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Columbia Triathlon 2010 Pre-Race Information

Posted on May 6, 2010

[This information was sent out by email on May 5 to all Columbia Triathlon event registrants.]

Welcome to the
2010 Columbia Triathlon!

Race Day is only 18 days away.

This email contains critical and time sensitive information and
has been sent to provide important race information to you.


Please read this all the way to the end and take appropriate action.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Be sure to thoroughly verify all the personal information on your Tricolumbia.org profile.  If anything is not correct, it will need to be changed by Thursday, May 10th.  After this date, your changes will not be reflected in the official Columbia Triathlon 2010 race data.

To review and update your profile information, click here. (If you are not currently logged in to the Tricolumbia.org site, you will need to log in to access this information.)


If you have any problems, contact Sharon@tricolumbia.org  


RACE INFORMATION

COURSE MAPS:

CTA will not have printed course maps at packet pickup. If you use the link below, you will be able to find the course maps and you may print them yourself.

http://www.tricolumbia.org/Columbia/columbia_maps.php

Please open the below links as they will answer the majority of your race related questions.

RACE INFORMATION:

http://www.tricolumbia.org/Columbia/race_info.php

TIMELINES INCLUDING SWIM WAVES AND TIMES:

http://www.tricolumbia.org/Columbia/timelines.php

FAQ’S:

http://www.tricolumbia.org/FAQ.html

RACE PACKET PICK UP & Columbia Triathlon HEALTH and FITNESS EXPO:

WHEN: Fri, May 21, 2-7pm, and Saturday, May 22, 10:00-7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO Sunday Packet Pick-up. All pre-registered entrants are expected to attend packet pick up Friday or Saturday in person. This is due to insurance liability requirements defined by the race insurance provider

WHERE: at the host Hotel, The Sheraton Columbia in the Lobby and the Lake View Ballrooms.

WHAT TO BRING: All participants MUST show a photo ID, and all USAT annual members must show their membership card. No Exceptions. No proof of ID then No packets, No race.

A unique wristband will be affixed at this time, which must remain on through the end of the race.

Special Notice to athletes in regard to USAT CARDS FOR REGISTRATION

Athletes MUST bring proof of annual membership or purchase a one-day permit. Athletes who do not bring/show proof of membership must purchase a one-day license OR will not be allowed to race. Athletes who forget their membership cards will have four options below:

    * Go ”back” and get your card.
    * Print off a temporary membership card from the USAT web site, (www.usatriathlon.org). Showing it on your iPhone or BlackBerry is acceptable also. Race staff members cannot pull up your USAT information or allow you use of computers. Do not ask them to do so.
    * Purchase a $10.00 one-day license, payable only by cash or check; no credit card purchase is permitted.
    * Renew your annual membership online and bring proof of renewal.

Please remember to pack your USAT membership card.
Don’t leave home without it.


Please note that all CTA events have the one day option as a part of the race entry fee structure should you select that form of payment.

RELAY TEAMS Packet Pickup:

All members of each and every team must pick up their packets either Friday or Saturday in person. The same requirements stated above pertain to relay team members.

NEW IPICO TIMING SYSTEM:

CTA has switched from ChampionChip timing to IPICO timing.  It is still a timing band that must be worn on either ankle and will be given to you at packet pickup.  If you have previously registered with your own personal ChampionChip, you will NOT be able to use it for the Columbia Triathlon.  You MUST use the IPICO timing band.

MANDATORY PRE-EVENT BIKE RACKING:

On Saturday, May 22 (11 am to 8 pm ONLY at Centennial Park), all bikes must be racked. To enter transition for racking you must be wearing the security wristband received at packet pick up. Please note that the transition area is RESTRICTED TO ATHLETES ONLY. Any accompanying friend, spouse, parent or child WILL NOT BE ALLOWED into the transition area. Please make appropriate arrangements to have children supervised while you are racking your bike. Once racked, your bike cannot be removed. Full security is provided overnight. NO exceptions!

