William Schultz and Megan Knepper Cross Finish Line First as Elite Male and Female
WASHINGTON, DC (September 14, 2008) -- The 3rd Annual Nation's Triathlon to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society took place today in the nation's Capital, featuring a record 3500 competitors, including Mayor Adrien Fenty, competing in the shadow of our national monuments and memorials. This USAT-sanctioned Olympic distance triathlon included a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through downtown D.C., and a 10k run along Washington, DC's monumental corridor finishing on America's Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue.
With a start time of 7am, the first competitors crossed the finish line in just over two hours, joining their family and friends at the jetBlue Finish Line Festival. First among elite males was 31 year old William Schultz of Bowie, MD, posting a time of 2:01:50. First among elite females was 25 year old Megan Knepper of Fairfax, VA with a time of 2:17:37. Washington, DC's own Mayor Adrian Fenty finished in the 27th place among elite males, with a time of 2:30:10. The top winners in the age and weight categories are listed in the attached document.
In addition to the general race, the 1st Annual Congressional Challenge Sponsored by Roll Call Group was held, featuring 61 competitors from Capitol Hill and the federal government. Winners included Samantha Bird, of Arlington, VA with a time of 2:18:40 and Adam Daigneault of Washington, DC with a time of 2:12:11. Also, the 1st Annual Military Challenge sponsored by UMUC took place, with 200 competitors participating. Teams and individual competitors from all four military academies participated. The winners were Kyle Hook with a time of 2:08:06 and Samantha Bird again, representing both the military and the federal government.
For the first time, the Nation's Triathlon joined forces with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to announce a new partnership to help raise money for blood cancer research. Utilizing the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) world-famous Team In Training (TNT) endurance sport training program, which has raised $850 million and trained 360,000 people, the newly branded Nation's Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society became the first triathlon in the nation dedicated to raising money to help cure blood cancers. More than 700 TNT athletes competed, raising $3 million for research, patient education and support initiatives that will help the LLS bring us closer to a cure.
"We'd like to thank all of our competitors and sponsors this year," noted Nation's Triathlon founder Charles Brodsky. "Their participation has helped make this one of the premier triathlons in the nation, and has helped us raise $3 million to battle leukemia and other blood cancers. We invite all our competitors to join us again next year as well as new triathletes
from across the nation and worldwide to come experience a world class triathlon in one of the most scenic, patriotic and picturesque cities in the nation."
About The Nation's Triathlon (www.nationstri.com)
The Nation's TriathlonTM, founded by Charles L. Brodsky, is a premiere Olympic distance triathlon in the United States. Major sponsors for the Nation's Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society include:
UnitedHealthcare-Official Healthcare Provider and sponsor of The UnitedHealthcare Sports & Fitness Expo; Timex-Official Timekeeper for The Timex Timing Zone; jetBlue Airways-Official Airline and Sponsor for The jetBlue Airways Finish Line Festival, UMUC, Official Sponsor for the Military Challenge, and The Roll Call Group, Official Sponsor for the Congressional Challenge. Additional sponsors include: Federal Radio Talk News, City Sports, Crocs, Dasani, PowerAde, DC Tri Club, Xterra Wetsuits, MetroSports DC magazine and TriBike Transport.