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Jun 24, 2012 11:57 am

Thanks for following the 2012 Celebrating Heroes Triathlon to benefit the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.  Many thanks again to all our fabulous volunteers, sponsors, charity teams, community partners, and  most of all, our athlete heroes!  We are inspired by the grit and tenacity you have shown today!  Congratulations to all!  We'll see you next year!

Jun 24, 2012 11:44 am

Here are some results for the overall winners:

                           OVERALL MALE RESULTS
Place No.   Cat W Name                 Age Town                    St S_rk Swim       B_rk Bike       R_rk Run        Time    
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    1   300 age 3 Benjamin Winterroth   31 Silver Spring           MD   12   15:04.9  1      42:43.7  3      20:39.7  1:20:50
    2   186 age 2 Anthony Van Lierop    39 Towson                  MD    6   13:56.6  2      44:36.8  8      21:58.6  1:22:39
    3   231 age 3 Ryan Hardy            27 Bethesda                MD    2   13:46.6  3      47:12.2  2      20:00.0  1:23:26
    4   572 age 6 Jonathan Echevers     21 Gaithersburg            MD   15   15:41.3  7      48:13.1  1      19:52.9  1:25:56
    5   291 age 3 Thomas Stack          30 Baltimore               MD   16   15:43.9  6      48:12.0  4      20:52.7  1:27:34

                          OVERALL FEMALE RESULTS
Place No.   Cat W Name                 Age Town                    St S_rk Swim       B_rk Bike       R_rk Run        Time    
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    1   688 age 7 Hilary Cairns         42 Washington              DC   33   16:52.3  12     48:51.1  12     22:19.3  1:30:55
    2   926 age 8 Jennifer Will         26 Washington              DC    8   14:19.9  60     53:23.5  21     23:08.8  1:32:50
    3   848 age 8 Laurie Hug            47 Ambler                  PA    5   13:51.5  35     51:38.1  52     25:11.9  1:33:17
    4   309 age 4 Samantha Bird         34 Burke                   VA   20   16:03.2  21     50:17.6  42     24:38.0  1:33:32
    5   714 age 7 Robin Glaser          24 Chestertown                   3   13:48.4  85     55:09.2  17     23:00.1  1:35:12 

Jun 24, 2012 11:39 am

Brittney Beighey, our last finisher has just finished. FINISHING is WINNING!

Jun 24, 2012 11:25 am

Thank you to the Howard County Police, Howard County Fire and Rescue, MedStar Health Systems, and Howard County Explorer Post 1952 for you help in keeping our athletes safe all day.

Jun 24, 2012 11:21 am

Dudek finish

Lt. Colonel Danny Dudek coming across the finish line after his cycle crashed at mile 1....he made sure to finish, if even on crutches.  You are a hero becuse winning is finishing!

Jun 24, 2012 11:13 am

We are so proud to be supporting the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the good work they do in support of those with physical disabilities including our wounded warriors!

Jun 24, 2012 11:10 am

Many thanks to our charity teams here today, Team Fight, Team Embrace, and Athletes Serving Athletes. As a non-profit 501(c)(3), TriColumbia not only makes a difference for participating athletes by providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also gives back to our community by supporting many local and regional charities, which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need.  TriColumbia donates both in direct monetary contributions, as well as by providing fundraising team racing opportunities for charities.

Jun 24, 2012 11:07 am

Congratulations to Erin Freedman, daughter of Hero Paratriathlete Harry Freedman coming acrosss the line!

Jun 24, 2012 10:58 am

All our athletes are out on the run course and the last runner is headed toward mile 1.

Jun 24, 2012 10:57 am

Jeff Glasbrenner is being interviewed at the finish line.  He has done 18 Ironman races, he is a stay at home Dad and a motivational speaker.  His least favorite leg is the run, his role in this relay team today.  We are so pleased to have Jeff and all the other paratriathletes here today.

Jun 24, 2012 10:53 am

Once again, we want to thank our fabulous sponsors!
Sponsors -
Gatorade - Official Sport Drink Sponsor    

Hammer Nutrition - Official Nutrition Products Sponsor    

Aqua Sphere - Official Swim Products Sponsor    


EnduraFit - Official Athletic Wear Sponsor    

Princeton Sports - Official Bike Support Shop

Baltimore Sun Media Group    


ASI - Official Photographer    


Jun 24, 2012 10:45 am

Sadj Bartolo just finished at 71 years old!! Congratulations to you and Bob!

