Nation's Tri blog

Photos from the 2010 Nation's Triathlon. Washington, D.C., September 12, 2010.

2011 marks the 4th year that The Nation’s Triathlon has offered the Military Challenge, which provides the opportunity for active duty and veteran service members to compete against each other.  That first year, 200 competitors finished the race. Today, just four years later, we are proud to announce that over 600 active and veteran service members have signed up to compete in the 2011 Gryphon Technologies Military Challenge. Athletes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Reserves, Coast Guard, Marines, and National Guard are all represented.

“Participating in The Nation’s Triathlon™, in the shadow of some of our greatest military memorials, from the World War II Memorial to the U.S. Navy Memorial, is a great way for active duty military and veterans to test their fitness and competitive spirit and remember those who came before them,” notes race founder Charles Brodsky.  “We are proud to recognize those who serve in defense of our nation.”

The 2011 Gryphon Technologies Military Challenge is part of the Race-Within-A-Race Series offered by The Nation’s Triathlon. (If you qualify for multiple races-within-a-race, you many only compete in ONE.) Other options include:

  • The Congressional Challenge for anyone who works on Capitol Hill or for a Federal Agency.
  • The Tri Club Challenge for all tri clubs.  The top 5 receive a Tri Club Tent at the Finish Line Festival.
  • The Commander-in-Chief Challenge for military academy cadets.
  • The First Responders Challenge for police officers, EMT personnel, fire fighters and other first responders, offered for the first time this year.

This year’s race falls on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, which took the lives of 403 first responders who took part in rescue operations at the Pentagon and World Trade Towers. The First Responders Challenge is a way for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel to pay respect to those who lost their lives and race in honor or memory of all those affected by the 9-11 attacks.

All challenge participants can compete as singles or teams, and will compete in their age group waves. The top challenge participants and teams will be recognized at the conclusion of the race in their own category.

Registration is open until Monday August 8th for the Military and First Responder Challenges so there is still time to get signed up. If you are interested in registering or would like to find out more information please contact Kristen at

Kristen Avioli

A former Division One collegiate swimmer and record holder, Kristen completed her first triathlon in 2008 and fell in love with the sport immediately. Never a runner or cyclist and only running short distances to entertain her sister Natalie during marathons, she decided to get crankin’ on the tri train. Since 2008, she has completed 12 triathlons, including a half iron man, 8 half marathons, and two marathon, and now loves to run! She is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, Swim Coach, and Adjunct Faculty Member at George Washington University.