Trilights Archive for The Columbia Triathlon 2011

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May 23, 2011 7:10 am

Thanks again to Hammer Nutrition as well - our Official Nutrition Sponsor, to TYR, our Official Swim Sports Products Sponsor, to PNC Bank and to all our supportive event sponsors. We couldn't produce The Columbia Triahtlon without you!

May 22, 2011 12:57 pm

Last finisher across and we thank all our wonderful volunteer and community support, but most of all thanks to all our age groupers - you are terrific!

See for the next TriLights at our Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon in Cambridge, MD.

And if you want to "Tri", go to and sign up for our Celebration Sprint Triahtlon on June 26th or sign your kids up for the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon in July.

May 22, 2011 12:53 pm

The Awards Ceremony is wrapping up and the last finishers are coming across the line.  Thanks to all our sponsors, Gatorade, Xterra, Skechers, Endurafit, Xterra Wetsuits, Princeton Sports, Fitness Concepts and Subaru.

May 22, 2011 12:28 pm

Congrats to our own Caroline Johnson, 14 year old daughter of TriColumbia's Director of Wellness and Training, Anne Johnson and relay team member.

May 22, 2011 12:25 pm

Congratulations to Team Embrace finishers - 10 athletes competed to raise money and awareness for The Arc of Howard County supporting people with developmental disabilities.

May 22, 2011 12:17 pm

Congratulations to Sue Emerson, completing her first full Columbia Triahtlon!

May 22, 2011 12:15 pm

The Special Olympics Relay team did an awsome job. Cyclist, Syd, "The Bus" had the 3rd fastest bike time among relays and they finished in fine form, 9th among all the relay teams!  Congratulations to Nick, Mark and Syd!  You are amazing!!!!

May 22, 2011 11:18 am

Thanks for letting TriColumbia be part of your special day!!

James Proposes

James Proposes

Erin Says YES!

Erin Says yes

The Happy Couple!

The Happy Couple

May 22, 2011 11:05 am

James Blackwell is proposing to Erin Richard on bended knee at the finish line!  She said yes...the crowd is going absolutely crazy!!!!

May 22, 2011 11:03 am

A photo from the Female Pro Champion, Lindsey Jerdonek after crossing the finish line.

Lindsey Champion

May 22, 2011 10:49 am

James Banks just crossed the finish line pushed by Gregg Elmer!  What an inspiring sight!  The crowd is going nuts!

May 22, 2011 10:47 am

Crystal Awards looking right!


May 22, 2011 10:42 am

Awards are ready for the big winners!

May 22, 2011 10:39 am

Sadj Bartolo, age 70 is finishing. Vigo heads over to congratulate her with big hugs!  You go, Sadj!

May 22, 2011 10:36 am

USAT Board of Directors President Bob Wendling & Race Director, Robert Vigorito Wendling & Vigo

May 22, 2011 10:30 am

The Post Race Celebration and Party is rocking!  Many thanks to the Womens Giving Circle for providing volunteers manning the Food Tent.

May 22, 2011 10:27 am

Tent Row with all the Tri Clubs including Mid-Maryland Tri Club, Baltimore Area Tri Club, DC Tri Club, Annapolis Tri Club, Pittsburgh Tri  Club,  adn Intelesys Tri Club.  Charity team tents too - Team ASA, Team Fight, Team Embrace, and Team In Training.

May 22, 2011 10:17 am

A few pictures from Swim Start for James Banks and the swimmer and ASA (Athletes Serving Athletes) who pulled him Courtney Sawyer.  ASA works hard to allow althletes like James, who has Cerebral Palsey, to experience the thrill and pride of racing.

ASA James Banks

May 22, 2011 9:52 am

It's 75' F with abundant sunshine - the weather doesn't get any better than this!

May 22, 2011 9:51 am

Crowd is cheering for all the age group athletes streaming into the finish line. Celebration abounds!

May 22, 2011 9:47 am

Happy Birthday to athletes competing today! 