Jun 24, 2012 10:44 am

Happy Birthday to Mike Mercer, 43; Vita Laignel, 39; Laura Martin, 42 and Serena Wiltshire, 50 - what a way to celebrate at the Celebration Triathlon!

Jun 24, 2012 10:43 am

Congratulations to Bob Bartolo, 71 years old...he will await his lovely wife, Sadj, also 71!  They are MMTC Club members and long time supporters of TriColumbia!

Jun 24, 2012 10:34 am

Lisa Hartigan is competing today in memory of Corporal Conner Lowry Marine killed on March 1st 2012 in Afganastan.  Corporal Lowry is her hero.

Jun 24, 2012 10:33 am

Welcome to the gigantic Geico Gecko and the NBC4 Peacock here today to salute our heroes!

Jun 24, 2012 10:32 am

Shout out to support organizations along tent row here today:
Mid Maryland Triathlon Club
Baltimore Area Triathlon Club
Team Embrace
Team Fight
Canine Companions

Jun 24, 2012 10:31 am

Molly Sherwood, 71 years old finishes!  Our hero!

Jun 24, 2012 10:29 am

Marla Shapiro, Team Fight member, just finished with a huge smile!

Jun 24, 2012 10:22 am

Congratulations to Stacey Capers, just finishing! Stacey was on Season 6 of the Biggest Loser. She has kept off over 90 lbs and has done 14 tris in the past 3 years!!

Jun 24, 2012 10:18 am

Glasbrenner finish

Jeff Glasbrenner, 8-time Ironman finishes!

Jun 24, 2012 10:02 am

Thanks Jay Raksin and all the kayakers out all morning keeping our athletes safe.  They are clearing the swim course.

Jun 24, 2012 10:01 am

Congratulations to paratriathlete David Swope!  Nice finish!

Jun 24, 2012 9:49 am

Matt Merritt just finished with a cartwheel!

Jun 24, 2012 9:48 am

Chase Baker, paratriathlete and Ironman has finished in fine form!

Jun 24, 2012 9:36 am

Finishers are streaming across the line - Winning is FINISHING!

Jun 24, 2012 9:35 am

15 year old LJ Gallagher just finished!

Congratulations to Casey Kendall, at 14 she is the youngest individual age group athlete competing today, and Daniel is our youngest paratriathlete!

Jun 24, 2012 9:34 am

Dan Romanchuk finish
13 year old Daniel Romanchuk - amazing finish!

Jun 24, 2012 9:27 am

Todd Jennings rolling across the finish line as he races for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS - congrats Todd!

Jun 24, 2012 9:26 am

James Banks, athlete with Muscular Dystrophy, just finished with the able assistance of Team ASA!  Yesterday at Packet-Pick Up, James told us that he wanted to go out and sitting around for James!  Congratulations on a great finish.
James Banks - ASA

Jun 24, 2012 9:13 am

We have a lot of first time triahthletes finishing today.  Congrats to all!

Jun 24, 2012 9:11 am

MedStar 2 Babes and a man relay team just finished.

Jun 24, 2012 9:05 am

Thanks to Princeton Sports our Official Bike Support and Alan Davis assiting with the swim start.

Jun 24, 2012 9:03 am

Scot Seiss our first paratriathlete finishing.  Scot is a double amputee...AMAZING!
Scot Seiss finish

Jun 24, 2012 8:56 am

Benjamin Winterroth is the actual winner of the 2012 Celebrating Heroes Triathlon!  Ben was the EagleMan AquaVelo Champion earlier this month.  Congratulations to Ben!
Benjamin Winterroth

Jun 24, 2012 8:44 am

Anthony Van Lierop actually finshed with a longer time than Benjamin Winterroth who started in a later swim wave.

Jun 24, 2012 8:38 am

Team ASA with James Banks is out on the run.

Jun 24, 2012 8:37 am

Team Embrace relay team Babes and B, our first relay team just finished.

Jun 24, 2012 8:37 am

And Anthony Van Lierop is first across the line!

Jun 24, 2012 8:35 am

Our finishers will enjoy a post race celebration with food by David's Natural Market and massages compliments of TriColumbia and provided by BodyMason Performance Therapy

Jun 24, 2012 8:33 am

Thanks to Team Inspiration providing the finish line volunteers. They are joined by NRH volunteers as well.

Jun 24, 2012 8:30 am

Last year's time for Van Lierop was 1:20:12 and is a course record.  Let's see if he can't set a new one. He is headed toward the dam.
Scot Seiss is coming in off the bike and headed out on the run!

