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TriColumbia Merchandise

TriColumbia Training 
Crowie Is Coming to EagleMan
NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo
Fueling for Cold Weather
Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K
Learn2Tri Is BIG News
USAT Race Director Certification
MPT Health Series - Your Health 2012
The "Rack Jacket"
2012 Event Schedule
FAQ's & Resources
January News From TriColumbia



The New Year is here!  It's time to plan the coming race season, and TriColumbia is ready with a myriad of race and training opportunities that are sure to challenge and excite you.  And don't forget that TriColumbia is a non-profit 501c3; so racing with us is a win-win.  The majority of your race entry fees are tax deductible. Taking advantage of this tax deduction lowers your overall cost of participation in TriColumbia events, and at the same time, supports many worthy charitable organizations in the community.


In this issue, you'll find information about 2012 races & benefactors, training programs & tips to help you achieve your goals, the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo, MPT Health programming, TriColumbia's Learn2Tri Program for youth, and EagleMan 2012 notables. 


Since 1984, TriColumbia has been producing the Mid-Atlantic's premiere endurance events, and we look forward to an yet another exciting and successful season.  


There are still race slots available for the following 2012 events:


Train safely, and we'll see YOU at the finish line!


Celebrate Life!

Robert Vigorito, Level 2 Race Director, and The TriColumbia Team  



Craig AlexanderIronman World Champion, Craig "Crowie" Alexander To Compete In 2012 Endurafit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon

TriColumbia is honored to announce that three-time Ironman World Champion, Craig "Crowie" Alexander, will compete in the 17th annual Endurafit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon. Alexander will join more than 2,400 endurance athletes on June 10, 2012 in Cambridge, Md.

Alexander, who has been named one of Inside Triathlon Magazine's "10 Greatest Male Iron-Distance Triathletes of All Time," one of Inside Triathlon Magazine's "15 Greatest Male Triathletes of All Time- Period," and Competitor Magazine's "2009 Male Triathlete of the Year," is a three-time Ironman World Champion (2008, 2009, 2011), two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion (2006 & 2011) and three-time Australian Long Course Champion (2004, 2006, 2010). From 2004-2010, he landed 27 half Ironman distance overall victories.

"I was really disappointed when the virus I contracted in early 2011 prevented me from racing The EagleMan 70.3," said Alexander.  "I have heard so many good things about that race and its organizers over the years that the event has been growing larger and larger on my radar.  I'm eager to line up in Cambridge in 2012."

Participants will compete to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii (30 slots) on October 13, 2012 and the Ironman 70.3 Championship in Lake Las Vegas (30 slots) on September 9, 2012. In addition, professionals will compete for a $50,000 prize purse. Last year, pros T.J. Tollakson (3:54:39) and 2010 Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae (4:15:31) took home first place honors overall.  

"The triathlon world will have its eyes on Cambridge, Maryland in June as this year's Endurafit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon promises to be another exciting event with a stellar field of nearly 2,400 participants," said Robert Vigorito, President of TriColumbia. "We are thrilled and honored to have Crowie, the reigning 2011 Ironman World Champion, compete this year, as he is one of triathlon's greatest athletes of all time."

The Endurafit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is the largest Ironman 70.3 event in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the most popular Ironman 70.3 triathlons in the country. The conditions of the course are both demanding and challenging; heat, winds, choppy waters, and little shade, making it uniquely similar to the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

Sponsors of the 2012 Endurafit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon include; Endurafit, Gatorade, Aqua Sphere, Princeton Sports, Timex, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Hammer Nutrition, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, MPT, ASI Photography, Wawa, 106.3 The Heat and Rackjacket.

Join Us At The 2012 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo on January 14th & !5th                     

NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo logo Join us at the on Saturday, January 14th and Sunday January 15th at the D.C. Convention Center in downtown Washington DC for the 2012 NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo. One of the largest free consumer health events in the country, the NBC4 Expo features hundreds of exhibits, demonstrations and giveaways.

The Medstar National Rehabilitation Network is the benefactor of TriColumbia's all new 2012 Celebrating Heroes (previously Celebration) Triathlon, a special sprint triathlon taking place in scenic Howard County, MD, celebrating both able bodied and challenged athletes.

