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Titanium Girl Challenge
TriColumbia Donates $25,000.00
Awards & Finisher Bracelets
Your Virtual Finisher Badge
NEW EVENT - Iron Girl Rocky Gap
Thank You
2012 Event Schedule
FAQ's & Resources
Congratulations and Thanks for Racing with TriColumbia!



Thank you for racing with TriColumbia in the Inaugural 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon or Coed 5K. Your journey began many months ago, when you took the challenge to train to accomplish something great, and culminated in crossing the finish line! The weather cooperated with an abundance of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. We hope you enjoyed the race, post race festivities and massage, and that you succeeded in reaching your personal goals; creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Congratulations to all our winners. 25 year-old Askale Merachi of Washington D.C. was the top half marathon finisher with a time of 1:17:06. Merachi took home a cash prize of $1,800.  Rounding out the top five half marathon finishers were: 2) Hirut Mandefro (26, Washington, DC), time: 1:19:18, prize $1,100; 3) Heather McWhirter (34, Glenwood, NY), time: 1:21:33, prize: $900; 4) Megan McNew (33, Baltimore, MD), time: 1:23:53, prize: $700; 5) Line Lauritsen (29, McHenry, MD) time: 1:24:06, prize: $500.


In addition to the half marathon, nearly 500 men and women competed in the Coed 5K. 38 year-old Cliff Franz of Silver Spring, Md. was the top 5K male finisher with a time of 18:42, and 40 year-old Norah MacPhee of Columbia, Md. was the top 5K female finisher with a time of 22:13.


In racing with TriColumbia, you have not only shown your commitment to life-long health and fitness, but you have helped us further our mission of improving the lives of individuals in need by supporting local and regional charities.   


We are pleased to report that in addition to TriColumbia's direct donation of $25,000 to the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, many charity teams raised thousands of dollars for their causes. For example, Team in Training raised over $45,000 through fundraising associated with this inaugural event.  


Together, we continue to impact those in need!  Thank you!! 


Celebrate Life!

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



Results & Photos & TriLights 

FinisherPix logoNow that you've finished, timing results and photos are available for you to view. Be sure to print out your custom finisher's certificate when you view your timing results. Simply search for your results under "view searchable results" on the timer's website (linked below).  Also, be sure to order photos of you taken out on the course by FinisherPix.  Check out the race day action and some inspirational stories in our TriLights Race Day Live Blog too!

Attention Titanium Girls  

For those who have taken the Titanium Girl Challenge to complete both the Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon and the Frederick Running Festival 1/2 Marathon within 1 week, your Titanium Girl medal will be available for you post race at the Frederick Running Festival.  Race staff will have a list of Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon finishers.

To expedite receipt, stop by the TriColumbia booth at the Frederick Running Festival Packet Pick up and Expo on Saturday, May 5th from 10 am - 6 pm, and receive a wristband which will allow you to be identified quickly as an Iron Girl Half Marathon finisher.  Show us that wristband and your Frederick Half Marathon medal to receive your 2012 Titanium Girl medal.  We will also have a list of Iron Girl, Titanium Girl Challenge finishers on hand.

 TriColumbia Donates $25,000 to The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital        

CMCRC Check PresentationFollowing the race, a Champions Reception & Check Presentation was held at Howard County General Hospital, where TriColumbia presented a check for $25,000 to the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

"The success of this event means so much to Howard County General Hospital and to our cancer patients," said Victor A. Broccolino, president and CEO of Howard County General Hospital. "The generous donation from TriColumbia will help us provide valuable services to our patients when they need it most."

We want to thank Joan Benoit Samuelson for her role as race spokesperson. "I am honored and delighted that I was given the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing inaugural event," said Benoit Samuelson. "I am grateful to the team at TriColumbia for their contributions to the sport and to the community, especially the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center to assist those living and coping with cancer. I am already looking forward to next year's race!"

Awards and 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon Finisher Bracelets  

If you qualified for an award, but were unable to stay for the awards ceremony, and would like to have it shipped to you, kindly send us a check in the amount of $10.00 (P&H). Make the check payable to The Columbia Triathlon Association, Inc., and send it along with your request to 9130-G Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD 21045. Awards cannot not be mailed until a check is received. Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive the award. Requests for awards received after November 1, 2012 will not be fulfilled. Click here for results.  See the Athletes Guide located under "Key Race Info" on our Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon & 5K webpage for a list of awards.

