An Arlingtonian for over 45 years until her tragic death in a car accident last year, Anne Viviani was pre-Title IX and never competed in school, becoming a competitive athlete only in mid-life
when her four children were almost grown. “I was just lucky” was her usual response to winning local races, national championships, and even world championships. She participated in 40
World Championship races in the triathlon, duathlon, and aquathlon, racing with her husband Donn in 20 of them. She was World Champion three times in the long distance triathlon (2004,
2005, 2017) and medaled at six other World Championships. She competed in three Kona Ironmans. At 52 years old, she was part of a four-woman team that won the Race Across America bike race, riding 3000 miles in seven and a half days. At 63, she won her age group in
the Beach to Battleship Ironman (140.3 miles), coming in under 14 hours. She won 12 National Championships in duathlon and triathlon, all the while smiling, encouraging others, cheering on
her competitors, and, humbly never mentioning her victories. Along the way, she served Arlington as a longtime administrator at Bishop O’Connell and as a volunteer at Taylor Elementary, Key Middle School, H-B Woodlawn, the Thomas Jefferson Center and the
Arlington Food Bank.
This year, USA Triathlon named its Grand Master Award for Duathlete of the Year the “Anne
Viviani Award.” Anne’s legacy can be found in the hundreds of athletes she mentored, inspired,
taught in her clinics, and in the hearts of her family and friends
Peter Weilenmann is a lifelong Arlington resident. He attended Glebe, Drew and
then Landon schools. As a teenager, he worked for the Arlington Recreation
Department, and has spent the last 25 years working for Arlington Public Schools.
Peter loved soccer, but a high school coach encouraged him to run track and his
running career began. He was named to the All Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC)
cross-country team even while playing soccer. As a senior, he was third in the tri-state
area in the 1,500 meter and was the Maryland private school, the IAC, and the
IAC/Metro all-star 1,500 meter champion.
As a redshirt freshman at James Madison University, he placed 2nd in the
Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) cross country championship. He won the next three
CAA cross country championships and qualified for 3 nationals, earning Academic All
American honors, and was named to the CAA Silver Anniversary Team. In track, he
qualified for indoor and outdoor nationals his senior year and set JMU records in the
outdoor 1,500 and the indoor 3,000. Peter earned a Rhodes Scholar nomination, was a
Walter Byers Scholarship finalist (NCAA award) and was a Virginia Governors fellow. In
2017, Peter was elected into the JMU Sports Hall of Fame.
After college, Peter competed on five U.S. national teams from 1991-1996,
including two World Half Marathon Championships. In 1995, he finished 28th (top US
finisher) at the World Half Marathon Championships. He also reached the finals of the
1992 Olympic Trials (5000M). Peter had road race wins in the Asbury Park 10k in 1991
and the Army 10 Miler in 1994. He also competed in three US Olympic Festivals
finishing 3rd in the 1500M in Los Angeles in 1990, 5th in 5000M in San Antonio in 1993,
and 5th in 5000M in Colorado Springs in 1995.
Mary Denise White was a founder of the Arlington Women's Soccer League in 1977. She coached youth girls teams to great success at state, national and international competitions. At age 51, she began to compete in running events at the local and national levels. She has set records at the Northern Virginia Senior Games in sprints for her age group, and has been ranked Top Ten nationally for the 50, 100 and 200-meter distances. The Masters soccer team she plays for has earned national recognition as well