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Important 2012 Blackwater Duathlon Participant Information



Blackwater Duathlon logoWelcome to The 2012 Blackwater Duathlon, the USAT Long Course Duathlon Championship & Qualifier for the ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championship to be held on September 2, 2012, in Zofingen, Switzerland. Race Day is on June 3rd, and we've been hard at work preparing to make this a fantastic inaugural event.  


The Blackwater Duathlon's two 10K run courses are flat and fast traveling along Egypt Road, and will start and finish at the Cambridge South Dorchester High School.

The bike course consists of a two loop, windy and flat 70K bike, traveling through portions of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife such as Eagles, Egrets, and Osprey as you proceed through one of the most beautiful and revered wildlife refuges in the country.


Please read the important information in this email, and remember to download the 2012 Blackwater Duathlon Athlete's Guide (located under "Key Race Info") and other resources located on the Blackwater Duathlon event webpage to address questions or concerns you may have.

If you need to speak to TriColumbia Staff on race day, please go to the TriColumbia tent located on the Cambridge South Dorchester High School parking lot.
Train safely, and we look forward to seeing you on race weekend!

Celebrate Life!

Robert Vigorito, Founder/CEO, USAT Level 2 Certified Race Director
Kari Ebeling, COO, USAT Level 1 Certified Race Director & Team TriColumbia     



Important Race Information        

Be sure to take a look at all the important information about the 2012 Blackwater Duarthlon on our website.
  • Download the Athletes Guide  
  • Download the Course Maps  
  • Download Travel & Lodging Information   
  • There is ample parking at the venue, Cambridge South Dorchester High School, but please arrive early to rack your bike, get body marked and make it to the start on time. Bike racking begins at 5:30 am. 
  • Race Photography by ASI - Click on Results & Photos on the Blackwater Duathlon webpage after the event. Keep your race number visible & smile as you cross the finish line! 
  • Official Timing Results - available post race under Results & Photos      

And don't forget to attend the Pre-Race Course Talk, which will provide important information about the race, and include a question and answer segment.

When:  Saturday, June 2, 2012, 5:00 pm
Where: Cambridge South Dorchester High School, 2475 Church Creek Rd. (Rt. 16), Cambridge, MD 21613 

Athlete Check-In and Packet Pickup  

When: Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Cambridge South Dorchester High School, 2475 Church Creek Rd. (Rt. 16), Cambridge, MD 21613

Please note that there is NO RACE DAY CHECK-IN/PACKET PICKUP. All registered entrants, including all relay team members, MUST attend packet pickup on Saturday in person. Per USAT rules, each participant MUST pick up his/her own packet. If you do not check in during the designated check-in time in person, you will not be able to participate in the event.

All participants, including youth (17 and under) must bring the following to packet pickup:
  • A photo ID
  • USAT membership card to show proof of annual membership unless you purchased one-day USAT event insurance at the time you registered for the event 
Special Notice Regarding USAT membership cards for check-in

Athletes MUST bring proof of annual USAT membership or purchase one-day USAT event insurance. Failure to do so will disallow participation in the race. (Athletes may have purchased one-day event insurance at the time of registration. Staff will have a list of those one-day USAT participants at check-in.) Athletes who forget their USAT membership card will have the following options:
  • Go to your home or hotel and retrieve your card.
  • Print a temporary membership card from the USAT website, www.usatriathlon.org 
  • Show a current membership card on a smart phone or PDA.
  • Purchase one-day event insurance for $12.00 (Adult) or $10.00 (Youth) at the USAT desk at check-in. Payable by cash or check ONLY. 
  • Renew your annual membership at the USAT desk at check-in.
  • Renew your annual membership online and bring proof of renewal.
Race staff and/or volunteers cannot search for USAT membership information or allow use of staff computers by athletes to retrieve information.

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

Mandatory Pre-Event Bike Racking          

Bike RackingAll bikes must be racked before the race on Sunday morning from 5:30 am to 6:35 am at the Transition Area on the grounds of the Cambridge South Dorchester High School. You will also be body marked at that time, so please arrive with plenty of time to spare.

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. NO exceptions!

Race Day Notes

After the race, all participants are invited to enjoy refreshments located at the post race party in the Athlete's Food Tent.

TriCBodyMasonsolumbia will provide complementary massages on a first come, first served basis. The Massage Tent will be located near the Food Tent and massages will be executed by BodyMason Performance Therapy.

The Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately 1:00 pm at the post race celebration.  Overall and age group awards will be given.  Please note that the results posted at the event are for time purposes only and may not reflect Award Results.

Please note that those entered in the Athena or Clydesdale divisions may be required to weigh in to verify their eligibility at packet pick up and at the event.  There may be challenges by other athletes at the Awards Ceremony.

The first 18 in each age group will qualify for the ITU Long Course Duathlon Championship to be held on September 2, 2012 in Zofingen, Switzerland. USAT will follow up within one week of the Blackwater Duathlon, instructing automatic qualifiers on how to pay the $50.00 non-refundable deposit to hold their Team USA slot.  Athletes MUST go to the designated registration link provided in the email by the specified deadline to officially hold his/her slot on Team USA.

A HUGE thank you to ALL our 2012 Blackwater Duathlon Sponsors, including Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, Aqua Sphere, Princeton Sports, EnduraFit, ASI Photography, and WAWA.  Thanks as well to our community supporters and volunteers, and all our charity team, and Tri Clubs who help make the event great!

Please Respect The Area And Thank Our Volunteers   

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.  Help us to maintain this special wildlife refuge and race venue as  "leave no trace" spaces. We encourage you to use trash receptacles and to take your trash with you when you leave  in order to protect the environment.

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

And don't forget to thank the many enthusiastic volunteers stationed throughout the race course and venue.  Our volunteers are comprised of many charity and community groups as well as individuals who simply enjoy helping out. We would be unable to provide events such as this one without their capable assistance! If you would like to help out with this or any of our other events, simply visit our website and let us know.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Our Sponsors

EnduraFit   Gatorade   Hammer Nutrition   Princeton Sports 

Aqua Sphere   Wawa   ASI Photo   Rackjacket 

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 received a bracelet with a special commemorative sterling silver Iron Girl 13.1 bead.

May 20, 2012 - Columbia Triathlon

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


June 10, 2012 - Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon & AquaVelo  - Registration is closed
**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"

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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