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Welcome to the 5th Anniversary AFLAC Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon - The Main Event! Race Day is only 12 days away. We at CTA are excited to welcome you to this year's race and look forward to celebrating with you as you cross the finish line a proud, strong and courageous Iron Girl on August 22nd! 

This email contains important and detailed information about the race so please review it carefully.

Celebrate LIFE and your unique GRACE!!

Robert Vigorito
USAT Level 2, Event Director and President
Columbia Triathlon Association
Shuttle Bus
CTA will be providing three free shuttle buses to take athletes, family, friends and volunteers to and from the host Sheraton Hotel to Centennial Park beginning at 4:30 am on Sunday and running every 15 - 20 minutes up until 6:30 am.  The first wave takes off at 6:40 am. This shuttle will continue to run from the hotel to the park and back to the hotel continuously every 20 minutes until 2pm. The last bus will depart Centennial Park at 2 pm.  The shuttle will allow for easy transportation throughout the day without the need to drive into the busy park. The race staff and Howard County Police strongly encourage you to take the shuttle to facilitate entrance to the park Sunday morning and to help avoid undue traffic and race delays.

If you decide to drive rather than use the shuttle, plan on arriving early on Sunday morning to find suitable parking. All parking is in the immediate grass area of Centennial Park adjacent to MD RT 108 across from the Transition Area.  If you have someone driving you, they MAY NOT stop in the driving lanes to drop you off.
There is an overflow lot available on Centennial Lane, the north entrance to the park. Tall light towers easily mark this lot. From here you can walk along the running path beside the lake to the transition area. It is about a 10-minute walk. Do not park in driveways, on private property or on church parking lots adjacent to the park.
The Park entrance from MD RT 108 will close at 6:30 am. Be smart and plan on morning traffic delays. Prepare to arrive earlier than you may have initially planned. There are thousands of athletes and their fans attending this event.  BE THERE EARLY!!  If you miss your swim wave start, the clock is ticking!
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WHEN: Friday, August 20, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 21, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO Sunday Packet Pick-up. All pre-registered entrants are expected to attend packet pick up Friday or Saturday in person. This is due to insurance liability requirements defined by the race insurance provider
WHERE: at the host Hotel, The Sheraton Columbia Town Center in the Lobby and the Lake View Ballrooms.

WHAT TO BRING: All participants MUST show a photo ID, and all USAT annual members must show their membership card. No Exceptions. No proof of ID then No packets, No race.

A unique wristband will be affixed at this time, which must remain on through the end of the race.

All members of each and every team must pick up their packets either Friday or Saturday in person. The same requirements stated above pertain to relay team members.

Athletes MUST bring proof of annual membership or purchase a one-day permit. Athletes who do not bring/show proof of membership must purchase a one-day license OR will not be allowed to race. Athletes who forget their membership cards will have four options below:

- Go" back" and get your card.

- Print off a temporary membership card from the USAT web site. Showing it on your iPhone or BlackBerry is acceptable also. Race staff members cannot pull up your USAT information or allow you use of computers.  Do not ask them to do so.

- Purchase a $10.00 one-day license, payable only by cash or check; no credit card purchase is permitted.

- Renew your annual membership online and bring proof of renewal.

Please remember to pack your USAT membership card. Don't leave home without it.

Please note that all CTA events have the one day option as a part of the race entry fee structure should you select that form of payment.
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Please open the below links as they will answer the majority of your race related questions.






We are going GREEN. CTA will not have printed course maps at packet pickup. Click on the link below to find the course maps and you may print them yourself.

ASI is the official photographer of all CTA events.  Event Photos will be available after the race.  You may find this link on the right hand sidebar of the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia webpage after the event.

The Sheraton Columbia Host Hotel, Columbia Town Center, Friday August 20, at 5:30pm and Saturday, August 21 at 1pm and 5pm. See the marquee as you enter the hotel. This talk will include key pointers about the race and include a question/answer session. You should plan to be there for one of these!

