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.93mi Swim – 25mi Bike – 6.2mi Run

Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD
Race Field Limit: 2500
Minimum Age: 15 as of 12/31/2015
Water Temperature on May 17, 2014 was 70ºF
Air Temperature: Typical averages – 55℉ – 80℉
Time Trial Start:  2-3 athletes enter water every 5 seconds
Entry Fees: $150 / Individual & Aquabike | $240 / Relay

Early Bird Pricing:  Until December 31, 2014
$120 / Individual & Aquabike I $200 / Relay

    Welcome to The Columbia Triathlon, one of the most challenging and longest running triathlons in America. 2014 marks the 31st year of this world-class event. Pros and amateurs from across the country and around the world converge on Howard County, Maryland for this widely acclaimed Olympic distance race that began in 1984 with 90 trailblazing athletes.

    5i50_ Tri SeriesThe 2014 Columbia Triathlon will once again be a 5150 qualifying event. The top 15 finishers in each age group will be invited to race at the 2014 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

    In addition, the the top 5 finishers in each age group will be offered complimentary entries into the 2014 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship.

    For more information on the 5150 Triathlon Series, click HERE.

    More About The Event

    The 2013 Columbia Triathlon was filled with excitement, as we celebrated our 30th Anniversary. 28-year-old Cameron Dye of Boulder, Colorado won the men’s division for the second year in a row with a time of 1:51:02. 30 year-old Nicky Samuels from New Zealand was the top female finisher with a time of 2:01:39.

    “The course is one of the most beautiful, and also one of the most challenging I have ever competed on,” said Cameron Dye.

    “Triathlon is a great sport and this race was a lot of fun,” said Annabel Luxford. “The course was one of the toughest I have run, and the support throughout was amazing.”

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    Date

    May 18, 2014

    Time

    6:45 AM

    Distances

    1.5k Swim – 41k Bike – 10k Run

    Venue

    Centennial Lake, 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

    Race Field Limit

    2500

    Sanctioning

    USA Triathlon

    Event Director

    Brian Satola, USAT Certified, Level 1 Event Director

    Minimum Age

    15 years old as of 12/31/2014

    Wetsuit Usage

    USAT Wetsuit Rules will be in effect (no wetsuits allowed if water temperature exceeds 78°F)

    Water Temperature

    Typical Ranges: 65°F to 73°F; The highest recorded May lake temperature has been 73°F

    Air Temperature

    Typical Averages: 55°F to 80°F

    Time Trial Start Format

    12 – 15 waves depending on entries. 2 participants every 3-5 seconds

    Wetsuits: Wetsuit usage is allowed and encouraged for amateurs where the water temperature is equal to or below 78 ℉. For a complete list of USAT Rules and approved wetsuits please go to USAtriathlon.org.

    Timing: Mylaps Pro Chips Timing System.

    Athletes will receive a loaned timing chip at Packet Pickup

    Timing chip is to be worn on the ankle at all times during the race

    If the timing chip is lost during the race, report to UCF Races Staff for replacement

    Timing chips will be removed by volunteers at the finish line

    Athletes who DNF (do not finish) must return timing chips to the timing tent at the finish line

    Failure to return timing chips will result in a 50.00 charge to the assigned athlete

    Links to the official timing results will be posted on the UCFRaces.com website.

    Inclement Weather & Disaster Policy: There is NO rain date. We go rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, management reserves the right to alter/modify the race/race course to address safety concerns. In the case of a Natural Disaster/Local Incident/Terrorist Act, there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee. Monies for charitable organizations we support have already been pledged, and monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event. Any decision made to go forth with the race is based on the overall event/race course safety, and is made in concert with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel.

    Race management reserves the right to accept or reject any entry. There is NO rain date, We go rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, management reserves the right to alter/modify the race/course for safety concerns. In the case of a “Natural Disaster”/Local Incident/Terrorist Act, there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Athletes must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid.