Celebrating Heroes Triathlon Stop by the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital Booth, #1240 and the adjacent training court for demonstrations and presentations from NRH therapists and physicians, and experts including:
  • Live demonstrations of the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill - a revolutionary device currently offered at three NRH outpatient sites for patients undergoing physical therapy, as well as the general public
  • Gait analysis for runners and walkers using the Kinesio Capture software for the iPad
  • Handcycling demonstrations from the NRH therapeutic recreation team
  • Demonstrations of wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis by members of NRH-sponsored teams
  • Tips and advice from NRH Golf Performance Program experts  
  • Presentations by NRH physicians and therapists on concussions, sports medicine and cancer rehabilitation
  • Tips and advice on training for the upcoming TriColumbia "Celebrating Heroes Triathlon" to benefit National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Nutrition tips from NRH nutrition experts to help you prepare for the triathlon
  • Meet Brian Boyle aka "Iron Heart" on Saturday, mid-day, and hear his amazing story of recovery and triumph as he fought back from a horrific automobile accident to become an incredible endurance athlete and Ironman. Brian will be autographing copies of his book, Iron Heart
MedStar NRH Network provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. TriColumbia and NRH share the belief that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances the quality of life.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the top hospitals nationwide which specializes in the treatment of physical disabilities caused by spinal cord, brain injuries, stroke, arthritis, amputation, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, sports injuries and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
9am-5pm Both Days

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Halls B & C
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC
Directions to the Convention Center & Parking Information


Runner Training Tips For The New Year

Are you thinking about how to improve your performance or simply get to the finish line? Check out TriColumbia Training Opportunities for classes and clinics designed to assist all levels of athletes.

In addition, here are some helpful articles and a video to jump start your 2012 season of training.

Don't Miss The Brand New, All Women's Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Columbia Marathon Coming On April 29, 2012
2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia logo Start 2012 off on the right foot by registering for Inaugural The Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon. Join Joan Benoit Samuelson, the Gold Medalist in the inaugural Women's Olympic Marathon, at the first Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & 5K on April 29, 2012! Taking place in scenic Howard County, this event will start and finish in Columbia Town Center adjacent to the Columbia Mall on Little Patuxent Parkway.

The first Iron Girl event of its kind in the Mid Atlantic, this inspirational all women's event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating your unique "grace" as you journey toward the finish line. Join other women on the quest to live better and challenge yourself to be the best that you can be!

Produced to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, Howard County General Hospital's resource to assist those living and coping with cancer, the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & 5K, seeks to raise money and awareness for this amazing facility. Click here to see a recent WBAL story about the amazing work taking place at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

Best of Competitor 2011 logoThe Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon promises to be every bit as thrilling as our wildly popular Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon which has been named the  "Best Women's Event" in the Mid-Atlantic by Competitor Magazine.

As an added bonus, The Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon and the Frederick Running Festival have teamed up to offer women the ultimate endurance test.  Register for and then finish both half marathons, and you will earn the coveted title of "Titanium Girl 2012!"  Yours to keep will be an awesome 2012 Titanium Girl medal and exclusive bragging rights!

The Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, May 6th at 7am. This year's half marathon field will attract over 6,500 runners from around the country.  Registration for the Titanium Girl Challenge is limited to the first 1000 women!  You must register for both events separately.

Click HERE  for more information on the Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K
Click HERE for more information on the Frederick Running Festival

TriColumbia's Learn2Tri School Based Triathlon Youth Program Is Big News!                  

Learn2Tri logo TriColumbia's new initiative, Learn2Tri, is getting lots of attention! The first program of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic, Learn2Tri was conceived by TriColumbia as a way combat the rapid rise in obesity and inactivity among youth both inside and outside our schools.  This program enables kids to experience the benefits of swimming, biking and running, which are natural, high energy, cross training activities that keep individuals motivated, minimize injuries and provide total body fitness.  Triathlon is a lifelong activity that can be enjoyed by kids and families, who want to lead active lives, stay fit, and have fun together.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland's obesity rate was close to 25 percent in 2010, about a quarter of Maryland's residents. Furthermore, across the United States, only 3.8 percent of elementary schools, 7.9 percent of middle schools and 2.1 percent of high schools provide daily physical education or its equivalent for the entire school year. Twenty-two percent of schools do not require students to take any physical education at all. It has been proven that regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, and increases self-esteem; all goals of this triathlon instruction program.

