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August 15, 2021

Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD

A partnership event with Mid Maryland Triathlon Club

Sprint Distance - 0.6 Mile Swim | 15.5 Mile Bike | 3.1 Mile Run

Olympic Distance -  0.9 Mile Swim | 25 Mile Bike | 6.2 Mile Run

The Below information is for the 2021 race. The 2022 race will be on Sunday, August 28. This page will update when registration opens.


As a result of several periods of high intensity rainfall this week, water quality tests did not pass safety standards this morning (Friday). Out of an abundance of caution, and anticipated inclement weather forecasted on Saturday evening, the swim portion of this race is cancelled. Although this news is not ideal, we look forward to seeing everyone back at Centennial Park on race day and can't wait to see your smile at the finish line. Please read the important race update below.

Updated Race Format - Time Trail Start

Athletes will start in a single file line on the pathway outside the transition area (time trial start). Athletes will run/walk into the transition area and proceed with the bike and run portion of this race. The following start times will apply.

7:00 AM - Individual Sprint and Sprint Relay Teams

7:30 AM - Individual Olympic and Olympic Relay Teams

What should I wear for the time trial start?

Athletes will wear a top, bottom and timing chip only. Please leave all of your bike gear in the transition area next to your bike. If you would like to wear shoes for the time trial start, this is ok. Your bib number is not required for the start and on the bike course, but is required for the run course.

What about the swimmer on my relay team? What are their options?

Relay teams with one teammate who planned to complete the swim leg only, may choose one of the below options.


  1. Opt to complete the bike and run legs as an individual athlete.

  2. Opt out of participating on your team and receive a 50% individual discount towards a future 2021 or 2022 Rip It race. The remaining teammates will participate on the team as planned.


Teams that opt for one of the above options, must notify race management at Athlete Check-in on Saturday or Sunday prior to the start of the race. Teams who choose not to attend this race, are not eligible for either option. Relay options are not eligible for individual participants.


7:00 AM - Individual Sprint and Sprint Relay Teams

7:30 AM - Individual Olympic and Olympic Relay Teams

The Race
Staged out of Centennial Park, the Centennial Triathlon brings triathlon back to Howard County. This race is easy to get to, fun to race and just minutes from Downtown Columbia. Centennial Triathlon welcomes experienced triathletes as well as first timers. Don't want to do the full distance? Create a 2 or 3 person relay team and join in the fun!  This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.


​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)

  • 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


Click on the button below to sign up to volunteer. 


All participants must be 14 years and older to participate.


Sprint Individual 

$80 - June 29 - July 4, 2021

$90 - July 5 - July 31, 2021

$100 - Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2021 and in-Person (race weekend)*

Sprint Relay (2 or 3 person team)

$120 - June 29 - July 4, 2021

$130 - July 5 - July 31, 2021

$140 - Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2021 and in- Person (race weekend)*

Olympic Individual

$100 - Nov 1, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021

$110 - Mar 1 - May 31, 2021

$120 - June 1 - July 31, 2021

$130 - Aug 1 - Aug 12 and in-Person (race weekend)*

Olympic Relay Team (2 or 3 person team)

$145 - Nov 1, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021

$155 - Mar 1 - May 31, 2021

$165 - June 1 - July 31, 2021

$175 - Aug 1 - Aug 12 and in-Person (race weekend)*

*In-person Registration - Saturday, Aug 14 or Sunday, Aug 15

In-person registration can be completed at athlete packet pick up or on race morning. In-person registration can be paid by cash, credit or check. Please make checks payable to Rip It Events. T-shirt not guaranteed for in-person registration.​


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

  • Registered participants may elect to defer their registration to the 2022 race. To view the deferral policy, click HERE

  • 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​​

Centennial Park, South Entrance - 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change) 

Saturday, August 14 at Centennial Park

3:30 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens

5:30 PM - Pre-Race Course Talk at venue

6:30 PM - Athlete Check-In Closes

Sunday, August 15 at Centennial Park (updated Aug 1)

5:15 AM - Athlete Check In & Transition Area Opens for bike racking and body marking.

6:45 AM – All SPRINT participants need to be at swim start 

7:00 AM – Wave 1, Sprint - ALL Men AND Male Relay Teams (Royal Blue caps)

7:03 AM - Wave 2, Sprint - ALL Women AND Female/Coed Relays (Yellow caps)


7:15 AM – All OLYMPIC participants need to be at swim start 

7:30 AM - Wave 3, Olympic – Men 44 and under (Orange caps)

7:33 AM - Wave 4, Olympic – Men 45 and older AND all Male Relays (Green caps)

7:36 AM – Wave 5, Olympic – Women 44 and under (Pink caps)

7:39 AM – Wave 6, Olympic – Women 45 and older AND all Female/Coed Relays (Powder Blue caps)

10:15 AM- Sprint Award Ceremony (subject to change)

11:00 AM - All participants must complete bike course. 

11:15 AM – Olympic Award Ceremony (subject to change)

To view the Athlete Guide which contains ALL information about this race, click HERE.

ATHLETE CHECK-IN (subject to change)

  • Saturday, Aug 14 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Centennial Park. 

  • Sunday, Aug 15 from 5:15 AM to 6:45 AM at Centennial Park.

​All registered entrants, including all relay team members, MUST attend packet pickup 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 (15 and under) must bring the following to packet pickup:

  • Photo ID


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, Aug 14 at 5:30 PM at Centennial Park near the transition area. 


The transition area will open at 5:15 AM 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. 

SWIM COURSE - updated 7/20/21

The swim portion of this race will be in Centennial Lake. The swim will start at the boat ramp and finish at the amphitheater. All buoys will be on swimmers left shoulder. 

Sprint - 1 loop (0.6 miles)

Olympic - 1 loop (0.9 miles)


To view the swim course map, click HERE.


The Centennial Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit.


The bike course is challenging in elevation. There will be police support and volunteers at every 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. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE THE BIKE COURSE AND BEGIN THE RUN COURSE AT 11:00 AM.

Sprint - 15.5 miles, 

Olympic - 25 miles

To view the Sprint & Olympic Bike Course Maps, click HERE.


The run loop is relatively FLAT in elevation with two climbs. There will be two aid stations on the run loop offering water and Gatorade. Please familiarize yourself with the route, as it is the athletes responsibility to know the course.

Sprint - 1 loop (3.1 miles)

Olympic - 2 loops (6.2 miles)


To view the run course map, click HERE.


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 USA Triathlon AG divisions).