COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION KIDS TRIATHLON
REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 2, 2021
Columbia Association Kids Triathlon
July 18, 2021 @ 8:00 AM
Clemens Crossing Pool, Columbia, MD
Ages 7 years to 15 years as of December 31, 2021
The Below information is for the 2021 race. The 2022 race will be on Sunday, July 17. This page will update when registration opens.
IMPORTANT UPDATE- Saturday, 7/17/21- Columbia Association KIDS Triathlon
Due to the forecasted inclement weather later today (Saturday), we will be opening Athlete Check-In early at 3:00 pm and closing at 5:00 pm. The athlete meeting/transition clinic at 5pm is CANCELLED. Race staff will be at athlete check-in to answer questions about the race. ALL INFORMATION about this race is in the Athlete Guide. Please click link above to view the Athlete Guide.
Message from the Race Director
Triathletes & Parents,
Welcome to the 2021 Columbia Association KIDS Triathlon presented by the Columbia
Association and Rip It Events. We are excited to continue this long-running triathlon for youth
athletes in Columbia, MD.
Above is a link to the Athlete Guide contains important pre-race and race day information for triathletes and parents. In it you’ll find information about athlete check-in, the swim, bike and run courses, results, awards, and everything in between. Please pay special attention to information in red. Triathletes and parents should be familiar with USA Triathlon’s Competitive Rules, specifically the Supplemental Youth Rules (page 7). Please take a few minutes to review these rules with your triathlete. Our goal is a safe, fair, and fun experience for all our triathletes, whether they are new to the sport or racing for a podium finish.
On behalf of Columbia Association, the Columbia Association Kids Triathlon and Rip It Events, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday, July 18.
Rip It Events
All participants shall compete based upon their age on December 31, 2021.
Youth participants must be Youth members of USA Triathlon. A new or current membership can be added to your registration online.
Race officials reserve the right to require proof of age from each participant in the form of a birth certificate or other official proof of age document. Failure to produce a proof of age document may result in disqualification from the event.
Triathletes and parents should be familiar with USA Triathlon’s Competitive Rules, specifically the Supplemental Youth Rules. Please take a few minutes to review these rules with your triathlete. Our goal is a safe, fair, and fun experience for all our triathletes, whether they are new to the sport or racing for a podium finish.
Clemens Crossing Pool, 6400 Martin Road, Columbia, MD 21044 (pool and grassy field)
Age Groups and Distances
7-8 Yrs Old
Swim - 50 yards
Bike - 2 miles
Run - .5 mile
9-10 Yrs Old
Swim - 100 yards
Bike - 2 miles
Run - .5 mile
11-12 Yrs Old
Swim - 100 yards
Bike - 4 miles
Run - 1 mile
13 -15 Yrs Old
Swim - 150 yards
Bike - 6 miles
Run - 1 mile
$40.00 May 2 - May 7, 2021
$50.00 May 8 - May 31, 2021
$55.00 June 1 - July 15, 2021
There is no in-person registration for this race. All participants must complete online registration by July 15.
Covid-19 - Registration Policy
It is anticipated that this race will take place as scheduled. However, should this race get cancelled due to covid-19 related reasons, registered participants will be offered one of the following options:
Defer registration to the 2022 race.
Refund of registration fee (minus the active.com processing fee).
Donate registration fee to Rip It Events to help create future racing opportunities.
Registration Closes July 15, 2021.
Schedule Of Events (subject to change)
Saturday, July 17, 2021 (subject to change)
4:00 PM - Athlete Check In Opens
5:00 PM - Pre-Race Course Talk*
6:00 PM - Athlete Check In Closes
*Please consider attending the scheduled Pre-Race Course Talk, which will provide important information about the race, and include a question and answer segment. If you are a first timer– attending this pre-race course talk is recommended! Adults are encouraged to attend as well.
Sunday, July 18, 2021 (subject to change)
6:30 AM - Athlete Check In, Transition Area, Bike Racking and Body Marking Opens.
7:30 AM - Transition area closes, all athletes to pool deck, staging of first two swim waves.
8:00 AM - Clemens Crossing Elementary School parking lot closes and will not re-open until the last cyclist has started his/her final lap of the bike course.
8:00 AM - Boys/Girls 13-15 yrs swim waves.
8:20 AM - Boys/Girls 11-12 yrs swim waves.
8:45 AM - Boys/Girls 9-10 yrs swim waves.
