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Registration Update - Open Races For Kids of All Ages!

  Greetings!

    


It's almost July, and this race season is off to a great start! You'll be glad to know that there's still time to register for our open events.  

 

It's time once again for the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon on July 22, 2012!  Thanks to those who have signed up already.  We are busy preparing to make this year's event the best ever.  Registration is still open with a few slots left, so don't be left out!  Get off the couch, sign up for the race, and enjoy a day filled with fun and fitness!  

 

TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon registration will be closing very soon. So don't delay!

 

See the entire line up of 2012 events below. There's lots of options for kids of all ages, including the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon and the ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival.   

 

If you are participating in The TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon, the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon or the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon, don't forget to stop by Princeton Sports to have your free and mandatory bike and helmet inspection done.  

 

Celebrate Life!

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

 

      

 




 
What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer? 

Kidz LogoKeep your kids from becoming couch potatoes this summer! The TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon will once again be part of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series, the first and only of its kind youth triathlon series in Maryland, promoting sun-safe practices, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices through multisport, and showing kids that winning is finishing what you start! There are 2 of the 4 events still remaining this summer.

If you are participating in the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon, be sure to visit TriColumbia's Official Bike Support Shop, Princeton Sports to have your free and mandatory bike inspection done.

MYTS logoKids, come get your swim, bike and run on! With all MYTS Series youth triathlons within an hour of each other, there has never been a better time to try a triathlon - or add a second, third or fourth to your race calendar! All children completing two or more Maryland Youth Triathlon Series events will receive a certificate of recognition from the State of Maryland. Do three or more and get a sun safe MYTS hat. Receive an entry for each race completed to win a cool raffle prize worth $40. The more events you complete, the better your chances and the more fit you become! Individual event registrations are now open and space is limited, so sign up now. See you at the finish line!

Kids participating in series events have the unique opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, through personal fundraising made easy by creating their very own online fundraising page. There are some great incentive gifts built in.  By recruiting donors, fundraisers are able to earn baseball tickets for the Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox or Aberdeen Ironbirds AND with a little extra effort, a $50 Dicks Sporting Goods gift certificate or family sun-shade canopy!


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Support Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic By Participating in the ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival This September 

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic logoWe are delighted to announce that this year the annual Make-A-Wish Triathlon now in its 29th year, will be held in partnership with the TriColumbia ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival. All funds raised by Make-A-Wish competitors will directly support granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions in Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival LogoThe ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival includes four top shelf events for all skill levels, including the ChesapeakeMan Ultra,  AquaVelo, Skipjack 75.2, or TriColumbia's brand new Bugeye Intermediate Distance Triathlon.

This year the Bugeye Classic is one of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference races. The 2012-13 MACTC series will serve as qualification for the 2013 Collegiate Nationals in April. Teams will compete in at least two series races and the MACTC Championship at Rev3 Half Full in order to earn Nationals slots.  In 2012, the U.S. Naval Academy's men and the University of Virginia's women were the conference's top-qualifying teams.

Triathlon Magazine's March 2010 issue named the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance event a "140.6 Best Race," and The Ultra Distance event is the USAT Mid Atlantic Championship Ultra Distance race. Utilizing portions of TriColumbia's world-renown Ironman 70.3 EagleMan course, the festival takes place on September 29th, when the summer temperatures are easing.  All events are still open for registration; so don't miss this gem of an endurance festival, and come experience what everyone is raving about!



 
The First 500 People Who Register for The Brand New 2012 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon Will Receive an Opportunity to Pre-Register for the 2013 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon  

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 just 3 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.

The first 500 people who register for The Brand New 2012 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon will receive an opportunity to pre-register for the 2013 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon.

This pristine "girls' get away" venue provides the ideal backdrop for a triumphant race, with the swim taking place in beautiful Lake Habeeb, fed by Rocky Gap Run, which winds its way through an impressive mile-long gorge, displaying sheer cliffs, overlooks and a hemlock forest dense with rhododendron and mountain laurel.

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


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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 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 
**The EagleMan 2012 Aqua Velo was 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. 

July 22, 2012 - TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon   Hurry, registration will close very soon!

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 - First 500 who sign up will receive the opportunity to pre-register for the 2013 Iron Girl Columbia, which sold out in just 3 hours this year!

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"

 

About TriColumbia:
As a non-profit 501(c)(3), TriColumbia not only makes a difference for participating athletes by providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also gives back to our community by supporting many local and regional charities, which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need.  TriColumbia donates both in direct contributions as well as by providing fundraising team racing opportunities for charities.
The majority of race fees are tax deductible.
 
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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