Trilights Archive for The Columbia Triathlon 2012

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May 20, 2012 1:05 pm

Kevin Moss, our final triathlete just crossed the finish line wearing a big smile.  Congratulations to all our athletes today; you did a great job!  The 28th Annual Columbia Triathon is in the books. Thank you for following along, and we hope you will join us again at our remaining 2012 events.

May 20, 2012 1:02 pm

Again a big thank you to all our volunteers and community organizations including 25/45, Team Inspiration, The Arc of Howard County, the Womens Giving Circle, Mid Maryland Tri Club, Team Fight, Vision Quest, The Dancel Family YMCA.
Thanks so much as well to Howard County Police, Howard County Fire and Rescue, Howard County Explorer Post 1952, Howard County General Hospital, and Howard County Recreation & Parks.  All did a great job keeping everyone safe!

May 20, 2012 12:58 pm

Our final runner finished crossing the dam and is on the way to the finish line. 

May 20, 2012 12:57 pm

Here are some athletes at mile 6 encouraged by a terrific volunteer.Mile 6

May 20, 2012 12:46 pm

A huge shout out again to our charity team fundraisers who worked hard to not only finish the race, but to raise awareness and funds for their charitable causes. Charity teams racing today included Atheletes Serving Athletes, Team Embrace, Team Fight, Team Inspiration, Team In Training, and Team Win The Fight.  To them and to the dozens of charities and community organizations that TriColumbia supports, thank you! 

May 20, 2012 12:41 pm

David Pasti was 25 years old when he decided to do a triathlon. He trained extensively for the 1985 Chesapeke triathalon and finished the event, yet he remembers cramping on the run and difficulty with the swim. At 50, David decided to do another triathlon but has had various injuries in the past two years. He is now 52 and prepared for his second triathlon with help from his trainer Christina Dorrer.  He finished in fine form with a time of 2:55:57!  Congratulations David!

May 20, 2012 12:34 pm

Thanks again to our 2012 Columbia Triathlon sponsors, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, Princeton Sports, Aqua Sphere, EnduraFit, Rackjacket, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Brightroom Photography, Maryland Public Television and David's Natural Market.

May 20, 2012 12:06 pm

Sarah Daken just finished into the welcoming arms of her husband, Hector Daken.  Sarah lost over 175 lbs and Hector is a brain cancer survivor.  Smiles have never been wider!

May 20, 2012 12:02 pm

The Baltimore Area Triathlon Club has 42 of their members racing here today including Kevin Joubert - This is his 11th straight year at Columbia!

May 20, 2012 11:58 am

Thanks to athletes from the Annapolis Tri Club racing today!

May 20, 2012 11:49 am

The awards ceremony is taking place as we speak.

May 20, 2012 11:49 am

There are 69 relay teams participating today.  A great way to get in on the fun!  Got to love those relay team names like "Balls to the Wall" and "Breaking Wind."  Maybe we should give an award for the best relay team name?

May 20, 2012 11:42 am

We have 60 married couples competing for the married couples award today.  Their scores are added together to choose the fastest married couples at the Columbia Tritathlon.

May 20, 2012 11:40 am

Jennifer Bornemann just rolled across the finsih line in support of Blazeman Foundation for ALS.  Jennifer wore #179 in at the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan in 2011 as a recipient of the Blazeman Spirit Award.  Congratulations, Jennifer!

May 20, 2012 11:38 am

Congratulations to athletes racing from our sponsor The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School!

May 20, 2012 11:30 am

Don't forget about TriColumbia races still open for registration: The Celebrating Heroes Sprint Triathlon (June 24) to benefit the National Rehabilitation Hospital serving those with physical disabilities, The Blackwater Duathlon on June 3 (USAT National Long Course Championship event), The TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon (get your kids off the couch) on July 22, The ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival (4 distances, one for every abilitiy) on September 29th, and the brand, new Iron Girl Rocky Gap Sprint Triathlon on September 9, 2012.  The first 500 to register for the 2011 Iron Girl Rock Gap will receive early registration opportunity for the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Traithlon.

Check them all out on our website.....and, by the way, Blackwater Duathlon will close tomorrow, so this is your last chance to register!

May 20, 2012 11:00 am

Thanks to TriSlide and Foggle for helping athletes in transition to get in and out of their wetsuits easily and to keep their googles clear.

May 20, 2012 10:48 am

Congratulations to Sheila Mongeon, registration queen at TriColumbia.  She helped so many athtetes at packet pickup, worked tirelessly for the last week and still finished in fine form!  Wow...go Sheila!

