Tri-partisanship: Three elected officials team up in first Annapolis Sailor's Triathlon

Danielle Ohl
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Pundits often lament bipartisanship as a lost cause. And that might be true — but have they heard of tri-partisanship?

Mayor Gavin Buckley, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford will this summer compete together in the first Annapolis Sailor’s Triathlon, a feat of across-the-aisle cooperation and calisthenics.

Buckley, a Democrat, and Schuh and Rutherford, both Republicans, will each complete a leg of the July 28 triathlon that comprises a 500-meter Spa Creek swim, a bike ride to Greenbury Point and a 3.8 mile run through the city and the Naval Academy.

Schuh will swim, Rutherford will bike and Buckley will run.

The race is likely one of the first to go through the Naval Academy since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, said event co-director Craig Harrison. Harrison, formerly the president of Annapolis Striders running club, said races that coursed through the Academy stopped after the attack.

Naval Academy spokeswoman Jenny Erickson could not confirm details about the event as it is still “pending on our side of things,” she wrote Tuesday in an email.

“Our goal is to create a competitive signature event for the city that showcases our town’s beautiful history, the Naval Academy and the waterways,” Buckley said. “What’s really exciting about this inaugural event is the crackerjack team we’ve put together here.”

The event is open to the public, but will only accept 500 entrants (both teams and single participants), as per Naval Academy restrictions. Registration costs $150 for individuals and $200 for a team. Online registration at sailorstriathlon.com/register opens Wednesday at 12 p.m.

The race will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a swim in Spa Creek. The 500-meter swim will start and end at Susan Campbell Park.

Bikers will then travel from City Dock to Greenbury Point. Bikers can choose between a 12-mile road bike course or a 10-mile hybrid course including an off-road portion.

Runners will start at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and continue through downtown Annapolis before entering the Naval Academy. The course will take them past Gate 1, the Naval Academy Chapel, Bancroft Hall and out Gate 8.

The event will be funded through entrance fees and sponsorships, not taxpayer dollars, Buckley said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society and the city parks and recreation department.

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