Olympic-style triathlon returning to Catonsville area

May 9, 2013 by  

One of the country’s most challenging athletic competitions will soon be arriving in the Catonsville area.

In under two weeks’ time, the Columbia Triathlon will be taking place in neighboring Elicott City. Print companies are likely seeing more business as the organizers and sponsors of the race order banners, flyers, and other promotional materials in anticipation of the big day.

This will be the triathlon’s 30th year. Participants will compete in a 0.93-mile swim, a 25-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run. Some will be seasoned, professional athletes, while others will be newer to the triathlon scene. The length and rigor of this race are of Olympic proportions, so all of the contenders are surely putting in long hours of practice as they prepare to take part in the competition.

A number of the athletes are receiving pre-race instruction through Team In Training (TNT) – a national charity organization. The fees they pay to TNT will go toward the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Athletes must be aged 15 or older to participate in the triathlon, and they will be divided into age-based categories before the race begins. The 15 top-performing members in each age group will have the opportunity to travel to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in another event.

The Columbia Triathlon will begin at 6:40 am on Sunday, May 19. Participants will meet at Centennial Lake (10000 Clarksville Pike). Interested athletes may still request to be placed on a waiting list, and spectators and volunteers will be welcome at the event too.

Those seeking more information may call (410) 964-1246.