STEPHEN KELLY                    OWINGS MILLS MD            
FRAN BARNES                       WASHINGTON DC              
JAMIE ADKINS                        ARNOLD MD                 

May 22, 2011 9:43 am

A photo of Andrew Yoder heading out on the bike from earlier this morning!  You rock, Andrew!Yoder on the bike

May 22, 2011 9:39 am

Top Age Group Finishers (unofficial0
1 - Chip Berry
2 - Chad Holderbaum
3 - Brian Benda
4 - Daniel O'Connell
5 - Jeremy Cornman

1 - Robin Bauer
2 - Jocelyn Cornman
3 - Amy Ostrofe
4 - Michelle Miller
5 - Neva Fulkerson

May 22, 2011 9:37 am

Unofficial Top Male Masters is Brian Benda of Parkton, MD with a time of 2:06:40

May 22, 2011 9:36 am

Unofficial results for Elite Athletes overall results-

1- Brian Duffy, Jr.
2 - Matias Palavecino
3 - Todd Wiley
4 - Adam Webber
5 - Lucas McCollum

1 - Suzy Serpico
2 - Beth Shutt
3 - Hilary Cairns
4 - Jennifer Will
5 - Anna Stauss

May 22, 2011 9:27 am

Shout out to The Arc of Howard County for providing our bike course volunteer support!

May 22, 2011 9:23 am

All swimmers are out of the water now at 9:25 am.

May 22, 2011 9:18 am

Maryland Professional Sports Massage is here courtesy of TriColumbia to help our athletes get the kinks out after the race.

May 22, 2011 9:16 am

Many Thanks as well to 25/45, providing run course water stop support for all our Centennial Lake races this year!

May 22, 2011 9:15 am

Shout out to Mid-Maryland Tri Club and the Howard Coutny Striders volunteers.  There is a long history of partnership between TriColumbia and these clubs.

May 22, 2011 9:11 am

Einstein Bros. Bagels is also her providing bagels and coffee....YUMMM!

May 22, 2011 9:11 am

Thanks also to ASA Photography providing memories for a lifetime for out competitors and many images uploaded today on TriLights!

May 22, 2011 9:10 am

Sommer Sports is providing the timing for today's event...Check out all the results later today on our website.

May 22, 2011 9:08 am

Thanks to our Kayak support from the Chesapeake Paddlers and LLBean! They work hard to be sure all are kept safe in the lake!

May 22, 2011 9:04 am

A shout out to The Columbia Presbyterian Church for providing coffee to our spectators.  They are located just across the street from the park entrance and are happy to give back to the communtiy.  They are taking donations for a mission trip.

May 22, 2011 9:01 am

Thanks to all our amzing volunteers without whom this event could not go on. 

May 22, 2011 8:59 am

Local favorite, Suzy Serpico just crossed the finish line!

May 22, 2011 8:59 am

Hunter Lussi, Spokesman for the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon and Maryland Youth Triathlon Series just crossed the finish line in strong form!

May 22, 2011 8:58 am

Top 5 Pros:

1 - Lindsey Jerdonek  2:09:07
2 - Jasmine Oeinck  2:10:02
3 - Laurel Wassner 2:10:37
4 - Kristin Andrews 2:15:34
5 - Jennifer Tetrick  2:17:50

May 22, 2011 8:53 am

Elite amateurs are beginning to finish along with the women pros

May 22, 2011 8:52 am

Champion, Lindsey Jerdonek, just interviewed.  This was her first race as a Pro!

May 22, 2011 8:50 am

Continuing male recap:
5 - Holden Comeau 1:56;23
6 - Tim DeBoom 1:56:37
7 - James Hadley 1:56:45
8 - Mike Caiazzo 1:58:52
9 - David Kahn 1:59:25
10 - Robert Wade 1:59:36

May 22, 2011 8:47 am

!st place woman - #15 Lindsey Jerdonek of Wasington DC
2nd place just across leader all day long is Jasmine Oeinck
3rd place is Laurel Wassner, the 2010 Champ.

May 22, 2011 8:44 am

Recap of Pro Men
1 - Andrew Yoder  1:49:51
2 - James Cunnama 1:53:19
3 - Richie Cunningham 1:54:22
4 - Jodan Jones 1:55:01

May 22, 2011 8:40 am

Race Director, Robert, "Vigo" Vigorito congratulates Andrw Yoder.

