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Important 2012 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan and AquaVelo Participant Information

  Greetings!

    

The 2012 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon and EagleMan AquaVelo is just 10 days away on May 20, 2012. This year's race promises to be another great, world-class event, packed full of a stellar field of Pros and amateurs from around the world and loads of excitement.  

 

We welcome back both 2011 Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Champions, Mirinda Carfrae  (2010 Ironman World Champion and 2009 & 2011 EagleMan Champion) and TJ Tollakson (2007 & 2011 Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Champion).  In addition, Craig "Crowie" Alexander will be competing. Crowie, 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.     

 

TriColumbia is honored once again to have The EagleMan AquaVelo named The USAT Mid-Atlantic Aquabike Championship event!  

 

We are still looking for some volunteers to help out in the days leading up to the event and on race day. If family or friends will be at the park with you, and would like to spend some of their time helping out while you're racing, we would appreciate their assistance. It's a fun way to pass the time.  Please email us to let us know of your interest to volunteer. 

Please read the important information in this email, and remember to download the 2012 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Athlete's Guide (located under "Key Race Info") and other resources located on the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon 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 Information desk located in the covered pavilion at Great Marsh Park.
 
Train safely, and we look forward to seeing you on race weekend!

Celebrate Life!

Robert Vigorito, Founder/CEO, Level 2 Race Director 

Kari Ebeling, COO, USAT Level 1 Certified Race Director & The TriColumbia Team    

      




Bike Shipping Made Easy - Don't Delay!         

TriBike Transport LogoIf you are wondering how to get your bike to the event, TriBike Transport provides SAFE, ECONOMICAL, HASSLE-FREE bike transport to the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon.

How The Service Works:
  • Make a reservation 
  • Drop off your bike fully-assembled at your local TBT partner shop 
  • Pick-up is at the on-site TriBike Transport tent, a short walk from the transition area
  • Post-race, wheel your bike back to TriBike Transport (immediately after your finish)
  • Celebrate your EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan finish, worry-free!   

Important Race Information        

Be sure to take a look at all the important information about the 2012 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon on our website.

Please note that there will be a TriColumbia table at swim start for athletes to leave medical devices such as prescription glasses, limbs, etc. for transport to the swim finish area. These items will be placed on a similar table at swim finish.  

  • Race Photography by ASI - Click on Results & Photos on the Columbia Triathlon 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 one of the Pre-Race Course Talks, which provide important information about the race, and include a question and answer segment.

When:  Friday, June 8, 2012, 5:00 pm
            Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Where: Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street  Cambridge, MD 21613  

 

 


 
Athlete Check-In, Packet Pickup, and Health & Fitness Expo 

While you are picking up your packet, be sure to visit the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Health & Fitness Expo to explore a full array of triathlon and fitness products from EnduraFit, Aero Hammock, Aqua Sphere, Athletes Closet, Boston Bill, Flower Pedal, Green Aero, Newton Running, On The Rivet, Ruseen Reflective Apparel, Sport Tech, Trinity Multisports and TriSack.  EagleMan apparel will be available for purchase as well.

When: Friday, June 8, 2012 from 2:00pm - 7:00 pm 
            Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Where: Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street  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 Friday or 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 times 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!

Enjoy browsing the Health & Fitness Expo featuring many vendors offering the latest in endurance and health related gear and products including Boston Bill, Feet First, Tri-Sack, EnduraFit, Hammer Nutrition, Flower Pedal, Spunkwear, Athletes Closet, Aero  Hammock, Sportfit Lab, Trinity Multisports, and Sport Tech.


PLEASE AVOID THE CONGESTION ON RACE DAY BY TAKING THE FREE TRICOLUMBIA SHUTTLE         

shuttle busThere will be NO RACE DAY PARKING in Great Marsh Park. There will be a free TriColumbia shuttle service to take athletes, family, friends and volunteers to and from Mace's Landing Middle School, and Great Marsh Park beginning at 4:30 am on Sunday and running continuously every 15-20 minutes until 5:00 pm. The actual shuttle bus stop at Great Marsh Park will be at the corner of Hambrooks Blvd. and Glenburn Avenue. Please note that you will not be able to transport your bike on the shuttle. Family and friends can ride the shuttle back to Mace's Landing Middle School to get your car, and then return to Great Marsh Park to pick up you and your bike/gear.

Race Staff and Police strongly encourage use of the shuttle to facilitate entrance to the park and to help avoid traffic and race delays.

There is ample parking available at Mace's Landing Middle School, the site of the Free Shuttle Service. If you should drive to Great Marsh Park instead of using the shuttle, please understand that there will be NO RACE DAY PARKING in Great Marsh Park.

Great Marsh Park will be closed to vehicles all race day. Please plan on early morning traffic delays, and prepare to arrive earlier than you may have initially planned. There are thousands of athletes and their fans attending this event. Don't miss your swim wave - BE THERE EARLY! Transition will close with the first swim wave at 6:45 am, so be sure to arrive in time to get body marked and set up your gear in transition. Transition will open at 4:45 am, and body marking will begin at 5:00 am.

For more information including the schedule of events please  download the Athlete's Guide

Mandatory Pre-Event Bike Racking          

Bike RackingAll bikes must be racked on Saturday ONLY at the Transition Area at Great Marsh Park, Somerset Avenue, between the hours of 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. 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 overnight. NO exceptions!

