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Olympians and Pro Triathletes Set to Compete in Nation’s Triathlon on September 10

Olympian Sarah Haskins, Past Champion Michael Phinney and More Round Out Pro Field


WASHINGTON D.C. – (August 25, 2017) Premier Event Management, America’s preeminent multi-sport race director and organizer, today announced an elite field of professional athletes are set to compete in the 2017 Nation’s Triathlon, taking place on Sunday, September 10. The field of 22 professional triathletes competing for the $20,000 prize purse includes 2008 Beijing Olympian Sarah Haskins, 2016 Nation’s Triathlon Champion Michael Phinney and more.


The pros will join more than 2,000 triathletes ranging in age from 18 to 83 years of age for the 12th year of this annual race. New this year, the Nation’s Triathlon will serve as a qualifying race for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The top three finishers per age group will receive coveted entry slots into the iconic San Francisco race. First place finishers in each age group will also win a complimentary race entry.


"I am excited to return to defend my title at the 2017 Nation’s Triathlon as part of the new Escape Triathlon Series,” said 2016 Nation’s Triathlon Champion Michael Phinney. “This race really puts things in perspective, with the armed services participation and the amazing course along our nation’s most iconic landmarks, it stirs up a patriotic feeling that no other race can offer.”


Professional triathletes set to compete in the 2017 Nation’s Triathlon include:



Elliot Bach

Casey Bateman

Sean Daugherty

Brian Duffy Jr.

David Giardini

Will Jurkowksi

Garrick Loewen

Michael Phinney

Steve Rosinksi

Tim Russell

Nicholas Sterghos

Nicholas Vandermolen

Timothy Winslow (2016 USA Triathlon Rookie Pro of the Year)

Matthew Wisthoff



Liz Baugher

Holly A Benner

Cecilia Davis-Hayes (2016 Philadelphia Triathlon Champion)

Kaitlin Donner

Sarah Haskins (Olympian)

Kristen Marchant

Caroline Shannon

Laurel Wassner


West Potomac Park will host the challenging 2017 Nation’s Triathlon Olympic distance race, which takes participants on a 1.5k swim in the historic Potomac River past the Arlington Cemetery and under the Memorial Bridge; a 40k flat and fast bike ride past the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial and Kennedy Center; and on a challenging and beautiful 10k single loop run past the Jefferson Memorial, National Holocaust Museum, U.S. Mint, Tidal Basin and more. The Nation’s Triathlon is recognized as a bucket list race for triathletes, featuring a course like no other in the world and weekend activities including Olympic, sprint and Aquabike races, as well as a sports & fitness expo.


The Escape Triathlon Series consists of the following races: Philadelphia Escape Triathlon – June 24-25, Des Moines Escape Triathlon – September 2-3, Nation’s Triathlon – September 10, Lake Geneva Escape Triathlon – September 23 and New Orleans Escape Triathlon – October 1. Each race serves as a qualifier for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The race series boasts an Escape Series Leaderboard which will be updated regularly on the official Escape Series website (, tracking the progress of the pros via a point system, as they vie for the 18 professional men and 18 professional women race slots. A total prize purse of $180,000 will be awarded to race winners throughout the Escape Series.


2017 Nation’s Triathlon sponsors include TYR Sport,, Velofix, Gryphon Technologies LC, Tribike Transport, Potomac Conservancy and Gatorade. Nation’s Triathlon is owned and produced by Premier Event Management. For additional information, visit or follow on, @NationsTri on Twitter and @EscapeSeriesTri on Instagram.



DeeDee Taft,

Shelbi Okumura,

Spin Communications


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