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IN THIS ISSUE
The 30th Running of The Columbia Triathlon
Celebrating Heroes Offers New Challenges
2013 Training Opportunities
Horizon Foundation Awards Grant
2013 Training Opportunities
Surviving The Holidays
EagleMan Gear For Sale
2012 Event Schedule
January News From TriColumbia

  Greetings!

    

TriColumbia logo The New Year is here! Have you set your race calendar for the upcoming season? TriColumbia is pleased to offer you a wide choice of race opportunities with lots of new and exciting challenges.

 

The 30th running of the Columbia Triathlon will feature a Triathlon Club Challenge and the Celebrating Heroes Triathlon will further honor our heroes by offering a First Responders Challenge as well as an Armed Forces Challenge.

 

The ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival will now offer 3 more events bringing the total number to 7, so there's something for everyone! Come enjoy the beauty of fall in the pristine Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. 

 

Iron Girls will have their challenges as well with the Iron Girl Triple Crown Challenge and the Titanium Girl Challenge.   

 

As 2013 begins, we look forward to continuing our mission of providing premier endurance events that strengthen individuals and our community. We are proud to make a difference for local and regional charities with direct donations and by providing charity team fundraising slots to our events, and are excited to bring you events that allow you to embrace the multisport lifestyle and commit to a healthier and fitter you! 

 

Celebrate Life! 



 

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

      

 




ColumbiaThe 30th Running of The Columbia Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society   

Columbia Triathlon 2012 logo The 2013 Columbia Triathlon is full of new and exciting news!  We are pleased to announce that in this, our 30th year, The May 19th Columbia Triathlon will be produced to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Maryland Chapter.

"We are honored and humbled to be included as the charity partner for one of the most prestigious triathlons on the East Coast," said Ryan Hatcher, Campaign Director for Team In Training. "TriColumbia is a top notch endurance event organization that provides a vehicle for us to raise much needed funds for the fight against blood cancer.  In 2012 alone, Team In Training participants raised more than $140,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training for and competing in TriColumbia events.  These dollars really make a difference and we are grateful to TriColumbia for their support."

In addition to being a 5150 qualifier again this year, The Columbia Triathlon will feature a Triathlon Club Challenge, which allows triathlon clubs to be represented by a minimum of 10 individual competitors (not relay teams) with a minimum of two females on the team. Top 10 scores (top 8 male & top 2 female for each team) will be averaged, and the lowest average score by a team will receive an award and recognition as the Top Triathlon Club!

Click HERE for more information and to register.



CelebrationCelebrating Heroes Offers Two New Challenges   

Celebrating Heroes 2013 logo On June 23rd The 2013 Celebrating Heroes Triathlon, benefiting the National Rehabilitation Hospital, will further honor our heroes by offering a First Responders Challenge and an Armed Forces Challenge.

The First Responders Challenge allows first responders to compete with other first responders. Top individual male and female as well as top relay teams (male, female & coed) will receive a donation of $500.00 to their non-profit organization of choice. 2nd and 3rd place male and female first responders will receive an award. Receiving an award in this category does not preclude athletes from receiving other age group and relay awards.

The Armed Forces Challenge allows armed forces personnel to compete with athletes in 5 armed forces branches of service, as well as within their own branch of service. Top overall individual male & female among Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard including all active duty, National Guard and Reservists will receive an award and $500 donation to their non-profit of choice. Top male and female within each of the 5 branches will receive an award (with a minimum of two athletes in each category).

This event is a great first triathlon, utilizing portions of the Columbia Triathlon course. Join us in celebrating the birth of our nation's independence, and applauding the spirit of the American Hero. TriColumbia salutes the many heroes that make our nation great; from wounded warriors, rescue workers and first responders to everyday unsung heroes who go out of their way to selflessly lend a hand to provide hope and help to those in need.

Sign up today and celebrate your hero!

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ChesapeakeMan2013 ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival Grows  

ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival Logo The ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival on September 21, 2013 will now offer three new events bringing the total to seven, suitable for a variety of skill levels and interests. New events include:
  • SwimFest - This race is for those who want to brave the waters for 2.4 miles and then join the spectators to cheer on the other racers. The swim start is at the same time as the Ultra Distance and Aquabike events.
  • ChesapeakeMan 10 Miler - Get in on the fun by running the ChesapeakeMan 10 miler beginning at high noon!
  • Moonlight Marathon - Join Ultra athletes under the stars for 26.2 miles beginning at 5 pm. The party goes on until midnight with glowsticks and tiki torches. 

Other events include the Ultra Distance (named a 140.6 best by Triathlete Magazine), Aquabike (swim 2.4 miles & bike 112 miles), The Skipjack 75.2 and The Bugeye Classic Intermediate Triathlon.

 

Ultra Distance Age group athlete, Sharon H. offered praise for ChesapeakeMan, "I have raced 10 different iron distance races in the U.S. ranging in size from 47 finishers to 2500+ participants. This race is my favorite. The race organizers are super friendly and passionate about the race experience. They all seem to be personally vested in the success of each participant. The race organization is equal to or better than any other iron race of any size.  Yet there are none of the long lines, hoop jumping, and other hassles of the big races.  The course is a PR course and would also be a great race for a first timer. The beautiful bike course is very well-marked with very little traffic. I always felt safe on this course. The food is fantastic.  The race swag is absolutely the best of any race in which I have competed."  

