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2013 TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon Race Day Is Almost Here!

  Greetings!

    

The 6th annual TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon is just 4 days away on Sunday, July 21st. Over 500 kids will be competing, and we are so excited that you will be racing with us! 

 

TriColumbia is once again proud to be part of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series, encouraging sun-safe practices, and rewarding participation in four Maryland youth triathlons this summer, with great prizes that increase with each triathlon completed.

 

Please read the important information in this email, and remember to download the latest version of the 2013 TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon Athlete's Guide and other resources located on the Kidz Triathlon event page of our website under "Key Race Info" to address questions or concerns you may have.

 

Don't forget to pick up your packet on Friday or Saturday at Road Runner Sports, and to attend the MANDATORY Pre-Race Course Talk at the Clemens Crossing School Grounds (hill between the school & pool) on Saturday, July 20th at 4:00 pm. There will be ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 

 

In order to eliminate waiting in line at bike racking, we strongly urge you to have your mandatory, free bike and helmet safety check done before the event, in the next few days at Princeton Sports in Columbia or Baltimore, instead of waiting until Saturday.     

 

If you need to speak to TriColumbia Staff on race day, please go to the TriColumbia Information Tent located on the Clemens Crossing fields in the center of the venue.

 

We can always use volunteer assistance on race day. If family or friends would like to spend some of their time helping out while you're racing, please email us. It's a fun way to pass the time and helps to keep all the kids safe, well hydrated and supported.

Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids (both water and other liquids) as you prepare for race day. Always remember that winning is finishing what you start! We look forward to seeing you at the finish line!      

 

Celebrate Life! 

  

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

      

 




bikecheckMandatory, Free Pre Event Bike & Helmet Safety Inspections

Princeton Sports logo All entrants are required to have their bikes and helmets checked for safety. Free Safety Checks can be done any time from now until July 20th at the Official Race Bike Support Shop, Princeton Sports (410) 995-1894, 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, or 6239 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21209. No appointment is necessary.

Princeton will be checking all major bike components to help ensure a safe bike leg. You must bring your CPSC-certified helmet and your race day bike. The age of your helmet does not matter as long as it is ANSI or CPSC approved and in good condition (look inside the helmet for designation.) This is a USAT rule and requirement. The head/brain is your most important possession, and it must be protected at all times while on the bike. Princeton Sports will place an official sticker on your bike to indicate that it has passed the safety check. You are strongly advised to have your bike inspected at Princeton Sports in the weeks prior to the event, and not at the venue during bike racking, to be sure that parts are available should something need to be fixed prior to the event.

If you do not have an approved bike helmet or bike that has been inspected for safety, you will not be permitted to participate.

Princeton Sports will be at the Transition Area on Saturday during bike racking, and on race morning. Mandatory bike & helmet inspections can be done during bike racking, but we strongly advise against waiting until the day before the race, as the lines tend to be long, the weather could be inclement, your bike could need parts unavailable at the park, or repairs could take longer than just a few minutes.
Athlete Check-In & Packet Pickup

When: Friday, July 19, 2013 from 2:00pm - 7:00 pm
            Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Road Runner Sports, 6630-C Marie Curie Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075

Please note that there is NO RACE DAY CHECK-IN/PACKET PICKUP. All registered entrants MUST attend packet pickup on Friday or Saturday in person, and MUST be accompanied by their parent or guardian.  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 must bring the following to packet pickup: 
  • A photo ID (parents/guardians can show their 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. (Staff will have a list of those who purchased one day USAT memberships when registering.)  

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 $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.

 

If you are an annual USAT member, please remember to pack your USAT membership card. Don't leave home without it!

 

   


Important Race Information

Be sure to download all the important information about the 2013 TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon on our website
under "key race info" and "resources".
  • The Athletes Guide
  • Course Maps  
  • Swim Waves/Schedule 
  • 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. Note that for children's privacy concerns, photos will be searchable by bib number only. 

 

Official timing provided by ARE Event Productions Inc. - results will be available post race on our website under the "results & photos" tab. 

 

And don't forget to attend the Mandatory Pre-Race Course Talk, which provide important information about the race, and include a question and answer segment.

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
Where: Clemens Crossing School Grounds (hill between the pool and school)   

Mandatory Pre-Event Bike Racking

Bike Racking When:  Saturday July 20, 2013, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: 
Clemens Crossing Elementary School Transition Area

All bikes must be racked on Saturday ONLY at the Transition Area between the hours of 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
To enter transition for racking you must be wearing the security wristband received at packet pick up. The transition area is RESTRICTED TO ATHLETES AND 1 PARENT ONLY.  Any other accompanying friend, parent or child WILL NOT BE ALLOWED into the transition area at any time. Volunteers will be available to assist with racking and set up. Once racked, your bike cannot be removed. Full security provided during the event. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Race Day Notes

What to Bring 
Two towels - one for the pool and one to sit on near your bike
Goggles
Swim suit
Swim Cap received at packet pickup
Numbers received at packet pickup
Timing Chip received at packet pickup
Socks
Shirt for after swim to wear for bike and run
Bicycle
Helmet
Shoes for cycling and running
Full Water bottle (we will provide water on course)
Dry clothes for after the race

Be sure that you are familiar with the race distances for your age group for the all three legs of the event.  They are clearly spelled out in the Athletes Guide and in the course maps.  Athletes are responsible for knowing and completing the race courses for their age group including the appropriate number of laps in the pool, on the bike, and the configuration of the run course.

Body Marking 
Body marking of age and race number will take place in the transition area for all ages on Sunday morning from 5:45 am - 6:40 am. Volunteers will be present to assist athletes in setting up their transition area and to body mark.

