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Are you coming to the TriColumbia Iron Girl Swim & Run Dress Rehearsal this Saturday, July 30? We are pleased to provide all registered 2011 TriColumbia Iron Girls with this unique opportunity to practice the swim and run on the course in a relaxed environment before race morning. This event is free to you, but you MUST download, print, and sign a waiver, and bring it with you to the rehearsal. We will also have lots of great Iron Girl Clothing and Accessories, so come ready to shop! (cash or checks only.) Read on for details.

In addition, with race day just 3 weeks away, are you looking for some additional  training help with the bike portion of your race?  TriColumbia is offering the Iron Girl Bike Clinic on August 14th. The fee is $25.00 and space is limited, so register today!

Come on out and develop the skills needed for success on race day!

Here's what people are saying about TriColumbia's Training Clinics:

"Thank you again for organizing this event.  It was the BEST!!!!  Loved it!!"
    ~Cindy S., Age Group Athlete

"A BIG thank you to you and your team for putting on such a great open water clinic last Sunday at Gunpowder Falls State Park! Have to admit that I went into the clinic knowing little about swimming competitively in open water so I did not know what to expect.  I came away with a wealth of information thanks to your teaching, guidance and support.  Much appreciated!  To top it off, I am now more confident and feel better prepared to take on the challenge that Iron Girl has to offer.  Please tell Mei Mei that I am "in my box" and "eyeing my exit!"
    ~ Robyn P., Age Group Athlete

"Just wanted to thank you all for the awesome swim this weekend!  It was so helpful and I was so glad that I participated.  I think my next tri will be so much more relaxed because of the swim and all the "tips" by everybody. Thanks again!"
    ~ Renee P., Age Group Athlete 

So visit our website, register today, and see the difference our clinics can make for you!

Train Safely, Enjoy Your Journey, and Celebrate Life,

Robert Vigorito and The TriColumbia Team 

Athleta Iron Girl Columbia LogoTriColumbia Iron Girl Columbia Swim & Run Dress Rehearsaldress_rehearsal

When:  July 30, 2011
             5:45 am - 10:00 am
Where:  Centennial Lake, Centennial Park, Howard County, MD, Swim Finish Area near the amphitheater and then Run Course.
Parking:  Inside Centennial Park on the grass. There will be volunteers and police to assist you
Fee:  FREE to all registered 2011 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia participants
Event Schedule: 
     7:00 am - swim waves begin by age group in the order of the race day swim waves.
     7:45 am - 8:00 am - Hammer Nutrition presentation on proper nutrition before, during & after the triathlon.
     8:00 am - 8:30 am - Gordon Institute Run Clinic
     8:45 am - 9:00 am - Hammer Nutrition presentation on proper nutrition before, during & after the triathlon.
     9:00 am - 9:30 am - Gordon Institute Run Clinic

The TriColumbia Iron Girl Swim and Run Dress Rehearsal is only for 2011 Iron Girl Columbia registrants. It is designed to help you gain comfort and experience swimming in Centennial Lake and to run the 3.2 mile course.  The lake is not open to the public for swimming so this is your opportunity to feel what the race day swim will be like.  Our goal is to have you relax at the start of your race.

A swim course of approximately 1100 yards will be set up with lifeguards and safety personnel on hand. Race Director, Robert Vigorito will be there to give you lots of tips and encouragement.

Hammer Nutrition will present information on proper nutrition before, during & after the triathlon. They will have product to purchase via credit card or cash.

After the swim there will be a FREE run clinic as well.  Gather by the amphitheater to participate. Robert Taylor, Director of Sports Performance at Gordon Institute, the Baltimore-based athletic complex, will conduct the clinic, which will touch on goal setting, rules to building your base, pre-race training, tips to improve your performance on race day, and much more.

Princeton Sports, our Official Bike Support Shop will be on hand to provide basic tire changing and maintenance pointers as well. They will NOT be conducting Bike and Helmet Safety Checks at this event, but encourage you to bring your race day bike and helmet to either Princeton Sports location (10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, or 6239 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21209) to have your free MANDATORY Bike and Helmet Safety Check done in the weeks prior to the race. No appointment is necessary. 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. Once checked and approved, Princeton will place a sticker on your bike which must be present on race day.  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 20th, 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.

