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0.62mi swim – 16mi bike – 3.4mi run

Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD

Race Field Limit: 2500
Minimum Age: 14 as of 12/31/2014
Water Temperature on August 17, 2013 was 78ºF
Air Temperature: Typical averages – 75℉ – 90℉
Time Trial Start:  2-3 athletes enter water every 5 seconds
Entry Fees: $140 / Individual & Aquabike | $250 / Relay

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    bestOfCompetitorWelcome to the 9th Annual Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, named the “Best Women’s Event in the Mid-Atlantic” by Competitor Magazine, and the largest event of its kind, anywhere.

    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.

    Join other women on the journey to live better, and challenge yourself to be the best that you can be!


    Share Your Personal Story

    Often participants become involved in multisport 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 multisport events changed your life?

    If you would like to share your story and inspire others, please contact us at irongirl org with your inspirational story. We want to hear from you!


    Need Training Help?

    Iron Girl has created an easy-to-follow training guide for 5k, 10k and half marathon runs along with sprint and intermediate distance triathlons. Each training plan features a daily workout schedule, plus we include nutrition recommendations, a packing list, and a heart rate training guide.

    Download your training guide here


    This IRON GIRL® Event is licensed by World Triathlon Corporation and the IRON GIRL® trademarks are used by permission of the World Triathlon Corporation.


    Date August 17, 2014
    Time 6:45 AM
    Distances .62 mi Swim – 16 mi Bike – 3.4 mi Run
    Venue Centennial Lake, 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    Race Field Limit 2400
    Sanctioning USA Triathlon
    Event Director Brian Satola, USAT Certified Race Director
    Minimum Age 14 years old as of 12/31/2014 and 12 years old for relays
    Wetsuit Usage USAT Wetsuit Rules will be in effect (no wetsuits allowed if water temp exceeds 78°F)
    Water Temperature Typical Ranges: 80°F to 86°F
    Air Temperature Typical Averages: 75°F to 95°F
    Time Trial Start Format 12 – 15 waves entering water in pairs



    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 http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/rulebook.aspx


    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 Events 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 in the Results tab of this page



    FinisherPix is the official IronGirl event photographer. Links to event photographs will be posted on the website. Be sure to have your race number visible at all times and smile when you cross the finish line.

    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. 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.

    2014 Iron Girl Columbia

    All times are subject to change based upon unforeseen circumstances.

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Start End Event Location
    2 pm 7 pm Athlete Check-In, Packet Pickup & Iron Girl Columbia Expo
    *There is no race day check-in
    Columbia Presbyterian Church 10001 Route 108, Columbia, MD


    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    10 am 7 pm Athlete Check-In, Packet Pickup & Iron Girl Columbia Expo
    *There is no race day check-in
    Columbia Presbyterian Church
    11 am 8 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
    12:30pm Tire Changing Tips Columbia Presbyterian Church


    Sunday, August 17, 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
    6:40 am National Anthem Centennial Park
    6:40 am All Athletes except relays out of Transition Transition Area
    6:45 am First Swim Wave Swim Start – Boat Ramp
    9:15 am Swim Course Closes
    8:25 am 11:30 am Celebration as Iron Girls finish Finish Line
    9:00 am 1:30 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
    Noon-ish 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 Iron Girl Columbia Swim Waves

    Wave Group Cap Color
    1 Elite Black
    2 65+ Cardinal
    3 60-64 Pink
    4 55-59 Pink
    5 Athena Navy
    6 40-44 Green/Dark Green
    7 45-49 Yellow Glo
    8 Relay White
    9 25-29 Red
    10 35-39 Powder Blue
    11 50-54 Orange
    12 30-34 Green
    13 14-19 Purple
    14 20-24 Blue

    Swim Course


    Bike Course Preview

    Click Either Of The Following Images For Interactive Maps and Cue Sheets

    Bike Course



    Run Course



    Getting To Centennial Park

    Parking in Centennial Park is limited. Athletes, spectators and volunteers are encouraged to use the free shuttle service to and from The Turf Valley Hotel and Resort and the race venue, Centennial Park which will run from 5am – 1pm. Plan to arrive EARLY as there WILL BE early morning traffic delays, and there is limited parking. The Centennial Park entrance on MD Rt. 108 will close at 6:35am.


    Free Race Day Shuttle Service

    There will be a free shuttle service to take athletes, family, friends and volunteers to and from the host hotel, The Turf Valley Hotel and Centennial Park beginning at 4:30 am on Sunday and running continuously every 15-20 minutes until 2 pm. The actual shuttle bus stop at Centennial Park will be across from the main entrance located on Rt. 108 on Ten Mills Road. Please note that you will not be able to transport your bike on the shuttle. It is a short bike ride from the park to the hotel, so pack a backpack and ride back to the hotel to your car.

