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TriColumbia Merchandise
Important Race Info
Packet Pick Up
Gear & Clothing Drop
Post Race Celebration
Triple Crown Training Opportunites
Free Clinic - April 25th
Thank you!
Iron Girl Commemorative Beads
Inspirational Story
Follow TriLights
2013 Event Schedule
Race Day Is Almost Here!



2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia logo Race Day is almost here!  Thank you for being a part of this, the 2nd Annual Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon and Coed 5K taking place on Sunday April 28th. Your journey to the finish line is almost complete, and we can't wait to congratulate you!


We stand with athletes across the world who pay tribute to those who lost their lives and were injured in the senseless and cruel attack at the Boston Marathon by continuing to celebrate life through participation in this wonderful sport. As we begin the event, we will observe a moment of silence to honor those affected.

Please read the important information in this email, and remember to download the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K Athlete's Guide, and other resources located on the TriColumbia Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon webpage under "Key Race Info" and "Resources" to address questions or concerns you may have. This year, there is a new course and start/finish/celebration village area, so be sure to check out the 2013 maps also under Key Race Info.


Remember to pick up your race packet and enjoy the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo on Friday April 26th, or Saturday April 27th at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel.  


If you need to speak to TriColumbia Staff on race day, please go to the TriColumbia Information Tent located in the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon Village. 


Celebrate Life! 


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



Important Race Information

Race day parking is available at The Mall in Columbia, just across Little Patuxent Parkway from the Start/Finish Line and Celebration Village, as well as in the Medstar parking lot and Sheraton Parking Garage adjacent to the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Celebration Village.  Parking in the Medstar Lot and Sheraton Garage can only be accessed via Wincopin Circle as Sterrett Place will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Little Patuxent Parkway Eastbound from Sterrett Place to South Entrance Road will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 6:45 am until runners have cleared Little Patuxent Parkway at South Entrance Road. Arrive at the venue located in the parking lot adjacent to the Medstar Health Building (5565 Sterrett Place) and just NW of the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel (10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044) by 6:30 am. Please allow plenty of time to park and walk to the venue.


Download the following documents under Key Race Information tab on the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K webpage:

  • Athlete's Guide
  • Venue & Course Map
  • Travel & Lodging Information (under the Resources tab)

Race Photography by FinisherPix - Keep your race number visible & smile as you cross the finish line!


Official timing provided by GulfSport Timing - results will be available post race on our website under results & photos


Athletes may self-select a pacing group lead by the Under Armour Pacers. Look for pace signs at the start area.  Pacing groups will run at 9 different speeds in order to finish with total running times between 1:45 and 2:35. 

Athlete Check-In, Packet Pickup, and Health & Fitness Expo

Shereton logo When: Friday, April 26, 2013 from 2:00pm - 7:00 pm
            Saturday, April 27, 2012 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Where: The Official Host Hotel, Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle Columbia, Maryland, 21044, (410) 730-3900

Please note that there is NO RACE DAY CHECK-IN/PACKET PICKUP. All registered entrants, including all relay team members, MUST attend packet pickup on Friday or Saturday in person. Each participant MUST pick up her/his own packet. All participants must bring a photo ID to packet pickup.

Enjoy browsing the Health & Fitness Expo featuring many vendors offering the latest in running and health related gear and products. Dr. Raymond Infanti and Dr. Patricia DeNardo from Chiro 1st Chiropractic are certified in Active Release Technique, Graston Technique and Kinesio Taping, and will be providing these services at the expo on April 27th. They can also answer any other injury questions you may have!

Pre & Post Race Gear/Clothing Drop

Prior to running, you may drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings (stored in the bag supplied to you at packet pick up) at the Gear Check area near the TriColumbia Information Tent at the Celebration Village.

Be sure to label your gear bag with your race number. While you run, your gear will be held at the TriColumbia Gear Check, but please be advised that we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag.

After you finish the event, visit the Gear Check area to pick up your bag. You must be wearing the wristband given to you when dropping off your bag to retrieve your bag. Gear bags must be claimed by 11:00 am.