Jun 24, 2012 8:22 am

Defending champion Anthony Van Lierop is leading on the run at mile one. 

Jun 24, 2012 8:21 am

Lisa Hartigan is competing today in memory of Corporal Conner Lowry Marine killed on March 1st 2012 in Afganastan.

Jun 24, 2012 8:18 am

Welcome to Stacey Capers! Stacey was on Season 6 of the Biggest Loser. She has kept off over 90 lbs and has done 14 tris in the past 3 years.

Jun 24, 2012 8:13 am

Jaelyn Bos, 17 is competing today as part of a Congressional Award for High School students!  Go Jaelyn!

Jun 24, 2012 8:12 am

Pamela Peeke is competing today as well. Dr. Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health and is the Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health TV.  Dr. Peeke has competed at Iron Girl Columbia with a group of "Peeke Performers," patients she prescribed exercise to for healthier lifestyles.

Jun 24, 2012 8:11 am

Kris Nixon is racing today in honor of her hero and daughter, 21 month old Isabella who swallowed a lithium battery, and has developed every complication possible. She has been through multiple hospital stays and surgeries, but she is a fighter, and has made it through everything that  the poison has thrown at her.

Jun 24, 2012 8:08 am

Last swim wave is in the water.

Jun 24, 2012 8:08 am

We are pleased to welcome members of the Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club, The Baltimore Area Tri Club, and the DC Tri Club, including Gerald Semasek!

Jun 24, 2012 8:05 am

paratriathlete swim finish

Jun 24, 2012 8:03 am

age grouper

Benjamin Winterroth, EagleMan AquaVelo Champion, out of the water.

Jun 24, 2012 8:00 am

Some swim finish and bike out photos...
Dudek bike out
Lt. Colonel Danny Dudek and 13 year old Daniel Romanchuk going out on the bike

Jun 24, 2012 7:53 am

First biker is at the turn and is heading back in.

Jun 24, 2012 7:45 am

Welcome and congrats to Jeffrey Johnson, Brigadier General in the US Air Force, and to Captain Andrew Filauro, who served in Afghanistan. Ron Roberts deploys to Afghanistan next month; he's competing today with his fiance Karen. Ray Marotta, a USMC vet and Navy Captain, Robert Barwis are also racing today. We thank all our military participants for your service!

Jun 24, 2012 7:45 am

Every athlete has a story and is a source of inspiration - Edward Dejesus, 48 year old, is back competing after double hip surgery.

Jun 24, 2012 7:43 am

Welcome to Andrew Springer here from California to support Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital.  Andrew is Harry Freedman's nephew. Harry is competing in a relay team as well, and is an amputee who was the inspiration for the Super H 5K and for the partnership between TriColumbia and NRH at this event.  Harry's daughter, Erin is also competing here today!

Jun 24, 2012 7:42 am

MedStar NRH has relay teams competing here today. Welcome to Team Risk Factors - Kate Burdekin, Margot Giannetti and Deeonna Farr; Team KMB of NRH Perry Hall - Karen Musselman, Mark Musselman and Barb Scherr; Team NRH MedSTARS - John Rockwood, Danielle Rockwood and Jason Bertsh; and Two Babes and a Man of the NRH Hand Clinic - Lorie Theisen, Craig Hawkins and Nora Barrett.

Welcome and congrats to Emily Metzger, physical therapist at Medstar NRH, competing as well.

Jun 24, 2012 7:41 am

Welcome to our charity teams competing today to raise money and awareness for their causes - Team Fight racing for The Ulman Cancer Fund, Team Embrace racing for The Arc of Howard County and Athletes Serving Athletes.

Jun 24, 2012 7:41 am

Howard County embraces our events and mission. Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon is biking for Team Embrace in a relay team with Reed Carter who is completing the swim and run.  Reed has a developmental disability and he is another one of our heroes!

Jun 24, 2012 7:39 am

Anthony Van Lierop, 2011 Champion, is here again to defend his title. Best of luck to you, Anthony!

Jun 24, 2012 7:37 am

Many thanks to our community partners here today to help out, keeping our athletes safe:
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 on the run course
Howard County Police
Howard County Fire and Rescue
Howard County Explorer Post 1952
Medstar Health Systems manning the medical tent.
Howard County Recreation & Parks

Jun 24, 2012 7:34 am

Welcome to Father Craig, here to complete his first Triathlon!

Jun 24, 2012 7:33 am

We have 4 - 71 year old athletes including Skip Hartquist, who is completing his 27th year of competing in triathlons.  Bob Bartolo and Sadj are also two of our oldest competitors, and an active members of the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club are next in the water. The couple are active supporters of TriColumbia. Molly Sherwood, 71 is also one of our oldest competitors.

