In This Issue
TriColumbia LIFEfest
Columbia Tri Welcomes Pros
Aflac Iron Girl Training Opportunities
Charity Highlight - Circle Team
Blazeman Spirit Awards
2010 Ironman Lottery
FAQ's & Resources
TriColumbia NEWS
Race season is well underway and with it another year of training, great competition and challenges for all!
In this issue of our e-newsletter, we congratulate TriColumbia LIFEfest participants, and highlight some of the upcoming Columbia Triathlon Notable Pros, Aflac Iron Girl training opportunities, and The Circle Team racing to benefit The Women's Giving Circle. Check out the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship lottery winners and find out how to nominate an athlete for the Blazeman Spirit Awards.
Don't miss the New Celebration Sprint Triathlon on June 27, 2010. Race slots are still available.


2010 Event Schedule
May 23, 2010 - Columbia Triathlon - General Registration is closed.  Charity slots are still available.  
June 13, 2010 -
EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Presented by Spinervals - General Registration is closed.  Charity slots are still available including special Blazeman Foundation slots
June 27, 2010 -
*NEW* Celebration Sprint Triathlon - General Registration is still open!
July 25, 2010 -
TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon - General Registration is still open!
August 22, 2010 -
Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon - General Registration is closed.  Charity slots are still available.
September 25, 2010 -
ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival - General Registration is still open for all races - the ultra iron distance, the aqua velo, the swimfest and the *NEW* Skipjack.
September 25, 2010 -
Make-a-Wish Triathlon - General Registration is still open!
TriColumbia LIFEfest
TriColumbia LIFEfest
Thanks and congratulations to all who participated in the TriColumbia LIFEfest this past weekend.  The rain didn't dampen spirits or deter participation in this fun community event that benefits Blossoms of Hope, Claudia Mayer Cancer Research and Image Center, and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Visit for all the race results.
Many thanks to our event sponsors:  Subaru, Union Jacks, RoadRunner Sports, XTERRA, Hammer Nutrition, David's Natural Market, Howard County Tourism and Promotions, Princeton Sports, Gatorade, Howard County General Hospital, Talking Leaves Design, and REI.

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Excitement Builds As We Welcome Pro Cast for 2010 Columbia Triahtlon
This year's event is headlined in the men's division by two time Ironman Hawaii world champ, Tim DeBoom of CO. Tim's last and only appearance at the Columbia Triathlon was in 1994, when as a relative unknown amateur athlete, he captured the overall title which served as the USAT national age group championship.  Additional challengers are Ironman 70.3 champ and perennial podium finisher Michael Lovato, and the young, up and coming Team K Swiss member, Andrew Yoder from PA who placed 2nd in the 2009 Columbia Triathlon to Terenzo Bozzonne.

The ladies field is equally star studded including women's course record holder and defending champ Rebeccah Wassner racing for Team Fight, and the UCF and two time Columbia Triathlon champion, Team USA member Margie Shapiro of VA. Also contending are local favorites and champions in their own right, Desiree Ficker, and Amanda Lovato.

IG Practice Route 2010 Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Training Bike Rides
The 2010 rides will start April 13, and run every Tuesday at 6pm and 6:15pm from Folly Quarter Middle School at 13500 Tridelphia Road. The route is 10.4 miles and follows along part of the Columbia Triathlon training route. Thanks to CTA staff and to Princeton Sports and the BAHC group for their input and support of these rides.  Rain will cancel the rides.

In addition, Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) and Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts signed an agreement with Howard County Recreation & Parks (RAP) to teach Biking 101 courses this Spring 2010 through the RAP recreation catalog.

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Circle Team Supports Women's Giving Circle
The Circle Team was created to support the Women's Giving Circle's (WGC) efforts to fund programs that benefit women and girls and inspire others to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.  The team consists of women from all backgrounds, ages, and levels of experience. It focuses on setting goals and encouraging team members by offering the camaraderie and support to achieve them.
The Circle Team provides group training opportunities, social/team building events, clinics, custom designed tri suits, and much more. This year, Circle Team has partnered with the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club to give team members access to their expansive list of multi sport resources.  Circle Team participants at Iron Girl also receive tent support with post-race massages, complements of our partner, Her Health PT, as well as the support of a powerful team of women! Circle Team and the Women's Giving Circle are grateful for CTA's support of the team, now in its fifth year!


Blazeman Spirit Award
Call For Nominations: Blazeman Spirit Awards
The Blazeman Spirit Award recognizes an individual who has learned to overcome obstacles and became stronger through hard work and determination, inspires others to become a better person, leads by example, and has a passion for the journey of life. If you know someone who is registered for the 2010 Eagleman Ironman 70.3 and exhibits these qualities, please nominate them for the award. More information and nomination forms are now available at

The winner will receive:

A complimentary 2011 entry to the Eagleman Ironman 70.3
An Eagle Award, certificate, and the emblematic symbol of Eagleman called "Blaze"
Complimentary Blazeman level membership to Team Blazeman.
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2010 Ford Ironman World Championship Lottery Winners
Thanks to the vision of Ironman founder John Collins, who insisted that a system be maintained to allow the "common man" a chance to compete in this great race, 200 far-from-common age-groupers will join the rest of the 1,800 strong in Kailua Bay on October 9, 2010 for the Ford Ironman World Championship. Congratulations to local winners Julian Coiner, Edward Dejesus, Patricia Holland, Scott Padgett, Martin Saturn, Will Spaulding, John Turner and Linda-Ann Newsome. Once you're done celebrating ... get training!

Click on more for a list of this year's lucky domestic lottery winners. Lottery winners will receive detailed information via email from Ironman Athlete Services on how and when to register for the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship. For questions or information, please contact

Subaru LogoSubaru Supports Our Community Through Sponsorship of CTA
Subaru strives to be a company that benefits society, treats people with respect and actively engages in environmental stewardship. It encourages and rewards teamwork, performance, innovation and growth. Subaru owners reflect what the Subaru brand is all about: living an active lifestyle, supporting community efforts and being socially responsible.
The company's sponsorship of the Columbia Triathlon Association is a perfect partnership as it allows the company to sponsor events that supports active lifestyles, while its members create awareness about
great causes. 
Columbia Triathlon Association is now on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Please join us on these sites for daily updates, special offers, and race reports.

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Frequently Asked Questions & ResourcesFAQ's Question Mark
If you're not sure about some of the rules & regulations for CTA's races or if you're just looking for answers to commonly asked questions, download the FAQ
If you're new to the sport and are looking for helpful hints, Ask the Tri-Girl
Nutrition is a key component to proper training and racing. TriColumbia sponsor, Hammer Nutrition, has an extensive resource page

If you still have questions about specific races, feel free to email us