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September News from TriColumbia



TriColumbia logo September is here and with it comes the last of TriColumbia's 2012 season events. The Inaugural Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon is set to take place on September 9th in beautiful Lake Habeeb at the Rocky Gap State Park.  The Chesapeake Man Endurance Festival with 4 great events will take place in Cambridge, MD on September 29th. Registration remains open for about another week, so don't delay!


Our 2013 race schedule is set, and registration for the 2013 Columbia Triathlon on May 19, 2013 will open on September 6, 2012 at 9 am, followed by the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon and Coed 5K on April 28, 2013 which will open for registration on September 12, 2012.


For those of you wondering about a registration opening date for the 2013 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon, our intention is to open very soon. The Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon has been licensed to TriColumbia by Ironman for 16 years. We are awaiting finalization of our continued 3 year contract from Ironman which will provide 30 Ironman Triathlon World Championship slots and 30 Lake Las Vegas 70.3 World Championship slots. We will give athletes at least one week's notice by posting the opening date in the red box at the top of the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan webpage on our website. We are sorry for the delay, and look forward to seeing you at the start line on June 9, 2013!


Enjoy the bounty of fall and Celebrate Life! 

Robert Vigorito, Founder/CEO, USAT Certified Level 2 Race Director

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



2012 ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival News      

ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival Logo The 2012 ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival on Maryland's Eastern Shore is just a few weeks away on September 29, 2012, and includes four top shelf events for all skill levels.
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The Ultra Distance has been named a "140.6 Best Race," in Triathlete Magazine's March, 2010 edition, and is the USAT Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship event. The Aquabike encompasses a 2.4-mile Swim in Hambrooks Bay and 112 miles of cycling through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The race finishes at the transition area where the full distance ChesapeakeMan competitors will continue on with the run. The Skipjack Triathlon features a 1.2 mile swim, 64 mile bike on the first loop of the Ultra Distance course, and a 10 mile run. Finally, the Bugeye Classic Intermediate Triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim followed by a a 25 mile bike through portions of the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge and a 6.2 mile flat run.

We are pleased to welcome Mid-Atlantic college students to the Bugeye Classic which is part of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference 2012-2013 Race Series. 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.

Last but not least, the ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival will benefit Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic. 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.

Antonio and instruments Make-A-Wish helps children like Antonio. Antonio is a musically talented 12-year-old from Washington D.C. who loves to play instruments. Since Antonio never had any instruments of his own, he often used a friend's or his church's instruments. However, after being diagnosed with leukemia and stuck in hospitals, he wasn't able to travel to play music for a long time. When he found out his wish would be granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid Atlantic, he asked for none other than his very own band set. Antonio received an electric-blue Pearl drum set, a blue Fender bass guitar and blue lead guitar, a keyboard and three amps. Undoubtedly, his favorite color is blue! In addition, the Foundation surprised him with a laptop set up with recording software and digital keyboard. Antonio's parents, three siblings and grandfather came together for the wish party at his house where he was presented with all of his new instruments. Antonio showed off his talents by jamming on the guitar with his grandfather and brother. Antonio has not forgotten what it was like to not have his own instruments, so he gives back by sharing his instruments with his family and friends. His passion for music has gotten him through the hard times and has helped him get better as he is now in remission!

Registration will be open for about another week, so don't delay!

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Announcing the Iron Girl Triple Crown - New For 2013 

Iron Girl Half Marathon finishers Be An "Iron Girl Triple Crown" Finisher! Show your fans and yourself just how strong and empowered you are!  

Continue your journey, and be part of the first ever Iron Girl Series, "The Iron Girl Triple Crown"
Series events are:

*    Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon on April 28, 2013
*    Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon on August 18, 2013
*    Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon on September 8, 2013

Finish ALL three events, and you will earn the coveted title of "Iron Girl Triple Crown Finisher" Yours to keep will be a special 2013 Iron Girl Triple Crown medal and exclusive bragging rights!

Plus all Triple Crown Iron Girls will receive a unique Triple Crown Gift mailed to them after completion of the last event.

The first race in the series, the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, will open for registration on September 12, 2012 at 9:00 am. Once again, Olympic Gold Medalist, Joan Benoit Samuelson, will be the event spokesperson and will run in the event.

September Bike Training by Spin90 Club

Iron Girl Biker Tuesday Evening Group Ride/Training Class:
Where: Meet at the Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge, MD
Time: Ride starts at 6:30pm
This class will focus on riding basics for newer athletes, and speed and power development for more advanced riders. This is a great class for triathletes and those who participate in time trials.

