In This Issue
Columbia Triathlon Pros
Bike Safety Checks
Charity In Focus - Team Embrace
EagleMan Athlete To Complete Four Endurance Events In 120 Days
EagleMan Ironman Pros
Bike Shipping Made Easy
Specialized Body Geometry Fits Discounted
Feed Your Machine
Aflac Iron Girl Training News
FAQ's & Resources

TriColumbia NEWS
Race season is in full swing and CTA is pleased to offer a variety of high quality events for both the professional and amateur. In our May E-Newsletter you'll find valuable information on upcoming races, inspiring stories as well as special offers and tips to enhance your race experiences.

If you're not racing, catch the excitement and volunteer at one of our triathlons.  There are still lots of opportunities to help out at The Columbia Triathlon on May 23rd in Columbia, MD, EagleMan Ironman 70.3 in Cambridge on June 13th, Celebration Triathlon in Columbia, MD on June 27th and Aflac Iron Girl in Columbia, MD on August 22nd.  Just e-mail us at and let us know that you would like to help out!


2010 Event Schedule
April 25, 2010 - 
 TriColumbia LIFEfest - Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay & 5K Runs PLUS 100K, 75K & 55K Bike Rides. All had a great time.  Join us for next year's LIFEfest.  BONUS Under Armor shirts for all registrants
May 23, 2010 -
Columbia Triathlon - General Registration is closed.  
June 13, 2010 - EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Presented by Spinervals - General Registration is closed, but charity slots are still available including special Blazeman Foundation slots.
June 27, 2010 -
*NEW*Celebration Sprint Triathlon - General Registration is still open but slots are going fast!
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 full iron distance, the aqua velo, the swimfest and the *NEW* Skipjack.
September 25, 2010 -
Make-a-Wish Triathlon - General Registration is still open!
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The Columbia Triathlon Promises World Class Competition
The Columbia Triathlon, one of the most challenging Triathlons in the USA is set to take place on May 23, 2010 and the field is full of world class champion challengers. This year's event is headlined in the mens division by two time back-to-back Ironman Hawaii World Champion 2002 & 2001, and 2002 Eagleman Champion, Tim DeBoom of CO. DeBoom has several top 5 Ironman & 70.3 finishes and is the '94 Triathlon Magazine Amateur Athlete of the Year. 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. Also competing is the young, up and coming Team Trek/K Swiss member, Andrew Yoder from PA who placed 2nd in the 2009 Columbia Triathlon to Terenzo Bozzonne and 2nd to Chris Lieto in 2008. Other notable contenders set to compete include Greg Remaly '07 Columbia Triathlon champion, Mike Caiazzo a regular top 5 finisher at EagleMan Ironman 70.3, Greg Reznich, Dan MacKenzie, Holden Comeau, Eric Limkemann, Chris Ganter, Jimmy Archer, Matt Wisthoff, James Hadley, and Patrice Hamelin, Canadian ITU triathlete.
The ladies field is equally star studded including women's course record holder, two time Columbia Triathlon champion and defending champ Rebeccah Wassner racing for Team Fight, and the UCF, her twin sister Laurel Wassner - 3rd place at CT '09 and 6th place at EagleMan '09, Natascha Badmann- 6- time Ironman World Champion, Team USA member Margie Shapiro of VA. Also contending are local favorites and champions in their own right, Desiree Ficker, and Amanda Lovato. Other female Columbia Tri challengers include Angela Axmann, Jenny Fletcher KSwiss Professional Triathlete, and Manon Le'Tourneau Canadian ITU triathlete.

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Mandatory Bike Safety Checks for Celebration & Aflac Iron Girl Triathlons Available NOW

Don't wait until the day before the race to have your mandatory bike safety check done for the Celebration Triathlon and the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon. Princeton Sports, 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 is now checking all major bike components in the store to help ensure a safe bike leg.

