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Howard County Tourism
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

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Tomorrow is race day, and we have a few last-minute reminders for everyone. Below are all the pre-race instructions sent out earlier this week. Please take a moment to look them over.

Special reminder that packet pick-up is today from noon to 7 at Road Runner Sports. Links and maps are below. At packet pick-up you will receive a neon yellow wrist band that MUST BE worn during the race and will be your admission ticket to The Subaru / Union Jacks' Post-race Bash and awards ceremony after the race.

Events tomorrow will go RAIN OR SHINE.

The Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay start at 7am, the LIFEfest 5k starts at 7:15 and the Cyclefest events start at 7:30.

Timing chip pick up for ALL RUNNERS will be in the Timing Chip Tent in front of the American Cities Building near the starting line.

RELAY teams meet at the CTA van in the GGP parking lot. Team members may take gear bags and clothing to the exchange point at the turnaround. The CTA van will bring 1st leg team members back to the finish line once all relay teams have reached the turnaround.

We'll see you at the Start Line and the Finish Line... Be Ready, Live Strong and... Be Great

Rob Vigorito and Team CTA
TriColumbia LIFEfest
Event Pre-Race Packet Pick-up:

Date: Saturday only, April 24, Road Runner Sports, 6630 Marie Curie Dr, Elkridge, MD 21075, 410-290-2906,

Time: Noon-7 pm only. All entrants must appear in person at the store to get their packets, race #s, etc. There is no race day packet pick-up. A photo ID is required to complete this process.

Special Event Prime:
All registrants will receive UNDER ARMOUR technical shirts.

Race Day Parking:
Complimentary at The Mall in Columbia, across the street from the Start/Finish Line.

The Host Hotel - Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Sheraton Columbia Hotels: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel- Hotel Rooms at the Sheraton located right at the race site is the host hotel. For Reservations call: 1-800-325-3535; 410-730-3900.

The TriColumbia LifeFest is held in Columbia, MD, which is located amidst rolling hills between Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. and is about 15mi. from the BWI Airport.

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Event Start times
Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon - 7:00am
Half Marathon Relay - 7:00am
LifeFest 5K Run - 7:15am
100K, 75K & 55K Cyclefest rides - 7:30am
The start and finish lines will be by the overpass across from the mall on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD.

The Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon is a TAC certified course. The cycle courses are all GPS measured and marked.

PDF's of the 5k, Half Marathon, 55k, 75k, and 100kcycling events are available on the CTA website. A video of the Half Marathon route is available on YouTube.

YouTube Clip

Cycle Route Marks:
55k; WHITE, Note from Rt. 108/Homewood road intersection this route IS the famous Columbia Triathlon bike course, Follow all marks that say: " CT "
75k: All marks are GREEN
100k : All marks at GREEN.

The 75k and 100k course split at the intersection of Bushy Park Rd and Cars Mill Rd.

The start and finish lines will be by the overpass across from the mall on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD. Parking will be available at the Columbia Mall across the street from the start line. Race management reserves the right to accept or reject any entry.

Race Numbers:
Bib Color YELLOW: Blossoms Of Hope Half Marathon

Bib Color BLUE: LIFEfest 5k

Bib color RED: Cyclefest

All Runners:
Bib numbers must be worn on the front of the body, in full view. Race # belts may be worn.

All Cyclists:
Pin on # must be worn on the center of your jersey back.

The vinyl peel and stick # is your bike frame # and is to be placed around the top tube of the bike, clearly visible.

The 1 X 3 # is your helmet # and must be worn on the front/center of the helmet.

Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon Relay:
CTA will provide Transport at 0640 from the start area to the Half Marathon Turn point on Grace Drive. Listen for pre event announcement. The timing chip Must be exchanged with your team mate at the run turn point. All runners in the Half will also receive a complimentary prime... a custom TriColumbia Race # belt. Thus, we ask that all relay team outbound runners use this belt to affix their run number. Then at the turn point, you will exchange BOTH the timing chip (fastened via a Velcro band), and unfasten the belt and exchange this with your inbound/second leg runner. All runners must wear their race number on the front of their body, clearly visible.

Runners will then be transported back to the start line when all Relay Teams have completed the outbound leg.

Motorcycle Support:
Moto Limited

Run Aid Station Support Staff:
Special thanks to our teams of supporters:

ALLCARE of Maryland, Med Spa and Urgent Care Centers

Howard County General Hospital

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center

The Howard County Library

The Mid Maryland Triathlon Club

The Ulman Cancer Fund


5 Aid Stations along the routes

Run Station "menu"
Spring water, Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon/Lime), Hammer Gel

Cyclefest Aid Station Support Staff:
The Ulman Cancer Fund, Howard County

Locations: and Very Special Thanks to:

Folly Quarter Middle School (all rides)

Fosters Country Store, Rt 144 and Triadelphia Rd. (75 k ride)

My Airy Cycles, RT 144 (100 k ride)

New this year: The Friendly Inn, Rt. 144/Folly Quarter Rd (100 k Ride)

Sag Support:
Princeton Sports

CycleFest "Menu"
Spring water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, Bananas, Cookies, P/J sandwiches, Hammer Gels. Especially for this year, Apple Pie at the final aid stations.

Post Race/Ride Massage:
Complimentary, with your race entry fee, The Maryland Professional Sports Massage Team.

Event Photography:
Action Sports International

IPICO Timing Chips:
All chips are to be worn on either ankle ONLY. Chips will be collected at the Finish Line by CTA/Ulman Fund staff.

Failure to return chip, will result in a $35 charge. Thanks for your cooperation. Timing is courtesy of Sommersports/ChipTimes.

Timing Clocks:
There will be a clock at the run finish and at the Half Marathon turn on Grace Drive.

Post Race awards:
In the Grove at Union Jacks Pub, starting at 0900

$10,000 Prize Purse, Split: M/F for Half Marathon.

Top Overall Winners of The Blossoms of Hope Half Marathon: Waterford Crystal Bowls!

Overall Results:

The Subaru Great Post Event Bash with Music:
Sponsored by new CTA Sponsor, Subaru, and hosted by Union Jacks British Pub, across the street from the event start/finish line, corner of the Columbia Mall.

Post Race Party Support:
The Women's Giving Circle and Union Jacks

Post Events Super Drawing
Union Jacks Pub: featuring a very special Grand Prize... Plus...Garmin's, Hammer Products, Gift Certificates and wines.

Porta Restrooms:
Provided at the start/expo area and at each aid station on the run course.

Medical Support:
Howard County General Hospital

Traffic Control:
The Howard County Police and Police Explorers Post

Official Media Support:
BMC Group; Savage, Maryland

Sound and Music:
Front Row Light and Sound

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