March News From TriColumbia
It's Mid March and race season is right around the corner. We have a terrific line up of races on tap for all ability levels, and look forward to welcoming you to the finish line!
We're mixing it up this year with new courses for the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon, and the bike leg of the Celebrating Heroes Triathlon and the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon. Plus we've added a brand new event, The Rocky Gap Triathlon on June 1st, offering both an International and a Sprint distance event. The Sprint features super short distances, and is a wonderful first event for those looking to "tri" out the sport...and until April 1st, Early Bird rates of up to $50.00 off make the Rocky Gap Triathlon an event not to be missed!
At TriColumbia, we love to hear athletes' personal stories. Often participants become involved in endurance events 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 endurance events changed your life? 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!
Kari Ebeling, COO, USAT Certified Level 1 Race Director & The TriColumbia Team
Are You In For The 30th Columbia Triathlon?
The 2013 Columbia Triathlon is still open for registration. Have you reserved your spot? Join us in celebrating TriColumbia's hallmark event, and one of the most challenging and longest running triathlons in the USA. 2013 will mark the our 30th year. Attracting world-class pros and amateurs from across the country and across the world, this widely acclaimed Olympic distance race had its beginnings in 1984 when 90 triathlon enthusiasts competed.
We're pleased to announce that this year's event will 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."
This year's Columbia Triathlon will once again be a 5150 qualifying event. The top 15 in each age group will be invited to race at the 2013 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition, those finishing in the top 5 in each age group will be offered complementary entries into the 2013 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship.
In addition, we've added an all new Triathlon Club Challenge, allowing Triathlon Clubs to compete for an award and bragging rights as the Top Triathlon Club.
The Columbia Triathlon is almost full. Don't delay; sign up today for this classic!
Get Out And Train!
With the longer days and nicer weather, training is on everyone's mind. TriColumbia's training partners, Spin 90 and TriFitness Training, are ready to help you reach your goals by providing clinics and training programs to prepare and support athletes at all levels for endurance events. Programs are designed to ensure athletes participating in endurance events have a positive experience during the preparation stage as well as on race day! Check out all the great training opportunities on our website.
Once again, Princeton Sports our Official Bike Support Shop, is hosting the Sunday morning bike rides at 9:00 AM each Sunday, weather permitting from Princeton Sports in Columbia, MD - 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 (410) 995-1894. The store will be open for use of the bathrooms, and changing rooms before and after the ride. Visit Princeton Sports on Facebook to stay informed.
For cue sheets and information on lots of club rides in Howard County, check out the BikeHoCo website.
Make Your Race Experience Awesome USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Certified Coach, Nicole Drummer recently shared six tips on the USA Triathlon website to help you have an awesome triathlon. Her advice may seem simple, but following it can significantly boost your race experience.
Read the whole article HERE
Road Biking 101 Clinic For Novice Cyclists Presented by BikeHoCo
Bike 101 will teach you how to ride safely on the road, how to deal with traffic, and how to ride better (like how to climb hills!). The class is for those who know how to ride a bike, but are afraid or uncertain how best to ride on the road.
Chris Tsien, a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, and volunteers will present a short version of LAB's Smart Cycling class. Local bike shops will do bike safety checks.
Class size is limited to no more than 60 participants so please register early.
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Howard County Health Department
7178 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-2147
For more information and to register, click HERE
What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer?
Get your kids off the couch, and keep them healthy, fit and happy by signing them up for the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon taking place on July 21, 2013.
The Kidz Triathlon provides youth ages 7-15 the opportunity to experience a healthy, fit lifestyle while boosting self-esteem in a fun, family-friendly environment. Kids experience the thrill of a real triathlon just like their adult role models. The event includes chip timing, age group awards, professional photography, a post race food tent and party, great music and fabulous volunteers. With entries limited to 600, this event sells out, so don't delay!
For the 3rd year, the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon will 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! You can participate in just one event or choose to do all 4.
Click HERE for more information and to sign up for the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon today!
EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan News
EagleMan athletes are busy training for this year's sold out event which is the ONLY Ironman 70.3 event in the continental US to offer Ironman World Championship slots. There are 30 just waiting to be snagged by age groupers on June 9th. 40 Ironman 70.3 Championship slots are also up for grabs!
If you're looking for ways to edge out your competition, there are a couple of unique training opportunities available on the EagleMan course.
TriFitness Training and Spin 90 , TriColumbia's official training partners, will offer a 70.3/140.6 Endurance Camp which provides athletes a great opportunity to experience the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan course, and learn how to be prepared on race day! Taking place on Sunday, May 5th with optional programs on Saturday May 4th, this one day camp will allow athletes to work with a select group of coaches who will focus on all aspects of preparing you for open water swimming, flat hot and windy bike rides, and long, HOT runs with fast transitions!
The local YMCA of Dorchester County, which provide substantial volunteer assistance and hospitality at EagleMan, will be hosting the 5th Annual Crab Run Half Marathon on Saturday April 6, 2013. Athletes will have the opportunity to run the EagleMan course in a competitive environment. Proceeds from the event go to programs for children with developmental disabilities. TriColumbia is proud to be the presenting sponsor for this event. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Are you excited to be racing on June 9th? Be sure to join the conversation on Facebook. We have opened an event page for the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan, which serves as a community forum for participants racing in and supporting the 2013 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan. Help us spread the word. Please follow the link to the event page and then invite your friends. You don't have to be entered in the race to join the event page.
Train with what's on the course!
Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink designed to sustain hydration during prolonged training and racing when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant and will be served along the insert event name course. It contains nearly twice the sodium (200mg) and more than three times the potassium (90mg) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher to help sustain hydration, maintain proper fluid balance and replace the critical electrolytes lost in sweat during these occasions.
Visit Our Booth at The TRI-MANIA Summit & Expo
Join TriColumbia at the 4th annual TRI-MANIA Summit and Expo at the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, MD on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
The keynote speaker will be the legendary 6x Ironman World Champion, Mark Allen. Allen's keynote presentation will address how he ultimately came to beat Dave Scott in the "Iron War". He will also be on hand to lead a clinic and a half day workshop.
The event will feature seminars, training clinics, competitive events, activities for the kids, a vendor expo and more! Admission to the seminars and vendor expo is free.
|2013 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 1, 2013 - Rocky Gap Triathlon - Sprint and International distance events offered - benefiting the Cumberland YMCA - Registration is OPEN! Early Bird fees of up to $50.00 off only until 4/1/13
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 - 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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