May 20, 2012 10:46 am

Shane Lauer assisted by Athletes Serving Athletes out on the run and finishing strong! 
ASA Shane Lauer run

ASA Finish

May 20, 2012 10:36 am

Thank you to our capable volunteers from Howard County General Hospital for their expertlse in the medical tent. You are AWESOME!

May 20, 2012 10:30 am

Thanks to Muscle Milk, here today handing out product.

May 20, 2012 10:21 am

Jeff Colburn, 43 of Frederick, MD is an independent film producer and  owner of a small IT company living in Frederick, Md. He is a Massachusetts native who exited the army in 1994. Jeff  weighed 208 lbs. in 2010 and was inspired to run by a marathon-running friend and began training in April 2010. Since that time, he has lost 42 lbs. and completed two marathons and three half-marathons. Jeff now has his sights set on completing and Iron Distance Triathlon. Today's triathlon is the first in a series of events leading up to the 2012 IronMan Arizona in Tempe, Ariz.  Congratulations to Jeff!

May 20, 2012 10:20 am

Bobby Hammond, 14 years old crossed the finish!!!

May 20, 2012 10:18 am

Aid Station #2 - thank you volunteers!
aid station 2

May 20, 2012 10:15 am

Here are some age groupers fighting up "Gatorade Hill"  Keep going!
gatorade hill runners

May 20, 2012 10:13 am

Max Prola who has  done every single Columbia Triathlon for 28 years just crossed the line!  Welcome home....again!

May 20, 2012 10:11 am

TriColumbia Training and Lear2Tri's own, Anne Johnson just finished in fine form!

May 20, 2012 10:06 am

Here come finishers from Team Embrace, headed up by Peter Della Croce - racing for those supported by The Arc of Howard County, helping to bring full community life to those with developmental disabilities!  Go Team Embrace! 

May 20, 2012 10:04 am


May 20, 2012 10:03 am

Awesome day, awesome athletes, awesome spectators!
age group finishers

May 20, 2012 9:54 am

Mich Friedman, 44, is a Senior Executive producer for WJZ-TV here in Baltimore. The station is not only covering the event, but has one of their own participating and we are very happy to have him here today!

May 20, 2012 9:53 am

Welcome to Ross Kennard, 53. This is Ross' ninth competition and his first time using "barefoot shoes" . This special footwear is similar to wearing no shoes at all and is part of a minimalist movement to avoid injury by running more naturally with shoes that shift impact to the calf and biceps instead of the heels. An accomplished swimmer, ranking 25th in the world among male swimmers in his age group, Kennard began running and taking classes in yoga and meditation in order to switch up his routine.

May 20, 2012 9:53 am

Our apologies for some errors in the unofficial results in earlier posts.  Here are update top 10 finishers.

Male Participants
1. Cameron Dye 1:49:41
2. Andrew Yoder 1:52:18
3. Ben Collins 1:52:35
4. James Seear 1:52:57
5. Matt Chrabot 1:53:13
6. Clark Ellice 1:54:08
7. Kevin Collington 1:55:37
8. Holden Comeau 1:55:46
9. Chris Foster 1:55:53
10. Matthew Wisthoff 1:57:07
Female Participants
1. Annabel Luxford 2:06:18
2. Leanda Cave 2:07:17
3. Laurel Wassner 2:07:29
4. Margaret Shapiro 2:08:02
5. Debbie Tanner 2:09:53
6. Sara McCarty 2:10:48
7. Lisa Marangon 2:11:25
8. Rebeccah Wassner 2:11:33
9. Anna Battiata 2:11:40
10. Suzanne Serpico 2:13:28

May 20, 2012 9:51 am

The food tent is a favorite of finishers with delicious treats from David's Natural Market.

May 20, 2012 9:50 am

Athletes are finishing and headed up the hill for a complementary massage, executed by BodyMason Performance Therapy.  Thanks for being here to keep our athletes rubbed down!

May 20, 2012 9:46 am

Max Prola, a huge TriColumbia supporter is competing again today.  He has done every Columbia Triathlon since the first one in 1984. That’s 28 years of support that we greatly appreciate!  Thanks Max!

May 20, 2012 9:45 am

Rose Ann Dougherty of Team Inspiration just rolled across the finish in support of Blazeman Foundation for ALS!

May 20, 2012 9:43 am

Happy Birthday today to Andy Sovonick, Otho Keller, Sylvie Chazelle, Alex Bailey, Katelyn Archer and Skye Lovett!   What a great way to celebrate!

