Thanks for Racing with TriColumbia at the 2013 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon
Congratulations! You did it, Iron Girl! Thanks for racing with us at the 2nd annual Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon. Nearly 1000 women from 38 states and 2 countries joined in the fun.
We hope you enjoyed the inspiration, camaraderie and support of so many fellow women, and that the culmination of your journey to the finish line provided you with memories to last a lifetime. Take pride in the strength and determination you've shown to accomplish your goal of becoming an Iron Girl!
Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon finishers have been sent an email invitation to claim their virtual Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon Finisher Badge. Be sure to claim yours, courtesy of TriColumbia. Badges can be proudly displayed on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and personal blogs to let everyone know of your accomplishment!
Finshers have been sent an email with a post race survey. We are always looking to improve, and look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks to Jeff McClure for the many awesome aerial videos taken at the race. Click on the photo to view his first video of the morning. Do you see yourself from high above the park?
Our deepest thanks to you for joining us at the race. Your participation in our events not only allows our non-profit to make a difference for participating athletes by providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also to give back to our community by supporting many local and regional charities including the Cumberland YMCA, which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need. TriColumbia donates both in direct contributions as well as by providing fundraising team racing opportunities for charities. We are proud to have provided a platform for women representing many charities including Team Conquer Cancer, Team in Trainng and Team Embrace at the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon!
We hope to see you back at another TriColumbia event in 2014. The entire event schedule will be posted soon on our website, and will be sent in a future e-newsletter.
Kari Ebeling, COO, USAT Certified Level 1 Race Director & The TriColumbia Team
Congratulations to the TriColumbia Iron GIrl Triple Crown Series Finishers
Congratulations to the 300 women across the region who successfully conquered the Inaugural TriColumbia Iron Girl Triple Crown Series. These amazing athletes completed all three TriColumbia Iron Girl events in 2013, including the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon, Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon and Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon, to claim the coveted title of "Iron Girl Triple Crown Finisher."
Triple Crown Finishers will be sent a special gift in the mail within approximately 6 weeks. If your address has changed since registering for the event, please let us know.
Recognizing that we would not be able to gather all 2013 Iron Girl Triple Crown Finishers at the Iron Girl Rocky Gap event for a group photo, we chose a time that we felt would capture the most women. We apologize if you were not included in the group photo, but want to recognize your accomplishment. Send us a photo of you with your 2013 Iron Girl Triple Crown medal. We would love to share it in our Facebook gallery!
The 2013 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon was filled with inspiration. Indeed, each woman competing overcame personal obstacles and challenges to toe the starting line.
Congratulations to Allison Nederveld, who successfully completed her Iron Girl journey. Here is her inspirational story.
At the age of 28, Allison was 250 pounds and could barely walk up a flight of stairs due to severe knee pain. Being "fit" seemed pretty impossible. Allison started to track food and go for long walks around her neighborhood. A few months later, she decided to work towards running a 5k, which she did! A friend then convinced her to register for an all women's sprint triathlon.
When Allison was in grad school, several of the guys in the lab were all doing a triathlon together. She tried to get some of them to form a relay team so she could participate, but they all saw her as too out of shape. Her professor actually said to her face that there was no way she could ever do that race, even one leg of it. Feeling so beat down at that point, Allison internalized that message and made it her reality. But now, she had someone telling her the opposite. "I could do more than just one leg - I could do the whole thing! I began to get so excited. I broke the race down into parts. I knew I could complete each leg. I knew I could complete the race. And THAT became my reality." Completing the triathlon became her reality.
A year after starting her journey to better health, Allison completed her first sprint triathlon. She was still around 200 pounds and she walked most of the run portion, but accomplished her goal, completing the race in just under 2 hours. It's been 2 years since that race, but it changed her life. Allison can now run a 10k, do 20 push-ups, is just a few pounds from reaching her goal of a healthy BMI, and has completed her second triathlon at Iron Girl Rocky Gap. Friends gave her the accountability and support she needed to start this journey. But running and triathlons have given Allison fitness goals that keep her motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Knowing that she can run 3 miles, even on her worst days is the most inspirational tool she has ever had at her disposal. Knowing that she can, and has, completed something that she was told was impossible has boosted her confidence and pushes her daily to work even harder.
Congratulations to Allison, and to all participants whose courage and determination to overcome obstacles inspire us all!
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!
Thanks to Our Sponsors, Community Partners & Volunteers
A HUGE thank you to ALL our 2013 Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon Sponsors, including Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, Aqua Sphere, Princeton Sports, EnduraFit, Her Mind Magazine, Rack Jacket, TriSpies, Spin 90 Cyling, TriFitness Training, Health Matters, FinisherPix Photogrpahy, and MPT.
Thanks as well to our community supporters and volunteers including the Cumberland YMCA, Frostburg State Center for Leadership students, Rocky Gap State Park, Flintstone Fire Company, Allegany County Sheriff's Deptartment, Cumberland Rescue,and all our charity team, Tri Club, community partners and individual volunteers who help make the event great!
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
|2013 Event Schedule - The 2014 Event Schedule Will Be Posted Soon
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
**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
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
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 closed, however you may enter your name on the waiting list and will be let in if slots are still available.
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