Columbia Association Kids Triathlon

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Clemens Crossing Pool
6400 Martin Road Columbia, MD

The Columbia Association Kids Triathlon presented by Mini Cow Tri continues its rich history as one of the largest and longest-running youth triathlons in Maryland. And, the Columbia Association Kids Triathlon is part of both the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series and USAT Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Series, so when you register it's like getting three races for the price of one!

At a Glance

  • USA Triathlon Sanctioned youth triathlon
  • Graduated distances based on age
  • 7–15 year-olds (born in 2002–2010)
  • Check in Saturday, rack and race Sunday
  • Pool swim, rolling bike course, flat run course
  • Finisher medals, 24 age group awards, door prizes

There's a barnful of information on this page. Why? We're parents too, and these are the things we'd like to know before we registered our triathlete for a race. And, we've organized it all on one page so there's no need to click around.

Course Description

The swim takes place in Clemens Crossing Pool's 25 yard, eight lane, outdoor pool. The bike course is a two mile loop along the rolling hills of the Hickory Ridge community. The run course is flat and fast along a combination of sidewalk, paved path and grass with a cross country style finish.

Our pool deck is super family-friendly, there's excellent spectator viewing all around the transition area, and the finish line is just steps from there.

Course Maps

Click the thumbnail below to open a larger version of our course maps.


Our Promise to Triathletes

We pride ourselves on producing safe, fair and fun events for all our triathletes, whether they are new to the sport or racing for a podium finish.

  • USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event (241717)
  • Adherence to USAT's Supplemental Youth Rules
  • Family and spectator-friendly venue
  • Swim cap
  • Race bib
  • Technical race tee
  • Finisher medal
  • Live results including split times
  • Healthy post race snacks and hydration
  • Eligible for door prizes
  • Generous refund policy

Registration, Field Limit, and Fees

Registration will close on July 9 two weeks prior to race day or when the field limit is reached, whichever occurs first.

February 1–14, 2017
Early Cow Registration $50 (first two weeks registration is open)

February 15 – June 25, 2017
Registration $60

June 26 – July 9, 2017
Late Registration $70

July 10 – July 16, 2017
Really Late Registration $80 (week before race week)

Please note, registration fees above do not include imATHLETE transaction fees or USA Triathlon youth membership.

USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event

The Columbia Association Kids Triathlon is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event (241717). This sanctioning signifies USA Triathlon has reviewed and approved our swim, bike and run courses and our plans for medical, safety and volunteer support. It also signifies our agreement to conduct the event according to the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules, including USAT's Supplemental Youth Rules which were put into effect in January 2012 with the goal of improving safety, fairness and consistency.

USA Triathlon Membership Required

Participants must be USAT youth members. If your triathlete's membership has expired, expires before race day, or he/she is not a USAT youth member, you may renew or purchase a youth membership at the time of registration. An annual (12 calendar months) USAT youth membership is now only $10 and includes these benefits.

USA Triathlon Age Group Competition Rule in Effect

The Columbia Association Kids Triathlon follows USA Triathlon's age group competition rule. Triathletes compete based upon their age on December 31 of the year of the event. For example, the event is July 23, your triathlete is 10 on the date of the event but turns 11 before or on December 31. His/her race age is 11 and he/she would compete in the 11–12 age group. We'll automagically place your triathlete in the correct age group based on the gender and birthdate you enter, so there's nothing for you to think about—aside from entering the correct gender and birthdate (it's happened). Your triathlete needs to know his/her race age and age group and complete the corresponding swim, bike, and run distances (see below).

Age Groups and Swim, Bike and Run Distances

Born in 2002, 2003, 2004: 13–15 age group: 150 yard swim, 6 mile bike, 1 mile run
Born in 2005, 2006: 11–12 age group: 100 yard swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run
Born in 2007, 2008: 9–10 age group: 100 yard swim, 2 mile bike, .5 mile run
Born in 2009, 2010: 7–8 age group: 50 yard swim, 2 mile bike, .5 mile run

The swim takes place in Clemens Crossing's 25 yard, eight lane, outdoor pool. The bike course is a two mile loop along the rolling hills of Clemens Crossing. The run course is flat and fast with a cross country style finish.

USA Triathlon Bicycle Equipment Rules

The Columbia Association Kids Triathlon will follow all USAT Competitive Rules including USAT's Supplemental Youth Rules. Please note, "Bicycles may be on-road, off-road or youth style. The bicycle shall have two wheels. No training wheels are allowed." Also, "Only standard drop, straight, or curved handlebars are allowed. No aero or time trial bars may be attached to the bike or used during competition" and "No time trial, 'chrono,' or 'aero helmets' with a tail may be used."

Age Group Awards and Post Race

The Columbia Association Kids Triathlon will award first, second, and third place across four age groups for both girls and boys. Each triathlete will receive a commemorative Columbia Association Kids Triathlon race tee and finisher's medal, be eligible for our popular themed door prizes, and enjoy healthy post race snacks and hydration.

Triathlete (and Parent) Guide

Our 20 page Triathlete (and Parent) Guide is chock full of important pre-race and race day information. In it you’ll find information about packet pick up, the swim, bike and run courses, results and awards, and everything in between. A link to the guide is included in our email, "8 Steps to a Great Race Experience."

Day before (Saturday) Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will take place on Saturday, July 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Road Runner Sports in Columbia. We’ll have water to keep your triathlete hydrated before the race, nutrition samples, and Road Runner Sports coupons for $10 off a $30 purchase (25% off for VIP members) on anything in the store on Saturday. And, each triathlete who picks up their packet on Saturday will have their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Road Runner Sports gift card.

Saturday, July 22 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Road Runner Sports
6630-C Marie Curie Drive, Columbia, MD

Please see the Triathlete and Parent Guide for day of (Sunday) packet pick up information.

Day of (Sunday) Bike Racking

Bike racking will be the morning of the race.

Transition Area

Each triathlete will have an assigned transition space. Parents will not be allowed inside transition prior to the race. Volunteers will assist triathletes with finding and setting up their transition area if necessary.

Typical Race Day Schedule

6:30 a.m. Transition opens, bike racking, body marking
8 a.m. First wave
8:30 a.m. First triathlete crosses finish line
9:40 a.m. Last triathlete starts bike
9:55 a.m. Last triathlete starts run
10 a.m. Last triathlete crosses finish line
10:15 a.m. Awards and door prizes

All times are estimates and subject to change. Please note that all triathletes must set up their transition area and have their body marked by 7:30 a.m. regardless of what time their swim wave starts. Triathletes may not remove their bikes or gear from the transition area until the last triathlete has started the run. This is in the interest of safety and good sportsmanship. It’s also a rule. 

Refund and Cancelation Policies

There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers of registrations. That said, we're parents too and we know life happens. You may cancel your triathlete's registration for any reason up to 21 days before the event date and receive a discount code valued at 50% of the registration fee paid (excluding registration transaction fees and/or USA Triathlon youth membership). This discount code may be applied towards a future Mini Cow Tri imATHLETE event within 12 months of the original event date.

Race management reserves the right to modify or cancel the race for safety reasons. In the event the race is canceled, there are no refunds.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association 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. Columbia Association'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


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