May 20, 2012 9:42 am

The oldest competitors today are John Andrews, 71 of SagHarbor, NY and Marge Burley, 67 of Baltimore, MD.  Our youngest individual competitors are Bobby Hammond, 14 of Flanders, NJ and Amalija Jurcik, 15 of Landenburg, PA.

May 20, 2012 9:41 am

Spectators are thick at the finish line, welcoming in age groupers under bright sunshine and a light breeze....what a perfect day!  Across the line are several MMTC members including Hector Garcia.  Also crossing the line is Micael Proulx, OTTC club member.

May 20, 2012 9:32 am

Here is Andrew Yoder coming in 2nd!
Yoder Finish

May 20, 2012 9:28 am

Stay tuned for some tweeked Womens Pro results....

May 20, 2012 9:18 am

Today is Ally Rogan's first attempt at a Olympic Distance triathlon. She is racing on behalf of the children she sponsors through World Vision. Ally's team has raised over $1,000 for World Vision to help children living in poverty gain hope for a better future. The children Ally sponsors are from all over the world including Joshua from Ghana and Koli from Bangladesh. Ally is very thankful for all of the people that have supported her and we wish her the best of luck!

May 20, 2012 9:02 am

Lindsey Jerdonek, last year's champion just finished at 2:17.

May 20, 2012 8:59 am

Finishing at 2:15 is Suzy Serpico, local Columbia MD pro.

May 20, 2012 8:59 am

Leanda Cave just spoke to the crowd and said how much she enjoyed racing here honest course, great volunteers!

May 20, 2012 8:57 am

Lisa Marangon is just in followed by Laurel Wassner!  This is a spectacular race!

May 20, 2012 8:55 am

Margie Shapiro of Virginia has taken the #4 spot.  Rebeccah Wassner and Margie Shapiro have both won this race before.

May 20, 2012 8:53 am

#2 Leanda Cave is in followed by Rebeccah Wassner.  Leanda Cave rolled in in support of Blazeman Foundation. 

May 20, 2012 8:52 am

Annabel Luxford of Australia at about 2:08 - the female 2012 Columbia Triathlon Champion!  She held the lead the whole time. 

May 20, 2012 8:50 am

Luxford is followed closely within 40 seconds by 3 others.  This will be close!

May 20, 2012 8:49 am

Photo of Columbia Triathlon Champion, Cameron Dye, crossing the finish line and breaking the course record.
Cameron Dye winner

May 20, 2012 8:46 am

Luxford is still in the lead coming up Gatorade Hill about 1.25 miles out.

May 20, 2012 8:41 am

McNeice just in.

May 20, 2012 8:40 am

The rest of the pro men are flowing in...Ellice, Collington, Comeau.

May 20, 2012 8:36 am

Ben Collins is close behind in 3rd!

May 20, 2012 8:36 am

Congratulations to our 2012 Columbia Triathlon Male Champion, Cameron Dye!  And Andrew Yoder is coming into the finish line!

May 20, 2012 8:34 am

Here comes Cameron Dye and he has broken the course record at 1:49:42!

May 20, 2012 8:32 am

Thanks to Princeton Sports providing super bike support today to over 2300 athletes!

May 20, 2012 8:31 am

Cameron Dye is at the dam.

May 20, 2012 8:30 am

Andrew Yoder is about 1:20 behind Cameron Dye.  There may be a course record brewing for the second year in a row.
The record is held by Andrew Yoder from last year at 1:49:51.  We'll see if Dye or Yoder smash that record!

May 20, 2012 8:25 am

Leanda Cave is hunting down Luxford!

May 20, 2012 8:21 am

Final Swim Wave is off!
final swim wave

May 20, 2012 8:19 am

Suzy Serpico, local pro is out on the run in 10th place.

May 20, 2012 8:16 am

Rebecca Wassner is 4th and Sarah McCarty is in 5th

May 20, 2012 8:14 am

Leanda Cave is out on the run behind Luxford.  Margie Shapiro is right behind her.

May 20, 2012 8:12 am

First woman, Luxford is back in from the bike and getting through transition onto the run

May 20, 2012 8:11 am

Our final swim wave, Women 15 - 19, 20 - 24, and 40 - 44 are heading into the water.

May 20, 2012 8:09 am

Lead female biker is almost back in the park - it's #6 Annabel Luxford of Australia

May 20, 2012 8:06 am

This just in - a photo of Dye re-entering the Park from the bike.
Cam Dye into the park

May 20, 2012 8:02 am

Ben Collins and James Seear are out on the run!

May 20, 2012 8:00 am

2011 Defending Champion, Andrew Yoder is in 2nd place on the run just behind Cameron Dye....this will be a close race!  He is 1:50 behind Dye.