Jun 24, 2012 7:32 am

James Banks has Muscular Dysrophy and is confined to a wheelchair.  He is assisted in competing today by Team ASA.  Jeff Munson will assist on the swim, Dave Slomkowski, Executive Director of ASA will assist on the bike, and Greg Elmer will assist on the run.  ASA is a group of men and women who are committed to making a difference in their lives and the lives of others by raising funds and awareness for Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) as they train to complete triathlon, running, biking and swimming events.  ASA sponsors free programs, services, and events, which enable challenged athletes to feel the thrill and satisfaction of crossing the finish line.

Jun 24, 2012 7:31 am

Harry Freedman, better known as "Super H" is the inspiration for the Super H 5K, and for the partnership between TriColumbia and NRH at this event. Harry is an accident victim who lost his leg, and is the cyclist for the team "Two Docs & A Jock," and his teammates are Michael Yochelson (runner) and Penny Wolfe (swimmer), both doctors at Medstar NRH.

Jun 24, 2012 7:31 am

Greg Drury, challenged athlete is paired up with Kevin Notely on Team NBC4 Peacock. Greg is a hand cyclist, and Kevin is swimming and running.

Jun 24, 2012 7:30 am

Patrick Notley of NBC is swimming on a team with Jeff Glasbrenner, a below the knee amputee (runner), and Elliot Weintraub (cyclist), a prosthetists who provides prosthetic devices for amputees. Elliot just finished a 125 mile bike ride yesterday...Today is his cool down!!!

Jun 24, 2012 7:29 am

Chanelle Houston, has a spinal cord injury and is swimming on a relay team (NBC4 Feather Busters) with NBC 4 employees, Catherine Snyder, biking and Deb Smith, running.

Jun 24, 2012 7:29 am

NBC4 employees are out here in full force helping to bring awareness to the Celebrating Heroes Triathlon and to the amazing support that National Rehabilitation Network provides to those with physical disabilities.   Four relay teams have NBC employees racing with physically challenged athletes.

Philip Layton, below the knee amputee, doesn't let his disability slow him down. He will be swimming and running today on a relay team (The Two P's)with Veronica Johnson, NBC 4 Meteorologist who will be biking. Philip has been an amputee since the age of 10 due to cancer. He was one of the first in the state and one of a few amputee volunteer fireman for the last 23 years. He actively runs calls; has a horse farm and show jumped for a few years. He loves dirt bikes and rides often. He takes his son rock climbing, and recently competed in the first hero's rush 5k in MD 2 months ago.

Jun 24, 2012 7:27 am

David Swope of New Windsor is also here racing as a USAT Class Tri 1 Paratriathlete, as is Scot Seiss who is a double above the knee amputee.  This is one inspiring event to behold!

Jun 24, 2012 7:26 am

Thanks to all our Celebrating Heroes sponsors here today:

Gatorade - Official Sport Drink Sponsor    

Hammer Nutrition - Official Nutrition Products Sponsor    

Aqua Sphere - Official Swim Products Sponsor    


EnduraFit - Official Athletic Wear Sonsor    

Princeton Sports - Official Bike Support Shop

Baltimore Sun Media Group    


ASI - Official Photographer   


Jun 24, 2012 7:24 am

Daniel Romanchuk, 13 year old paratriathlete is out of the water!  He is swimming, biking and running the entire course on his own - pretty amazing for a 13 year old, but even more amazing as Daniel has Spina Bifida! Daniel is racing for the Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program. Wow! What a kid!

Jun 24, 2012 7:23 am

Waves are continuing to enter the water, next out is the women 30 - 39.

Jun 24, 2012 7:22 am

Danny Dudek, first out of the water in the paratriathlete division, was wounded in Iraq in 2007 while serving with the Army's 4th Stryker Brigade.  He suffered a spinal cord injury and is paralyzed below the knees. Danny is still active military and is racing today in memory of his comrade who died from the same IED explosion that injured Dudek.

Jun 24, 2012 7:21 am

Chase Baker, paratriathlete is out of the water!

Jun 24, 2012 7:20 am

We have an inspirational group of paratriathletes competing in today's event all showing true grit and proving that the only limits we have in life are those we place on ourselves!

