Same Great Kids Triathlon, Now Under New Management

We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue a long-running Columbia-based triathlon for kids, and one that has been a cornerstone of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series. Formerly the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon, the Columbia Association (CA) Kids Triathlon will build on the history of this event with a sprinkling of MINI COW TRI CLUB fun.

"CA looks forward to renewing our involvement in the Kids Triathlon and working with MINI COW TRI CLUB to relaunch this event for 2014," said John Herdson, Aquatics Director for Columbia Association.

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Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, home to approximately 100,000 people. Columbia was founded in 1967 by James Rouse and his Howard Research and Development Company. Rouse sought to build a complete city that would respect the land, provide for the growth of people and, ultimately, make a profit. CA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people living, working, playing or learning in Columbia and to ensure that Columbia remains an open, integrated and caring community. Learn more about Columbia Association at

Posted on April 10, 2014 .

MCTC Elite Heads to the Sunshine State

Only weeks after receiving USA Triathlon High Performance Team designation, MCTC Elite heads to Clermont, Florida this weekend to kick off its season at the Clermont Challenge. Anna Lausch and Bridgette Kim will represent MCTC Elite in the draft legal Youth F1 Super Sprint Race, a 375 meter open water swim, 10 kilometer bike, and 2.5 kilometer run. Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 70s will be a welcome change for Anna and Bridgette who only a week ago were riding in sub-freezing temperatures. And sleet.

The Clermont Challenge was founded by Professional Triathlete and 2008 Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker and legendary Race Director Bill Burnett.

Posted on February 24, 2014 .

Knibb joins MCTC Elite as Assistant Coach

We're thrilled to announce that Leslie Knibb will be joining the MINI COW TRI CLUB coaching staff for 2014. Leslie joins Assistant Coaches Jake Fox and Frank Fitzpatrick, and her primary responsibility will be working alongside Head Coach Christy Lausch to develop MINI COW TRI CLUB's High Performance Team, MCTC Elite.

Leslie brings more than 20 years of experience in running, swimming and triathlon, is a 19-time IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 finisher – five of those being World Championships – and holds a USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach certification. As a wife and mother, Leslie understands how to balance family, work, school, and triathlon, and shares MINI COW TRI CLUB's coaching philosophy.

"We're super excited to bring Leslie onto our coaching staff as Assistant Coach. Leslie's coaching and personal experience will be an asset as we develop our High Performance Team during this important first year," said Head Coach Christy Lausch.

MINI COW TRI CLUB earned USA Triathlon High Performance Team designation earlier this year and will be fielding youth and junior triathletes at draft-legal National qualifying races in Richmond, VA May 4, and West Des Moines, IA July 13.

Posted on February 10, 2014 .

NCAA Approves Triathlon as an Emerging Sport for Women

Triathlon, the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement, received overwhelming approval today from the NCAA to be the next Emerging Sport for Women, creating new opportunities within the Olympic pipeline for student-athletes.

An emerging sport is a sport recognized by the NCAA that is intended to explore new sports and grow participation opportunities for female student-athletes. Institutions are allowed to use emerging sports to help meet the NCAA minimum sports sponsorship requirements, minimum financial aid award requirements, and gender equity standards. Four former emerging sports have grown in sponsorship and been approved as NCAA championship sports — water polo, bowling, ice hockey and rowing.

Posted on January 16, 2014 .

Welcome to our new online barn

We're still in the process of moving everything from our old barn over to our new one. In just a few short years we've posted hundreds of blog posts and shared gigabytes of images. In the meantime, have a look around our new digs.

Posted on January 12, 2014 .