So avoid the crowd; stop in, get checked and cross that off the list of things to do before race day. 
Team Embrace 2009
Team Embrace Supports The Arc of Howard County
Team Embrace, founded in 2009, is a dedicated team of athletes racing to raise funds and awareness, inspire respect and effect change for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by The Arc of Howard County. The Arc of Howard County is a local non-profit whose mission is "achieving full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities - one person at a time." The Arc provides programs and services including: Employment, Family and Individual Support, Respite Care, Residential, Day Program, and Supported Retirement.
The Columbia Triathlon Association generously supports Team Embrace and members receive priority race slots, training support, custom tri-suits and enjoy the camaraderie and support of members. For information on how you can join the team contact Peter Della-Croce
Tom Kramer
Athlete In Focus:  EagleMan Ironman 70.3, Cambridge, Maryland
Tom Kramer of Malvern, PA plans to compete in 4 endurance events in only 120 days; among them the EagleMan Ironman 70.3 in Cambridge, Maryland.
Tom is racing in support of those battling blood cancers and hopes to raise awareness of Be The Match Foundation and increase the Be The Match Registry of bone marrow donors. Tom's passion to help is founded in the struggle his wife, Pam, has faced as she battles a bone marrow disorder. In addition to the EagleMan Ironman 70.3, Tom ran the Paris Marathon and will compete in the Ironman USA in Lake Placid and the Ironman Timberman 70.3 in New Hampshire.

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EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Star Studded Line Up
The 2010 EagleMan Ironman 70.3 will be a race to remember and is packed with power. This highly competitive Professional field is shaping up with Terenzo Bozzone last year's mens champion, Chris Legh '06 champion, Mike Caiazzo, Alex McDonald, Paul Fritzsche, David Kahn, James Cotter, Desiree Ficker, Natascha Badmann, Samantha Warriner, Heather Leiggi, Danielle Sullivan

For information on lodging, tourism and services available for EagleMan Ironman, see our Race Information webpage and scroll down to Travel/Lodging.

Volunteers for Eagleman Ironman 70.3 are still needed. Race day 13th June. Email to sign up!

Ironman had amended rules for the 2011 season which are effective September 1, 2010. Ironman has announced modifications to several rules and regulations relating to the swim at U.S. races.  The amendments were made to further standardize rules in the Ironman/70.3 Series and ensure a fair playing field at events around the globe. 

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Easy Transportation Of Your Bike To Howard County Events
If you're traveling to Howard County from out of town to participate in one of our events, you might want to consider utilizing SHIPBIKES.COM The advantages are simplicity, pre negotiated discounted shipping cost, and avoiding hidden costs due to over sized boxes, or incorrectly measuring your bike box. Additionally, Princeton Sports can handle everything for you including accepting your shipment, basic assembly, and brake and gear adjustment.

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CTA Event Participants Receive $100 Discount For Specialized Body Geometry Bike Fits
The Body Geometry Bike Fit System was designed by Dr. Andrew Pruitt and Specialized Bicycles. Dr. Pruitt developed this system during his year of running the US Olympic Training Center in Boulder, CO and the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.

Benefits of these individualized fits include increased comfort, power and reduced risk of injury. Click on the image above to watch a video and learn more about how this system can benefit your performance.

Princeton Sports in Columbia, MD has three managers that are trained, certified,and proficient in the Specialized Body Geometry Fit System.  The process includes a rider assessment, a physical/flexibility assessment, and dynamic bicycle fitting, and takes between 1 and 3 hours depending on your goals and the amount of adjustments. The fits normally retail for $300 for an aero or triathlon fit, and $250 for a road bike fit, but Princeton Sports is offering CTA participants a $100 discount just by mentioning their race. So call Princeton Sports at (410) 995-1894 to schedule your custom fit, and mention your race to take advantage of this great opportunity!

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Feed Your Machine
Hammer Nutrition, the official sponsor of Columbia Triathlon events offers a wide range of  products that can help you to achieve your maximum athletic performance. Hammer Nutrition's Knowledge Webpage provides an unsurpassed range of information covering a wide variety of topics, including fueling and supplementation recommendations, general health issues, and product usage information... all designed to help you achieve peak performance.

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2010 Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Training News
The 2010 training rides take place 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.

Mark your calendars for July 30, 2010 for the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Dress Rehearsal where you can practice your swim in the lake, and your run on the actual course (some people cycle on their own).  The practice event is free to all pre-registered and pre-paid participants courtesy of CTA. It is a great opportunity to listen to speakers concerning the race, setting up in the transition area and to obtain answers to overall questions that you may have.

For loads of great race tips be sure to check out Ask The Iron Girl on our website.
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
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