    2014 Columbia Triathlon

    UPDATED 5.12.14
    All times are subject to change based upon unforeseen circumstances.

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    Start End Event Location
    2 pm 7 pm Athlete Check-In, Packet Pickup & Columbia Triathlon Health and Fitness Expo
    *There is no race day check-in
    Columbia Presbyterian Church, 10001 Clarksville Pike (Rt. 108), Columbia, MD 21044

     

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    10 am 7 pm Athlete Check-In, Packet Pickup & Columbia Triathlon Health and Fitness Expo
    *There is no race day check-in
    Columbia Presbyterian Church, 10001 Clarksville Pike (Rt. 108), Columbia, MD 21044
    11 am 7 pm Mandatory Pre-Event Bike Racking, Optional Bike and Helmet Inspections Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD Transition Area
    12 pm & 5 pm Pre-Race Course Talk Columbia Presbyterian Church

     

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

    Start End Event Location
    4:45 am Park Gates and Transition Area Open Centennial Park
    5:00 am 6:30 am Body Marking, Gear Set Up Transition Area
    6:35 am 11:30 am Park Entrance Closed to Traffic Centennial Park
    6:25 am 6:40 am Athletes Assemble at Swim Start Swim Start – Boat Ramp
    7:10 am All Athletes except relays out of Transition Centennial Park
    7:15 am National Anthem Transition Area
    7:20 am First Wave of Time Trial Begins Swim Start – Boat Ramp
    9:00 am Swim Course Closes
    9:20 am 11:30 am Celebration as athletes finish Finish Line
    9:30 am 12:30 pm Post Race Party Pavilions E,F,G
    11:00 am All bikes must be returning on Rt. 108. Rest of bike course closes Bike Course
    11:15 am Last runner allowed to begin run leg Transition Area
    11:30 am Awards Ceremony Pavilions E,F,G
    12:30 pm Final Athlete Finishes Finish Line
    1:30 pm All bikes and gear removed from Transition Transition Area

     

    2014 Columbia Triathlon Swim Waves

    Wave # Time Group Cap Color
    1 6:50 AM Elite Amateur Men  Neon Green
    2 6:53 AM Elite Amateur Women  Maroon
    3 7:00 AM Men 30-39  Neon Orange / Yellow / Purple
    4 7:10 AM Women 30-39  Neon Yellow
    5 7:20 AM Relays & Aquabike  Blue
    6 7:30 AM Clydesdale & Athena  Neon Yellow
    7 7:40 AM Men 40+  Neon Pink / White / Lt Blue
    8 7:50 AM Women 40+  Red / Silver
    9 8:00 AM Men 18-29  Orange
    10 8:10 AM Women 18-29  Dark Green

     

    Course and Venue Maps

    Click here for a PDF of the 2014 Columbia Triathlon Course and Venue Maps

    Swim Course

    The swim course is a .93 mi counter-clockwise rectangular loop marked by buoys in Centennial Lake which is fed by fresh water. Turns are marked by Orange Tetrahedron Buoys. Average water temperatures in late May range from 65℉ to 73℉. The highest recorded May temperature is 73℉. The swim cut-off time is 55 minutes after the start of the last swim wave.

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    TIME TRIAL SWIM START DIRECTIONS

    Volunteers assist participants into their correct wave start order by colored swim caps (attached to a stick) in order of start to finishing waves.

    Participants will weave their way through the corals toward the start line.

    Event staff will be in the corals to facilitate pairing 2 people up with in each wave.

    Two participants will then be staged every 5 seconds on the waters edge in front of the timing mat and told when to start by event staff.

    Swimmers start the .9 mile swim once they cross over the timing mat.

     

    Bike Course

    The bike course is a challenging, 25 mi route through the rolling countryside and farmlands of Howard County, including four moderate climbs along well maintained and paved two lane roads. There will be 2 Aid Stations located at Ten Oaks Road Circle, at the 8 mile and 17.4 mile points offering Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance. There is no public urination permitted. The route is marked “CT” with white spray paint, and there are road marshals and/or police support at turns. Please familiarize yourself with the route as it is the athlete’s ultimate responsibility to know the course.

