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Charles “Chuck” Brodsky’s name doesn’t appear anywhere in the press releases about the 2011 ACHIEVE DC Kids Triathlon, an annual youth fitness event being held tomorrow at the Anacostia Recreation Center.
Brodsky founded that race.
It says so in the press release for last year’s ACHIEVE Kids Tri:
ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2007 by Charles (Chuck) Brodsky, founder of The Nation’s Triathlon
with the support of Washington, D.C., Mayor, Adrian Fenty, an avid triathlete, and Washington, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
Here’s that portion of the press release for tomorrow’s event:
ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2007 with the support of Washington, D.C.’s former mayor, Adrian Fenty, an avid triathlete and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.
The wording’s pretty much the same as last year, other than Fenty gets tagged as “former” …and “Charles ‘Chuck’ Brodsky” ain’t around at all.
Jennifer Devlin, a longtime spokesperson for ACHIEVE and the author of both the 2010 and 2011 press releases, says there’s no deep meaning in the disappearance of “Brodsky” from the organization’s promotional materials.
“He is the founder [of the group] but not involved in the day to day,” she says, adding that ACHIEVE now chooses to use the name of Molly Quinn, Brodsky’s partner in the group.
‘Course, Quinn has been ACHIEVE”s executive director since 2008. And a whole lot’s changed for Brodsky in the last year.
When the 2010 Kids Triathlon was run, Brodsky was head of the ABC and a public pal of then-Mayor Fenty, with whom he trained over the years. Brodsky was regularly and deservedly lauded as founder of the Nation’s Triathlon, an event that accomplished the unimaginable: It got folks swimming in the Potomac River—-legally!—-for the first time in decades.
Brodsky would personally show up at this time every year for the kiddie triathlon, cooperatively put on by ACHIEVE and the DC Department of Parks and Rec. And his role would be promoted in press releases.
But it appears Brodsky’s name has become Mudd in some circles around here. In the spring, Mayor Vincent Gray said he was removing Brodsky from atop the ABC after accusations that he was using his position as the city’s booze czar to promote his racing events.
Gray doesn’t get many kudos from hyperlocal media. But the Georgetown Dish wrote that Gray “should be strongly praised for bringing Brodsky’s toxic tenure to a halt.”
“Brodsky’s arrogance, disrespect for community leaders, and questionable standards of conduct were doing active harm to neighborhoods as well as the public trust,” scorched the Dish.
Then, a day after he was drummed out of the ABC, Brodsky was arrested for impersonating a police officer and other alleged offenses when real D.C. cops saw flashing police lights and a sign reading “Official Police Business” in his auto.
Brodsky claimed he was given law enforcement powers by way of a Virginia court order naming him a “Special Conservator of Peace.”
And now he’s not even named in press releases about his own race. Make that races: Brodsky’s name hasn’ t been showing up in press releases for the Nation’s Triathlon for the past several months, either.
With Brodsky or without him, the ACHIEVE camp kids will jump into the Anacostia Rec Center pool tomorrow around 8:45 a.m.