Smiley, Ebanks compete in D.C. triathlon

Ebanks and Smiley with SOCI board member Nick Freeland.

Two Special Olympics Cayman Islands athletes left Friday, 9 September, for Washington DC to compete in the 11th Annual Nation’s Triathlon this weekend.

Andrew Smiley will be swimming a 1,500-metre initial leg in the Potomac River in the Olympic Distance Unified competition and will be handing his chip to a biker who will complete a 40K ride and a runner doing a 10K distance.

Meantime, Matthew Ebanks will be competing on the Sprint Level competition with Special Olympic teammates who will be swimming 800 metres and biking 26.5 K. Matthew will run the last leg of the competition which is a 5K run.

The 11th Annual Events DC Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will take place Sunday, September 11, 2016 in the United States capital, Washington, DC. It features a course that winds through Washington, DC’s monument corridor in the shadow of the nation’s best known memorials and national treasures. It is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

The event is billed as more than just a race, it is a weekend full of events for athletes, spectators and volunteers.

“Both Andrew and Matthew have been training throughout the summer for this upcoming competition and are excited to have been asked to participate and represent Cayman as team members with Unified and Special Olympic athletes in Washington, DC,” a Special Olympics Cayman Islands spokesperson said.

They are accompanied by Special Olympics Coach Penny McDowall.

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