     

    Run Course

    The unique 6.2 mi run course is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in triathlon. Climbing and encircling Centennial Lake, it passes through a local neighborhood and consists of three moderately steep climbs including legendary “Gatorade Hill”, and one 12% climb. There are 6 Aid Stations offering Spring Water. Gatorade, and Energy Gels will be offered at select stations at run out and Gatorade Hill. The course is marked on race day with signage, but is not marked beforehand. Please familiarize yourself with the course as it is ultimately the athlete’s responsibility to know all courses. Course is USATF Certified (number MDO200435)

    Athlete Check-In & Packet Pickup

    Athlete check-in and packet pickup will take place on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 2pm – 7pm and on Saturday, May 17, 2013 from 10am – 7pm at The Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 10001 Clarksville Pike (Rt. 108), Columbia, MD 21044 just across the street from the race venue, Centennial Park.

    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 his/her 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:

    1. Photo ID
    2. USAT membership card, unless one-day USAT event insurance was purchased at event registration. Staff will have a list of all one-day USAT participants at check-in.

    *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. Check-in staff will have a list of athletes who purchased one-day event insurance at the time of registration. 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 membership dashboard, USAtriathlon.org
    • Show a current membership card on a smart phone or PDA
    • Purchase one-day event insurance 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!

    USAT one day event insurance is available for purchase at packet pick up for $10.00 (youth), $12.00 (adult). Annual memberships are available for only $15.00 per year (youth) or $45.00 per year (adult). You may also purchase an annual membership prior to the event via USAT website at USAtriathlon.org.

     

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    A unique wristband will be affixed at check-in which must remain on until you have removed your bike from transition after the race. This band will identify you as an official participant, is necessary for medical identification, and allows you access to the transition area.

    You will not be allowed to remove your belongings from transition without this band in place.

     

    Columbia Triathlon Expo

    When: Friday, May 16, 2014 2pm – 7pm

    Saturday, May 17, 2014 10am – 7pm

    Where:  The Columbia Presbyterian Church

    10001 Clarksville Pike (Rt. 108), Columbia, MD 21044

    Visit the many vendors at the Columbia Triathlon Expo who will be displaying and selling the latest in triathlon and health related gear and products.

     

    Pre-Race Course Talk

    When:  Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00 pm & 5:00 pm

    Where: The Columbia Presbyterian Church

    Please attend one of the above scheduled Pre-Race Course Talks which provide important information about the race, and include a question and answer segment.

     

    Mandatory Pre-Race Bike Racking & Transition Area Protocol

    When: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11am – 7pm

    Where: Centennial Park Transition Area

    On Saturday, proceed to The Centennial Park Transition Area to rack your bike.  Please note you MUST rack your bike on Saturday ONLY during the designated time. To enter the transition area, athletes must wear the unique, security wristband received at packet pickup. The transition area is RESTRICTED TO ATHLETES ONLY. Any accompanying friend, spouse, parent or child WILL NOT BE ALLOWED into the transition area at any time. Please make appropriate arrangements to have children supervised while racking your bike. Once racked, your bike cannot be removed. Full security provided overnight. There are no exceptions to this policy.

    UCF values green, environmentally-friendly initiatives, and Centennial Park is a “leave no trace” park. If you want to protect your bike seat from moisture overnight, consider using an old swim cap to cover the seat.. Likewise, balloons will not be permitted in the transition area. Our goal is to leave the natural environment beautiful for all to enjoy.

     

    How To Properly Rack Your BikeIMG_5565

    Find the rack number to match your bib number.

    Stand on the side of the rack with your number facing you and so that it is readable.

    Hook the front of the bike seat over the rack so that the rear wheel is elevated and the front of the seat is facing you.