If you finished the half marathon and did not collect your 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon finisher bracelet at the race venue, please send the tear off portion of your race bib labeled "finisher gift,"  your name and shipping address along with a check in the amount of $5.00 (P&H) to 9140-G Red Branch Road, Columbia, MD 20145. We will mail it to you.  Requests for finisher bracelets must be postmarked by 5/18/12 in order to receive your bracelet. Click HERE to view and purchase additional sterling silver, glass and crystal beads from EnduraFit.

Iron Girl Half Bead Event
Iron Girl Half Bead date

Show Your Accomplishment With Your Official Iron Girl Triathlon Finisher Badge

Iron Girl Half Marathon Finisher BadgeAthleta Iron Girl Half Marathon finishers have been sent an email invitation to claim their virtual Iron Girl Finisher Badge.  Be sure to claim yours, courtesy of TriColumbia. Badges can be proudly displayed on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and personal blogs to let everyone know of your accomplishment!

Take The Next Challenge - Register for The Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon - 1st 500 Can Register Early for 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triahtlon 

Iron Girl Rocky Gap LogoTriColumbia is pleased to announce the inaugural Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon. The triathlon will take place on September 9, 2012 at Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, Md. and consist of a 0.5 mile swim, 16 mile bike and 3 mile run. This inspirational all women's event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle and providing a platform whereby women support one another as they journey toward the finish line.

Best of CompetitorThe 7th annual Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, the most popular event in the Iron Girl series, sold out in less than four hours and will take place August 19 at Centennial Lake Park in Columbia, Md. Earlier this year, the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon was named the "Best Women's Event" in the Mid-Atlantic by Competitor Magazine.

Registration for the 2012 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon opened on April 10, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Registration is $135 for USAT members, $145 for non-USAT members and $235 for a three person relay team.  The prize purse is $4,999 for all competitors except relays. For more information and to register for the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon visit TriColumbia.org

The first 500 women to register for the 2012 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon will receive an opportunity to register for the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, early, before registration is open to the public. The 2012 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon sold out in just over 3 hours!

Thank You To All Our Sponsors, Volunteers & Community Partners    

Thanks to all who made this fantastic event possible, including Howard County Police, EMS, and Howard County Fire & Rescue.

Thanks to all our Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon Sponsors, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, EnduraFit, Princeton Sports, Athleta, MPT, Howard Magazine, Wegmans, Mix 106.5, Milestones Jewelry & Apparel, Polar, The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Mall at Columbia, The Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Finisher Pix, & Freedom Foot & Ankle.
Thanks to all the volunteer groups that enthusiastically assisted on the course and at packet pickup including Team Fight, Vision Quest, 25/45, Mid Maryland Triathlon Club, YMCA, Friends of the Library, Team in Training, and Girls on the Run. We would be unable to provide events such as this one without their capable assistance!

If you would like to help out with any of our other events, simply visit our website and let us know.

Our Sponsors

Athleta   Milestones Sports Jewelry & Apparel   FinisherPix   Howard County General Hospital 

The Howard Hughes Corporation   EnduraFit   The Mall in Columbia   Wegmans 

Mix 106.5   Gatorade   Hammer Nutrition   Princeton Sports 

Howard Magazine   Lisa Hussman Foundation   Polar USA   Sheraton Columbia Town Center 

event_schedule2012 Event Schedule
April 29, 2012 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K - benefiting Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center
In addition to an awesome inaugural medal, Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon finishers will receive a bracelet with a special commemorative sterling silver Iron Girl 13.1 bead.

May 20, 2012 - Columbia Triathlon
Registration is open - only a few slots remain.

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 benefiting MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Registration is open

July 22, 2012 - TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon   Registration is open

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

September 9, 2012 - Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon - Registration is open

September 29, 2012 - ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic featuring the Ultra Distance Triathlon, Skipjack 75.2 Triathlon, Aquabike & Bugeye Classic (intermediate distance) - 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"

Columbia Triathlon Association is now on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Please join us on these site for daily updates, special offers, and race reports.

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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