2013 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon & Aquabike Race Day Is Almost Here!
Race day is almost here, and excitement is building! TriColumbia and the entire community of Cambridge, MD and Dorchester County are looking forward to welcoming you to the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Ironman 70.3 event!
The weather forecast is the best we've seen in years, with partly cloudy skies and a high of 80'F expected. Today's water temperature at 7:00 AM was 74.3'F Read on for information about wetsuit usage.
Please read the important information in this email, and remember to download the 2013 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon Athlete's Guide, and other resources located on the EagleMan webpage under "Key Race Info" and "Resources" to address questions or concerns you may have. We are environmentally conscious; so be sure to print off a copy of the race course maps at home as we will not have paper copies available at packet pick up.
Packet Pickup and the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon Health & Fitness Expo will take place on Friday June 7th, and Saturday June 8th at the Ironman Village at Sailwinds Park. Directions to Sailwinds and the race venue, Great Marsh Park, are located in the Athletes Guide.
Watch your email on Wednesday, June 5th for a link to the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Vitrual Race Bag loaded with lots of great opportunities like a scavenger hunt, discounts at local restaurants and stores, and information about things to do and see while visiting Cambridge, such as browsing art galleries and museums. The virtual bag is smart phone friendly, and will contain a link to the Athletes Guide before the event, as well as a link to race results afterward.
Cambridge has fun for the whole family. Check out what's going on around town this weekend on the Cambridge Main Street website.
If you need to speak to TriColumbia Staff on race day, please go to the TriColumbia Information Desk located under the covered pavilion at Great Marsh Park.
We look forward to seeing you in a few days!
Kari Ebeling, COO, USAT Certified Level 1 Race Director & The TriColumbia Team
Important Race Information
Be sure to download all the important information about the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon on the EagleMan event webpage under "key race info" and "resources".
- The Athletes Guide
- Course Maps
- Swim Waves
- Travel & Lodging Information (under resources tab)
Race Photography by Brightroom - Keep your race number visible & smile as you cross the finish line! Athlete photos will be available in the week following the event under the "results & photos" tab.
Official timing provided by Sportstats - results will be available post race on our website under the "results & photos" tab.
And don't forget to attend one of the Pre-Race Course Talks, which provide important information about the race, and include a question and answer segment.
When: Friday, June 7, 2013, 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 12:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Where: Ironman Village, Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn St., Cambridge, MD 21613
Athlete Check-In, Packet Pickup, and Health & Fitness Expo
When: Friday, June 7, 2013 from 2:00pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Where: Ironman Village, Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn St., Cambridge, MD 21613
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. Per USAT rules, each participant MUST pick up her/his own packet. If you do not check in during the designated check-in times in person, you will not be able to participate in the event.
All participants, including youth (17 and under) must bring the following to packet pickup:
- A photo ID
- USAT membership card to show proof of annual membership unless you purchased one-day USAT event insurance at the time you registered for the event.
Special Notice Regarding USAT membership cards for check-in
Athletes MUST bring proof of annual USAT membership or purchase one-day USAT event insurance. Failure to do so will disallow participation in the race. (Athletes may have purchased one-day event insurance at the time of registration. Staff will have a list of those one-day USAT participants at check-in.) Athletes who forget their USAT membership card will have the following options:
- Go to your home or hotel and retrieve your card.
- Print a temporary membership card from the USAT website, http://www.usatriathlon.org/
- Show a current membership card on a smart phone or PDA.
- Purchase one-day event insurance for $12.00 (Adult) or $10.00 (Youth) at the USAT desk at check-in. Payable by cash or check ONLY.
- Renew your annual membership at the USAT desk at check-in.
- Renew your annual membership online and bring proof of renewal.
Race staff and/or volunteers cannot search for USAT membership information or allow use of staff computers by athletes to retrieve information.
Please remember to pack your USAT membership card. Don't leave home without it!
Enjoy browsing the Ironman Village Health & Fitness Expo featuring many vendors offering the latest in Ironman, multisport, and health related gear and products. The Ironman Official Merchandise Tent will open at 12 noon on Friday, June 7th, two hours prior to the packet pickup start time.