    The rear wheel and seat post should be on the opposite side of where you are standing, and the front wheel should be resting on the ground.

    Place personal items on the ground next to the front wheel.

    There are NO balloons, inflatables or personal markers permitted. Please remember your number and rack location and refer to the numbers posted on the end of each rack.

    Per USAT rules, all equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All handle bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. All personal trash is to be removed and disposed of by each athlete. Please do not litter.

    Bike and helmet inspection is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend that, prior to the race, you have your bike tuned up and verify that all race safety guidelines are met. Princeton Sports will be on hand Saturday during bike racking and on Sunday morning before the race begins to assist with any last minute adjustments.

    Getting To Centennial Park

    Parking in Centennial Park is limited. Plan to arrive EARLY as there WILL BE early morning traffic delays, and parking is limited. The Centennial Park entrance on MD Rt. 108 will close at 6:35 am.

     

    Race Morning Instructions

    The gate to Centennial Park will open at 4:45 am. Race participants MUST be wearing the unique athlete wristband to enter transition. Please be sure to bring along items received at packet pickup as well as personal racing gear including:

    1. timing chip and strap
    2. swim cap
    3. race numbers (bike, helmet and bib)
    4. bike helmet
    5. all other personal gear

    You must wear your timing chip at all times while racing. Fasten it to either ankle. It will be removed by a volunteer at the finish line. Athletes who fail to return their loaned timing chips will be charged $35.00. If you lose your chip during the event, please see a member of the UCF Races staff at the UCF Races Information Tent for replacement.

    Body marking will take place in the transition area from 5:00 am – 6:30 am. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that volunteers mark his or her age as of December 31, 2014, which corresponds to the age division in which the athlete will compete. Please do not apply sunscreen, oil, vaseline or lotion until after you have been body marked.

    Athletes are to proceed to the swim start between 6:25 am and 6:40 am.  All athletes, except relay team members who will bike or run, MUST be out of the transition area by 6:45 am.

     

    Bicycle & Gear Retrieval

    The transition area will close after the race at 1:30 pm. All bikes and gear must be removed by 1:30 pm. Please remember that, for security, only those with athlete wristbands will be allowed into transition to retrieve their belongings. Please have your bib number with you to facilitate speedy removal of your bike and gear.

     

    Aid Stations

    The bike portion will feature 2 Aid Stations located at Ten Oaks Road Circle, outbound and inbound, offering Spring Water and Gatorade. The run leg will feature 6 Aid Stations offering Spring Water. Gatorade and Energy Gel will also be offered at Aid Stations at run out and “Gatorade Hill.” PLEASE discard all empty bike bottles and sports nutrition wrappers in the immediate vicinity of these aid stations. There is a penalty for littering the course which will be strictly enforced.

     

    Parking

    There will be limited parking at Centennial Park in the immediate grass area adjacent to MD Rt. 108 across from the Transition Area. If you should drive please plan to arrive early on Sunday morning to find suitable parking. If someone will be driving you to the venue, they MAY NOT stop in the driving lane to drop you off.

    There is an overflow lot available which can be accessed via the North Entrance. Tall light towers mark this lot. Once parked, take the 10 minute walk along the running path beside the lake to the transition area.

    Please do not park in driveways, on private property or in church parking lots adjacent to the park.

    The park will reopen to vehicular traffic at 11:30 AM, so if you park within the park, you may not leave until 11:30 AM. Centennial Park closes at dusk. You MAY NOT park overnight on Saturday in Centennial Park.

     

    Please Arrive Early

    The Centennial Park entrance on MD Rt. 108 will close to vehicles at 6:35 am. There are thousands of athletes and their fans attending this event and there will be early morning traffic delays. Add extra time to your pre-race routine. Prepare to arrive earlier than you may have initially planned. Don’t miss your swim wave – BE THERE EARLY!