Yoder & Vigo

May 22, 2011 8:36 am

Andrew Yoder crossing the finish line and breaking the course record held by Chris Lieto in 2008

May 22, 2011 8:32 am

#5 is Holden Comeau followed by 2-time Ironman legend, Tim DeBoom in 6th

May 22, 2011 8:30 am

#3 Richie Cunningham followed by Jordan Jones

May 22, 2011 8:28 am

#2 is James Cunnama!

May 22, 2011 8:28 am

Beat the record by about 1:20

May 22, 2011 8:26 am

Unofficial New Course Record Holder, Andrew Yoder couldn't be happier!

May 22, 2011 8:25 am

Yoder in the chute! And crosses with a jump and a YEAH!!!!

May 22, 2011 8:24 am

Here comes Yoder! Breaking the course record of 1:51:13.

May 22, 2011 8:23 am

All swim waves are off!

May 22, 2011 8:20 am

1:44:45 on the race clock now...he may very well crush the course record!

May 22, 2011 8:19 am

Andrew Yoder is cooking!  He is just minutes away from finishing!

May 22, 2011 8:15 am

In 2003, Mark, the runner competed in the Special Olympic World games in Ireland, winning a bronze medal in the 3000m event (in a time of 12:01).  He has run numerous road races, including half-marathons and a Metric Marathon of 16.2 miles. Mark also successfully finished the Baltimore Marathon while still a junior in high school.

May 22, 2011 8:14 am

Syd is a rock star on the bike   He is nick named “The Bus” He has competed in Special Olympic cycling since he was eight years old winning Gold medals in the last 3  Special Olympic World Games.  But his real achievements in cycling have come from racing in open US Cycling Competitions.  Syd is a category 4 racer on the track and road (he has even won the Maryland Junior Track Championships a few years back) and is a category 3 in cycle cross. His international results in his peer class are no less stellar. Syd is ranked # 2 in the world in cycling for athletes with Intellectual disabilities by winning the silver medal in the INAS-FID Global Games Cycling Championships in three events along with two bronze medals in 2009.

May 22, 2011 8:13 am

Relay Teams are next....we have a very special team today.  They are a Special Olympics Team, Nickolas Steward, Syd Lea, & Mark  composed of athletes with intellectual disabilities!  These are rocking guys and amazing athletes. Nick is quite a swimmer. He competed in the Long Distance Aquatics Competition in Prince Georges County, and swam the 1500 Meter Freestyle in 33:30 This is Nick’s first time competing in an open water swimming event. He is thrilled for the challenge.

May 22, 2011 8:08 am

Todd Wiley, previous Columbia Triathlon Champion from the late 90’s returned this year again to compete.  We are so pleased to have him here again!

May 22, 2011 8:06 am

Jasmine Oeinck is in first place
Lindsey Jerdonek is in 2nd
Defending Champ, Laurel Wassner is in 3rd!

May 22, 2011 8:04 am

Andrew Yoder, defending champ has a 5:20 lead! He is smoking this race!
James Cunnama is in 2nd place
Jordan Jone is in 3rd.
Richie Cunningham is in 4th

Remember that James Cunnama is a long distance athlete trying to bring it to the Olympic level...he hasn't touched Yoder yet!

May 22, 2011 7:59 am

Lead woman has just passed The Arc on the bike

May 22, 2011 7:55 am

Local Triathlete, Suzy Serpico is here racing today as well. Suzy teaches Elementary P.E. for the Howard County School System.  Suzy is energized by the opportunity to educate people of all ages the importance of living a healthy and physical lifestyle. She does this through teaching and living the triathlon lifestyle. This is her passion.  Currently, Suzy is ranked 2nd overall female in the Mid-Atlantic Region and 1st age group female according to USA Triathlon, triathlons governing body. Suzy is also ranked 6th national for females 30-34 according to USAT

May 22, 2011 7:53 am

Lead cyclist, Andrew Yoder is in the park!