PLEASE AVOID THE CONGESTION ON RACE DAY BY TAKING THE FREE TRICOLUMBIA SHUTTLE
There will be NO RACE DAY PARKING in Great Marsh Park. A free TriColumbia shuttle service will be available to take athletes, family, friends and volunteers to and from Mace's Landing Middle School, and Great Marsh Park beginning at 4:30 am on Sunday and running continuously every 15-20 minutes until 5:00 pm. The actual shuttle bus stop at Great Marsh Park will be at the corner of Hambrooks Blvd. and Glenburn Avenue. There are no pets permitted on buses. Buses are NOT equipped with wheelchair lifts. Those using wheelchairs should contact TriColumbia at firstname.lastname@example.org to access parking at the venue. Please note that you will not be able to transport your bike on the shuttle. Family and friends can ride the shuttle back to Mace's Landing Middle School to get your car, and then return to Great Marsh Park to pick up you and your bike/gear.
Race Staff and Police strongly encourage use of the shuttle to facilitate entrance to the park and to help avoid traffic and race delays.
There is ample parking available at Mace's Landing Middle School, the site of the Free Shuttle Service. If you should drive to Great Marsh Park instead of using the shuttle, please understand that there will be NO RACE DAY PARKING in Great Marsh Park and Great Marsh Park will be closed to vehicles all race day.
Please plan on early morning traffic delays, and prepare to arrive earlier than you may have initially planned. There are thousands of athletes and their fans attending this event. Don't miss your swim wave - BE THERE EARLY! Transition will close with the first swim wave at 6:45 am, so be sure to arrive in time to get body marked and set up your gear in transition. Transition will open at 4:45 am, and body marking will begin at 5:00 am.
For more information including the schedule of events please download the Athlete's Guide under Key Race Info on our website.
Mandatory Pre-Event Bike Racking
All bikes must be racked on Saturday ONLY at the Transition Area Great Marsh Park, Somerset Avenue, between the hours of 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. To enter transition for racking you must be wearing the security wristband received at packet pick up. Please note that the transition area is RESTRICTED TO ATHLETES ONLY. Any accompanying friend, spouse, parent or child WILL NOT BE ALLOWED into the transition area. Please make appropriate arrangements to have children supervised while you are racking your bike. Once racked, your bike cannot be removed. NO exceptions! Full security is provided overnight.
Please be advised that per USAT rules, helmets MUST have a CPSC sticker or they cannot be used, and you must have your race number affixed to your bike in order to rack.
For a great way to protect your bike, check out the Rack Jacket below.
The WTC wetsuit temperature rule is in effect. Wetsuits may be worn in water temperatures up to and including 24.5 degrees Celsius/76.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures exceeding 24.5 degrees C /76.1 degrees F will not be eligible for awards, including World Championship slots, and will be taken out of their age group swim wave, and put into a special wetsuit wave which will be the last wave to go into the water.
Wetsuits will be prohibited in water temperatures greater than 28.8 degrees C/84 degrees F. Please be advised that wetsuit use in water temperatures above 78 degrees F for a lengthy swim such as 1.2 miles, may pose a significant danger of hyperthermia. Please think carefully before deciding to use a wetsuit in warmer water. Wetsuit usage is allowed and encouraged for amateurs where the water temperature is 76.1 degrees F or lower.
Click HERE for current Choptank River water temperature.
Race Day Notes
Local 80's 90's and Now Radio Station, WCEM (106.3 FM) The HEAT, will be broadcasting live from Great Marsh Park from 10 am - 12 noon on race day with interviews, race updates and fun facts.
After the race, all participants are invited to enjoy refreshments located in the Athlete's Food Tent.
Post Race Massage
TriColumbia will provide complementary massages on a first come, first served basis. The Massage Tent will be located near the Food Tent and massages will be executed by BodyMason Performance Therapy.
The Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately 2:30 PM at the covered pavilion in Great Marsh Park near the finish line. Kona and 70.3 slots will not be awarded until 4 pm. Time of ceremony is contingent upon timing being cleared by lead official.
Please note that those entered in the Athena or Clydesdale divisions may be required to weigh in to verify their eligibility at packet pick up and at the event. There may be challenges by other athletes at the Awards Ceremony.
Special thanks to The Neck District Volunteer Fire Company who will be providing cool showers to finishers on the parking lot just beyond the finish line.