Some Rules To Follow
  • The time limit for runners to complete the half marathon is 3 hours and 40 minutes after the start. (approximately a 16 minute/mile pace). Athletes must reach the mid point aid station by 9 am. Those who do not do so will be transported back to the finish line.
  • All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.
  • The use of baby joggers or strollers is not permitted.
  • The responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed course rests with each participant.
  • Pets, skateboards, roller skates, and bicycles are not allowed on the course.  

Regarding the use of personal music devices:


The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, TriColumbia encourages a headphone-free environment during
the running of The Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K.


We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.


Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.    


Post Race Victory Celebration

Safeway Logo After crossing the 1/2 Marathon finish line, you will be presented with a beautiful finisher's medal, and are invited to proceed to the Celebration Village to enjoy refreshments located in the Athlete's Food Tent presented by Safeway.

BodyMasons TriColumbia will provide complementary massages on a first come, first served basis. The Massage Tent will be located in the Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon Village, with sports massages executed by BodyMason Performance Therapy.

The Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30 am at the post race celebration.

For those who have taken the Titanium Girl Challenge to complete both the Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon and the Frederick Running Festival 1/2 Marathon within 1 week, your medal will be available for you post race at the Frederick Running Festival.  Race staff will have a list of Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon finishers. However, please bring your Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Finishers Medal with you to expedite receipt of your Titanium Girl Medal.

Training Opportunities for Triple Crown Athletes

We are thrilled to herald in the first race in the Iron Girl Triple Crown Series.  With the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon under your belt, you may be looking for training opportunities help you meet your goals at the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon and the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon. Our training partners have just what you need. 


TriFitness Training spin90 logo TriFitness Training is offering monthly Open Water Swim Clinics to help you tackle the swim.  Athletes will break into Beginner or Intermediate groups.  Spin 90 offers an evening summer bike series as well as a one day clinic that focuses on the Iron Girl Columbia route.


Princeton Sports in Columbia also offers free Sunday morning group training rides.  Bicycle clinics are offered at the Princeton Sports Baltimore location to learn about basic bike repairs & adjustments, including how to change a flat tire. 

Free Polar Clinic - "Getting You To Race Day....Fit, Strong and Ready To Go"
Polar Logo Join Polar and Princeton Sports for a training clinic on Thursday April 25th. "Getting You To Race Day....Fit, Strong and Ready To Go"

Polar heart rate data gives you race day decision making ability. Learn easy-to-use heart rate training tips to improve your race day results and more!
  • Race day and post race tips
  • Polar heart rate zone training info
  • Polar Fitness Test assessments

Improve your race day performance with tips from Kim Sheridan, local Runner and Ironman Triathlete.  


DATE: Thursday April 25th, 2013
TIME: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Princeton Sports - Columbia
10730 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
To reserve your seat, email info@princetonsports.com or call 410-995-1894  

Please Respect The Area And Thank Our Volunteers

PLEASE respect both the environment and the areas that this event travels through.  Do not drop trash anywhere other than aid stations and use the portable toilets, not the neighborhoods. We encourage you to use trash receptacles and to take your trash with you when you leave the venue in order to protect the environment.

And don't forget to thank the many enthusiastic volunteers stationed throughout the race course and venue.  Our volunteers are comprised of many charity and community groups as well as individuals who simply enjoy helping out. We would be unable to provide events such as this one without their capable assistance! If you would like to help out with this or any of our other events, simply visit our website and let us know.

A HUGE thank you for helping to make this event great to ALL our 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon Sponsors, including Athleta, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, Princeton Sports, EnduraFit, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Lisa Hussman Foundation, Mix 106.5, Howard Magazine, Her Mind Magazine, Safeway, Polar, FinisherPix, The Sheraton Columbia Town Center, and MPT.  Thanks as well to our community supporters and volunteers including Howard County Police, Howard County Explorers, Howard County Fire and Rescue, Howard County General Hospital, The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Mall in Columbia, Howard County Tourism, BATC, MMTC, The Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent, Team Conquer, Girls on the Run, Team Fight, Military Volunteers from Ft. Meade, Vision Quest, Starbucks Coffee, The Brigance Brigade, The Y of Central MD, The Centennial Horizon Club, TriFitness Training and Spin 90.