Please be advised that per USAT rules, helmets MUST have a CPSC sticker or they cannot be used, and you must have your race number affixed to your bike in order to rack.

For a great way to protect your bike, check out the  RackJacket below.

Medical Issues for the Triathlete - Keeping Your Body Healthy All Season Long

Bike RackingPlease join Dr. Jordan Metzl, medical columnist for Triathlete magazine, 29 time marathon runner and nine time Ironman finisher on Saturday, 4 pm at Sailwinds Park as he discusses how to keep your body healthy and moving. Dr. Metzl is a nationally known sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and is the author of the best selling new book, The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies. With glowing reviews in Runner's World, Competitor Magazine, Triathlete Magazine, and Men's Health, the book has been featured on the Today show and on CNN.

Dr. Metzl will discuss how to keep your body moving, injury free, and how to stay out of the medical tent. If you'd like to have your copy signed in advance, you can get the book on amazon and bring it to the expo.

MORE on Dr. Metzl's book

EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Pro Forum 

Carfrae Finish 2011

You will be on the race course with an amazing line up of professional triathletes, including 2010 Ironman World Champion, and reigning EagleMan Champion Mirinda Carfrae, 2-time and reigning EagleMan Champion, TJ Tollakson, and 2008, 2009 and 2011 Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander.

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from Carfrae, Tollakson, Alexander and others on topics such as the EagleMan Triathlon race course, how the pro's prepare for events, what motivates them, etc. Bring your questions, and get advice and autographs.

 
Event: Endurafit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Pro Forum
When:  Saturday, June 9, 2012, 2:30 pm
Where:  Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street  Cambridge, MD 21613    

 


Wetsuit Usage  

The new WTC wetsuit temperature rule is in effect; no wetsuits are allowed above 76.1 degree F. Those choosing to wear wetsuits in water temperatures from 76.2 to 83.8 degrees F will NOT be eligible for awards or Ironman slots, and will be taken out of their age group swim wave, and put into a special wetsuit wave which will be the last wave to go into the water. The USAT rules indicate that wetsuits may be used between 78.1 and 83.8 degrees F, however as stated above, those using wetsuits in water that is above 76.2 degrees F are not eligible for awards or Ironman slots. Wetsuits will not be allowed at all in water temperatures over 83.8 degrees F. Please be advised that wetsuit use in water temperatures above 78.1 degrees F for a lengthy swim such as 1.2 miles, may pose a significant danger of hyperthermia. Please think carefully before deciding to use a wetsuit in warmer water. Wetsuit usage is allowed and encouraged for amateurs where the water temperature is 76.1 degrees F or lower.

Click HERE for current Choptank River water temperature.

 
Race Day Notes

Heat 106.3Local 80's 90's and Now Radio Station, WCEM (106.3 FM) The HEAT, will be broadcasting live from Great Marsh Park from 10 am - 12 noon on race day with interviews, race updates and fun facts.

After the race, all participants are invited to enjoy refreshments located 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 2:30 PM at the covered pavilion in Great Marsh Park near the finish line. Kona and 70.3 slots will not be awarded until 4 pm.

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.

Special thanks to The Neck District Volunteer Fire Company who will be providing cool showers to finishers on the parking lot just beyond the finish line.

A HUGE thank you to ALL our 2012 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Sponsors, including EnduraFit, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, Aqua Sphere, Princeton Sports, RackJacket, TriBike Transport, WAWA, 106.3 FM The HEAT, ASI Photo, and The Hyatt Regency Chespapeake Bay Golf Resort & Spa. Thanks as well to our community supporters, volunteers, and all our charity team, Tri Club and community partners who help make the event great!

 
Ironman World Championship and 70.3 Championship Slots

Ironman World Qualifier logo
Once again the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is a qualifier for the Ironman World Championship taking place in Kailua Kona, Hawaii on October 13, 2012 (the current race entry fee is set at $750.00 USD), and for the Ironman World Championship 70.3, taking place in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada on September 9, 2012 (the race entry fee is currently set at $350.00 USD).

There are 30 age group slots for the Kona Championship and 30 age group slots for the Lake Las Vegas 70.3 Championship. Those who are awarded slots at EagleMan must pay for them by check or cash only at the time the slot is offered. So please come prepared. Slots will be awarded at the awards ceremony on Sunday beginning at 4pm after the race on Sunday.
 

rackjacketTriColumbia Protects The Environment  

rackjacketTriColumbia and EnduraFit are pleased to present a revolutionary 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 

 


 
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. Dorchester County and Columbia Triathlon Association take pride in the designation of Great Marsh Park and Blackwater Wildlife Refuge as "leave no trace" spaces.  Help us to maintain these special facilities. We encourage you to use trash receptacles and to take your trash with you when you leave the park 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!


Follow All The Excitement On Race Day With TriColumbia TriLights

Once again, TriColumbia will be live blogging all the race excitement.  Friends and family can follow the race on our website.  Go to Tricolumbia.org, and click on the TriLights Drop Down under the News tab.  Check out the TriColumbia Facebook page and Ironman Live for updates as well.

Our Sponsors

EnduraFit   Gatorade   TriBike Transport   Aqua Sphere   Hammer Nutrition 

Princeton Sports   Wawa   ASI Photo   Maryland Public Television   Rackjacket 

Heat 106.3 FM   

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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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