Seventh Annual Bethesda Triathlon Benefits Autism Speaks

Bethesda, MD, January 28, 2009 --( Autism Speaks Announces Seventh Bethesda Triathlon

The National Capital Area chapter of Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced the opening of registration for the 7th Bethesda Triathlon to benefit Autism Speaks. Event Chair Peter Beveridge will be responsible for directing the triathlon fundraising event on Sunday, April 19, 2009 on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Peter Beveridge is president and CEO of, a Bethesda-based company providing over 2,000 types of customized eye black to athletes and fans around the world.

“Peter and his family are pleased to re-kindle the tradition of the triathlon that they have organized in Bethesda over the last decade,” said Ann Gibbons, Executive Director, National Capital Area. “We are excited to build on the success of previous triathlons and expand the ranks of both participants and donors.”

This Super-Sprint event includes a 250 meter pool swim; a 9.3 mile bike ride (three loops through surrounding neighborhoods); and a 2.5 mile run around the Georgetown Prep campus grounds.

For more information about the 2009 Triathlon to be held on April 19th at Georgetown Prep, please visit

About Autism

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

Contact: Shawnie Keenan, Autism Speaks National Capital Area

Autism Speaks National Capital Area
Shawnie Keenan
202 955 3111