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Don't Delay...Entries Still Available for the The 2012 Columbia Triathlon

  Greetings!

   


Race season is around the corner.  If you are still on the fence about your race calendar, why not consider signing up for the The 2012 Columbia Triathlon if you haven't done so yet? 

 

Many are unaware 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.  

 

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  

      

 




Columbia Triathlon 2012 logoThe 2012 Columbia Triathlon - A Few Slots Still Remain 

Don't miss your chance to return to the experience athletes have raved about for nearly 30 years!

RunnerFondly dubbed "The Happiest Race on Earth," this Olympic distance event is one of the most popular, challenging, and longest running triathlons in the USA, and is widely acclaimed as a favorite and staple race among both amateur and pro triathletes.

"I return year after year to The Columbia Triathlon.  The course is both beautiful, and challenging, and the logistics are always excellent. Race Director, Robert Vigorito's enthusiasm permeates the event. From beginning to end, everyone involved takes great care of participants."   Jon, Age Group Athlete.

Listen to what Tim DeBoom, two-time Ironman World Champion, and 2002 Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Champion had to say about the Columbia Triathlon in an interview prior to the 2011 race.

Take a look at this video of the Columbia Triathlon courtesy of Oellaworks  Photography.

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CelebratingJoin Us At The 2012 Celebrating Heroes Triathlon on June 24th & Support Those With Disabilities                      

Celebrating Heroes Circle Logo Join us at the 2012 Celebrating Heroes Sprint Triathlon (formerly Celebration Triahtlon) on Sunday, June 24th. TriColumbia has chosen the National Rehabilitation Hospital as the beneficiary of this sprint distance triathlon, now in its third year.

TriColumbia and NRH share the belief that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances the quality of life.  NRH does just that through treatment and programming such as handcycling, quad rugby and wheelchair basketball that provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.

Proceeds from this event provide support to those served by the National Rehabilitation Hospital including our Wounded Warriors and others with physical disabilities caused by spinal cord, brain injuries, stroke, arthritis, amputation, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, sports injuries and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

With an identical course to the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, this race boasts one of the most beautiful and challenging sprints around. 

So sign up today and show your support for The National Rehabilitation Hospital and those with physical disabilities. The majority of your race entry fee is tax deductible.

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HalfBrand 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!

Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center logoProduced 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

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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 is open

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 29, 2012 - ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival featuring the Ultra Distance Triathlon, Skipjack 75.2 Triathlon, & Aquabike - 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"


 
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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