COLUMBIA GATEWAY DUATHLON >> SPRINT
COLUMBIA GATEWAY DUATHLON
April 18, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD
Sprint Distance - 2 Mile Run | 10 Mile Bike | 2 Mile Run
The Below information is for the 2021 race. The 2022 race will be on Sunday, April 17. This page will update when registration opens.
This race takes place on the Columbia Gateway Drive circle in Columbia, MD. With only one hill on the looped course, this race is relatively flat, FAST and appropriate for all experience levels including first-timers! This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
All participants must be 14 years and older to register.
COVID-19 RULES AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
By registering for this event, participants agree to abide by all COVID-19 rules, requirements and other safety guidelines issued by the event, county, and the state. Participants will be required to sign a specific Covid-19 waiver during online registration. The following rules apply to this event:
Participants will be required to wear masks before and after the race. Participants will be required to carry a mask during the race at all times.
Participants are encouraged to carry their own hydration (i.e. camelback or fuel belt). There will be one water station at mile 1 on the run course and it will be self-serve. A volunteer will monitor the water station and will be required to wear gloves and masks. There are no water stations on the bike course.
Spectating is NOT permitted at this year’s event.
7000 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 20146
Parking for this race will be in the corporate parking lot at 7021 Columbia Gateway Drive. This lot is on the outer loop of Columbia Gateway Drive and is located directly across the street from the transition area. Simply park your car and walk across the street to the race venue.
SCHEDULE AND WAVE START
To ensure runner safety and to reduce the amount of passing during the first few miles of the race, participants have been placed into waves based on their average pace per mile as entered during online registration. Each wave will consists of 50 runners and will start 2 minutes apart. Participants must start in their assigned waves. If your average pace is listed incorrectly but only by 30 seconds or so, please remain in your assigned wave. If you feel strongly that you should be placed in a different wave, please notify us via email to email@example.com. Starting in the same wave with a friend or spouse NOT considered a valid reason to request a wave change.
To view YOUR assigned start wave, click HERE (updated 4.15.21).
Wave 1 - 9:00 AM
Wave 2 - 9:02 AM
Wave 3 - 9:04 Am
Wave 4 - 9:06 AM
Wave 5 - 9:08 AM
Athlete check-in will open at 7:30 AM on race morning. All registered entrants MUST attend Athlete Check-in. 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:
Participants will receive a bib number at athlete check-in. Your timing chip is affixed to the back of your bib number. Do not remove this. Participants are required to wear their bib through out the entire race. This bib can be pinned to your shirt or worn on a race belt. Additionally, bibs should be worn on the outer most layer of clothing.
A unique wristband will be given to participants at athlete check-in. Participants must wear this wrist band at all times on race day. This wristband must remain on until you have removed your bike from transition after the race. This band will identify you as an official participant and allows you access to the transition area. You will not be allowed into the transition area without this band in place.
BIKE NUMBER (Adhesive Fold Sticker)
At athlete check-in, you will be given a bike number. Place your bike number on your bike as illustrated in the image below. Click image to zoom in.
The transition area will open at 7:30 AM race day. The transition area is for ATHLETES ONLY. This is a FIRM USA Triathlon rule. If you would like to be inside the transition area during the race, please consider volunteering.
There is no body marking for this race.
Find your assigned bike rack space in the transition area. (A sticker with your bib number will be on a rack space)
Bike racks will have signs with letters. (So, you can remember where you racked your bike)
How to Properly Rack Your Bike: *
Hang the seat of your bike from the transition rack with your front wheel facing away from the rack. Place personal items on the ground next to your front wheel. There are NO balloons, inflatable’s or personal markers permitted. Remember your number and rack location.
*Per USAT rules, all equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. All personal trash is to be removed and disposed of by each athlete. Please do not litter.
FLOW OF THE TRANSITION AREA
The flow of the transition is slightly different then typical triathlons. One side of the transition area is run AND bike "In", the other side is run AND bike "out". Click on the image below to view the flow of the transition area. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR UNDERSTANDING THE FLOW OF THE TRANSITION AREA.
This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All competitive rules apply.
Allowing a non-registered person to use your bib is NOT PERMITTED. There are two reasons for this rule.
1. We are implementing specific safety measures due to Covid-19. All registered participants will sign a wavier agreeing to the race rules during the registration process. Additionally, registered participants will receive detailed information from us days leading up to the event with updated safety requirements. Non-registered runners will not have signed the waiver and will not have receive communication from us.
2. Our race insurance covers registered runners only. It does not cover someone who is running under someone else's name/bib number.
The looped bike course is relatively FLAT in elevation and includes one hill. There will be police support and signage at every turn. There are no aid stations on the bike course. Participants are required to count their loops and to complete the required distance. To view the bike course map, click HERE. A timing mat will be placed on the bike course. Participants are required to SLOW DOWN as they cross this mat. You will cross this mat 4 times.
Required Distance: Five loops (10 miles)
The looped bike course is relatively FLAT in elevation and includes one hill. There will be one aid station at mile 1 on the run loop offering water and Gatorade. The run course on paved trail surface. Both run legs will be run in the same direction. Please familiarize yourself with the route, as it is the athletes responsibility to know the course. To view the run course map, click HERE.
First run leg - one loop (2 miles)
Second run leg - one loop (2 miles)
Athletes who register for this race will receive a shirt. Athletes who finish this race will receive a finisher medal.
Awards will be given to the top finisher in each of the following age groups for men and women: 1st Overall, 2nd Overall, 3rd Overall, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89.
To reduce the amount of close interaction between race staff and athletes, all results will be posted directly online in real time. Finishers will use their smart phone to access their individual results by clicking HERE or going to the RESULTS webpage at the conclusion of their race.
While we'd love to have friends and family participate as spectators, due to covid-19 and the permit requirements, spectating is NOT permitted at this years event. Thank you for your understanding.