Washington D.C. Triathlon Canceled After Park Permit Denied

The Washington D.C. Triathlon was canceled today after the U.S. National Park Service denied a permit for the race.

Carol Johnson, a spokeswoman for Washington’s National Mall and Memorial Parks, said the event would have violated a policy not to hold any foot races in that area between the U.S. Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays. The Park Service had granted an exemption for the event the past two years.

“Because of a number of things going on in the parks this year, it was necessary to enforce the policy,” Johnson said in a telephone interview. “It had nothing to do with who applied for it.”

In the event, which features sprint (900-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride, 3.1-mile run) and international-distance (.9-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 6.2-mile run) races, competitors swim in the Potomac River, and bike and run past landmarks in downtown Washington, including the U.S. Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial. About 2,000 competitors had signed up for the event, which was to have been staged for the third straight year.

Competitors were given a choice of transferring their $135 (sprint), $190 (international) or $280 (relay team) registration fees to one of six other area races or requesting a full refund.

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