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 19 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 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 hosted the first of four USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Championships.
We welcomed Chobani's Champions Bus and [now former] 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 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 year, athletes raced to Junior Elite Male and Youth Age Group National Championship podiums, and our very first triathlete was also the first female in Maryland to sign a Letter of Intent with an NCAA Women's Triathlon Team.
Follow the herd ...
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 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 and is a contractor with 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 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 sixth 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. Frank is in his fifth year as an 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 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 fourth year as Assistant Coach and assists with Mini Cow Tri's High Performance Team, MC Elite.