Nation's Tri blog


Taking part in an endurance event is fun and exciting, and seems to be the to-do thing these days. Every weekend you can choose from a laundry list of events from distance running, getting down and dirty with some obstacle courses, triathlons ranging from sprint to iron distance , aquavelos or duathlons. How’s a girl to decide which races to do next year when there are so many to choose from?!

Everyone has their own reasons for signing up to do a certain event.  If you’re reading this article, you’ve mostly likely participated in our event, and here at the Nation’s Triathlon, we do our best to make our events world class. We strive to make our races athlete-friendly and are constantly looking for feedback and suggestions to improve and enhance the course and race experience.  Why? Because we want you to come back year after year after year.  And here are just a few of the reasons why people keep coming back and why you should add us to your race calendar again for 2012:

The Potomac River and streets of the US Capital are all yours! There aren’t many times that major roadways  in DC like Constitution Ave, Independence Ave, Clara Barton Parkway, Rock Creek Parkway and Hains Point are closed off for YOU and YOU only!

You compete in the shadow of some of the nation’s most treasured monuments and memorials – from the Washington Monument to the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the newly opened Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, just to name a few.

The Race-within-a-race opportunities allow athletes to compete against fellow military, congressional staff, tri clubs, and first responders, and race for the top spots in each category.

The Nation’s Tri, in partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program has raised over $11 million for blood cancer research. Join in the fight!

As America’s most popular international distance triathlon event, you can be assured that the athlete services, Finish Line Festival, spectators, and field of competitors are all top notch, creating an unparalleled, world class experience that you can’t find anywhere but here in the nation’s capital.

Thanks to the race directors, the volunteers and all the amazing supporters. One of the best races I have done and so well organized. Loved the course and the beautiful views . Best reason to see the Washington Monument at 5:15 in the morning!

Awaiting the start, and listening to the National Anthem and the moment of silence for the 9/11 heroes, as the sun rose up over the Capitol building and standing in the shadows of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, with 4000 triathletes, I couldn’t help but get teary eyed as the magnitude of the moment sunk in. What a tremendously powerful moment. Amazing.

You ran a 1st Class Event.  An operation that big is hard if the weather cooperates.  You guys made it look easy with uncooperative forces of nature.  I saw great control during the bike portion (a great route by the way), and super support during the run (another great route.)

Thank you for putting on another great event. It’s my absolute favorite. Beautiful course, fantastic volunteers and friendly participants. It’s my 3rd time completing the race and this one will be the most memorable. I can’t wait for next year. 

Another fantastic event. This was my second time racing Nations and I WILL do this every year. 

Don’t miss out on another world-class triathlon, in a world class city, for a world class cause.  Get your discounted slot for a limited time & save $40 on registration NOW.

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.