Professional Women Triathletes to Give back at Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

COLUMBIA, MD – June 16, 2016 – The world’s first “female IRONMAN” won the title by default as she was the only woman in the race. That was 1979 and now there are more than 239,000 women participating in the sport of triathlon. The IRONMAN brand has been an inclusive ambassador of the sport since its beginning and has helped to propel the number of women participating in the sport through it’s Iron Girl brand. UCF Races, the organizer of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon presented by ClearShark, is making plans to celebrate women in the sport even more at the 2016 event on August 7th. In its 11th annual year, the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon presented by ClearShark, one of the largest women’s sprint triathlon events in the country, is inviting professionals to be a part of the race, but not actually race. There are no prize purses or elite waves here, just four women with a strong desire to give back to their hometown and women in the sport. “One goal of integrating professional and elite women triathletes into the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon weekend is to enhance the participant experience by adding events, training opportunities and advice from experts, “ said Erica Johnson, UCF Races Co-Race Director. “But our biggest goal is to further the prominence of women in the sport and all of these women are the type of women we want to expose our participants to, both on and off the course.” The four women committed to participating in the weekend’s events include; 20-time Ironman Finisher, Alyssa Godesky; recent pro-card holder and medical student, Emily Sherrard; local elite triathlete, Howard County School Teacher and former Iron Girl Columbia Champion, Suzy […]

ClearShark Named Presenting Sponsor of 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

ClearShark Named Presenting Sponsor of 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in Partnership with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults COLUMBIA, MD – March 16, 2016 – The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is proud to announce an official partnership with IT Solutions Provider, ClearShark, which includes the presenting sponsorship of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon to take place on August 7, 2016. In addition to presenting sponsor of the August event, ClearShark will also be a featured sponsor of the Columbia Triathlon on May 15, 2016; both triathlons are organized by and benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Committed to supporting the local community and particularly organizations in the cancer space, ClearShark first reached out to the Ulman Cancer Fund in the fall of 2015 and the relationship has since developed into a formal partnership. Named the best women’s event in the Mid-Atlantic, 2016 marks the 11th year of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, a widely popular, sprint distance race, held in Centennial Park. This inspirational event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating each woman’s unique journey toward the finish line. The addition of ClearShark as the presenting sponsor will increase on-course support and enhance the overall race day experience for participants. ClearShark avidly supports local community events and activities, and it is an organizational priority to donate to local charities such as the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Becoming the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon official presenting sponsor is the most recent activity in a series of engagements in which the two organizations have joined together. In November of 2015, ClearShark participated in the Across the Bay 10K, the company’s mascot ran to raise money for […]

Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon to Host First Disabled Woman Triathlete

On Sunday, August 16, 2015 approximately 1800 women, ranging in age from 13 to 80, will participate in the 10th Annual Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon. Among those women will be Columbia, Maryland’s very own Defu Fekadu, the first disabled woman triathlete to participate in this race. A Columbia, Maryland staple and an introductory triathlon for many women in the area, the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is an inspiring women’s event on many levels, but getting a glimpse of Defu and her team at this year’s race is sure to be the most inspiring sight to see. Defu will be supported by a team of women from Athletes Serving Athletes, a non-profit organization that empowers athletes living with disabilities to train and compete in mainstream running and triathlon events. Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) provides the assistance of able-bodied volunteers termed “Wingmen” and Defu will not only be the first disabled woman to participate in this event, but ASA will also provide for the first time, a complete team of women “Wingmen” to support her along the way. The team consists of swimmer, Aleah Zinalabedini; biker, Melinda Peters and runner, Kerry Blackmer who will all work together with the help of their team leader, Jennifer Roussillon to assist Defu across the Iron Girl finish line. When asked about Defu and the experience so far, the ASA Wingmen each have an empowering and inspiring story of their own to share. “Defu told me that ASA has given her a voice,” said Melinda Peters, biker wingman. “I think she is brave, not only for competing in this race but for constantly motivating and teaching others that they too can do anything they put their mind to.” “I’m truly honored […]

Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

When: August 16, 2015 all-day
Where: Centennial Park, 10000 Maryland 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, USA

 

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Columbia Triathlon

When: May 17, 2015 all-day
Where: Centennial Park , 10000 Maryland 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, USA

 