     

    Post-Race Celebration and Food Tent

    Celebrate at the Post Race Party and Athlete’s food tent from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm located at Pavillions E,F & G. Food is for athletes only and your wristband will provide you access. Enjoy great music, food and camaraderie.

     

    Lost and Found

    Lost and Found areas will be at the UCF Races Information Tent near the finish line and at Transition.

     

    Medical Tent

    The medical tent is for athletes only. Overcrowding in the medical tent hinders medical staff from doing their job. For information on an athlete receiving medical treatment, please wait outside the tent.

     

    Removal Of Gear From Transition

    All bikes and gear must be removed from transition by 1:30 pm. Only athletes wearing their race wristbands may remove belongings. Others will not be allowed to enter.

     

    Awards

    The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 am at Pavilions E,F and G. Please note that results at the event will be for time purposes only and will not reflect awards. There will be no duplication of awards. Elite Amateur is not eligible for Age Group Award.

    • Top Amateur Overall
    • Amateur Overall 2nd – 5th place Custom Award
    • Top Masters Male 40+
    • Top Masters Female 40+
    • Top Grand Masters  Male 60+
    • Top Grand Masters Female 55+
    • Top 3 Male and Female in each age group Custom Award
    • Overall Top Clydesdale & Athena
    • Top 3 Male, Female and Coed Relay Teams Custom Award

    If you qualify for an award and are unable to attend the Awards Presentation, you may either have someone pick it up for you or kindly send us a check in the amount of $10.00 (P&H) to have it sent to you. Make checks payable to: The Ulman Cancer Fund, 6310 Stevens Forest Rd, Ste 210, Columbia, MD  21046 Awards cannot not be mailed until a check is received. Allow up to 4 weeks to receive the award. Requests for awards received after November 1 of the year in which the race took place will not be fulfilled.

     

    5150 Series Qualifier

    The 2014 Columbia Triathlon is a 5150 qualifying event.  The top 15 in each age group are invited to race at the 2014 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition, those finishing in the top 5 in each age group are offered complimentary entries into the 2014 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship. For more information on the 5150 Triathlon Series, click HERE.

    Safety Tips

    Please follow the following safety tips to help reduce the odds of illness or injury.

    Please trim your fingernails and toenails prior to the start of the race to avoid injury to other athletes.

    Rinse goggles of any excess defogger solutions to avoid eye irritation.

    If you spend the months before an event in a cooler climate than the race location, consider an acclimation period prior to the race to reduce the chance of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

    Do not deviate significantly from your familiar and proven routine for training, nutrition and equipment prior to the race, and remember to obtain adequate salt and hydration intake during training as well as during the event itself. We recommend that you begin hydrating heavily several days prior to and during the event, and that you drink enough water so that your urine is clear, colorless and copious by race day.

    Please notify staff at check in if there is any change to your medical status or medications taken from the time when you originally registered for the event. Always train with at least one other person (especially in open water).

    Always wear a brightly colored swim cap while training (especially in open water). Notify your friends and family of your whereabouts.

    When training, please bike and run on the shoulder or in a designated bike lane, and always ride single file.

    Obey all traffic laws (stop at stop signs, signal when turning, etc.).

    You should always carry identification with you while training. You might want to consider a Road ID bracelet.

    Pre-Event Swim Advisement

    While we make reasonable efforts to inspect the swim entry and exit points for underwater hazards just prior to the swim portion of the race, you will be swimming in a natural body of water that is subject to hidden hazards including but not limited to underwater obstructions, indigenous marine life and underwater plant life. Please note that the swim start ramp does tend to be slippery due to the growth of algae. Take extra care when entering and exiting the swim segment.

    Medical Information & Coverage Important Medical Information

    Please be advised that all medical expenses incurred are the sole responsibility of the athlete, not UCF Events. USAT provides secondary coverage via USAT annual membership or the purchase of one day event insurance.