    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 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 instead of using the shuttle, 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!


    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.


    Aid Stations

    The bike portion will feature 1 Aid Station located just after the turn onto Tridelphia Road from Frederick Road, offering Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance. The run leg will feature 3 Aid Stations offering Spring Water. Gatorade and Energy Gels will be offered at the aid stations at run out and on “Gatorade Hill.” PLEASE discard all empty bike bottles and sports nutrition wrappers in the immediate vicinity of these aid stationsThere is a penalty for littering the course which will be strictly enforced.


    Post Race Wellness Tent

    To enhance your race experience, UCF in partnership with MyBikeShop.com and our local wellness community will provide complementary massages on a first come, first served basis. Other wellness services will be provided to help you recover from your race.  The Massage Tent will be located in the parking lot along side many of the team and vendor tents.


    Post Race Gala and Food Tent

    Celebrate at the Post Race Party and Athlete’s food tent from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm located at Pavilions E,F & G. Food is for athletes only and your wristband will provide you access. Enjoy great music, food and camaraderie.


    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.


    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.



    Award winners will be announced by the event announcer when results are finalized (at approximately 12 noon). At that time, winners may claim their award at the UCF Events Award Tent located directly across from the Athlete Food Tent on top of the hill above the finish line area (Pavilions E, F, and G). We respect your time. Our hope is to expedite the process so athletes and their families are not kept waiting for an award ceremony for an inordinate amount of time.

    There will be no duplication of awards.

    Top 5 Overall

    Top 3 in each age group

    Top Masters Female 40+

    Top Grand Masters Female 55+

    Top 3 Athena 39 and under

    Top 3 Athena 40+

    Top 3 Relay Teams

    *Top 3 Mother Daughter Teams (not relay)

    *If you are registered as a Mother/Daughter Team, you will each compete separately in the entire triathlon in your respective age group categories, swimming in your own age group wave. Your finish times will be added together to qualify for awards. You are NOT permitted to race together!

    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  6770 Oak Hall Lane, Ste 116  Columbia, MD  21045. 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.


    Athlete check-in and packet pickup will take place on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm and on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm at the Columbia Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City, Maryland


    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
    • USAT Now offers a Membership Mobile App for both iPhone and Android
    • 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.


    Athlete Wristband

    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.


    Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon Expo

    When: Friday, August 15, 2014 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

    Where:  Columbia Presbyterian Church

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


    Pre-Race Course Talk

    When:  Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:00 pm & 5:00 pm
    Where: 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, August 16, 2014, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Where: Centennial Park Transition Area. After checking in, 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.

    How To Properly Rack Your Bike

    • 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.

    Please note that 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 mandatory. Prior to the race you can take you bike to Princeton Sports in Columbia to have your bike tuned up and verify that all race safety guidelines are met. Princeton Sports will also be on hand Saturday during bike racking and on Sunday morning before the race begins to assist with any last minute adjustments.


    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

    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


    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. 


    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.

    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.


    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.

    Bike Transportation

    If you are traveling from out of town to race with us, you might want to consider utilizing shipBikes.com. The advantages are simplicity, pre-negotiated discounted shipping costs, and you can avoid hidden costs due to oversized boxes or incorrectly measuring your bike box.

    Host Hotel

    Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center is the Official Host Hotel for the 2014 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon. Located just a few miles from Centennial Park, site of the 2014 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, Turf Valley offers all the amenities for a Girls Weekend: indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, 36 holes of championship golf, and a luxury spa including massage, facials, and exotic body treatments like the Sweet Orange and Citrus Pick-Me-Up and the Decadent Chocolate Scrub.

    Reservations can be made online at turfvalley.com or by calling 1 (888) TEE-TURF. Make sure you use Group Code: 27w37h to get a special Iron Girl discount.

    Things To Do

    The race takes place in beautiful Howard County, Maryland, conveniently located amidst rolling hills, between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD and rated by Money Magazine 2010 as the second best place to live in the USA.

    Explore recreation, restaurants, and lodging in the area with the below links:

    Howard County Tourism

    Washington, DC Tourism

    Baltimore, MD Tourism

    Airport & Train

    Columbia, Maryland is easily accessed via BWI Airport, and the Amtrak BWI Station.
    Car rentals and shuttle services are available.

    Airport Ground Transportation Fare Special
    GO Airport Shuttle offers discount rides between the airport and your Columbia area destination. They serve BWI, Reagan National and Dulles Airports.

    Legacy Results

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    2014 Results