A shoestring budget and a dream: our inaugural Knights and Maidens Kids Triathlon had just 52 finishers, nearly all of them first time triathletes.
No longer just a neighborhood triathlon, our race got a name change and grew in size: the Nottingham Kids Triathlon attracted children and families from Carroll, Frederick and Howard Counties.
We became the first youth focused USA Triathlon Club in Maryland, and produced our first adventure duathlon—an off-road run-bike-run on a working farm in Mount Airy. Fashion forward, this was also the year we started sporting bright green.
We championed the formation of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series, and our Nottingham Kids Triathlon was awarded the USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Championships and would go on to host it through 2014.
We welcomed Chobani's Champions Bus and former USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach to our Nottingham Kids Triathlon as we celebrated our fifth year.
We brought the first USA Triathlon Skills Camp to the Mid-Atlantic Region, and our Nottingham Kids Triathlon saw its largest field yet, 300 triathletes.
Our coaching staff doubled, we received USA Triathlon High Performance Team designation, we brought the Columbia Association Kids Triathlon under Mini Cow Tri, and Page Lester won the USA Triathlon Youth Elite Female Championship.
Our largest roster to date, the herd includes triathletes from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. The inaugural USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Region Youth Series saw five Mini Cow Tri triathletes place in the top three in their respective age groups.
We introduced Flame Cow, were awarded the Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship, and athletes raced to Junior Elite Female and Mixed Team Relay National Championship podiums.
The Nottingham Kids Triathlon celebrated its tenth anniversary, athletes raced to Junior Elite Male and Youth Age Group National Championship podiums, and our very first triathlete before Mini Cow Tri was even a thing became the first female in Maryland to sign a Letter of Intent with an NCAA Women's Triathlon Team.
At USA Triathlon High School Nationals athletes raced to second female team and third overall team, we introduced the Mini Cow Double, an athlete was crowned Junior Elite Male National Champion and went on to represent Team USA at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, and nine from The Herd placed in the 2018 USA Triathlon Mideast Region Youth Triathlon Series, and an athlete was named NCAA West Region Division II Freshman of the Year.
Philosophy is a pretty big word. But at the same time—in just one word—it sums up who we are, what we do, and how we do it.
We are parents.
We are swimmers, cyclists, runners, and triathletes.
We are Certified Coaches and Certified Race Directors.
We are a team, a club, and an event management company.
We introduce children to the sport of triathlon.
We foster a team environment within an individual sport.
We provide athletes the confidence and training to set and achieve their athletic goals.
We focus on agility, speed, and technique.
We emphasize age-appropriate training and race distances.
We adapt training volumes as athletes mature physically and mentally.
We recognize the day-to-day accomplishments that build towards the larger goal.
Our coaching staff brings decades of experience in swimming, cycling, running, and triathlon with certifications from USA Triathlon and USA Cycling.
Christy Lausch, Co-founder, Head Coach
Christy leverages 21 years of multisport experience, holds USA Triathlon Level 1, USA Triathlon Level 2 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, and is a USA Triathlon talent identification liaison. Christy leads the Junior Elite Women's Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is a regular instructor for USA Triathlon Coaching Education's Youth & Junior coaching certification program. As Head Coach, Christy oversees Mini Cow Tri's Development, Competition and High Performance Teams.
Brian Lausch, Co-founder, USA Triathlon Certified Race Director
Brian is a USA Triathlon Certified Race Director and race directs the Columbia Association Kids Triathlon and Nottingham Kids Triathlon and is Camp Director of USA Triathlon's Mid-Atlantic Region Junior Elite Skills Camp. Brian also project manages the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series, is a contractor with Kinetic Multisports, Racine MultiSports and Maryland Tour de Cure.
Jake Fox, Assistant Coach
Jake is a competitive age group triathlete and holds USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications, and is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach. In 2017, Jake qualified for and competed at the [draft-legal] ITU Age Group World Championship in Rotterdam Netherlands. Jake is in his seventh year as an Assistant Coach with Mini Cow Tri.
Frank Fitzpatrick, Assistant Coach
Frank is a former elementary and current middle school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, and holds USA Triathlon Level 1 and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior coaching certifications and is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach. Frank is in his sixth year as an Assistant Coach and leads Mini Cow Tri's Development Team.
Kevin Levi-Goerlich, Assistant Coach
Kevin is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and holds a USA Triathlon Level 1 coaching certification. In 2014, Kevin raced at the IRONMAN World Championship in only his second ever M-Dot race, the first being IRONMAN Lake Placid where he raced to first place in his age group. Kevin is in his fifth year as Assistant Coach and assists with Mini Cow Tri's High Performance Team, MC Elite.
Anna Lausch, Assistant Coach
Anna has 12 years of triathlon experience, six of those including draft-legal racing experience, and holds a USA Triathlon Level 1 coaching certification. Anna is a freshman at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO and was one of the first recruits for the university’s NCAA Women’s Division II Triathlon Team. In her very first Women's Collegiate Triathlon Qualifier Anna finished first for her team and 12th overall, qualifying for the Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championship.