In This Issue
Bozzone Defends at EagleMan
Stellar Performances at Columbia Triathlon
Charity in Focus
ASA Assists Athlete at Celebration
Get Checked
Iron Heart
Send Us Your Iron Girl Story
Get Out And Train
Welcome Geico
FAQ's & Resources
TriColumbia NEWS
It's June and two exciting CTA Triathlons are in the books. In the June issue of our E-Newsletter you'll find inspirational stories, special offers and training news as well as highlights of both the Columbia Triathlon and the EagleMan Ironman 70.3. These challenging races attracted nearly 50 world class pros competing for total prize purses of $75,000.

If you're not racing, catch the excitement and volunteer at one of our upcoming triathlons.  There are still lots of opportunities to help out at two Columbia, MD triathlons, the Celebration Triathlon on June 27th and Aflac Iron Girl 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 - Great Race.  Kudos to all participants! See you next May.

June 13, 2010 - EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Presented by Spinervals - Awesome Race.  Join us next year.

June 27, 2010 -
*NEW*Celebration Sprint Triathlon - General Registration is closed. For those registered , you will soon receive a Celebration Triathlon specific, pre-race email with important details about the event.
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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Bozzone Defends at The 2010 EagleMan Ironman 70.3 
Congratulations to the winners and all the athletes, both professional and amateur, who battled through the blazing heat and humidity in one of the most competitive and grueling 70.3 events ever. The exciting race was stacked with 31 world class pros from all over the globe. It was a close race with the top three men all finishing within just over 2 minutes.

The New Zealanders dominated the race with Torenzo Bozzone successfully defending his 2009 EagleMan title with a total time of 3:58:17 and Samantha Warriner leading the entire race and winning among the women with a total time of 4:20:01.  James Cotter, former amateur champ at the Kona Ironman Championship in 2001, took second place as did Canada's Samantha McGlone, 1st place winner of 2009 Ironman Lake Placid. Finishing 3rd was 20 year old Andrew Yoder who won the Columbia Triathlon last month and Michellie Jones who has 200+ major wins under her belt.

Congratulations to those who qualified for slots to the Ford Ironman World Championship Kona, HI, October 9, 2010 and to the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, FL, November 13, 2010.

Click here to check out all the timing results.

Thanks to our amazing volunteers in the Cambridge community who numbered nearly 800 and who helped EagleMan Ironman 70.3 live up to Triathlete Magazine's March 2009 award in the Best Race Support category. Thanks as well to the entire Cambridge, MD community who open their doors to 2000 athletes each year, and to our sponsors -  Spinervals, Subaru, Geico, Gatorade, TriSpeed Multisport, PowerBar, Xterra, TYR and Philadelphia Insurance Company. We look forward another exciting EagleMan Ironman 70.3 next year.
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Stellar Performances Marked The 27th Annual Columbia Triathlon
Heavy rain couldn't dampen the spirits of athletes, volunteers, fans and supporters of the 27th Columbia Triathlon on May 23, 2010.  Twenty World Class Pros gave it their all as they battled for the podium.  In the end, 20 year old Andrew Yoder from Columbia, PA took the mens title with an overall time of 1:54:53 after finishing 2nd in both 2009 and 2008.  Tim O'Donnell of Boulder, CO came in 2nd followed by Dan MacKenzie of Denver, CO and Patrice Hamelin of Quebec, Canada.
Laurel Wassner, a cancer survivor from Hoboken, NJ who turned pro last year finished first among the women with a time of 2:11:53.  Laurel's kept the title in the family as her sister Rebeccah was the 2009 Champion. Check out Laurel's reflections in Team 1st Endurance Blog. Finishing 2nd was local favorite Margie Shapiro of Herndon, VA followed by 6-time IronMan Kona Champion, Natascha Badmann. Click here for all the race results.

Congratulations to all athletes who participated and many thanks to all our sponsors, dedicated volunteers, police, emergency workers and staff for making the 2010 Columbia Triathlon a huge success!

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Charity in Focus - Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation
CTA is pleased to support the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation whose mission is to promote prevention, early detection and research to end melanoma. Did you know that melanoma, the most serious and lethal form of skin cancer, is the most common cancer among young adults ages 25-29; and second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old? During the past 10 years, the number of cases of melanoma has increased more rapidly than that of any other cancer.

Triathletes and other outdoor enthusiasts are especially at risk, spending a large amount of time in the sun's peak exposure. However, if detected early... melanoma can be effectively treated and often cured. So train smart and learn more about how to protect yourself and those you love from Melanoma.

