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 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; we 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; 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.