May 20, 2012 7:58 am

Cameron Dye is out on the run course in first place!

May 20, 2012 7:58 am

Congratulations to Sarah and Hector Daken of Poolesville, MD. who are competing as a relay team today. 5 years ago, Sarah never would have imagined she would be here today participating in an Olympic Distance run with professional athletes. This is because at that time Sarah weighed over 400 lbs and suffered chronic back pain in a life of pain, insecurities and fear. Now, she has lost over 175 lbs and has maintained that weight loss for over three years. Her mantra of "Intention.Decision. Attention"  continues to inspire her on her incredible weight loss journey. Today is a huge milestone for Sarah and symbolizes how far she has come in her weight loss endeavors. Her husband, Victor has battled a brain cancer and triumphantly racing today with his wife.  Their daughter gave them last minute advice, "Don't give up!"

Here is Sarah before and after.
Sarah before and after

May 20, 2012 7:45 am

Men 20 - 24 and 30 - 34 ready to go and beginning their wave.
Cardinal Wave pre swim
cardinal wave swim

May 20, 2012 7:40 am

Lead biker, number 27, Cameron Dye is back on Tridelphia Road from Linthicum Road.

May 20, 2012 7:34 am

Thanks as well to our fabulous volunteer Kayak team and to Tritan Water Rescue who provide life guards for the swim.  Here are some pre-swim waiting to get into the water.
lifeguards preswim

May 20, 2012 7:29 am

Thanks to all our community partners assisting on the course today. 25/45 is on the run course, Team Inspiration is at the finish line, The Arc of Howard County on the bike course, and the Womens Giving Circle is manning the food tent. Mid Maryland Tri Club, Team Fight, and Vision Quest are here in full force. The Dancel Family YMCA is on the run course and
Vision Quest is at the finish line.

Thanks so much as well to Howard County Police, Howard County Fire and Rescue, Howard County Explorer Post 1952, Howard County General Hospital, and Howard County Recreation & Parks.

May 20, 2012 7:24 am

Tent row is packed with charity team and Tri Club tents. We welcome Athletes Serving Athletes, Baltimore Area Tri Club, DC Tri Club, Team Embrace, Fexy Tri Club, Team Fight, Team Inspiration, Intelesys Tri Club, MMTC, Pittsburgh Tri Club, TNT, Tri2BeMore from Columbia Association, Team Z, and OTTC.  Thanks for being here today!!

May 20, 2012 7:20 am

Orange swim caps - men 40 - 44 waiting to begin.
orange swim wave

May 20, 2012 7:13 am

All the pros are out on the bike.  Look for some fast times today, maybe some records broken today!

May 20, 2012 7:09 am

Local athlete Suzy Serpico of Columbia Maryland knows this course like the back of her hand. She began the sport of triathlon by competing at TriColubmia events. Between 2007-2010, Suzy was a consistent top 5 age group finisher at the Columbia Triathlon. She placed 15th overall female and 2nd place in her age group at the 2009 Ironman Cozumel Triathlon in which she earned her first entry into the 2010 Ironman World Championships. Suzy regards this as her single biggest achievement of her athletic career.  Suzy qualified for her USAT Pro Card at last year's Columbia Triathlon.

May 20, 2012 7:09 am

Kristin Andrews, of Bethesda, MD is also here. Andrews won the 2011 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, and came in 5th at last year's Columbia Triathlon.  She finished 6th at 2011 Ironman EagleMan 70.3, and was the Amateur champion and amateur course record holder at Ironman Lake Placid 2010, and was the Amateur champion at EagleMan 2010, and Columbia Triathlon 2010.

May 20, 2012 7:08 am

We have several local pros here today. Margie Shapiro from Herndon, Virginia, is back; she was the Columbia Triathlon Champion in 2006.

May 20, 2012 7:07 am

Returning as well are the Wassner twins, Rebeccah and Laurel of NY, who have both won the Columbia Triathlon. Rebeccah won in 2008 and 2009 and is the course record holder and swim course record holder, she is a 3-time NYC Triathlon Champion ('09, '10, and '11), and  4-Time Philadelphia Triathlon Champion & course record holder ('07-'09,'11). Laurel who turned pro in 2008 is a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor. She won her first pro race in 2010 at the Columbia Triathlon, becoming the first cancer survivor to win a professional triathlon!

May 20, 2012 7:07 am

Leanda Cave of the UK is a force to be reckoned with, and will give Lindsay and the other pros a run for their money.  Cave has an impressive record, finishing in 2011 finishing 3rd in the Ironman World Championship, 1st in Ironman Arizona, 2nd in ITU Long Distance World Championships, 1st in IM 70.3 Miami, 2nd in Vineman Ironman 70.3, 2nd in Kansas Ironman 70.3, 3rd in Muncie Ironman 70.3, 2nd in Escape from Alcatraz,  and 1st in Wildflower Long Distance Triathlon.