Thursday Evening Group Ride/Training Class:
Where: Meet at Earth Treks 7125-C Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD
Time: Ride starts at 6:30pm
This class will focus on group riding, bike handling skills, and cardio endurance. If you want to ride longer, faster, and improve bike handling, this is the course for you.
To register go to https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17282

TriColumbia athletes should use promo code "CTA2012" to receive a $4 discount on their registration.

TriColumbia Athlete and Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Is Going to Kona!

Telford, Dougherty and Anya Congratulations to Bethann Telford, TriColumbia athlete, friend and brain cancer survivor who will be going to Kona to compete in the 2012 Ironman Championship through a new Ironman program called Kona Inspired in which athletes and fans had the chance to vote for the most inspiring, determined and dedicated athletes to get the chance to race in Kona.

Since 2005, with grit and determination, Bethann has battled her illness while continuing to train and compete in triathlons and marathons including The Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon,  Ironman 70.3 EagleMan, the Marine Corp Marathon and Ironman Lake Placid.  She refuses to give up! She has fought back not only by racing, but has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for brain cancer research through her own organization, TeamBT.

Recently Bethann has taken a young girl from her hometown, Anya, also battling brain cancer, under her wing. She and Anya were at the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia finish line on August 19th encouraging other survivors racing as part of Team Inspiration.  Team Inspiration is compiling air miles so that Anya and her mother can go to Kona with Telford to watch her compete. Bethann will be racing for all those suffering with brain cancer, especially the children, and Team Inspiration also plans to make a lei for Bethann with the names of children suffering with cancer, for whom she will be racing. 

TriColumbia wishes Bethann Telford much luck as she competes at the Ironman World Championship this fall!


Congratulations to Columbia Triathlon HyVee 5150 Qualifiers            

5150 logo Congratulations to all who qualified at the 2012 Columbia Triathlon and competed in the HyVee 5150 National Championship in Iowa on September 2, 2012. 

Special congratulations to the following HyVee Championship finishers:

Jocelyn Cornman - 7th elite female
Jessica Hafey - 18th elite female
Adam Webber - 2nd elite male
Brian Duffy Jr. - 7th elite male
Mark Yost - 6th male 50-54
Sarah Melanson - 4th female 15-19
Michael Fuller - 10th male 15-19
Daniel Isaacson - 4th male 20-24
Michael Gaither - 9th 25-29
David Harris - 14th 25-29
Alexander Stathis - 3rd male 50-54
Terry Habecker - 1st male 65-69
Dean Siedlecki - 16th Clydesdale
Wendy Newton - 11th Athena

Team ASA and Shane Congratulations as well to Shane Lauer, a disabled athlete confined to a wheelchair, and Team ASA who assisted Shane in posting an awesome finish at Hy-Vee after qualifying at the Columbia Triathlon.
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The 2013 Columbia Triathlon will once again be a qualifier for the 2013 HyVee 5150 Championship.

Could Triathlon Be The Next Big Emerging NCAA Sport? 

NCAA Triathlon Triathlon is on its way to becoming the next NCAA emerging sport, and the Mid-Atlantic region is at the forefront of the push! The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics has received the 10 letters of support necessary to begin looking into the matter.  Currently there are more than 160 collegiate triathlon clubs throughout the country, and demand is growing!


 Home Based Strength Training for Kids   

Dr. Jordan Metzl, MD recently launched a joint project with the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Today Show called Home Based Strength Training for Young Athletes which encourages parents to train, and hopefully train with, their kids at home. The goal is to keep young athletes on the field instead of on the sidelines. The workout is designed for athletic children and teens between the ages of 8 and 18. The benefits of youth strength training include stronger muscles, stronger bones, and a lessened risk of injury.

Dr. Metzl is a 17-time TriColumbia Ironman 70.3 EagleMan athlete, nationally known sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and author of the best selling new book, The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies.


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event_schedule2013 Event Schedule
April 28, 2013 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K - benefiting Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center - Registration will open on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9 am.
First in the Iron Girl Triple Crown Event Series

May 19, 2013 - Columbia Triathlon
- Registration will open on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 9 am.


June 9, 2013 - Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon & Aquabike 
**The EagleMan 2013 Aquabike has been named by the USAT Mid Atlantic Regional Committee as the 2013 Regional Championship.

June 23, 2013 - Celebrating Heroes Triathlon benefiting MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Network.

July 21, 2013 - TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon 

August 18, 2013 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon
Second event in the Iron Girl Triple Crown Event Series

September 8, 2013 - Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon

September 21, 2013 - 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)

** The ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon has been designated as the 2013 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