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Ulman Cancer Fund acquires Columbia Triathlon and Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon AND re-opens website and registration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Acquires Two Races from Columbia Triathlon Association; Invites Community’s Support to Host Successful 2014 Events and Sustain for Years to Come Columbia, MD (April 29, 2014)– The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) announced today that it has finalized an agreement with The Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA) to acquire ownership and operations of two of their signature races. A longtime supporter of CTA, UCF has provided over 1,000 volunteers and registered over 500 athletes for their races since 2006, and was the first national beneficiary of the Iron Girl event series. On March 11, 2014 in an open letter to the community, UCF expressed an interest in taking over CTA’s Howard County events in response to rumors they may be closing their doors. UCF has been working closely with CTA and World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) for the past month to identify a solution that would enable these important events to take place in 2014 and for years to come. “We appreciate the invitation and opportunity extended by CTA and WTC to be an integral part of keeping these events alive in our community. Since inception, our organization has utilized sporting events to bring people together to raise awareness and create a community of support for young adults and families facing cancer. We’re excited to add these great events to our organization as we continue to serve our mission,” commented UCF President & CEO Brock Yetso. Both of these races take place in Howard County, MD at Centennial Park. The Columbia Triathlon will take place as scheduled on Sunday, May 18, 2014, and the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon on Sunday, August 17, 2014. All prior registrations for […]

Columbia Triathlon

When: May 18, 2014 @ 5:30 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Centennial Park, 10000 Maryland 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, USA

.93mi Swim – 25mi Bike – 6.2mi Run Where: Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD Race Field Limit: 2500 Minimum Age: 15 as of 12/31/2014 Water Temperature on May 17, 2013 was 70ºF Air Temperature: Typical averages – 55℉ – 80℉ Time Trial Start:  2-3 athletes enter the water every 5 seconds Entry Fees: $150 / Individual & Aquabike | $300 / Relay

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Iron Girl Triathlon Columbia

When: August 17, 2014 @ 5:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Centennial Park, 10000 Maryland 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, USA

0.62mi swim – 16mi bike – 3.4mi run Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD Race Field Limit: 2500 Minimum Age: 14 as of 12/31/2014 Water Temperature on August 17, 2013 was 78ºF Air Temperature: Typical averages – 75℉ – 90℉ Time Trial Start:  2-3 athletes enter water every 5 seconds Entry Fees: $140 / Individual & Aquabike | $250 / Relay Believe in your strength Begin your journey Become an Iron Girl  

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In The News: Baltimore Business Journal & TriColumbia

Yesterday the Baltimore Business Journal released an article which stated our hopes to acquire the rights to several of the Tri-Columbia races. The article, written by Sarah Meehan, summarizes CEO, Brock Yetso’s, open letter of intent, which was released yesterday. “When the Columbia Triathlon Association said its race events would go on as planned, the organization didn’t exactly specify how that would happen. Brock Yetso, CEO of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, says he has an answer to ensure at least some of the races continue. The Ulman Fund wants to acquire and produce all five of TriColumbia’s races in Howard County — the Columbia Triathlon, the Iron Girl half marathon, the Iron Girl Columbia triathlon, the Kidz Triathlon and the Celebrating Heroes swim. Yetso said the Ulman Cancer Fund, which was founded in Howard County, is ready to take over the races. The Ulman Cancer Fund has experience putting on its own events, and it’s one of the charities TriColumbia benefits. ‘We’ve put on events, running events, triathlon events,’ Yetso said. ‘We’ve been in the business 16 years so we have ideas of what events need to happen.’” You can read the rest of the Baltimore Business Journal’s article by following this link And you can read the Open Letter to our Community here Cancer Changes Lives…So Do We! Know a story worth sharing? Have press you think we should pass on? Contact sean@ulmanfund.org for more details.    

An Open Letter To Our Community on the Future of TriColumbia

An Open Letter To Our Community on the Future of TriColumbia Our community has been buzzing for the past week about the disappointing challenges being faced by the Columbia Triathlon Association (known to most of us as TriColumbia).  Last Wednesday, TriColumbia announced they were on the verge of going out of business and in jeopardy of not being able to produce their races this year.  There’s been confusion about what happened and concern over how it will impact individuals (participants and volunteers) and our community (businesses, charities, tourism and more).  As a Howard County native, long-time marathoner, triathlete and Ironman Finisher (including several TriColumbia events), current President of the Howard County Tourism Board, and President & CEO of The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, I care deeply about the future of TriColumbia and its Howard County events. The Columbia Triathlon was my first, as it was for many of you in our community. And as the father of two young boys, I hope some day they will have the opportunity to participate in one of these very races we’re trying to save.  From a professional standpoint, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit organization founded in Howard County, has worked closely with TriColumbia for the past 10+ years and was the first national beneficiary of the Columbia Iron Girl Triathlon (one of the flagship TriColumbia events we’re attempting to save).  We have brought hundreds of passionate athletes to TriColumbia’s races through our Team Fight program, and we’ve provided volunteers for virtually all of its races. As someone who is highly vested in this topic on many levels, I’d like to share a solution I believe can maintain the elements of TriColumbia that […]