Mayor Adrian M. Fenty completed the Nation's Triathlon this morning, less than 48 hours before Primary Day polls open.
He finished in about 2 hours and 44 minutes -- well off his personal best pace of 2 hours, 19 minutes set at June's Washington D.C. Triathlon, which is held on largely the same course. Rain greeted competitors before the 7 a.m. start before lightening into a steady mist.
The winner, Robert Wade of Arlington, finished the race in 1 hour and 57 minutes. The Nation's Tri is an "Olympic" length event, combining a 1,500-meter swim in the Potomac River with a 40-kilometer bike ride up Rock Creek Parkway and a 10-kilometer run around Hains Point.
Fenty crossed the finish line in West Potomac Park shortly after 10 a.m. He left without taking reporters' questions. Later today, Fenty is expected to appear at the annual Adams Morgan Day festival before attending a premiere of a documentary film featuring schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and then heading to tonight's Washington Redskins game.
What Fenty will not be doing is engage in a longstanding tradition of city politicking and visit Sunday religious services ahead of election day. Fenty's main rival, Vincent C. Gray, is visiting several churches yesterday and today and criticized Fenty for not doing so himself.
Fenty has been a stalwart support of large-scale athletic events in the city. He is a friend and training companion of Chuck Brodsky, the organizer of Nation's Tri and the D.C. Tri, whom Fenty also appointed to serve as chair of the city alcohol control board.
Signs posted around the finish line read, "World Class City; World Class Triathlon; Adrian Fenty, Mayor."
-- Mike DeBonis