Athletes Serving Athletes

Athlete with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to compete in the 2010 Celebration Sprint Triathlon
Joining 2000 athletes, Shane Lauer will compete in the 2010 inaugural Celebration Triathlon on June 27th with the assistance of a volunteer from the Athletes Serving Athletes triathlon racing team. Shane will be pulled in a raft during the swim, seated in a custom bike for the ride, and pushed in a custom racing jogger to cross the finish line in. Racing equipment has been customized to accommodate Shane's special needs. Shane will be competing alongside 20 other athletes (non disabled) from the Athletes Serving Athletes triathlon racing team.
CTA is proud to support Athletes Serving Athletes which is a nonprofit organization that enables challenged athletes to feel the thrill of competitive sports and to show both athletes and spectators what is possible. ASA offers programs and services that inspire and prepare challenged athletes to compete in running, triathlon and cycling events.  Based in Baltimore Maryland, ASA is working with socially, physically, and economically challenged athletes in the mid-Atlantic region.  For information on how to involve a challenged athlete, contact ASA founder, David Slomkowski (443) 756-7711 or visit ASA's website
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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 FREE Mandatory Helmet and Bicycle Safety Check done for the Celebration Triathlon and the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon. Princeton Sports, Official Bike Shop Sponsor, is now checking all major bike components in the store to help ensure a safe bike leg. So avoid the crowd and duck those long lines at the park! No appointment is necessary. 

Princeton Sports is located at 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Stop in and get checked today!
Iron Heart
Local Athlete Brian Boyle aka "Iron Heart" Competes in 2010 EagleMan Ironman 70.3
On July 6, 2004, 18-year-old Brian Boyle was driving home from swim practice, when a dump truck speeding through an intersection T-boned the car he was driving. The former swimmer and bodybuilder suffered massive internal injuries, losing 60 per cent of his blood. His heart was actually knocked to the other side of his chest. To manage the severe trauma, medical staff had to put him in a chemical-induced coma which lasted two months.
Doctors predicted that if Boyle survived he would be in a vegetative state. And they said that if he did manage to regain consciousness and use of his mental faculties, he would likely have to live out his life under full-time nursing care.
Boyle aka "Iron Heart" has proved those doctors wrong. He fought his way back and not only recovered, but just 30 months later, he competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, finishing the race in just 14 hours, 42 minutes.
Click here to view a video about Brian's incredible story produced by NBC in conjunction with his participation in the 2008 Ironman 70.3 Championship in Clearwater.
We are proud to have had Brian compete in the 2010 EagleMan Ironman 70.3 last weekend, captured by Maryland Public Television (MPT.) His miraculous and courageous story of personal determination has been featured in the media and is the subject of his book "Iron Heart."  MPT's feature story filmed at the 2010 EagleMan 70.3 last weekend will air later this year.

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AFLAC Iron Girl Columbia Pre-Race Clinic Hosted by Polar
Achieve your best at the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon Event! Join us for a pre-race reception and clinic to learn about the benefits of heart rate based training and how Polar can help you in your efforts.

DATE: Thursday August 19, 2010
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Princeton Sports, 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, (410) 995-1894
Click HERE to RSVP

Be sure to visit the Aflac Iron Girl Event Series and CTA on Facebook for clinic updates and training resources such as the Polar heart rate training discussion. Post your questions under the Discussion Topic: Polar Heart Rate Training and Corey from the Polar team will respond.

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Exclusive Bicycle Tune-Up Offer for CTA Members

It's time to prepare for the inaugural Celebration Triathlon on June 27, 2010. Princeton Sports, 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 is pleased to offer a tune up special for all CTA members between now and Monday June 21st. You can get their Deluxe Bicycle Tune-Up for only $75.00 (price does not include replacement parts or $3.00 Green Fee)  The Deluxe Tune Up, a $100 value includes a complete Drive Train Cleaning in addition to a Tune-Up. Take advantage of this special offer - The Deluxe Bicycle Tune Up, is just $15 more than their Standard Tune-Up.

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Has The Iron Girl Triathlon Changed Your Life?
Aflac, the naming sponsor for the Iron Girl Triathlon is looking for your inspirational Iron Girl story. Why did you get involved with the Iron Girl Triathlon? Where do you find your strength to compete? How has Iron Girl changed your life? If you would like to share your story, and inspire others, please email before June 30, 2010.
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Get Out And Train!
Iron Girl 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.

Weekly training opportunities are also sponsored by Mid Maryland Triathlon Club and are free to members with a signed waiver.

WARNING - Please note that Howard County is paving the entire Homewood/Folly Quarter Traffic Circle to the Ten Oaks Triadelphia Traffic Circle corridor (with the exception of the overpass of Rt. 32 which is owned by the state of MD -  SHA) between June 28th and July 30th. They have kindly scheduled construction to occur between the Celebration Triathlon and the Iron Girl. The paving will provide a much improved roadway for cyclists.

Check out open water swim practices at Lake Royer in Cascade, Maryland offered by Racine Multisports.  Swim time is 1.5 hours and services include a 300 meter marked course per lap, turn buoys to practice sighting, kayaker with floatation aid, water and Heed for hydration, access to community center locker rooms, and swim caps.  Please visit Racine Multisports website for all rules and details.

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. Be sure to print, sign and bring your waiver (available at

GEICO Sponsors Columbia Triathlon Association
CTA is pleased to welcome GEICO Insurance to our sponsor family as we recognize GEICO's support of local communities and work to protect the environment. GEICO Powersports is proud to sponsor both the Columbia Triathlon and the EagleMan Ironman 70.3. GEICO has been rated #1 as the most desired insurer among consumers based on both customer service and a focus on staff training and development by the Kanabay Research Institute. Earning straight A's for financial strength, GEICO offers a wide array of vehicle insurance and savings.

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

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