May 22, 2011 7:50 am

Brian Boye, AKA Iron Heart is about to take off..  He has an amazing story. On July 6, 2004, 18-year-old Brian Boyle was driving home from swim practice, when a dump truck speeding through an intersection T-boned the car he was driving. The former swimmer and bodybuilder suffered massive internal injuries, losing 60 per cent of his blood. His heart was actually knocked to the other side of his chest. To manage the severe trauma, medical staff had to put him in a chemical-induced coma which lasted two months.

Doctors predicted that if Boyle survived he would be in a vegetative state. And they said that if he did manage to regain consciousness and use of his mental faculties, he would likely have to live out his life under full-time nursing care.

Boyle aka "Iron Heart" has proved those doctors wrong. He fought his way back and not only recovered, but just 30 months later, he competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, finishing the race in just 14 hours, 42 minutes. He is returning today to the Columbia Triathlon and will be at next month’s TriColumbia Ironman 70.3 EagleMan.

May 22, 2011 7:48 am

Also competing today is Hunter Lussi, who completed his first triathlon at the age of six. At 13, Hunter became the youngest person to complete an ultra distance triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). He has written two books, America, Get Off the Couch! and A Healthy America is One Bite Away, launched his own fitness program, America's Tri for Health, and is a familiar face on Capitol Hill as an advocate in the fight against childhood obesity. Now, at 17, the Maryland native is lending his voice to the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series, helping to spread the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation's sun-safe message and encourage healthy lifestyle choices through multisport. Hunter will be making appearances at all four Maryland Youth Triathlon Series events, including TriColumbia’s Kidz Triathlon on July 24th, and all children participating will receive a signed copy of Hunter’s book, America, Get Off the Couch!

May 22, 2011 7:44 am

Diane Sharp, is here. She is a 58 year old, internationally competitive triathlete from Asheville, who battled the grief of her husband's death from pancreatic cancer just as she fought her own bout with lung cancer - by refusing to stop moving.
Despite having been a lifelong athlete and despite never having been a smoker, Sharp was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2006. She was told she had six months to live.
After her husbands death earlier this year, Sharp honors him by competing to raise money in his memory,  She hopes to compete in the national USA Triathlon in 2011.

May 22, 2011 7:41 am

Team Embrace from The Arc of Howard County has their team racing as well.

May 22, 2011 7:40 am

Pro, Helen Phipps has pulled out!

May 22, 2011 7:39 am

Thanks also to David's Natural Market provider of Athlete's Food Tent.

May 22, 2011 7:37 am

Thanks to all our community support:
Howard County Recreation and Parks
Howard County Department of Police, Fire and Rescue
Howard Cunty Explorers – assisting with traffic control
Howard County General Hospital – A Division of Johns Hopkins Medicine

May 22, 2011 7:34 am

Finish line and medals await.

Finish line


May 22, 2011 7:25 am

Andrew Yoder is out of the swim and plows ahead like a freight train!

Yoder 1st out of swim

May 22, 2011 7:14 am

We have so many chartiy teams here today among them Team Fight, Team Embrace, Team ASA, Team Circle, and Team Win-the-Fight.  All are racing for worthy causes. Check out their team descriptions on our website under Charity.

May 22, 2011 7:11 am

Excitement is in the air. Men 35-39 are out on the swim.

May 22, 2011 7:09 am

TriColumbia, producers of The Columbia Triathlon is a non-profit whose mission is to to provide premier endurance events in the Mid-Atlantic region that promote life long health and fitness, while improving the lives of individuals in need by supporting local and regional charities.provide premier endurance events in the Mid-Atlantic region that promote life long health and fitness, while improving the lives of individuals in need by supporting local and regional charities.

May 22, 2011 7:06 am

We have over 2000 athletes competing today.

May 22, 2011 7:06 am

Shout out to Sadj Bartolo, age 70, our most senior athlete here today. She has been a long time supporter of TriColumbia and has raced with us for year.

May 22, 2011 7:04 am

Jasmine Oeinck is in 1st place among the women pros.

May 22, 2011 7:02 am

Pro, James Cunnama of South Africa has competed successfully at long distance races and is making his Olympic Distance debut today.  He is giving Andrew a run for his money.  Mike Caiazzo is behind James in 3rd place.

