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Iron Girl Columbia Dress Rehearsal and Summer Bike Ride Clinics



With race day just under 6 weeks away, the finish line is in sight!  We are looking forward to welcoming you to this inspirational event, and hope you're enjoying your journey. Are you looking for some training help?  TriColumbia has training opportunities for you. Develop the skills needed for success on race day. 


Please join us for the TriColumbia 2012 Iron Girl Swim & Run Dress Rehearsal on Saturday, July 28th. As an added benefit, we are pleased to provide all 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia registrants with this unique opportunity to practice the swim and run on the course in a relaxed environment before race morning. This event is FREE to all Athleta Iron Girl Columbia registrants only!


In addition, there are still openings for the July 29th and August 5th Summer Bike Ride Clinics that are designed to help you address "how to" successfully conquer the challenging Iron Girl Columbia Bike Course.  The fee is $25.00 and space is limited, so register today!   


Don't forget to stop by Princeton Sports to have your free and mandatory bike and helmet inspection done anytime between now and race day.  No appointment is necessary.   


There are also still slots remaining in our fall events, the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon, and the ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival with 4 separate events to choose from. The first 500 who sign up for the 2012 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon will have the opportunity to preregister for the 2013 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon which sold out in just 3 hours last year! 


Celebrate Life!

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




Dress20122012 TriColumbia Iron Girl Columbia Dress Rehearsal  

Iron Girl swimmersWhen:  July 28, 2012 at 5:45 am - 10:00 am
Where:  Centennial Lake, Centennial Park, 10000 Clarksville Pike (Rt. 108), Ellicott City, MD 21043, Swim Finish Area near the amphitheater and then Run Course.
Parking:  Inside Centennial Park on the grass. There will be volunteers and police to assist you.
Fee:  FREE to all registered 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia participants

The TriColumbia Iron Girl Swim and Run Dress Rehearsal is only for 2012 Iron Girl Columbia registrants. It is designed to help you gain comfort and experience swimming in Centennial Lake and to run the 3.4 mile course.  The lake is not open to the public for swimming, so this is your opportunity to feel what the race day swim will be like.  Our goal is to have you relax at the start of your race.

A swim course of approximately 1100 yards will be set up with lifeguards and safety personnel on hand. Race Directors will be there to give you lots of tips and encouragement.

Swim waves, grouped by age, will begin to enter the water around 7:00 am. Beginning at 6:00 am, we will be confirming that you are a 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia participant, and providing a unique wristband and tracking chip to participants. Please do not arrive late. If you are not ready to go into the water by 7:00 am, you may not be able to participate in the practice swim. No one may enter the water without a wristband and chip.

After the swim you are free to run the course on your own.  Biking will not be allowed due to recommendations by the Howard County Police.

Princeton Sports, our Official Bike Support Shop will be on hand to provide basic tire changing and maintenance pointers as well. They will NOT be conducting Bike and Helmet Safety Checks at this event, but encourage you to bring your race day bike and helmet to either Princeton Sports location (10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, or 6239 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21209) to have your free MANDATORY Bike and Helmet Safety Check done in the weeks prior to the race. No appointment is necessary. You must bring your CPSC-certified helmet and your race day bike. The age of your helmet does not matter as long as it is ANSI or CPSC approved and in good condition. Once checked and approved, Princeton will place a sticker on your bike which must be present on race day. 

You may also have your bike inspected at the race site prior to racking your bike in the Centennial Lake transition area beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 18th, after you complete the registration process at the hotel. However, we strongly advise against waiting until the day before the race, as the lines tend to be long, the weather could be inclement, your bike could need parts unavailable at the park, or repairs could take longer than just a few minutes.

Summer Bike Ride Clinics  

Iron Girl BikerWhen: July 29, 2012, 8:00 am - 11:00 am OR
            August 5, 2012, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:  Princeton Sports, 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045
Fees:  $25.00 + $12.00 USAT Fee (if not a member)

TriColumbia Summer Bike Ride Clinics are designed to help you address "how to" successfully conquer the challenging Iron Girl Columbia Bike Course.  Participants will be divided into small groups based on bike speed and experience.  Coaches will work with each group to provide instruction on proper bike technique and will ride with the group through the course working on "how to" attack or survive each section of the course. Multiple distances will be offered for all rides.


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!. 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

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!

Share Your Inspirational Story With Us!   

Athleta Iron Girl Columbia LogoOften times triathletes become involved in multisport as a way to overcome an obstacle, cope with a loss, provide a role model, forward a cause, or as a way to change their lives for the better.

Why did you become involved? Where do you find your strength to compete? Do you race for a cause? How has your participation in multisport events changed your life? What is your "Iron Girl Journey"?  If you would like to share your story and inspire others, please send us an email with your inspirational story. We want to hear from you!

Our Sponsors

Athleta   EnduraFit   Triton Water Rescue   Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 

Aqua Sphere   Gatorade   Polar USA   Hammer Nutrition 

Princeton Sports   Baltimore Sun Media Group   Howard County Parks & Recreation   Sheraton Columbia Town Center 

ASI Photo   Howard County General Hospital   David\'s Natural Market   Maryland Public Television 


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 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   - part of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series

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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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