August 15, 2021

Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD

A partnership event with Mid Maryland Triathlon Club

0.9 Mile Swim | 25 Mile Bike | 6.2 Mile Run

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


Volunteer signup will be available 2 weeks before race day. 


All participants must be 14 years and older to participate.


​​Olympic Individual

$100.00 - Nov 1, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021

$110.00 - Mar 1 - May 31, 2021

$120.00 - June 1 - Aug 12, 2021

$130.00 - In-Person (race weekend)*

Olympic Relay Team (2 or 3 ppl)

$145.00 - Nov 1, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021

$155.00 - Mar 1 - May 31, 2021

$165.00 - June 1 - Aug 12, 2021

$175.00 - 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 racedirector@ripitevents.com.​​

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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change) 

Saturday, August 14 at Centennial Park

2:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens

5:30 PM - Pre-Race Course Talk

7:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Closes

Sunday, August 15 (subject to change)

5:30 AM - Transition Area Opens, Bike Racking, Body Marking, Athlete Check-In

6:45 AM - Transition Area Closes, Athlete Check-In closes

7:00 AM – Wave 1, Men 44 yr and under (orange caps)

7:03 AM - Wave 2, Men 45 yr and older AND all Male Relays (green caps)

7:06 AM - Wave 3, Women 44 yr and under AND all Female/Coed Relays (pink caps)

7:09 AM - Wave 4, Women 45 yr and older (powder blue caps)

11:15 AM – Award Ceremony

The athlete guide for this race will be viewable 2 weeks prior to race day. 

ATHLETE CHECK-IN (subject to change)

  • Saturday, Aug 14 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Centennial Park. 

  • Sunday, Aug 15 from 5:00 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

  • 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.


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 5:30 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 - 0.9 Miles

The swim portion of this race will be in Centennial Lake. Participants will complete one loop of the swim course (1500 meters). 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.

​BIKE COURSE - 25 Miles

The 25 mile 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. To view the bike course map, click HERE.

RUN COURSE​ - 6.2 Miles

The 3.1 mile run loop is relatively FLAT in elevation with two climbs. Participants are required to complete two loops of the run course. 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. 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 USAT AG divisions).