    Please be aware that participation in endurance events poses particular dangers and risks. Athletes should realize that running, bicycling, swimming and other portions of such events are inherently dangerous and represent an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits. These dangers include, without limitation, dehydration, hyponatremia, sunburn exhaustion, the potential for serious bodily injury, permanent disability, paralysis and death; loss or damage to property; exposure to extreme conditions and circumstances; accidents, illness, contact or collision with other participants, spectators, vehicles or other natural or manmade objects; dangers arising from adverse weather conditions; imperfect course conditions; water, road and surface hazards; equipment failure; inadequate safety measures; participants of varying skill levels; and other situations beyond the immediate control of the Event Organizers.

    The following symptoms or conditions may pose a significant risk to those who participate in this event: high blood pressure, obesity, heart problems, diabetes, a family history of heart disease, chest pains, extremely high cholesterol levels, major surgery, acute illness, or a history of smoking. UCF Events advises participants to consult with their physician to determine if they have any undiagnosed illness that would preclude them from exercising, if they have a lifestyle or family history that is known to predispose them to sudden cardiac episodes or other exercise related medical problems, and to advise them if they are healthy enough to participate in this event.

    Please ask for medical assistance if you have any inkling that you might need help. Medical personnel will evaluate you, and will do all they can to keep you in the race. They will withdraw you only if you require transportation, IV fluids or if medical personnel feel that your continued participation will result in serious harm or death. Please be advised that medical personnel shall have the ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant is judged to be incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury or death.

    USAT Athlete Excess Medical Policy

    The athlete excess medical coverage protects each participant for the day of the event at USAT sanctioned races, camps and clinics.

    When athletes purchase a USAT annual membership or one day permit, a portion of those fees cover the cost to provide them with excess medical insurance. This coverage only extends to their participation in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and is only available after the injured party has filed with any primary insurance policies. A deductible does apply for this excess coverage.

    If an athlete is injured while participating in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event the following steps must be followed:

    Athletes must file with their primary healthcare provider (i.e. United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, travelerʼs insurance, etc.).

    Athlete completes a medical claim form.

    For serious incidents or for athletes requesting coverage, either the race director or USAT can provide them with a medical claim form. The medical claim form along with all explanation of benefit documents should be sent directly from the athlete to the insurance company as indicated on the claim form. Please email sanction org for a copy of the form.

    Athletes will pay a deductible. All athletes using USA Triathlon insurance will pay anywhere from $250 (two-hundred and fifty U.S. dollars) to $1,000 (one thousand U.S. dollars) out of pocket and possibly more for uncovered expenses.

    Coverage limitations – Be advised that coverage may not apply to each and every claim. Additionally, coverage only extends to participants that have purchased a USA Triathlon annual membership or one-day permit and were injured through participation in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

    Please email questions to sanction org or call the group benefits department at 770-449-5559

    Athlete’s Responsibility

    usat_sanctioned_event_logoIt is each athlete’s responsibility to know, understand and abide by all rules and regulations pertaining to this event. This is a USAT sanctioned event.

    Please visit USAtriathlon.com for a complete set of competitive rules.

     

    Commonly Violated Rules and Penalties

    Helmets:
    Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.

    PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION

    Chin Straps:
    Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

    PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION ON THE COURSE; VARIABLE TIME PENALTY IN TRANSITION AREA ONLY.

    Outside Assistance:
    No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.

    PENALTY: VARIABLE TIME PENALTY

    Transition Area:
    All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

    PENALTY: VARIABLE TIME PENALTY

    Drafting:
    Drafting–keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds.

    Position–keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing.

    Blocking–you may not ride on the left side of the lane without passing anyone, or interfere with other cyclists attempting to pass.

    Overtaken–once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

    PENALTY: VARIABLE TIME PENALTY

    Course:
    All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

         PENALTY: REFEREE’S DISCRETION

    Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct:
    Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

    PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION

    Headphones:
    Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

         PENALTY: VARIABLE TIME PENALTY

    Race Numbers:
    All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. 

