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Columbia Association Triathlon

June 20, 2021

Clemens Crossing Pool, Columbia, MD

The Below information is for the 2021 race. The 2022 race will be on Sunday, June 19. This page will update when registration opens.

Sprint Distance - 400 Yard Swim | 10 Mile Bike | 3 Mile Run

​Super Sprint Distance - 200 Yard Swim | 5 Mile Bike | 1.75 Mile Run


Veteran or first timer, the CA Triathlon is a race for all level athletes. Staged at Clemens Crossing Pool in Columbia, MD, participants will complete a pool swim, road bike and paved trail run. The bike course is moderate in elevation change and the run course is relatively flat. Participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal at the finish line.


​Not interested in doing the event but still want to participate? We need your help! Our race cannot be successful without the support of the community and the family and friends of participants. All volunteers receive a t-shirt. Volunteer sign up is typically available about 4 weeks from race day. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Athlete CheckIn (race morning)

  • Transition Area - assist race management in the transition area

  • Body Marker - body mark participants with race number in transition area

  • Swim Course - Water Safety Support on Kayak (no prior experience required, kayak will be provided for you)

  • Bike Course - Direct cyclists long the bike course

  • Run Course - direct runners along run course

  • Water Stations - hand participants water and gatorade on run course

  • Finish Line - hand participants bottled water and finisher medal


To sign up to volunteer, click HERE.



Clemens Crossing Pool, 6400 Martin Rd, Columbia, MD 21044


Sprint - must be 14 years of age and older

Super Sprint - must be 10 years of age and older


  • All registrations are final, no refunds. No registration transfer permitted to other Rip It Events.

  • Race organizers reserve the right to close registration due to capacity limits.

  • Race organizers reserve the right to delay or cancel event due to extreme weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

  • This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. All rules apply.

  • Please contact Rip It Events with any questions or concerns about your registration at​​



Participants may elect to defer their 2021 registration to the 2022 race. To view the policy and associated fees, click HERE

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change) 

Saturday, June 19

4:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens

5:00 PM - FREE Transition Clinic host by the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club

6:00 PM - Pre-Race Course Talk

7:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Closes

Sunday, June 20 

6:30 AM - Transition Area Opens, Bike Racking, Body Marking, Athlete Check-In

7:45 AM - Transition Area  Closes, Athlete Check-In closes - ALL PARTICIPANTS ON POOL DECK

8:00 AM – Race Start

ATHLETE CHECK-IN (subject to change)

  • Saturday, June 19 at Clemens Crossing Pool (grassy field) - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Sunday, June 20 from 6:30 AM to 7:45 AM at Clemens Crossing Pool (grassy field).

​All registered entrants MUST attend athlete check-in person. Per USAT rules, each participant MUST pick up his/her own packet. If you do not check in during the designated check-in times in person, you will not be able to participate in the event. All participants, including youth (16 and under) must bring the following to packet pickup:

  • Photo ID

  • USAT membership card to show proof of annual membership unless you purchased a one-day USAT event insurance at the time you registered for the event.


A FREE transition clinic will be held on Saturday June 19 in the transition area at the race venue from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. There is no sign up for this. Simply show up and learn best practices for transiting from swim to bike and bike to run. The transition clinic will be co-hosted by the Mid Maryland Triathlon club and is open to all registered participants. This clinic is recommended for first time participants. 


The Pre-Race Course talk will cover important information about the race and include a question and answer segment. If you are a first timer, attending the pre-race course talk is recommended.

  • Saturday, June 19 at Clemens Crossing Pool (grassy field) at 6:00 PM


The transition area will open at 6:30 AM on race day. The transition area is for ATHLETES ONLY. The transition area will have volunteers to help athletes with their bike/gear. Family and friends must remain outside of the transition area (outside of mesh fencing) before, during and after the race. This is a FIRM USA Triathlon rule. If you would like to be inside the transition area during the race, please consider volunteering.


This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All competitive rules apply. To view an overview of race rules, click HERE. This overview includes info about wetsuits and drafting on the bike course. 


The swim will be self-seed. Pace signs will be provided to help you determine the best place for you to start your swim. All of the Sprint participants will go first (one at a time). After the last Sprint participant completes their swim, the Super Sprint race will begin.


Participants will swim down one lane, then duck under the lane to swim back in another lane. NO FLIP TURNS are allowed during the swim. There will be a :30 second penalty if a staff member witness an athlete doing a flip turn during the swim. To view the swim course map for both distances, click HERE.

Swim Distances:

Sprint - 400 yard (16 pool lengths)

Super Sprint - 200 yard (8 pool lengths)


The looped bike course is rolling in elevation. Police and volunteer support will be at each turn. There are no aid stations on the bike course. Please familiarize yourself with the route, as it is the athletes responsibility to know the course. To view the bike course map, click HERE.


Sprint Distance - two loops (10 miles)

Super Sprint Distance - one loops (5 miles)


The run loop is mostly FLAT in elevation, mostly shaded and is on paved road and trail surface. There will be one aid stations on the run loop offering water and Gatorade.  Please familiarize yourself with the run course, as it is the athletes responsibility to know the course. To view the run course map, click HERE.


Sprint Distance - two loops (3 miles)

Super Sprint Distance - one loop (1.75 miles)


Athletes who register for this race will receive a shirt. Athletes who finish this race will receive a finisher medal. 


The award ceremony will be located near the finish area. Awards will be given to participants who earn 1st through 3rd place (male & female) in their age group division (standard USAT AG divisions) for the Sprint only.  There are no awards for the Super Sprint race.