Race Numbers
The Run # (bib) must be worn and visible on the front of your body either on a shirt or pinned to a race number belt. Safety pins will be available at packet pickup. The Bike # must be placed/wrapped on the top tube of your bike. It is a peel and stick type. There will also be a small, peel and stick, rectangular helmet number, that should be applied to the front of your bike helmet. This will help the race photographer identify you so that the best photos of you will be taken.


Removing Gear After The Race
Once you have finished the event and want to remove your gear from the transition area, please take care to stay out of the way of athletes who are still competing. Do not impede their progress.

The Swim
Participants age 7 - 15 are to proceed toward the swim start between 6:45 am and 6:55 am for a 7 am start. Please assemble in order of age groups with the youngest being the first to enter the pool, and the oldest being the last waves to enter the pool. Due to the potential for extreme and dangerous crowding on the pool deck, parents and spectators will not be allowed to enter the fenced-in pool area. Spectators may watch from outside the fence. Please show respect to others by only standing directly outside the fence when your child is swimming, so that all may have the opportunity to spectate. The announcer will make clear announcements about which bib number ranges will be swimming at any particular time.

Athletes must wear the specific swim cap given to them in their packet. The color of the cap will denote their designated age group.

The Bike
After finishing the swim, you will go into the transition area, put on your helmet, race bib, and shoes, get your bike, and walk/run out of transition.  Please wait to get on your bike until a volunteer tells you it's ok to do so. BE CAREFUL ON THE BIKE COURSE, ALWAYS STAY IN CONTROL OF YOUR BIKE, AND ALWAYS STAY ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE.  Make sure you know how many loops you must complete on the bike course which is based upon your age group.  Please familiarize yourself with the race course before the event.

As you finish the bike, a volunteer will instruct you to get off your bike and you will walk/run your bike back into the transition area.  

The Run
You will then run out of transition and complete the run course.  Again, please make sure you know the route for your age group by familiarizing yourself with the race course before the event.

When you cross the finish line, you will receive a custom finisher's medal, and hear the cheers of all the people who are so proud of you for completing the triathlon.  YOU ARE A WINNER! TIME TO CELEBRATE!!

Post Race Kidz Tri Food Tent & Celebration
Celebrate at the Post Race Party and Athlete's food tent featuring healthy food from David's Natural Market, from 8:30 am - 12:00 noon located adjacent to the finish line. Food is for athletes only, and your wristband will provide you access. Enjoy snacks, great music, and camaraderie.

Refreshments for Spectators
The Kona Ice truck is planning to be present to sell Kona Ice. In addition, the Horizon Foundation, as part of the Howard County Unsweetened Campaign, will be giving away "better" beverages and other fun items. Howard County Unsweetened is is a multi-faceted, community-wide campaign to reduce childhood obesity by helping children and parents choose healthy beverages.

Awards
Award winners will be announced by the event announcer when results are finalized. At that time, winners may claim their award at the TriColumbia Information Tent. We respect your time. Our hope is to expedite the process so that children are not kept waiting for an award ceremony for an inordinate amount of time.

A HUGE thank you to ALL our 2013 TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon Sponsors, including Road Runner Sports, Hammer Nutrition, Aqua Sphere, Princeton Sports, EnduraFit, Maryland Family Magazine, Her Mind Magazine, Rack Jacket, TriSpies, Spin 90 Cyling, TriFitness Training, Brightroom Photo, David's Natural Market and MPT. 

Thanks as well to our community supporters and volunteers including Howard County Police, Howard County Fire and Rescue, Howard County Public School System, The Columbia Association,Howard County General Hospital, and all our charity team, Tri Club and community partners who help make the event great!


Announcing TriSpies Mobile App

TriSpies logo 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!   

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.  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.

Thank you for your cooperation!
Follow All The Excitement On Race Day With Facebook and TriColumbia TriSpies

Friends and family can follow the race using the TriSpies App or on the TriColumbia Facebook page

TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon & The Maryland Youth Triathlon Series

MYTS logo ABOUT THE MARYLAND YOUTH TRIATHLON SERIES

The Maryland Youth Triathlon Series was formed to drive awareness of Melanoma skin cancer among adolescents and young adults and support the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer among young adults ages 25-29 and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. Based in Maryland, the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation is a leading international voice for melanoma prevention, detection, care and cure. The Foundation promotes melanoma awareness through its "WIN-THE-FIGHT" initiatives.

ENCOURAGING PARTICIPATION

All children completing at least two Maryland Youth Triathlon Series events will receive a certificate of recognition from the State of Maryland. Children completing three events will also receive a Maryland Youth Triathlon Series sun-safe hat. And, for each race a child completes he/she will receive an entry (up to a maximum of four entries) for a chance to win one of 10 grand prizes worth $40 at the end of the series!

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

Joanna M Nicolay As participants in The TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon and the Maryland Youth Triathlon, kids have the unique opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the Joanna M. Nicolay Melenoma Foundation, through personal fundraising made easy by creating your very own online fundraising page.

Our Sponsors

EnduraFit   Princeton Sports   Hammer Nutrition   Aqua Sphere 

Maryland Family Magazine   Her Mind Magazine   TriSpies   Road Runner Sports 

Howard County Tourism   Brightroom   Columbia Association   Howard County Board of Education 

David\'s Natural Market   Maryland Public Television   Rackjacket   Howard County General Hospital 

event_schedule2013 Event Schedule
 
April 28, 2013 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia 1/2 Marathon & Coed 5K - benefiting Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center - Thanks for racing with us!  Join us next year.
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

 

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

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

August 18, 2013 - Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon - Registration is CLOSED.
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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