Monday, December 10, 2012
The founder and CEO of TriColumbia had a significant impact in the world of triathlon.
Reflecting on his career at the helm of TriColumbia for the past 26 years, Robert “Vigo” Vigorito described himself as an enzyme—a protein in the body that makes chemical reactions happen. “I’m a multi-sport enzyme,” said Vigorito. “That’s a pretty good way to describe it.” Vigorito, 65, a retired pathologist, and current council chair of USA Triathlon’s Mid-Atlantic Region has been a fixture in the sport of triathlon, helping it grow on the East Coast since its early years. On Friday, it was announced Vigorito would step down as CEO of TriColumbia, the organization he founded in 1984 that organizes the Columbia Triathlon, the Iron Girl triathlon and other events throughout the county. “It seemed like the time was right,” said Vigorito…
Friday, October 5, 2012
Here's a roundup of some of the top events this weekend in Howard County.
2nd Annual Clyde’s of Columbia Fall Craft Beer Tasting Festival Where: Clyde’s of Columbia Lakefront Pavilion, Downtown Columbia When: Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2-7 p.m. Why go: Clyde’s is partnering with over 20 different craft breweries to showcase fall beers from around the country in addition to providing a wide selection of its Oktoberfest-style food, such as knockwurst, bratwurst and pretzels. Cost: $2.50/ ticket or 20 tickets for $40. Each ticket is good for a 4oz pour. Rev3 Half-Full Triathlon Where: Centennial Park, Ellicott City When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 7:30 a.m. Why go: The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults organized the half triathlon to raise funds to help treat cancer. In addition to the good cause, world-famous athlete Lance …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Athletes competed in the Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon in Columbia on Sunday.
Here are the results from the top 15 finishers of the .6 mile swim, 17.5 mile bike and 3.4 mile run: You can find a full list of finishers here - http://m1.onlineraceresults.com/race/view_race.php#racetop. The Columbia Triathlon Association provided the following numbers about this year's race on their Facebook page: Participants: 2,400 (largest of any Iron Girl Triathlon event in the country!) Ages: Youngest 12, Oldest 72 States: 26 represented Pro Field: 6 Active Military: 37 Race Day Birthdays: 11 Mother/Daughter Teams: 33 Relay Teams: 122
Friday, August 17, 2012
Drivers should expect delays at several intersections around Centennial Park.
Drivers near Centennial Park on Sunday morning can expect to share the road with some 2,000 triathletes during the Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon. From 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Route 108 will be closed to westbound traffic between Ten Mills Road and Centennial Lane, according to a statement from the Howard County Police Department. Police officer will be directing traffic and temporarily closing roads to maintain biker safety during the race, and the department says delays can be expected on the following roads: Police say triathlon participants will be given the right of way, and they recommend motorists to plan alternative routes or give extra time if driving in the area is necessary. For more information on the Athleta Iron Girl …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Ellicott City's Hector Garcia tells some secrets to competing in triathlons in extreme heat.
Hector Garcia is in his 12th year of competing in triathlons. Garcia, 54, an Ellicott City resident, last year finished his 100th triathlon. He's now gearing up to participate in an event Saturday, the Diamond in the Rough triathlon in Perryville, MD, where temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees. Do you take exercising seriously in the summer? What tips do you have for keeping cool and hydrated in the extreme heat? Tell us in the comments. Garcia also is the executive director of the Columbia-based Foreign-born Information Referral Network (FIRN), a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants adjust to life in Howard County. He said he trains year-round for competitions, which begin in early May. And he takes special precautions in …