If you will not be participating in the race on August 22nd, and would like to be removed from this season's email updates, please email us at Sharon@tricolumbia.org  Please note that the refund deadline was June 1st and there are no transfers or race deferrals to next year allowed. 
timing clock
CTA has switched from ChampionChip timing to IPICO timing.  It is still a timing band that must be worn on either ankle and will be given to you at packet pickup.  If you have previously registered with your own personal ChampionChip, you will NOT be able to use it for the Columbia Triathlon.  You MUST use the IPICO timing band.

SWIM:1 hour from the start of your wave.
TOTAL TIME TO COMPLETE THE TRIATHLON: 4 hours, 30 minutes from the start of your wave.

SommerSports is the official race timer of the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon.  Results will be linked and available after the race on our Aflac Iron Girl webpage and at www.chiptimes.com.

Bike Racking

Saturday, August 21, 11 am to 8 pm ONLY at Centennial Park

All bikes must be racked. To enter transition for racking you must be wearing the security wristband received at packet pick up. Please note that the transition area is RESTRICTED TO ATHLETES ONLY.  Any accompanying friend, spouse, parent or child WILL NOT BE ALLOWED into the transition area.  Please make appropriate arrangements to have children supervised while you are racking your bike. Once racked, your bike cannot be removed. Full security is provided overnight. NO exceptions!

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AVOID THE CROWD AND GET YOUR BIKE CHECK DONE EARLY. Checks can be done any time from now until August 21st at the Official Race Bike Support, Princeton Sports and Travel, (410) 995-1894, 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, or at their Baltimore location. No appointment is necessary. Princeton will be checking all major bike components to help ensure a safe bike leg. You must bring your CPSC-certified helmet and your race day bike. The age of your helmet does not matter as long as it is ANSI or CPSC approved and in good condition.

You may also have your bike inspected at the race site prior to racking your bike in the Centennial Lake transition area beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 21st, after you complete the registration process at the hotel. However, we strongly advise against waiting until the day before the race, as the lines tend to be long, the weather could be inclement, your bike could need parts unavailable at the park, or repairs could take longer than just a few minutes.

Princeton Sports is conducting bike repair clinics every Monday evening at 7:15 pm at the Columbia location for registered 2010 Iron Girl athletes.

As of Tuesday, August 10, Centennial Lake water temperature was 87 degrees F. WETSUITS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES as their use would constitute a clear medical and safety danger (hyperthermia). Those wearing wetsuits will NOT be allowed to start.

However, athletes may use a USAT-approved skinsuit or speedsuit. For details on USAT-approved skinsuits and speedsuits for use in any water temperature, see USAT's complete list HERE.


Important Swim Course Information from USAT regulations and the Director:
4.9 Illegal Equipment. Any swimmer wearing any artificial propulsion device, including but not limited to fins, gloves, paddles, or floating devices of any kind shall be disqualified.

The use of snorkels is allowed.

The Swim Course will be marked by 2 RED buoys at the East end of the lake marking the left-hand turns. There will be 8 YELLOW buoys marking the rest of the course. An ORANGE buoy line will mark the swim finish chute.

The Swim Course is directed into the morning sunlight, so you may want to consider using polarized or mirrored swim goggles to help alleviate the glare.

See Xterra Special Offer at the end of this email.

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PLEASE respect both the environment and the areas that this event travels through.  Do not drop trash anywhere other than aid stations and use the portable toilets, not the neighborhoods.

Each year trash is left behind by athletes and their fans. There will also be BOTH Recycle Containers and Trash Containers in and around the Transition area. We ask you to use them for such discards.

The County and Columbia Triathlon Association take pride in the designation of Centennial Park as a trash free, "leave no trace" park. Help us to maintain this special facility. We encourage you to take your trash with you when you leave the park in order to protect the environment. Thank you for your cooperation.


