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Aug 19, 2012 12:23 pm

Thanks for tuning in to TriLights as we covered the 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon.  This inspirational all women’s event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle and providing a platform whereby women support one another and can celebrate their unique “grace” as they journey toward the finish line.  Join us in Rocky Gap for the Inaugural Iron Girl Rocky Gap Trithlon on September 9th and next year for the 8th Annual Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon!

Aug 19, 2012 12:18 pm

Bert getting haircut

Iron Girl finisher, Lisa Dodson's husband, Bert, cut his hair at the Team Fight tent, for a donation to Ulman Cancer Fund in honor of his Dad who died 4 1/2 years ago.  Bert hasn't cut his hair since his Dad's death!

Aug 19, 2012 11:50 am

The award ceremony is about to begin, but all those who signed up and took the journey to the race today are winners and can call themselves Iron Girls.

Aug 19, 2012 11:46 am

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Admissions officer, Pamela Williams, sends her congratulations to all our finishers today. She is in the business of providing opportunities.   As the swim coach for TriColumbia and Admissions officer for Carey Business School, Pamela provides many women the opportunity to engage in triathlon by gaining comfort on the swim, and assists prospective students who want to expand and enhance their professional careers.  Carey Business School is dedicated to transforming business education to reflect the principles of humanity, compassion, innovation, and opportunity … the same values that make the school a proud supporter of the Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon.

Aug 19, 2012 11:43 am

Thanks again to our fabulous sponsors; Athleta, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, EnduraFit, Rackjacket, Princeton Sports, Aqua Sphere, Johns Hopkins Carey Business, School, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, Polar, Marylandn Public Television, and Milestones Jewelry.

Aug 19, 2012 11:40 am

Thanks again to the hundreds of volunteers who got up early to come out and provide valuable support to our athletes and to our community partners including the Howard County Police, Howard County Fire and Rescue, Howard County Explorers, and Howard County General Hospital to name just a few.  We could not present this amazing event that empowers and inspires women and their families and friends without their assistance!

Aug 19, 2012 11:34 am

Team Fight - Jessica
Team Survive to Thrive just crossed the finish line with the entire Team Fight Crew. Inspiration abounds at this event!  Congratulations to 29 year old Jessica Protasio.  Jessica is a cancer survivor completing her first triathlon with her new liver after receiving a liver transplant.

Aug 19, 2012 11:03 am

Susan and Dale Doucet

Congratulations to Susan Doucet, pictured here with her husband Dale, after finishing strong. She told us that this was tough, having been through 4 rounds of chemotherapy recently.  But she pushed through and finished strong. She even encouraged another athlete during the swim not to give up! Susan plans to mount a photo of herself from today alongside a photo of herself going through treatment in which she wore an Iron Girl Columbia shirt.  She is empowered....no doubt about it!

Aug 19, 2012 10:53 am

Congratulations to Team 3 Generations, including our oldest participant, Mary Brandenstein who cycled along with her daughter who swam and her grandaughter who ran!

Aug 19, 2012 10:43 am

Iron Girls are enjoying the post race party and food provided David's Natural Market and TriColumbia's complementary post race massages executed by Bodymason Performance Therapy!  It's a real party around here!

Aug 19, 2012 10:41 am

Susan Coghlan wants to thank her husband Brian for support of all her training and her 2 kids for inspiring her to complete her 1st Tri!

Aug 19, 2012 10:39 am

Iron Girl Debi Vreeland says "it's still hard to believe that only 7 years ago, I weighed 327 pounds.  This has been an amazing journey."  Congratulations Debi!

Aug 19, 2012 10:37 am

Welcome Team Fight member Cheryl Duvall, who has dedicated her first triathlon to the memory of John Duvall.

Aug 19, 2012 10:23 am

proposal

Congratulations to 5x Iron Girl Finisher Brittany Ebbertt and Russ Burris. Russ proposed to Brittany at the finish line....she said yes!

Aug 19, 2012 10:01 am

spectators at the finish line

Spectators fill the hill overlooking the finish line...there are thousands of people here today supporting Iron Girls!

Aug 19, 2012 9:55 am

Sara Scott and Robert Vigorito

Congratulations to Iron Girl and local WJZ personality, Sara Scott, posing here after her finish with Robert "Vigo" Vigorito.  Sara's coming back next month to compete in the Inaugural Iron Girl Rocky Gap event in Western Maryland on September 9th.

Aug 19, 2012 9:44 am

Rachel Boswell & Stacey

Rachel Boswell and her sister Stacey, a Hodgins Lymphoma survivor, just after Rachel's finish.

Aug 19, 2012 9:38 am

Congratulations to Kristin Johnson of Team Fight who heads up the packet pick up volunteers  - she just finished strong!