May 22, 2011 6:58 am

Pro swim Start picturePro Swim Start

Andrew Yoder in 1st place followed by James Cunnama in 2nd

May 22, 2011 6:49 am

Courtney will be pulling James in a raft.

May 22, 2011 6:48 am

Our Paratriathltes Wave is about to begin.
James Banks, Age 13, is getting into the water in the 2011 Columbia Triathlon, aiming to complete his first Olympic distance triathlon. To date, Banks has completed three full marathons, two Sprint triathlons and more than a half dozen 5K races.  For any person this is a substantial accomplishment, but James Banks is not just any person. Banks, a student athlete from the William S. Baer School in Baltimore City, suffers from cerebral palsy and has been confined to a wheel chair since birth. Banks is competing with the assistance of Team ASA volunteer athletes Courtney Sawyer, David Slomkowski and Gregg Elmer.

May 22, 2011 6:45 am

Elite Amateur men and women just began the swim

May 22, 2011 6:36 am

And they are off to a fast start!  Transition will close to athltes in 10 minutes and age groupers will be assembling at the swim start.

May 22, 2011 6:34 am

And they're off!

May 22, 2011 6:34 am

20 seconds to go....cheering abounds

May 22, 2011 6:34 am

2 minutes to start of the pro athletes... they are in the water ready to go!

May 22, 2011 6:33 am

Tim DeBoom, 1994 Champion Columbia Triathlon Champion and 2001 and 2002 Ironman World Champion is here to compete as well.  After 20 years as a professional triathlete, Tim is now focused on having fun and doing races that meet that criteria.  He wouldn't miss Columbia! 

May 22, 2011 6:31 am

Thanks as well to Skechers our shoe sponsor

May 22, 2011 6:30 am

A beautiful rendition to match the glorious day!

May 22, 2011 6:29 am

The National Anthem is being sung over loud speaker.

May 22, 2011 6:29 am

TriColumbia would like to thank our sponsors, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, TYR, Subaru, Princeton Sports, Endurafit, Xterra Wetsuits, Fitness Concepts, Sketchers, PNC Bank and Refuel with Chocolate Milk.

May 22, 2011 6:21 am

We are fortunate to have Bob Wendling, President of the Board of Directors of USAT, here for all the action! He is thrilled to be here to enjoy the Mid-Atlantic's "rite of spring!"

May 22, 2011 6:16 am

Jasmine Oeinck of Colorado is here as well. She runs a relatively new granola company with her boyfriend. She works to find balance between her business and being a professional athlete.

May 22, 2011 6:10 am

Jordan Jones, Pro from Gordon, Co. is here and was a Denver police officer who went pro just jogged past the finish line headed to transition.

May 22, 2011 6:07 am

2010 Columbia Triathlon Champion, Andrew Yoder is only 22 years old and has decided to stick to Olympic Distance Triathlons this year.  He calls Columbia Tri his "hometown race" where he gets "good vibes."  He hopes for those good vibes today as he defends his title.

May 22, 2011 6:04 am

Laurel Wassner of NY is returning as well to defend her title as 2010 Champion.  The womens course record is held by her twin sister, Rebeccah Wassner at 2:04:49 who could not be here today.  Laurel said yesterday that she always looks forward to racing with Rebeccah and misses her here this year.

May 22, 2011 6:00 am

The weather today will be perfect, and the pros plan to test the limts and hope to break course records.  Andrew Yoder is looking to beat Chris Lieto's 2008 record of 1:51:13. 

May 22, 2011 5:57 am

Athletes are in transition - body marking and getting set up.  Pros will go off at 6:35 am followed by Elites.

Sunrise Over Centennial Lake

May 22, 2011 5:52 am


May 22, 2011 5:42 am

It's a beautiful moring here in Columbia, MD.  Temperature is 62'F and are expected to climb to 81' F by this afternoon.  Water temperature is 71.4'F.  This will be a wetsuit swim for age group athletes.

May 22, 2011 5:34 am

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Welcome To The 2011 Columbia Triathlon

May 22, 2011 5:32 am

Good Morning and welcome to The 30th running of the Columbia Triathlon – one of the first triathlons to take place on the East Coast, one of the longest running triathlons in the country!

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