TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic's premier endurance event production company, has announced its 2012 race season schedule, with events starting in April and running through to September. TriColumbia's events take place throughout the Maryland area, and are positioned to be perfect for triathletes, runners, swimmers and cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
2012 TriColumbia events include...
Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K – Sunday 29 April 2012
This all women's half marathon and coed 5K takes place in Columbia, Maryland. Billed as the first of its kind in the Mid Atlantic, this 'inspirational all women's event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating your unique grace as you journey toward the finish line.' Proceeds will benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland.
Registration: US$85 individual, US$140 relay
The Columbia Triathlon – Sunday 20 May 2012
A 1.5K swim, 41K bike, 10k run that takes place in Ellicot City, Maryland. This is the 29th annual Columbia Triathlon, and is TriColumbia's hallmark event and one of the most challenging and longest running triathlons in the US. Attracting world class pros and amateurs from across the country and across the world, this widely acclaimed Olympic distance race had its beginnings in 1984 when 90 triathlon enthusiasts competed.
Registration: US$150 individual; US$240 relay
The Blackwater Duathlon – Sunday 3 June 2012
A 10K run, 70K bike, 10K run held in Cambridge, Maryland. This is the inaugural Blackwater Duathlon, and will serve as the 2012 USAT National Long Course Duathlon Championship.
Registration: US$125 individual; US$200 two person relay
Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon – Sunday 10 June 2012
A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run in Cambridge, Maryland. The Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is one of the most popular Ironman 70.3 triathlons in the US. The race is a qualifier for the Ironman 70.3 Championship in Lake Las Vegas (30 slots).
Registration: US$275 individual, US$350 relay
EagleMan AquaVelo – Sunday 10 June 2012
A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike in Cambridge, Maryland. The EagleMan AquaVelo takes place concurrently with the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon. It is the 2012 USAT Mid-Atlantic Aquabike Championship event.
Celebrating Heroes Triathlon – Sunday 24 June 2012
A 0.62 mile swim, 17.5 mile bike, 3.4 mile run in Ellicot City, Maryland. The Celebrating Heroes Triathlon is a sprint event benefitting The National Rehabilitation Hospital.
Registration: US$125 individual; US$225 relay
Kidz Triathlon – Sunday 2 July 2012
A range of event distances are on offer depending on age (7-14), in Columbia, Maryland. The Kidz Triathlon provides youth aged 7-14 the opportunity to experience a healthy, fit lifestyle while boosting self-esteem in a fun, family-friendly environment.
Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon – Sunday 19 August 2012
A 0.62 mile swim, 17.5 mile bike, 3.4 mile run in Ellicot City, Maryland. The 7th Annual Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is the largest event of its kind in the US. This inspirational all-women's event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle.
Registration: US$135 individual; US$235 relay
ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival – Saturday 29 September 2012
Taking place in Cambridge, Maryland are four events: USAT Mid-Atlantic Regional Ultra Championship (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run); AquaVelo (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike); Skipjack (1.2 mile swim, 64 mile bike, 10 mile run); and Bugeye Sprint (800 yard swim, 15 mile bike, 3.1 mile run).
The ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival is 'perfect for triathletes of all skill levels.' The Ultra Championship has been named a '140.6 Best Race' in Triathlete Magazine, and is the USAT Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship.
Registration: Ultra – US$375 individual; US$500 relay; AquaVelo – US$235; Skipjack – US$195 individual; US$250 relay; Bugeye – US$125
TriColumbia is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organisation providing an array of events for all ability levels across the triathlon/multisport landscape. Founded by current President, Race Director and 6-time Ironman Kona finisher, Robert Vigorito in 1983, the organisation makes a difference for participating athletes by 'providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also gives back to the community by supporting many local and regional charities, which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need.'