Aug 19, 2012 9:25 am

Welcome to 31 year old, Jillianne Shear, mother, coach and full time employee. Her journey began with the death of a mother and her love for an organization called Girls on the Run, a mentoring program for young girls. She joined Solemates, a group that raises money in support of Girls on the Run through running events and triathlons. Within 30 days she was able to raise more than $1,000. This will be her first Iron Girl!!

Jilliane is motivated by the following quote:
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
 ― Mahatma Gandhi

Aug 19, 2012 9:21 am

volunteers at the finish line

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers at the finish line organized by Team Inspiration!

Aug 19, 2012 9:17 am

Faye Weaver is participating today for a neighbor who is battling cancer for the second time, 18-year-old Zach Lederer. Zachary is known for the famous photo of him in a hospital bed with arms up and flexed in a muscle pose after he underwent brain surgery at Johns Hopkins. The pose is now know as “Zaching.” He attends the University of Maryland College Park and underwent his last round of chemo on Friday, August 17!

Check out Faye’s FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/ZachingForIron

Aug 19, 2012 9:15 am

Today we welcome Rachel Boswell who participated in the 2010 Iron Girl - Her sister Stacey had just had a son three months prior to the race and was not feeling well, but came to see Rachel compete anyway and cheer her on; One month later Stacey was diagnosed with her 4th recurrence of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which put her in the hospital fighting for her life for 10 days, but she pulled though! Rachel is competing this year in honor of her sister’s fight and beating cancer 5 times! She dedicates the song “Neon Lights” as a shout out to all who inspire others!

Aug 19, 2012 9:11 am

Age groupers are finishing fast and furious now, including local triathlete, Anne Johnson who helped us to create the Learn2Tri program in local schools.  Congratulations Anne!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:57 am

Suzy Serpico in 7th place

Pro, Suzy Serpico finished in 8th place overall!  We hear she had a broken chain on the bike.

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:51 am

Congratulations to 67 year old, Marge Burley who just crossed the finish line a strong and confidant Iron Girl!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:50 am

Sharon Schmidt-Mongrain finishing

Sharon Schmidt-Mongrain finshing in 5th place after giving birth just over 3 months ago to her son, Luke!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:40 am

Henriques finishing 4th

Alice Henriques finishing in 3rd place!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:35 am

Lindsay Jerdonek in 3rd place

Winner of the 2011 Columbia Triathlon, Lindsay Jerdonek finishing in 2nd place today!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:33 am

Michellie Jones finsihed in 2nd place

(Revision post race - Michellie Jones is the winner of the 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Traithlon due to Nicole Kelleher receiving a penalty.)

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:28 am

 (Revision post race - Nicole Kelleher received a penalty; therefore Michellie Jones is our first place finisher and Nicole placed 4th)

Nicole Kelleher Wins 2012 Iron Girl

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:17 am

Course record here today has just been passed.  It was 1:21 and we are awaiting the first finisher who has just crossed the dam on the run course.  It wont be long now!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 8:13 am

Tent Row is full today....welcome the following organizations supporting their teams:
Mid Maryland Triathlon Club
Baltimore Area Triathlon Club
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Athletes Serving Athletes
Circle Team
Team Conquer
Team Fight
Inspire Training
Team Inspiration
Team in Training
Team Embrace

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:59 am

Lead cyclist, is coming into the park now - it's Alice Henriques of Washington DC!  In second place is Nicole Kelleher, followed by Michellie Jones!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:54 am

Swim Support

We are pleased to have lifeguards from Triton Water Rescue, an army of kayakers, and Howard County Fire and Rescue out on the lake keeping our athletes safe on the swim course!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:50 am

Molly McKee is here today, wearing #179 in honor of Jon Blais and in support of the Blazeman Foundation for ALS! Go Molly!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:48 am

Word in now that the lead cyclist is about 4 miles out from the park!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:47 am

As a 501c3, non-proft, TriColumbia is proud to support so many charity teams here today including Athletes Serving Athletes, Team Fight, Team Embrace, Team Inspiration, Team Conquer, Team Colleen and Erin,  Team Friends of the Lighthouse Shelter, Active Survivors Network, Team WIN-THE-FIGHT, The Circle Team, Team in Training, and Girls on the Run. Athletes have joined these teams, raising money for their worthy causes!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:37 am

We want to thank all our community partners here today helping to make this event great for all these Iron Girls and their fans -

Kayak Volunteers
25/45 on the run course
Team Inspiration at the finish line
The Arc of Howard County on the bike course
Womens Giving Circle manning the food tent
Marine and Army members manning the food tent
Mid Maryland Tri Club
The Dancel Family YMCA in transition
Team Conquer in transition
Howard County Police
Howard County Fire and Rescue
Howard County Explorer Post 1952
Howard County General Hospital
Howard County Recreation & Parks

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:34 am

First out on the bike is Aussie Pro, Michellie Jones, Ironman World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist.