A HUGE thank you to ALL our 2013 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Sponsors, including EnduraFit, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, Aqua Sphere, Princeton Sports, RackJacket, RaceDay Transport,106.3 FM The HEAT, Brightroom Photo, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, TriSpies, Spin 90 Cyling, TriFitness Training, MPT and The Hyatt Regency Chespapeake Bay Golf Resort & Spa. Thanks as well to our community supporters, volunteers, and all our charity team, Tri Club and community partners who help make the event great!
Ironman World Championship and 70.3 Championship Slots
Once again the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is a qualifier for the Ironman World Championship taking place in Kailua Kona, Hawaii on October 12, 2013 (the current race entry fee is set at $775.00 USD), and for the Ironman World Championship 70.3, taking place in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada on September 8, 2013 (the race entry fee is currently set at $350.00 USD).
There are 30 age group slots for the Kona Championship and 40 age group slots for the Lake Las Vegas 70.3 Championship. For each championship, there is one slot guaranteed to each age group with at least a single entrant who starts the race. Any remaining slots are allocated based upon a specially formatted WTC formula. Slot allocation will ultimately be based upon the actual numbers of athletes in each age group that start the race.
Those who are awarded slots at EagleMan must pay for them by check or cash at the time the slot is offered. Credit cards will also be accepted, however you will be charged a 3.5% processing fee. Slots will be awarded beginning at 4pm after the race on Sunday.
Bodymason Performance Therapy
In addition to providing massages on race day complements of TriColumbia, Bodymason will be in attendance during packet pickup hours to provide athlete paid sports massage services, and will be hosting a "Cut the Line" raffle for their post race services on Sunday.
Pre-race massage pricing will be $45 for a 30 minute session. You may schedule and pre-pay for your sessions via e-mail to email@example.com. Walk-up clients will also be welcome on a first come first served basis as spaces are available.
"Cut the Line" raffle tickets will be available at the Bodymason table during packet pick-up.
$1 - 1 entry
$5 - 6 entries
$10 - 15 entries.
They will be awarding 5 "Cut the Line Passes" for our post race sessions on Sunday. Winners will be notified via text message and announced prior to Sunday's race start.
EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon Pro Forum
You will be on the race course with an amazing line up of 50 international professional triathletes, including 2010 Ironman World Champion, 70.3 World Champion and 2 time Eagelman Champion, Mirinda Carfrae, defending 2012 EagleMan champion and 5 time Ironman Champion, Meredith Kessler, Olympic Medalist, Pan American Champion, Ironman Champion, and '07 70.3 World Champion, Andy Potts, and Olympian and 2002/2003 top ranking triathlete, Greg Bennett.
Be sure to join us for a unique opportunity to hear from professional triathletes, Mirinda Carfrae, Meredith Kessler, Andy Potts, Greg Bennett, Laura Bennett and James Cunnama on topics such as the EagleMan Triathlon race course, how the pro's prepare for events, what motivates them, etc. Bring your questions, and get advice and autographs.
Event: Endurafit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Pro Forum
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 2:30 pm
Where: Ironman Village at Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street, Cambridge, MD 21613
Medical Issues for the Triathlete - Keeping Your Body Healthy All Season Long
Please join Dr. Jordan Metzl, medical columnist for Triathlete magazine, 29 time marathon runner and nine time Ironman finisher on Saturday, 4 pm at Sailwinds Park as he discusses how to keep your body healthy and moving. Dr. Metzl is a nationally known sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and is the author of the best selling new book, The Athlete's Book of Home Remedies. With glowing reviews in Runner's World, Competitor Magazine, Triathlete Magazine, and Men's Health, the book has been featured on the Today show and on CNN.
Dr. Metzl will discuss how to keep your body moving, injury free, and how to stay out of the medical tent. If you'd like to have your copy signed in advance, you can get the book on amazon and bring it to the expo.
Check out Dr. Metzl's IronStrength Workout featured on Runners World.
MORE on Dr. Metzl's book
EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon In Training Virtual Badge
EagleMan Triathlon registrants have been sent an email invitation to claim their virtual EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon in Training Badge. Be sure to claim yours, courtesy of TriColumbia. After your finish, you will be sent a finisher badge as well. Badges can be proudly displayed on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and personal blogs to let everyone know that you are training for the race!