May 20, 2012 7:06 am

James Duff has his eye on the championship too.  James is a unique pro athlete - a Crohn's Disease patient, and an attorney who happens to swim without goggles! He finished 1st overall in 2011 and holds the course record at Beach 2 Battleship.

May 20, 2012 7:06 am

Ben Collins is here too. Ben place 1st at the '12 ITU Premium Pan American Cup, and in 2011 he placed 1st in the Nautica New York City Triathlon, 1st at the 5150 New Orleans Triathlon- 1st at Monroe ITU Pan America Cup, 2nd at the Miami International Triathlon and, 3rd at the Hy-Vee 5150 Championships, AND won all four bike primes and first run prime!

May 20, 2012 7:06 am

Matt Cherbock of Colorado Springs is here as well.  Cherbock who was on the cover of the May/June issue of Inside Triathlon just missed making the Olympic Team. In 2011, he won Miami Intl Tri, The Chicago Triathlon, ITU Huatulco World Cup in Mexico, and placed 3rd at Escape from Alcatraz.  He is ranked 18 worldwide and is the top American Male in the ITU World Triathon Series Rankings, 2011 USAT  Rank is #1, 2010 USAT ITU Olympic Athlete of the Year.

May 20, 2012 7:05 am

Giving Yoder a run for his money, is a field of 13 other world class professional males. Cameron Dye is one of those pros here today. He finished 1st in the 2012 Rev3 Costa Rica and 1st in both the '11 Nautica South Beach and the LA Triathlon.

May 20, 2012 7:04 am

We are welcoming back our defending 2011 champions, Lindsey Jardonek and Andrew Yoder.  Yoder also won in 2010 and is the course and bike record holder. He knows this course well and feels at home here.

The field is packed today with over 30 pros from across the country and the world.

May 20, 2012 7:03 am

#24 - Dylan McNeice is first pro out of the water followed by #22 James Seear!

May 20, 2012 7:02 am

TriColumbia is proud to have Athletes Serving Athletes here today.  ASA helps those with physical disabilities compete in endurance events. Today they are assisting Shane Lauer, a  student athlete at Dulaney High School who suffers from Duchene Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Because of this degenerative diesase, Shane is confined to a wheelchair yet he still competes in many multisport events including three full marathons, three half Ironman distance triathlons and two sprint triathlons. He is the first person with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy to attempt the Columbia Triathlon.

Shane just went out on the swim

ASA and Shane swim

May 20, 2012 6:59 am

First pros will be out in less than 1 minute....they are screaming FAST!

May 20, 2012 6:52 am

The pro men are off and they are plowing through the serene water.  The pro women are following.
pro men start

May 20, 2012 6:43 am

Welcome to our charity teams racing today including Atheletes Serving Athletes, Team Embrace, Team Fight, Team Inspiration, Team In Training, and Team Win The Fight

May 20, 2012 6:42 am

The pro men will be up first.  A beautiful rendition of our National Anthem by our announcer, Jeff Meeks!

May 20, 2012 6:40 am

The National Anthem is about to begin.  Pros will be off after.

May 20, 2012 6:39 am

Welcome to charity teams racing here today. Atheletes Serving Athletes, Team Fight, Team Inspiration, Team In Training,  and Team Win The Fight

May 20, 2012 6:07 am

TriColumbia would like to thank our 2012 Columbia Triathlon sponsors, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, Princeton Sports, Aqua Sphere, EnduraFit, Rackjacket, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Brightroom Photography, Maryland Public Television and David's Natural Market.

May 20, 2012 6:01 am

Over 2300 athletes will travel the race course today and experience the beauty of Centennial Park and Western Howard County while attempting to reach their race goals.  Athletes are pumped up for a great day ahead!

May 20, 2012 5:52 am

The transition area is bustling with athletes getting their gear set up just right and getting body marked. It's a cool 57' F right now, but the temperatures should rise quickly now that the sun is rising.

May 20, 2012 5:50 am

Today we welcome some of the best of both Professional and Amateur Triathletes from countries as far away as New Zealand and from over 30 states.

The 2012 Columbia Triahtlon

May 20, 2012 5:44 am

Good Morning and welcome to the 28th annual Columbia Triathlon.  The weather is fantastic and promises a great backdrop to a fast and fabulous race!  Steam is rising from the lake and the water temperature is 70.8' F.

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