- Active duty or veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to compete in the racewithin-a-race
- Last year 350 military members from the Navy, Army and Air Force participated
- Registration for 2013 still available at NationsTri.com; Event on pace to sell out
Washington, D.C., August 2013 – The Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society today announced that Gryphon Technologies is returning as the presenting sponsor of the 6th annual Military Challenge. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces have a chance to compete against other active duty or veterans at the triathlon’s race-within-a-race on Sunday, September 8, 2013.
The Gryphon Military Challenge features an international distance course that includes a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through downtown D.C., and a 10k run along Washington, DC’s monument corridor.
“In appreciation for the tremendous contributions and sacrifices our troops have made and continue to make in serving our great Nation, Gryphon Technologies considers it a pleasure and honor to once again sponsor the Military Challenge at this year’s Nation’s Triathlon,” said Pam Braden, CEO and founder.
Gryphon Technologies is a premier engineering and technical services firm supporting national security and coalition forces with over 700 employees nationwide. In addition to its sponsorship of the Military Challenge, Gryphon also plans to have several relay teams and more than a dozen “Gryphonites” competing side-by-side with active duty and veteran military personnel.
“We thank Gryphon Technologies for joining us in honoring the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of the men and women who serve in defense of our nation,” said Molly Quinn, Vice President of Triathlon at Competitor Group and former owner of The Nation’s Triathlon. “It’s truly a pleasure to witness some of the most well-trained military members participate in this patriotic racewithin-a-race, and we know other participants and spectators will be enthusiastically cheering them on.”
“I wanted to compete in the Nation’s Tri because it’s a different feeling of competitiveness than other triathlons,” noted MSgt Jeromie J. Sandall, an Intelligence Analyst with the U.S. Air Force based in South Korea. “I won’t be challenged by my regular Age Group athletes; instead I will test my abilities alongside the world’s greatest competitors, leaders, and warriors. The mental and physical strength of these athletes will definitely guarantee I bring my ‘A’ game,” he added.
“You can’t beat the patriotic feelings of racing in your nation’s capital past all the monuments,” comments 2nd year competitor Colonel Laura Trinkle, who is the Commander of Rader Army Health Clinic in the Army Medical Service Corps. “Race morning with the sun rising over the Capitol and the Washington Monument is amazing. It is a great race, well organized, nice bike route, flat run, and beautiful scenery – so I am back for another year! Many triathlons are held at lakes in state parks, which are great venues, but the ability to do a race like Nation’s and then be right in the heart of the city is wonderful. As a Soldier, who happens to do triathlons, I think Nation’s is great experience.”
Active duty and veteran military personnel can compete as singles or as teams. The top military competitors and teams will be recognized at the conclusion of the race in their own category. Last year 350 military members from the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines participated in the challenge. Scott Tonder from the Air Force placed first in the 2012 race-within-a-race in 2:06:34, while Mollie Hebda with the Marines won the women’s division of the challenge with a time of 2:19:27. The winner of the Military Challenge Team Challenge was Annapolidelphian Tri featuring Bernadette Horner, Kate Hoefert and Kyte Hoefert in a time of 2:40:13.
For more information about the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to register, visit NationsTri.com or follow @NationsTri on Twitter.
About Gryphon Technologies
Gryphon Technologies is a premier engineering and technical services firm supporting national security and coalition forces. Gryphon provides our Defense clients with the systems analysis, integration, and program management skills necessary to manage the development and operations of their mission critical systems. Gryphon Technologies is CMMI Level 3 rated and has consistently been named one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies. Gryphon was recently selected as a winner of the Business Journal’s Top 50 Best Places to Work. www.GryphonLC.com
About Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Owned and operated by Competitor Group, Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is one of the premiere International distance triathlons in the United States. Set against the magnificent and patriotic setting of the nation’s Capital and its monuments, participants in the Nation’s Triathlon™ will swim 1.5k in the Potomac River, bike 40k through scenic vistas, and run 10k through downtown D.C. It is one of 10 regions that serve as the 2011 Regional Championships and Special Qualifiers for USAT’s Age Group National Championship. Further information about the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma
Societycan be found at NationsTri.com.
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