Remember, use of profanity or disrespect of any staff, volunteers or other officials there to assist you in this event can be reason for a USAT official to disqualify you - this includes packet pick up and the bike racking stages.


The Sheraton Columbia Hotel, located 2 miles from Centennial Park (the race site) is the host hotel for The Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon and is offering a special triathlon rate. For Reservations call: 1-800-325-3535 (local- 410-730-3900)

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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

Topics will include:

Polar Heart Rate Monitor Presentation -  discuss the advantages and benefits of heart rate training and answer questions.

Basic Bicycle Repair
- Princeton Sports' experienced mechanics will be available to demonstrate the basics to prevent and change flat tires and answer questions.

Triathlon Clinic
- to discuss your preparations for the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon.  Maximize your enjoyment, and learn to organize your Transition Area, prepare yourself for the event and learn from the experiences of veteran Iron Girls. 

Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon Columbia Q & A
- Robert Vigorito, the Race Director and Amy Olin from his operations staff will be discussing race highlights, outlining critical details, and answering questions.  

Bring a friend & meet other Iron Girls to discuss and share your stories over refreshments.

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.

An Evening With Grace - An Event Presented Especially For You To Follow Your Journey And Dreams To A Memorable Iron Girl Finish

All Iron Girls, past present and future, are invited to celebrate and recognize the 5th Anniversary of Iron Girl Columbia and its focus on providing women a platform to pursue and embrace a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle.

We will recognize ALL Iron Girls and give you the opportunity to share your own personal Iron Girl story - What does Iron Girl mean to you?

We will recognize and award The Spirit of Judy Flannery Waterford Crystal Bowl to Judy Molnar, V.P. of Iron Girl for always "dreaming big." Judy Molnar has been chosen as she exemplifies the spirit, determination and grace of Judy Flannery.
At 38, Judy Flannery-a mother of five-began jogging, worked her way up to marathons and eventually the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Tragically killed at the peak of her career when an out-of-control car struck her bicycle, 57-year-old Flannery was a source of inspiration for other athletes and an outstanding member of her community.

We will recognize our three paratriathletes, Jamie Rogers, Patti Collins and Sarah Reinertsen (the first female amputee to finish the Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii)

We will welcome our Pro, Amateur Elites

We will welcome our 62 Teens.

Where: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel - patio fronting the lake adjacent to Waterside Restaurant
When: Friday, August 20, 2010, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Light fare and beverages served
RSVP WithGrace@Tricolumbia.org

Please join us for this inspiring event!

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Team CTA Wishes You A Wonderful Iron Girl Experience

All of us at Team CTA wish you much success event day and we congratulate you for your dedication and commitment to the journey that will bring you to the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Finish Line... Listen for your name as you cross that Special Line & Rejoice!
Now Go and Be Great!!

ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival Still Open For Registration:

ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon is still accepting entries for the full Iron Distance, the Aqua-Velo, Skipjack and the Swim Only. See the Chesapeake Endurance Festival page for more information.

2011 Subaru EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Registration Is NOW Open:

Register now for the 2011 Subaru EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon on June 12, 2011 in Cambridge, MD. EagleMan Ironman 70.3 is one of only a few 70.3 races with qualifying slots for the IronMan Championship in Kona and the 70.3 Ironman Championship in Clearwater, Florida. The Aqua Velo will serve as the 2011 USAT Mid Atlantic Championship. See our webpage for information.
Columbia Triathlon Association would like to thank and welcome our sponsors for the
2010 Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon.
Please show your appreciation for their support of our events by supporting them.

Our Sponsors

Subaru       Howard County       Sheraton Columbia
Princeton Sports       Ironman Perform       Spinervals

Luna Bar       Xterra       David's Natural Market

Bodycology      Dr. Teal's

Muscle Milk Light       Rohto

Aqua Sphere
XTerra IG Offer
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