This year, as we congratulate our founder, Robert Vigorito, on his retirement from TriColumbia, and celebrate his 30 years of leadership, passion, and enthusiasm for triathlon and multisport, we are reminded of The Columbia Triathlon Association's infancy. Back in 1984 a small group of multi-sport enthusiasts gathered in Columbia, MD to "tri" their hand at a new challenge, competing in the sport of triathlon at the very first Columbia Triathlon. Rebranded as TriColumbia, we have matured into one of the leading endurance event production organizations in the Mid- Atlantic.
Our continued growth has allowed us to add an array of events to challenge all ability levels, and to dramatically increase our charitable impact on our community. Races now offered include the world renowned Ironman 70.3 EagleMan, three inspiring Iron Girl events, as well as events for kids and sprints races for beginners. As a result, charity teams have been able to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars to make a difference, furthering their missions and impacting those in need.
Now, there is greater opportunity for a better future: to find a cure for cancer, receive quality of life support, assist a disabled athlete, and impact a multitude of causes. TriColumbia and you help make these goals possible.
Please look at our annual report. Applaud the training commitment, congratulate those who have overcome adversity to toe the start line, and celebrate the victory of crossing the finish line. TriColumbia is leading the charge to help promote lifelong activity and health.
Our determination for healthy communities is not only reflected in our endurance events, but can also be seen in our Learn2Tri program in public schools. Learn2Tri is impacting our youth, by providing vital support enabling basic instruction of typical childhood skills: swimming, biking and running. Sadly, many of these activities have been replaced by video games, electronic devices and unhealthy eating habits, but we are working to reverse this troublesome trend.
Providing ongoing education to our youth, continuing to support charity teams, and producing premier endurance events that strengthen individuals and our communities has been our past mission and will be our future vision.
Please consider making a donation
now at TriColumbia.org to celebrate Robert Vigorito's retirement and vision for the future. Together we can achieve a healthier community, continuing the legacy of TriColumbia.
Kari Ebeling, COO, USAT Certified Level 1 Race Director & The TriColumbia Team