 

Click HERE for information and to register. 


Iron2013 Iron Girls Are Showing What They're Made Of   

This year some Iron Girls will earn extra bling and bragging rights as they take on new challenges in the form of the Iron Girl Triple Crown Challenge and the Titanium Girl Challenge. 

Women who complete all three TriColumbia Iron Girl events will be crowned Iron Girl Triple Crown Finishers, and will earn a special medal and a gift.  Women who complete both the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon and the Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon one week later will earn the prestigious title of Titanium Girl 2013 and will receive a unique Titanium Girl Medal. You must sign up for each event separately.

Best of Competitor We are pleased to announce that the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon has joined the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in the honor of being named a "Best Women's Event" by Competitor Mid-Atlantic.

Mari K., age group athlete says, "The Iron Girl Series is fantastic!" 

Terri R., age group athlete adds, "This was my first Iron Girl and I want to tell you I will be back EVER YEAR!  Course was a great challenge but it was a great race! Looking forward to next year to beat all my personal times!!! I have already e-mailed other endurance girlfriends to register..."

The Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon & Coed 5K and the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon are still open for registration.

Believe in your strength - Begin your journey - Become an Iron Girl

Don't delay, sign up today!



2013 Training Opportunities To Secure Success 

Iron Girl Biker TriColumbia is pleased to endorse our training partners, Spin 90 and TriFitness Training who provide clinics and training programs to prepare and support athletes at all levels for endurance events. Programs are designed to insure athletes participating in endurance events have a positive experience during the preparation stage as well as on race day.

Spin 90 is offering indoor cycle training classes in Columbia, MD and Rockville, MD - These are awesome classes for athletes of all levels.  Classes are filling fast!

TriFitness Training is offering a Triathlon Basic Camp in April. This four week clinic offers skill-based training that provides the techniques and knowledge in all components of a triathlon to make sure you have a safe and successful race experience.  It's great for new triathletes or athletes who want to receive instruction in all disciplines of the sport. Indoor Swim Clinics and Open Water Swim Clinics are also offered.

For Ironman 70.3 EagleMan and ChesapeakeMan Ultra and Skipjack athletes, TriFitness Training is offering a May Triathlon Endurance Camp. Train with coaches on the EagleMan/CheseapeakeMan triathlon course.  Endurance Camp provides you the opportunity to swim the 1.2 mile course with coaches and water support.   Swim is followed by sessions on running, transition, nutrition and a ride on a portion of the bike course.  Learn how to prepare for a long course event, and have the opportunity to mentally and physically prepare for EagleMan with coaches to assist.

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 2013 Endurance Expos and Events Coming To Your Area   

EnduraHealth Summit Logo Check out the endurance expos and events coming to your area featuring clinics, demonstrations, speakers, vendors and more.  TriColumbia will be exhibiting at most. We hope to see you there.





EnfuraFIt Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Gear Available For Purchase  

EnduraFit EagleMan logo Don't miss the great deals on EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan gear still available.  Now's your chance to snag pint glasses, bike gloves, jackets, shirts and other terrific gear with much of it on sale, just in time for gifting to your favorite triathlete or yourself!

Other TriColumbia gear is also available at great prices!

Click HERE to shop now.

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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 is OPEN
First in the Iron Girl Triple Crown Event Series - Named a "Best Women's Event" by Competitor Mid-Atlantic
Also sponsored by Her Mind Magazine, Mix 106.5 FM, Wegmans, Lisa Hussman Foundation, and Howard Magazine

May 19, 2013 - Columbia Triathlon
- benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Maryland Chapter - Registration is OPEN
30th year and a 5150 qualifying event

Also sponsored by Conscious Corner, Her Mind Magazine, and Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business

 

June 9, 2013 - Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon & Aquabike  - Registration is CLOSED - Options for entry are to join a charity team.
**The EagleMan 2013 Aquabike has been named by the USAT Mid Atlantic Regional Committee as the 2013 Regional Championship.
Also sponsored by Heat 106.3 FM

June 23, 2013 - Celebrating Heroes Triathlon  - benefiting MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital - Registration is OPEN
Also sponsored by Her Mind Magazine and NBC4

July 21, 2013 - TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon  - Registration is OPEN
Also sponsored by Her Mind Magazine and Kindermender

August 18, 2013 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon - Registration is CLOSED. Options for entry are to join a charity team.
Second event in the Iron Girl Triple Crown Event Series - Named a "Best Women's Event" by Competitor Mid-Atlantic
Also sponsored by Her Mind Magazine and Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business

September 8, 2013 - Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon - Registration is OPEN
Third event in the Iron Girl Triple Crown Event Series
Also sponsored by Her Mind Magazine

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) Newly added events for 2013 are the SwimFest, Moonlight Marathon and ChesapeakeMan 10 miler.

** 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" - Registration is OPEN


 
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