RACE DAY SHUTTLE SERVICE:

There will be a free shuttle leaving the front of the Sheraton Hotel beginning at 4:30am on Sunday to Centennial Park. This shuttle is available for participants and spectators and will run from the hotel to the park and back to the hotel continuously until 2pm. The race staff and Howard County Police strongly encourage you to take the shuttle to facilitate entrance to the park Sunday morning and to help avoid undue traffic delays.

PARKING:

All Parking is in the immediate grass area of Centennial Park adjacent to MD RT 108 across from the Transition Area. If you decide to drive rather than use the shuttle, plan on arriving early on Sunday morning to find suitable parking. If you have someone driving you, they MAY NOT stop in the driving lanes to drop you off.

There is an overflow lot available on Centennial Lane, the north entrance to the park. Tall light towers easily mark this lot. From here you can walk along the running path beside the lake to the transition area. It is about a 10-minute walk. Do not park in driveways, on private property or on church parking lots adjacent to the park.

The Park entrance from MD RT 108 will close at 6:58 am. Be smart and plan on morning traffic delays. Prepare to arrive earlier than you may have initially planned. There are thousands of athletes and their fans attending this event. BE THERE EARLY!! If you miss your swim wave start, the clock is ticking!

MEET & GREET THE PROS:

Friday at 6:30 pm in the Galleria (inside the Sheraton Hotel down the hallway from the front desk).  There will be several top tier professionals, among them 2 time Ironman World Champion, Tim DeBoom, and 6-time Ironman World Champion Natascha Badmann available for questions, autographs and motivation!  They will be joining you on the racecourse on Sunday morning!

PRE-RACE COURSE TALKS:

Saturday at 12pm and 3pm in "the Grove" (the grassy area to the left of the entrance to the Sheraton Hotel).  As an alternative location, we will utilize the Merriweather Room, adjacent to the Sheraton front desk. Race Director, Robert Vigorito will be there to discuss the racecourse and answer any questions you may have about the event.

RESPECT THE AREA:

PLEASE respect both the environment and the areas that this event travels through.  Do not drop trash anywhere other than aid stations and use the portable toilets, not the neighborhoods.

WATER TEMPERATURE & WETSUITS:

As of the last temperature check, the water is approximately 60 degrees.  Wetsuits for Amateurs are allowed and encouraged under 78 degrees F. For complete USAT wet suit rules go to http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/about-events/rules and download the PDF, then search for wet suit rules under Article IV, section 4.4. The new rule for Professionals will be discussed at the Pro meeting.

SommerSports is the official race timer of the Columbia Triathlon.  Results will be available after the race on www.tricolumbia.org and www.chiptimes.com.

ASI is the official photographer of all CTA events.  Event Photos will be available after the race at http://www.asiorders.com/view_event.asp?EVENTID=45784   You can also find this link on the right hand sidebar of the Columbia Triathlon webpage.

Respect and thank our volunteers:

Remember, use of profanity or disrespect of any staff, volunteers or other officials there to assist you in this event can be reason for a USAT official to disqualify you – this includes packet pick up and the bike racking stages.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The NEW Celebration Sprint Triathlon takes place on June 27 in Columbia, MD. Slots are still available. Less than 200 remain. For more information, go to http://www.tricolumbia.org/Sprint

The TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon takes place on July 25th in Columbia, MD.  Children ages 7-14 are welcome to participate.  For more information, please see http://www.tricolumbia.org/KidsTriathlon/

ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon is still accepting entries for the full Iron Distance, the Aqua-Velo and the Swim Only as well as our new event, the Skipjack Triathlon. Go to www.tricolumbia.org/ChesapeakeMan for more information.

Columbia Triathlon Association would like to Thank and Welcome our sponsors for the 2010 season:

Gatorade, Assisted Living Well, Subaru, Coach Troy Jacobson, Tyr, Xterra Wetsuits, Hammer Nutrition, Road Runner Sports, Union Jacks British Pub.


Please show your appreciation for their support to our events by supporting them.






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