9:10 AM - Boys/Girls 7-8 yrs swim waves.
9:35 AM - Estimated time Clemens Crossing Elementary School Parking lot vehicle exit reopens.
10:00 AM - Award Ceremony (subject to change).
Transition Area & Bike Racking
One adult may accompany each triathlete in the transition area prior to the race start. This parent must wear a wristband given to the athlete in their race packet. During the race, no parents (non-participants) are permitted in the transition area.
Transition area volunteers will be available to assist triathletes with finding and setting up their transition space if necessary. Each triathlete will have an assigned transition rack space on race day. Bikes should be positioned with the front of the bike facing in the same direction as the sticker on the transition rack. Equipment must be placed on the ground to the left of the bike when facing the transition rack.
Please place the race number sticker you received at packet pick up on the top tube of your triathlete’s bike so that we may identify it in transition. The top tube is the horizontal tube connecting the front fork and the seat tube. Do not place this sticker on your triathlete’s helmet. Triathletes may not remove their bikes or gear from the transition area until the last triathlete has started the run. This is in the interest of safety and good sportsmanship. It’s also a USA Triathlon rule.
Swim Course (updated 7/1/21)
The swim will take place in the 25 yard, eight lane, outdoor pool. Triathletes will be staged along the pool deck by age group. All starts will be in-water from the shallow end of the pool. Triathletes will complete a "snake swim" in the pool. Flip turns are not allowed. Triathletes will exit the pool and must walk while on the pool deck until they pass through the pool gate to the transition area. To view an illustration of how a snake swim works for each age group, click HERE.
Triathletes may not hand parents swim caps or goggles nor may parents hand triathletes anything as they exit the pool. A special needs table will be set up between the pool and transition for eye glasses, inhalers, epipens, etc. Failure to follow the above rules may result in a disqualification.
13-15 yrs old: 150 yards (6 lengths of pool)
11-12 yrs old: 100 yards (4 lengths of pool)
9-10 yrs old: 100 yards (4 lengths of pool)
7-8 yrs old: 50 yards (2 lengths of pool)
Bike Course and Rules
The bike course is NOT closed to vehicle traffic. Police will be controlling traffic and course marshals will be directing participants. It is the responsibility of the participant to know and follow the official course, complete the required number of loops, and obey all traffic laws and instructions from police and course marshals. Parents are prohibited from running or riding a bike alongside their triathlete at any time. To view the bike course map, click HERE.
13–15 yr old: Three loops (6 miles)
11–12 yr old: two loops (4 miles)
9–10yr old: one loop (2 miles)
7–8 yr old: one loop (2 miles)
Participants are responsible for keeping track of the number of loops ridden.
Run Course and Rules
The run course is along sidewalks and paved paths. All turns will be clearly marked and staffed with course marshals. It is the responsibility of the triathlete to know and follow the official course, complete the required distance, and obey all traffic laws and instructions from police and course marshals. Parents are prohibited from running or riding a bike alongside their triathlete at any time. To view the run course map, click HERE.
The 1 mile run will be marked with orange arrows. Our 13–15 and 11–12 age groups will be given an orange wristband and a race bib with an orange stripe at packet pick up. The 1/2 mile run will be marked with blue arrows. Our 9–10 and 7–8 age groups will be given a blue wristband and a race bib with a blue stripe at packet pick up.
13–15 yr old: 1 mile
11–12 yr old: 1 mile
9–10yr old: 1/2 mile
7–8 yr old: 1/2 mile
A water station will be set up at the start of the run. There will also be a water station at .25 miles. 13–15 and 11–12 age groups will pass this water station twice. 9–10 and 7–8 age groups will be turning around at this water station.
Participants will wear a timing chip that is placed around the left ankle. Timing chips will be given to participants just prior to entering the pool to begin their swim. Timing chips will be removed by volunteers at the finish line.
LIVE results will be published throughout the race. Use your mobile phone and go to www.ripitevents.com/results and click on Columbia Association Kids Triathlon link. On the results web page, enter your bib number or name to view your individual results.
Due to covid restrictions, at this time there is no post race food.
Finisher Medal and Awards
Participants will receive a finisher medal at the finish line. Be sure to pose for a photo with our logo backdrop.
The Columbia Association Kids Triathlon will distribute awards to first, second and third place in each age range and gender. If your triathlete earns an award and you are unable to stay for the awards ceremony, you may have someone accept it on your behalf. Rip It Events will not mail awards to winners after the race.