    PENALTY: VARIABLE TIME PENALTY FOR MISSING OR ALTERED NUMBER; DISQUALIFICATION AND ONE YEAR SUSPENSION FROM USAT MEMBERSHIP FOR TRANSFERRING A NUMBER WITHOUT RACE DIRECTOR PERMISSION.

    Wetsuits:
    Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wear a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

    When water temperature is greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, wetsuits are prohibited.

    Abandonment:
    All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.

    PENALTY: VARIABLE TIME PENALTY

    Variable Time Penalties

    Distance Category 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
    Sprint 2:00 minutes 4:00 minutes Disqualification
    Intermediate 2:00 minutes 4:00 minutes Disqualification
    Long 4:00 minutes 8:00 minutes Disqualification
    Ultra 6:00 minutes 12:00 minutes Disqualification

    * Those entered in the Athena or Clydesdale divisions may be required to weigh in to verify their eligibility at packet pickup and at the event.  There may be challenges by other athletes at the Awards Ceremony.

     

    Swim Rules

    The swim cut-off time is 55 minutes after the start of the last swim wave.

    All USAT Rules are in effect including Article IV pertaining to Swim Conduct and Wetsuits. Click here for a complete listing of all USAT Rules and here for a list of USAT Approved Skinsuits and Speedsuits in any temperature.

    1. Athletes must wear swim cap provided to participants at packet pickup.
    2. Athletes may not use any artificial propulsion device of any kind including fins, gloves, and paddles. Use will result in disqualification.
    3. Swim goggles and face masks may be worn.
    4. A participant may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object such as a buoy, boat, rope or floating object. Excluding the bottom, a participant shall not use any inanimate object to gain forward progress.

    Regarding Wetsuits:

    Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elites at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3,000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3,000 meters or greater. Effective January 1, 2013, any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

    *Regarding the use of wetsuits by amateurs in water greater than 78, but less than 84℉: If the weather conditions are such that the use of a wetsuit would constitute a medical danger (hyperthermia), the Race Director, after consultation with the medical team, may still prohibit their use.

     

    Bike Rules

    Based upon permits issued for roads on the course, and safety concerns, all cyclists MUST have reached the return leg of Route 108 by 11:00 am. The remainder of the bike course will close at that time, and all cyclists, except those on the return leg of Rt. 108, will be removed from the course.

    Please note that the bike course is open to traffic during the course of the race. All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

    USAT rules are in effect including Article V – Cycling Conduct. Click here for a complete listing of all USAT Rules.

    1. Athletes must remember to wear a bike helmet number on the front of their helmet.
    2. Athletes must have a bike frame number affixed to their bike and visible from the left side.
    3. Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used, and helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike before, during and after the event. Violation will result in disqualification.
    4. Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on your bike. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle. Violation while on the course will result in disqualification.
    5. DO NOT LITTER! Any item that needs to be discarded, including but not limited to water bottles, gel wrappers, energy supplement wrappers, bike parts or clothing, may ONLY be discarded at aid stations.

    Please remember that local community members use the bike course roads. You are an ambassador for the sport and the event. While on the course, please be courteous to local residents.

    While training, please follow these recommendations:

    • Ride single file for safety and to allow motorists to proceed without delay or frustration
    • Obey local traffic laws
    • Do not use private property as a toilet. Wait to use a public restroom
    • Do not litter; keep energy bar/gel wrappers with you until you find a trashcan
    • Friends and family should refrain from painting on the roads and defacing public property

     

    Run Rules

    USAT Rules are in effect including Article VI – Running Conduct. Click here for a complete list of all USAT Rules.

    1. Runners will not be allowed to begin the run leg after 11:15 am
    2. All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete who is not competing.
    3. Headphones, headsets, Walkmans, ipods, mp3 players or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
    4. The responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed course rests with each participant.

