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TRICOLUMBIA’S COLUMBIA TRIATHLON CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

Posted on May 2, 2013

Mid-Atlantic’s longest running triathlon and 5150 qualifier on May 19 to attractworld-class professional athletes

Columbia, Md. – TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company, will celebrate the 30th year of the Columbia Triathlon on Sunday, May 19, 2013. More than 20 world-class professional athletes are set to compete at Centennial Park in Columbia, Md. in one of the nation’s longest running and most respected triathlons.

As TriColumbia’s hallmark event, the Columbia Triathlon is one of the most challenging events in the country, and is also a 5150 qualifying event. Nearly 2,000 endurance athletes from across the country will compete in a 1.5K swim, 41K bike and 10K run for a prize purse of $25,000. This year, the top 15 finishers in each age group will be invited to race at the 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship.

Professional triathletes competing in the Columbia Triathlon include favorites:

·       Leanda Cave –Reigning Ironman World Championand 70.3 World Champion. Cave is also a 4-time Winner of the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon (www.leandacave.com).

·       Bevan Docherty:From Taupo, New Zealand, Docherty is the 2013 Ironman New Zealand Champion, Double Olympic Medalist (Bronze- 2008 Beijing, Silver- 2004 Athens), and ITU World Champion.

·       Cam Dye: Boulder native, Dye is the reigning Columbia Triathlon Men's Champion and 2012 Toyota Cup Champion (www.camerondye.com).

·       Meredith Kessler:From San Francisco, Kessler is a 4-time Ironman Champion with 49 Ironman finishes total (www.meredithkessler.com).

·       Annabel Luxford:From Brisbane, Australia, Luxford is the reigning Columbia Triathlon Women's Champion and 2013 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Champion (www.annabelluxford.com.au).

·       Margret Shapiro:2006 Columbia Triathlon Women's Champion and 5-time Columbia Triathlon podium finisher in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005 and 2004.

·       Andrew Yoder:2011 & 2010 Columbia Triathlon Men's Champion.

Also competing in this year's deep and talented professional field: Angela Naeth (Canada), Nicky Samuels (New Zealand), Alicia Kaye (U.S.A.), Katherine Baker (Australia), Anna Battiata (U.S.A.), Radka Vodickova (Czech Republic), Laurel Wassner (U.S.A.), Mark Bowstead (New Zealand), Tom Davison (New Zealand), Eric Limkemann (U.S.A.), James Seear (Australia), Jason Pedersen (U.S.A.), and Sean Sullivan (U.S.A.).

In addition, Robert “Vigo” Vigorito, former CEO and founder of TriColumbia, will compete in the Columbia Triathlon. Vigo, a 6-time Hawaii Ironman finisher, created TriColumbia as the Columbia Triathlon Association after he and other enthusiasts put together the very first Columbia Triathlon in 1984. His vision back then was to produce endurance events at the highest levels of challenge, safety and integrity, and through hard work and dedication, his dream has become a reality.

“This 30th year of the Columbia Triathlon is an exciting milestone for our organization,” said Kari Ebeling, Chief Operating Officer of TriColumbia. “Over the years, more than 100,000 athletes have participated in a TriColumbia event, and thousands more have dedicated their time to volunteering, fundraising, and cheering on friends and family members on race day. We thank everyone for their continued support of TriColumbia over the past 30 years, and look forward to continuing the tradition for years to come.”

The 2013 Columbia Triathlon will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Maryland Chapter, the world’s largest blood cancer research and support organization. LLS strives to improve the quality of life for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma patients and their families, in addition to raising funds for lifesaving blood cancer research around the world. Over the past decade, more than 500 LLS Team In Training participants have competed in TriColumbia events in Maryland. Together, these participants have raised more than $850,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For more information visit TriColumbia.org or call 410-964-1246.

About TriColumbia

TriColumbia is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit and the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company providing an array of events for all ability levels across the triathlon/multisport continuum. Founded in 1983, the organization makes a difference for participating athletes by not only providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also by giving back to the community by supporting many local and regional charities which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need. In 2012, TriColumbia contributed nearly $200,000 in direct donations to dozens of local and regional charities and community organizations, and enabled dozens of charity teams to fundraise in excess of $425,000 to support their missions.






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