Chase Baker is no stranger to challenge; helots his right leg in a near fatal car crash in 1991 at the age of 18 while he was a senior in high school. After falling asleep at the wheel and running into a tree head on at 75 miles per hour, among other injuries both of his legs were shattered. After three days in the hospital, the right leg was amputated below the knee. Most of the next year was spent in a wheelchair, lifting weights and getting stronger. After taking his first steps with a prosthetic leg, he enrolled at Ohio State University and joined the wheelchair basketball team and intramural volleyball team. In 1996 he entered a swimming competition and began bringing home medals. This was "it" for Baker. He set three American records, won numerous medals, and currently holds two national records. In 2000 he went on to win two gold medals and four silver medals at the Paralympic trials. Swimming led to running and cycling, and in 2000 Baker became the ITU World Champion in Perth, Australia.
In 2004 Chase finally reached his goal of racing an Ironman triathlon.  He raced the Ironman Wisconsin race in Madison Wisconsin and place first in the Physically Challenged Division.

Jun 24, 2012 7:19 am

Our first paratriathlete, Danny Dudek of the US Army is the first paratriathlete out of the water!

Jun 24, 2012 7:18 am

First wave is off!
first wave

Jun 24, 2012 7:16 am

Jeff Glasbrenner addresses the crowd

Jeff Glasbrenner addresses the crowd.

Jun 24, 2012 7:14 am

paras ready

Paratriathles and Physically Challenged athletes

Jun 24, 2012 6:58 am

Jeff Meeks, our announcer is belting out a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.  The sun is shining and the crowd is silent.

Jun 24, 2012 6:56 am

Thanks goes out today to our fabulous kayak volunteers and Triton Water Rescue, keeping our athletes safe in the water. 

Jun 24, 2012 6:54 am

Vigo, TriColumbia Founder is speaking about the inspiration present today and reminding the crowd that anything is possibe.  He is introducing our special heroes here today, our challenged athletes.  The first wave is entering the water, and we are awaiting the National Anthem.

Jun 24, 2012 6:51 am

Our first wave in the water will be our relay teams, paratriathletes, and physically challenged athletes.  Jeff Glasbrenner is here addressing the crowd; he is an amazing "hero".  His opportunity in life came when he was just 8 yrs old and suffered a traumatic farming accident, leaving him a below the knee amputee. Most people would call this a tragedy, but Jeff says it was his greatest opportunity, and he chose to embrace it. Jeff has accumulated quite a resume.  He holds a National Championship in wheelchair basketball, and has played professionally in Europe for 3 years.  In addition, he is an avid triathlete who has competed in both full and half distance Ironman events. In 2007, Jeff won the physically challenged division at Ironman Wisconsin, placed 3rd a the ITU World Championships in Hamburg, and won the Chicago Triathlon in the physically challenged division.  Most recently, Jeff completed EIGHT Ironman competitions in 8 months!  Jeff is a dedicated husband and father of 2.

Jun 24, 2012 6:48 am

Athletes are assembling at the swim start.  Veronica Johnson, meteorologist, of NBC4 is here welcoming our athletes.

Jun 24, 2012 6:47 am

Daniel Romanchuk

Daniel Romanchuk, 13 year old paratriathlete will be completing all 3 legs of the race!

Jun 24, 2012 6:43 am

ready bike

Daniel Romanchuck, 13 year olf paratriathlete
Daniel Romanchuk, 13 year old paratriathlete, is doing all 3 legs of the race!

Jun 24, 2012 6:29 am

Body Marking 1

Athletes in transition getting body marked and preparing to race.

Athlete checking bike

Danny Dudek
Danny Dudek, paratriathlete- injured by an IED

Jun 24, 2012 6:01 am

We are excited to welcome paratriathlete heroes at today's event and to bring awareness to the inclusion of those with physical disabilities in endurance events. Our beneficiary of Celebrating Heroes, Medstar National Rehabilitation Network provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. TriColumbia and NRH share the belief that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances the quality of life.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the top hospitals nationwide which specializes in the treatment of physical disabilities caused by spinal cord, brain injuries, stroke, arthritis, amputation, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, sports injuries and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Jun 24, 2012 5:32 am

Today's race celebrates heroes of all types, especially those with physical disabilities who work every day to overcome their hardships, and persevere to achieve their dreams. They are an inspiration to us all and remind us that anything is possible!

Celebrating Heroes Triathlon

Jun 24, 2012 5:27 am

Good morning and welcome to the Celebrating Heroes Sprint Triathlon to benefit the MedStar Rehabilitation Network at Centennial Lake in Columbia, Maryland.  The sun is rising, winds are calm and it's going to be a beautiful day for a race!sunrise over Centennial Lake

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