     

    Columbia Triathlon Elite Amateur Division

    The division of the Columbia Triathlon currently named “Elite Division” is meant solely for those amateur triathletes who want to race against the whole field and not in their respective Age Group.

    We review all entrants to this race division and will remove those we feel may not belong there. If you wish to race in the Elite Division, we may ask you to provide prior race results to document and verify your “Elite or Expert” status.

    For the Columbia Triathlon, we require that you be able to achieve the following finish time in order to race in the “Elite Division”:

    • Men: 2:10 (two hours 10 minutes) or less
    • Women: 2:30 (two hours 30 minutes) or less

     

    Current USAT Age Group Member National Rankings Policy

    All UCF Events have received an exemption from USAT that affects the USAT member age-group National rankings. Age-group participants at UCF Events may request to be seeded in the Expert/Elite Amateur wave, if they meet the pre race requirements as noted above. This wave is NOT for those who simply want to start in an earlier swim wave. If the racer is selected/qualifies for the Expert/Elite wave, the participant’s race points used for USAT ranking purposes will be calculated based upon the USAT “pacesetters” in that Expert/Elite wave.

    All other age-group participants racing in their designated 5-year age-group waves will have their race points calculated based upon the USAT “pacesetters” in the various respective age-group waves. The USAT Rankings are expected to be initially released in July where the member race points from all events will be combined for age-group rankings without regard to the wave starts. This procedure is in contrast to previous years when age-group participants were denied race points at events, if they started in the Expert/Elite wave.

     

    Current USAT-Mid-Atlantic Age-Group Rankings Policy

    In order to best conform to the USAT policy, USAT-MA will award race points and rank all age-group members regardless of their start waves at these exempted events, based upon the first age-group Mid-Atlantic male and female finishers.

    All-Time Columbia Triathlon Course Records

    Overall Men: Cameron Dye, Boulder, CO., 2011, Age 28 1:49:41
    Overall Women: Nicky Samuels, Wanaka, NZ., 2013, Age 30 2:01:39
    Masters Men: Todd Webber, Boxborough, MA, 1997, Age 41 2:03:26
    Masters Women: Barbara Sullivan, Columbia, MD, 1997, Age 40 2:17:20
    Grand Masters Men: William Riley, Marston Mills, MA, 1997, Age 61 2:25:28
    Grand Masters Women: Nancy Smith, New Britain, PA., 2008, Age 52 2:27:06

     

     

    Individual All-Time Course Records

    Male
    Female
    SWIM John Kenny, Atlantic City, NJ, 15:47 Rebeccah Wassner, New York, NY, 17:02
    BIKE Chris Lieto, Danville, CA., 56:35 Jeanne-Anne Krizman, Tucson, AZ, 1:04:32
    RUN Dereck Treadwell, Oneonto, NY &
    Chris Foster, Redondo Beach, CA. 32:04
    Fiona Docherty, Boulder CO., 36:59

    Annual Results

    2014 Results
    2013 Individual | Relay
    Swim | Bike | RunIndividual and Relay Award WinnersTriathlon Club Challenge Results2013 Columbia Triathlon Most Improved from 20125150 Qualifier Results
    2012 Amateur DivisionProfessional DivisionDNFs and DQsAmateur AwardsJunior Married Couples AwardsSenior Married Couples AwardsRelay Division ResultsBest of the US5150 Qualifiers
    2011 Searchable ResultsOverall ResultsProfessional Athlete ResultsAge Group ResultsRelay Team ResultsPenalties Assessed
    2010 Searchable ResultsOverall ResultsAge Group ResultsRelay Team ResultsPenalties Assessed
    2009 Searchable ResultsOverall ResultsAge Group ResultsRelay Team ResultsPenalties Assessed
    2008 Searchable ResultsOverall ResultsProfessional Athlete ResultsAge Group ResultsRelay Team ResultsPenalties Assessed
    2007 Overall Results
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    1999 Overall Results
    1998 Overall Results