Mini Cow Tri was the first youth focused USA Triathlon Club in Maryland, and has been creating multisport opportunities throughout the region for athletes ages 6 to 17 through our team, clinics, camps and events since 2008.
A shoestring budget and a dream. Our inaugural Nottingham Kids Triathlon had just 52 finishers, most of them first time triathletes.
No longer just a neighborhood triathlon, our Nottingham Kids Triathlon grew in size and attracted children and families from throughout Carroll County.
We became the first youth focused USA Triathlon Club in Maryland, and produced our first Kids Adventure Booathlon—an off-road run-bike-run on a working farm in Mount Airy. Ahead of fashion trends, this was also the year we started rockin' bright green as a team color.
We championed the formation of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series and our Nottingham Kids Triathlon hosted the first of four USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Championships.
We welcomed Chobani's Champions Bus and USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach to our Nottingham Kids Triathlon.
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 the Mini Cow Tri Club, and Page Lester won the USA Triathlon Youth Elite Female Championship.
Our largest roster to date, the herd now 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.
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 20 years of multisport experience, holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications and is USA Triathlon Talent Identification Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Christy leads curriculum development for the Mid-Atlantic Region's USA Triathlon Junior Elite Skills Camp and as Head Coach oversees Mini Cow Tri's Development, Competition and High Performance Teams.
Brian Lausch, Co-founder, USA Triathlon Certified Race Director
Brian has been a USA Triathlon Certified Race Director since 2010, race directs the Columbia Association Kids Triathlon, Nottingham Kids Triathlon and Kids Adventure Duathlon at Knill's Farm Market, and is Camp Director of USA Triathlon's Mid-Atlantic Region Junior Elite Skills Camp. Brian project manages the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series and is a contractor with IRONMAN, Virginia–Maryland Triathlon Series, Racine MultiSports and Greater Maryland Tour de Cure.
Jake Fox, Assistant Coach
Jake is a competitive age group triathlete and holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications, and is a USA Cycling Level 3 Coach. Jake is in his fifth year as Assistant Coach with Mini Cow Tri.
Frank Fitzpatrick, Assistant Coach
Frank is an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, and holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications. Frank is in his fourth year as Assistant Coach and leads Mini Cow Tri's Development Team.
Kevin Levi-Goerlich, Assistant Coach
Kevin is a Physical Therapy graduate student at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and holds a USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach Certification. Kevin is in his third year as Assistant Coach with Mini Cow Tri.
For starters, we wanted our club to be fun and different. And memorable. We also wanted to pay homage to the rural countryside that is our home and training ground. Surrounded by beef and dairy farms, cows seemed like an obvious choice. Once we saw the first renderings of our Swim, Bike, and Run Cows there was no turning back. Plus, the puns are endless.
In the Fall of 2010 we introduced Ghost Cow at the inaugural Kids Adventure Duathlon at Knill’s Farm Market, and in the Spring of 2011 Knight Cow became the new face of the Nottingham Kids Triathlon. Our Swim, Bike, Run, Ghost and Knight Cows were designed by friend of the club Arturo Gigante.
After extensive and completely unscientific focus group testing, in the Spring of 2016 we united our brand under a single identity, Flame Cow. Flame Cow continues to pay homage to our rural roots and bovine neighbors. And while more serious looking, its flames—representing the three sports of triathlon—add a playful twist and are a metaphor for the passion that burns inside our triathletes. Perhaps most importantly, Flame Cow allows us to continue using all our great puns.