Nation’s Triathlon is a prestigious sporting event in Washington DC that includes a scenic course that winds through the National Mall, a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through the streets of DC and Maryland, finishing with a 10k run past the city’s historical landmarks. The weekend-long festivities include a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo and a finish line festival featuring a live band. The Nation’s Triathlon benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world's largest nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research.
In 2014, the Triathlon added a Sprint race for the very first time in its nine year history. The shorter distance features a 750 meter swim, a single-loop 16 mile bike and a 5k run, finishing within view of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Date: September 10, 2017, beginning at 7 a.m.
Registration: Participants can register individually or as a team. See registration details.
All participants will receive a finisher’s medal, technical t-shirt, red carpet finish, post-race breakfast and access to the finish line concert and beer garden.
The Nation’s Triathlon has grown from a competition with less than 500 finishers in 2006 to being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest International distance triathlon event in the nation. The event features several races-within-a-race including a Military Challenge, open to active duty military and veterans, CQ-Roll Call Congressional Challenge, open to federal and Hill employees, the Commander-in-Chief Challenge, open to participants from the military academy tri teams, and the Tri Club Challenge, for triathlon club members.
Nations Triathlon Course Locations
Spectators can watch the events from the transition area, located along Ohio Drive just west of the Tidal Basin.
- The swim course participants will swim in the Potomac River past Arlington National Cemetery and under the Memorial Bridge twice.
- The bike route begins from the transition area heading east on Independence Ave and winding past the Potomac River, the White House, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, United States Peace Institute, and the Kennedy Center.
- The run route is a single-loop that takes competitors past the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, National Holocaust Memorial, US Mint, Hains Point, and more. The finish line is adjacent to the transition area and swim start area.
See a map. Please note, course routes are subject to change.
Transportation and Parking on Race Day
Parking is limited in the area and athletes are encouraged to be dropped off at the transition area prior to 5:30 a.m. Parking spaces are available in lots A, B and C on Haines Point. Please note that these lots will fill up quickly, are first come, first served and once the roads close at 5:45 a.m., the lots will no longer be accessible. Other parking options are available on the street near Independence Ave and 15th St. and various lots and garages in the surrounding area. An athlete-only shuttle will run from the Washington Hilton from 4:30-6:15 a.m. Read More About Parking Near the National Mall.
Triathlon Weekend Events
Health & Fitness Expo - September 8-9, 2017. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC. The free expo is open to the public and features more than 50 vendors with the latest in triathlon gear, nutrition samples, souvenirs and a series of interactive clinics. Race participants pick up their race packet at the expo. Hours are 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. The closest metro station is Dupont Circle.
Finish Line Festival - September 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. West Potomac Park - Athletes and spectators can enjoy a wide range of activities and services at the Finish Line Festival.
The first competitor is estimated to cross the finish line at 8:50 a.m. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.