Pick Up Your Pre-Ordered 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Bead

If you have pre-ordered a 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia commemorative bead, please visit the EnduraFit tent for pick up. There will also be additional decorative beads for purchase at the event.

An Inspirational Story From One of Our Participants

Amanda finisher Please take the time to read a personal story recently submitted by Amanda Hichkad, Iron Girl athlete and cancer survivor

When I found out my cancer returned after three years in remission, it felt the like Earth stopped turning and I couldn't imagine feeling happy ever again.  Although friends were scared for me, sure,  their lives were still moving on.   Google became my refuge when fear started to overtake me.   Eventually I would search for details on my prognosis (not great) or treatment options (not great either) or even how to tell my three young children (no easy way).  However, my very first Google search after my diagnosis was "Can I run through chemo?"
You see, I am a runner.  Wife, Mom to 3 boys, Daughter, Girl with the long curly hair (not in the last 6 months obviously!), God's child, Friend, Cancer survivor and Runner.  For me, running has always been about competing with myself.  Can I run a little faster than I did last time?  Or longer?  Or up an extra hill (totally lying about this one - I hate running hills!)  
Proudly I can say that I WAS able to run between each of my 6 chemo treatments.  I don't know if it was my fitness level before my diagnosis, acupuncture to help with the chemo side effects, prayer or sheer determination (my husband uses a slightly different word!), but whatever it was that got me out there each time, I'm grateful.  Running through chemo gave me a focus and reminded me of my life prior to the diagnosis; something tangible to look forward to even when the rest of the day was going to be spent in a haze of medicine, sickness and doctor visits.

I knew I couldn't PR any races this year as I continue to recover from surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, so I decided to try a new challenge - the Titanium Girl!  I turned my sights outward instead of inward and decided this was the time to focus on giving back to those who had provided so much for me.  I asked family and friends to sponsor the 250+ miles I am running to train for the back to back half marathons and am donating all funds to the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance (CCA).  CCA is a non-profit, volunteer organization that raises funds for Upper Chesapeake Health's Cancer LifeNet program which provides free services to cancer patients in Harford County.  They were instrumental in both my battles.  I'm honored to be able to raise money for CCA and Cancer LifeNet.  I wouldn't be running if not for their support.

I am a runner.  I wake up, lace up my shoes, grab my Garman and head out for a run. Because by praying and running, I keep my world turning no matter what is thrown into my path.  I can't predict what the future holds for me - in terms of cancer or anything else.  But regardless of if or when it returns, you will find me on a run.

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.

TriColumbia wishes Amanda and all our inspirational athletes a fabulous and memorable race experience!


Gatorade Train with what's on 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 Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon & 5K 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. 

Learn MORE 

Follow All The Excitement On Race Day With TriColumbia TriLights

Once again, TriColumbia will be live blogging all the race excitement.  Friends and family can follow the race on our website.  Go to Tricolumbia.org, and click on the TriLights Drop Down under the News tab.  Check out the TriColumbia Facebook page for updates as well. 
event_schedule2013 Event Schedule
April 28, 2013 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K - benefiting Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center - Registration is closed.
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, Lisa Hussman Foundation, Howard Magazine, Safeway, and Polar

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

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


June 1, 2013 - Rocky Gap Triathlon - Sprint and International distance events offered - benefiting the Cumberland YMCA - Registration is OPEN!


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, and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

June 23, 2013 - Celebrating Heroes Triathlon  - Registration is OPEN
Also sponsored by Her Mind Magazine, Howard Magazine and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

July 21, 2013 - TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon  - Registration is OPEN
Also sponsored by Her Mind Magazine, Maryland Family Magazine, and Road Runner Sports

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, Howard Magazine, Polar, and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

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


Our Sponsors

EnduraFit   Gatorade   Hammer Nutrition 

Princeton Sports   Her Mind Magazine   Lisa Hussman Foundation 

Athleta   Mix 106.5   Howard Magazine 

Safeway   BodyMason Performance Therapy   Howard County General Hospital 

Polar USA   Sheraton Columbia Town Center   The Mall in Columbia 

FinisherPix   Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company   Howard County Tourism 

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