Nearly 2,000 compete in 5150 qualifying event as the Columbia Triathlon celebrates 30 years
Columbia, Md. – TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company, celebrated 30 years of the Columbia Triathlon on May 19 at Centennial Park in Columbia, Md. Nearly 2,000 endurance athletes and 40 world-class professionals, ages 17 – 76 representing 30 states and 8 countries, participated in the race, which consisted of a 0.93 mile swim, 25 mile bike and 6.2 mile run.
29-year-old Cameron Dye of Boulder, Co. won the men’s division for the second consecutive year with an overall time of 1:51:02. 30 year-old Nicky Samuels of New Zealand was the top female finisher, setting three course records, with an overall record time of 2:01:39, record bike time of 1:03:57 and record run time of 36:40. The women’s overall record was previously held by Rebeccah Wassner of New York, who won the Columbia Triathlon in 2008 with a time of 2:04:49. Both Dye and Samuels took home a cash prize of $5,000.
Rounding out the top six men were: 2) Bevan Docherty (36, Santa Cruz, CA), time: 1:52:23, prize $2,700 3) Andrew Yoder (24, Columbia, PA), time: 1:52:49, prize $1,750; 4) Brent McMahon (32, Canada), time: 1:53:13, prize: $1,250; 5) Tom Davison (23, New Zealand), time: 1:53:29, prize: $1,000; 6) Mark Bowstead (24, New Zealand) time:1:54:48, prize: $750.
After Samuels, the top six females were: 2) Meredith Kessler (35, San Francisco, CA), time: 2:04:04, prize: $2,700; 3) Angela Naeth (30, Canada), time: 2:07:43, prize: $1,750; 4) Radka Vodickova (29, Czech Republic), time: 2:08:07, prize: $1,250; 5) Laurel Wassner (38, New York, NY), time: 2:08:15), prize: $1,000 6) Jennifer Spieldenner (27, Findlay, OH) time: 2:08:42, prize: $750.
Another race notable included former CEO and founder of TriColumbia, Robert “Vigo” Vigorito, who finished the race with a time of 3:34:31. After 30 years of producing the Columbia Triathlon, the Mid-Atlantic’s longest running triathlon, Vigo, a 6-time Hawaii Ironman finisher, participated in the event for the first time. In 1984, Vigo created TriColumbia (formerly known as the Columbia Triathlon Association) with a passion for producing premier endurance events that strengthen individuals and the community.
“Regardless of the cloudy weather, we could not have asked for a more energized race atmosphere for this special event,” said Kari Ebeling, Chief Operating Officer of TriColumbia. “We kicked off the morning by honoring our former CEO, founder and friend, Robert Vigorito, for all of his contributions to the multi-sport community. This was followed by a terrific and hard-fought race for our 2,000 participants and 40 world-class pros. Congratulations to all of the winners and finishers, in addition to all of our sponsors, charity teams, community groups and volunteers for dedicating their time to supporting our race!”
The Columbia Triathlon also benefitted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Maryland Chapter, the largest blood cancer research and support organization in the world. 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.
As TriColumbia’s hallmark event, the Columbia Triathlon is one of the oldest and most challenging events in the country. This widely acclaimed Olympic distance race dates its beginnings to 1984 when 90 triathletes competed in the inaugural event. The 2013 Columbia Triathlon was also a 5150 qualifier. The top 15 finishers in each age group are invited to race at the 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship in Des Moines on September 1, 2013. For more information on the 5150 Triathlon Series, click HERE.