Although there is no fee for 2011 Iron Girls to participate in the Iron Girl Swim & Run Dress Rehearsal, you MUST download and sign a waiver to participate. Bring this signed waiver with you to the dress rehearsal in order to obtain a unique wristband, which you must be wearing in order to enter the water.

Swim waves, grouped by age, in the order of the race day swim waves, will begin to enter the water around 7:00 am. Beginning at 6:00 am, we will be collecting waivers, confirming that you are a 2011 Iron Girl participant, and providing a unique wristband to participants. Please do not arrive late.  If you are not ready to go into the water by 7:00 am, you may not be able to participate in the practice swim.

We will also have lots of great Iron Girl Clothing and Accessories, so come ready to shop! (cash or checks only.)

TriColumbia Iron Bike Clinicskills

When: Sunday, August 14, 2011
Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Centennial Park, Columbia, MD
Fee:  $25.00 + $10 USAT One-Day Fee (if not an annual USAT member)

 The TriColumbia Iron Girl Bike Clinic on August 14, 2011 is designed to help you address "how to" successfully conquer the challenging Iron Girl Bike Course.  Participants will be divided into three groups based on bike speed and overall experience.  TriColumbia coaches will work with each group to provide instruction on proper bike technique, and will ride with the group through the course working on how to attack or survive each section of the course. Clinic will also include transition tips, basic road bike maintenance & repair, and  pre--race preparation.

Space is limited and registration closes on August 11, 2011 at 9:00 am EDT,  so register today!


Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon Notes

Need a Hotel?
If you will require lodging for the triathlon, be sure to check in with the Official Host Hotel, The Sheraton Columbia Town Center.  Offering a Special Iron Girl Triathlon rate for participants and conveniently located in downtown Columbia, this is the location for packet pick up, the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon Health and Fitness Expo and is located just 2 miles from the race venue. In addition, the Sheraton serves as the official pick up and drop off location for the free race day shuttle bus that runs to and from Centennial Park, the race venue.
For reservations call (800) 325-3535 or (410) 730-3900 and mention your participation in the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon.

Now Available! The Iron Girl Columbia Edition of The Rack Jacket
TriColumbia and Endurafit are pleased to announce the brand new "Rack Jacket," a great alternative to using trash bags to cover your bike. We fully embrace the "leave no trace behind" concept, and strive to eliminate litter produced at our events. As many of you know, we have banned the use of plastic bags of any kind on bikes stored overnight in the transition areas. The bags fall off, blow off, or are simply left behind. The Rack Jacket is the essential item for those of you who wish to protect your bike from the elements.

Key benefits of the Rack Jacket are:
  • Designed specifically for triathlon bike racks
  • Made of highly water resistant ripstop nylon
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Reusable
  • Cord locks and Velcro straps keep it securely fastened in windy conditions
  • Reasonably priced
  • Team orders are welcome
Order your Iron Girl Columbia Rack Jacket today!

Be Ready For The Race on August 21st.
Be sure to check out all the race details on our website under "key race info" and "resources."

 2012 Event Schedule - Look for new events next year including USAT National Long Course Duathlon Championship & All Womens 1/2 Marathon! 

2011 Event Schedule

May 22, 2011 - Columbia Triathlon - Thanks for racing with us; see you next year!

June 12, 2011 - Subaru Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon  Thanks for racing with us; see you next year!

June 26, 2011 - Celebration Sprint Triathlon  Thanks for racing with us; see you next year!

July 24, 2011 - TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon  Thanks for racing with us; see you next year!

August 21, 2010 -Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon
General Registration is closed.

September 24, 2011 - ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival featuring the Ultra Distance Triathlon named by Triathlete Magazine as a "Best 140.6", Skipjack 75.2 Triathlon, and Aqua Velo, and The Bugeye Sprint
** The ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon has been designated as the 2011 USAT Mid Atlantic Championship. Registration is open.

September 24, 2011  -Make-a-Wish Triathlon


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  

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

Our Sponsors

Deer Park Natural Spring Water   PNC Bank   Athleta   Aqua Sphere   Polar USA 

Power Bar   Howard County Parks & Recreation   Howard County General Hospital   Pandora Store   Trek Women 

Ryka   Rohto Cooling Eye Drops   Muscle Milk   Sheraton Columbia Town Center   ASI Photo 

EnduraFit   David's Natural Market   Fitness-Concepts   Gatorade   Hammer Nutrition 

Maryland Public Television   Princeton Sports   Subaru   Tyr   XTerra Wetsuits 


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