From the Washington, DC Triathlon's site:
"We here at The Washington DC have made the following 2012 Resolutions based on feedback from our participants:
1. Adding in a relay portion
2. Adding Race Registration Insurance so 100% of your registration and online processing fees are reimbursed if you become sick or injured and don't start the race
3. Adding a new Rollover Policy so you can roll your registration into 2013 if you can't race
Comment here if we should consider adding more resolutions!"
The DC Tri is pretty great the way it is... it's the Nations Tri that is in serious need of the changes. DC Tri caps at 3,000 (I hear Nations is moving to this model) rather than trying to get the entire city on the course at once, it has a reasonably sized transition area that is laid out logically (vs Nations that required us to run 200m from waters edge to transition entrance in 2010), it offers multiple distances (sprint, oly, and now relay) rather than just one, it has course marshalls that are serious about enforcing drafting & blocking penalties (rather than Nations which is known for shameless drafting on Canal Road every year), it has arguably the best finish in the entire sport (rather than ending at some arbitrary point in Potomac Park), and it is scheduled at a time of year when mother nature tends to be more cooperative (clear skies 3 years in a row for DC Tri, versus a mud pit in 2010 and a duathlon in 2011 at Nations).
DC Tri... please keep up the good work!
Nations Tri... please resolve to be more like your younger brother!
Luke - well put. I tend to just do all the local races and take them as they come. Nations is more circus like and I don't take it too seriously (ie, looking to PR). Hopefully the gods will take pity this year on us at Nations and give us clear skies, a calm (and clean river), cool temps.