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:33 am

Congratulations to Susan Doucet of Queen Anne, MD competing here today. Susan completed her first Iron Girl in 2007, after barely learning how to swim! She was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) two weeks before Christmas in 2009, and in February 2012 underwent a skull based biopsy, a very dangerous procedure. Cancer was found in her skull and strong treatments were administered. Through it all Susan kept saying she wanted to do another triathlon, so in between treatments she began training again. This will be her 5th triathlon! In addition, her son is leaving for the US Marine Corp next week! Her family is here today, is very proud of her and can't wait to welcome their Iron Girl at the finish line!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:24 am

Yellow wave

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:22 am

We want to thank our 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Sponsors, Athleta, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, EnduraFit, Rackjacket, Princeton Sports, Aqua Sphere, Johns Hopkins Carey Business, School, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, Polar, Marylandn Public Television, and Milestones Jewelry.

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:18 am

Yellow Swim wave start
Yellow caps swim wave - women 55+ and teens enter the water.

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:07 am

Athletes are here from 25 states and the District of Columbia and have traveled from as far away as California, Maine, and Texas, and range in age from 12 to 76. Some will compete individually while others will be part of a relay team.

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 7:00 am

There are 6 professional triathletes racing today including legendary, Australian, Michellie Jones.

Jones' career has spanned over 20 years, and she has been called the best triathlete in the world. She won the Silver Medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the inaugural triathlon competition, finishing just 2 seconds behind the Gold Medalist.  Her career highlights include the 2006 Ironman World Championship, 2x ITU World Champion, 2x ITU World Cup Champion, XTerra World Champion, 3x Ironman Champion, 12 ITU World Cup Victories, 8 ITU World Championship Medals, 8x Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon Champion, 7x Chicago Triathlon Champion, 7x St. Anthony's Triathlon Champion, 10x San Diego International Triathlon. 7x Triathlete Magazine Triathlete of the year, and has had over 175 career victories.

Yesterday, Michellie addressed participants providing a wealth of insight and race tips.  Even after all her career highlights, Michellie can't wait to experience the empowering aura that surrounds the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon.

Local athlete Suzy Serpico will compete today.  Suzy got her start right here in Columbia, competing in TriColumbia events like this one. In May, 2011, she qualified for her USAT Pro Card at the Columbia Triathlon. Between 2007-2010, Suzy was a consistent top 5 age group finisher. 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. This year, her 1st year as a Professional, Suzy has garnered top 10 finishes at Columbia Triathlon, EagleMan 70.3, and most recently, 4th place finish @ Ironman Lake Placid. Suzy knows this course like the back of her hand and definitely has the home field advantage.

Lindsay Jerdonek, a 2nd year pro returns to this venue. Before turning pro, Lindsay won the 2011 Columbia Triathlon and recorded fourth place finishes at the Escape from Alcatraz Triahtlon, The Life Time Triathlon and the Chicago Triathlon

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 6:58 am

Our announer, Jeff Meeks, just belted out a fantastic National Anthem.  The first pro and elite amanteur wave is off!
Pro Iron Girls

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 6:54 am

We are just about 5 minutes from the start.  There's an exciting buzz in the air as nearly 2000 women ready themselves at the swim start area.  Many are athletes return year after year to get their Iron Girl "fix," while others are here to experience Iron Girl for the first time. Thousands of spectators are here to cheer on mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends. 
pre start

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 6:45 am

Iron Girl naming sponsor, Athleta is here today to present The Power To The She Award to a most inspirational woman. This award being given to Jessica Hensley, local relay participant for Team Inspiration who is celebrating being cancer-free after a two year battle with AML, a form of Leukemia. In May 2010, two days before her son’s 5th birthday, Jessica was diagnosed. Since then, she has been through two years of chemotherapy, two transplants and months of in-patient treatment. She says her two sons are her motivation for her fight and that running has helped her to heal both mentally and physically from her disease. This will be her second Iron Girl! Congratulations to Jessica, the 2012 Power To The She award winner!

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 6:38 am

Team Fight Pre-Race circle

Team Fight supporting the Ulman Cancer Fund in their pre-race circle.

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 6:32 am

Sunrise over the lake 2012 IGC

The sun is coming up over Centennial Lake. It's 66' F with a high during the event forecasted to be 78'.

2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Aug 19, 2012 6:30 am

Welcome to the 7th Annual Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon; the most popular Iron Girl Triathlon in the series.  Women have taken a journey to discover their strength, courage and unique grace as they have trained for this day. This event embodies empowerment for the women here today.  Many have overcome adversity, injury, personal loss and illness.  Today they will cross the finish line and become Iron Girls.

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