TriColumbia Protects The Environment
TriColumbia and EnduraFit are pleased to present a revolutionary product, The Rack Jacket, an alternative to using trash bags to cover your bike. We fully embrace the "leave no trace behind" concept, and strive to eliminate litter produced at our events. You may also use an old swim cap to over your bike seat if you like. The Rack Jacket is the essential item for those of you who wish to protect your bike from the elements.
Key Benefits of the Rack Jacket are:
- Designed specifically for triathlon bike racks
- Made of highly water resistant ripstop nylon
- Environmentally friendly
- Cord locks and Velcro straps keep it securely fastened in windy conditions
- Reasonably priced
- Available in a variety of colors
- Team orders are welcome
EnduraFit is also excited to announce two new Rack Jacket products that are designed for use on your bike while on your car rack. These products are able to withstand any highway speeds over long or short distances, and are available for pre-order immediately. Both of these products are designed to keep moisture and road grime off of your bikes. Check them out at www.therackjacket.com
Click HERE to order
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 EagleMan Triathlon 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.
Please Respect The Area And Thank Our VolunteersPLEASE 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. The County and TriColumbia take pride in the designation of Great Marsh Park as a, "leave no trace" park. Help us to maintain this special facility. We encourage you to use trash receptacles and to take your trash with you when you leave the park in order to protect the environment.
Remember, the use of profanity or disrespect of any staff, volunteers or other officials who are there to assist you can be grounds for a USAT official to disqualify you - this includes packet pick up and the bike racking stages.
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.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Tell Us Your Inspirational Story
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.
Tricia Callahan is inspired to race by her children, showing them that it's cool for women to be strong and determined. She wants to show her 13 year old daughter that "pretty" is not stick thin, but athletically fit.
She is particularly inspired by her 6 1/2 year old daughter who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological disorder affecting 5% of children, causing the nervous system to inaccurately receive messages from the body. The brain misinterprets messages, and puts the body into a fight or flight mode. It's as if there is a traffic jam in the person's brain making everything a challenge. Things that are taken for granted are really an effort for the person with SPD.
When Tricia feels like quitting because her legs are tired, or it's getting too hard, she thinks of her daughter and how hard she works every day to play like all the other kids, or too learn jump rope (something she should not be able to do but can because she never quit trying.) Tricia has started a charity called AskMeAboutSPD to raise awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder.
We wish the very best to Tricia and to all EagleMan competitors who are racing for a cause! Charity teams competing at EagleMan this year include, Athletes Serving Athletes, Team Don't Panic, Team Conquer Cancer, Team Embrace, Team Fight, Team PVA, Team Inspiration, Team Little Things 4 Cancer, TNT, and Team WIN-THE-FIGHT.
Follow All The Excitement On Race Day With Ironman Live, TriColumbia TriLights, Facebok, Twitter and TriColumbia TriSpies
Once again, TriColumbia will be live blogging all the race excitement. To access TriLights, go to Tricolumbia.org, and click on the TriLights Drop Down under the News tab. Mobile users can follow along using the TriSpies App or check out the TriColumbia Facebook page and twitter for updates as well.
Friends and family can also follow the race on Ironman Live (offering athlete tracking).
Be sure to join the conversation on Facebook. We have opened a special event page for the 2013 EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan, which serves as a community forum for participants racing in and those supporting the event. Help us spread the word. Please click here to join and then invite your friends.
Announcing TriSpies Mobile App
TriColumbia is excited to announce TriSpies as our Official Mobile Content Partner. As busy athletes, we know that many of you get news and information from your mobile devices. We've partnered with TriSpies to create the TriColumbia mobile app providing event news, course information including maps and videos, race schedules and information, live race day updates, photos, and results. Through the app you can share content with Friends on Facebook and Twitter, and opt-in to get timely alerts and notifications. Download the app today from the iTunes App Store.
Later this year, TriSpies will be launching their first mobile training app, providing virtual video training on actual race courses. Imagine training on the EagleMan flats or the Columbia Tri hills on cold, wet, wintery days from the comfort of your home or local gym. TriSpies course videos embedded with GPS data will allow you to do just that!
|2013 Event Schedule
April 28, 2013 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K - benefiting Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center
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 -
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
June 9, 2013 - Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon & Aquabike - Registration is CLOSED
**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 via a waiting list.
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
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