Learn2Tri kids bikingWBAL and The Baltimore Sun recently covered this new and innovative partnership between TriColumbia and the Howard County Public School System which implements elementary, middle and high school triathlon instruction during physical education courses in an effort to educate students on the experience and lifestyle benefits of triathlon. Students and teachers alike are thrilled to be taking part in this unique program.
Sponsors of the Learn2Tri Program include The Horizon Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, The McDonalds Family Restaurants of Greater Baltimore, USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic, and Howard County General Hospital. Partners in the program include Trek Bicycles, Race Pace Bicycles, The Columbia Association, and Lock Laces.

USAT LOGO USA Triathlon News

USAT will be offering a race director certification class on the weekend of the 2012 Columbia Triathlon in Columbia Maryalnd at the host hotel, The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel on May 18-19, 2012  Registration will open on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. at 10 a.m. MT, and is done through USAT.  The course is limited to the first 20 people to register.

MPT logo
 Health Series & Endurance Special To Air On MPT

Throughout January, TriColumbia partner, Maryland Public Television presents MPT's Your Health 2012, a compelling lineup of documentaries, which look at the lives of people profoundly transformed by cancer, autism, fragile X syndrome, depression and end-of-life choices. The common threads running through these inspirational stories are empowerment in the face of devastation and the quest to shed lingering social stigmas by raising awareness. 

Click HERE for a complete listing of programs in this series.

In addition, MPT will be airing an Endurance Sports Special on Outdoors Maryland on February 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm, and again on February 11, 2012 at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm.  The program will feature three compelling stories:
  • IRON HEART: Brian Boyle's comeback from coma to champion triathlete.
  • THE FOUR-POINT-FOUR: Each year hardy souls plunge into the Chesapeake Bay to compete in the Chesapeake Bay Swim.
  • THE CHALLENGE, CUBED: The challenge for Janelle McIntyre is to train for and complete the annual Columbia Triathlon.

Copies of the February 7th show may be purchased through MPT.    

  RackjacketTriColumbia Protects The Environment

As many of you know, we have banned the use of plastic bags of any kind on bikes stored overnight in the transition areas at our events. The bags fall off, blow off, or are simply left behind. If you attempt to use plastic bags, staff will remove them.
TriColumbia and Endurafit are pleased to announce a brand new product, The Rack Jacket, an 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. You may also use an old swim cap to over your bike seat if you like.
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
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Team orders are welcome  
  Click here to order the rackjacket and other TriColumbia Gear
event_schedule2012 Event Schedule
April 29, 2012 - Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K - Registration is open

May 20, 2012 - Columbia Triathlon
Registration is open

June 3, 2012 - Blackwater Duathlon - USAT National Long Course Duathlon Championship - Registration is open  


June 10, 2012 - Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon & AquaVelo  - Registration is closed -  contact charity teams for possible entry opportunities or contact us for a CTA Community Slot.
**The EagleMan 2012 Aqua Velo has been named by the USAT Mid Atlantic Regional Committee as the 2012 Regional Championship.

June 24, 2012 - Celebrating Heroes Triathlon  Registration is open

July 22, 2012 - TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon   Registration opens on 1/30/12 

August 19, 2012 - Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon -
Registration is closed - contact charity teams for possible entry opportunities.  CTA Community Slot are no longer available.

September 22, 2012  -Make-a-Wish Triathlon

September 29, 2012 - ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival featuring the Ultra Distance Triathlon, Skipjack 75.2 Triathlon, AquaVelo, and The Bugeye Sprint - Registration is open.

** The ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon has been designated as the 2012 USAT Mid Atlantic Championship and was named by Triathlete Magazine as a "Best 140.6"


Our Sponsors

Rackjacket   Aqua Sphere   Baltimore Sun Media Group   Princeton Sports   David's Natural Market 

Hammer Nutrition   Gatorade   ASI Photo   EnduraFit   Fitness-Concepts 

Maryland Public Television   

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
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