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Fort Ritchie Triathlon


Status:   Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, July 29th.  After that time you will have one last chance to register on Saturday, August 1st, from 3pm to 6pm.  This will be in-person registration only at packet pick up at the Fort Ritchie Community Center.  There is no race day registration.  SHIRTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED FOR IN PERSON REGISTRATION. WE WILL NOT BE TAKING NEW REGISTRATIONS ON SUNDAY FOR THIS RACE. 


Event:   6th Annual Fort Ritchie Triathlon
ime:     8:00am
Date:     Sunday- August 2, 2015
Place:    Fort Ritchie- Cascade, MD
Type: Olympic and Sprint
Olympic- 1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run
Sprint- .75K Swim, 24K Bike, 5K Run
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 Updated 7-23-15

 Updated 7-23-15



We are very excited to offer this 6th annual event at Fort Ritchie.  This is a great venue for multisport racing and will also be the host of the Fort Ritchie Duathlon!



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This triathlon has two distances (Olympic and Sprint) and will start and end at Fort Ritchie in Cascade, MD.....just 20 minutes from Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD, and 90 minutes from Baltimore and DC.  Fort Ritchie is an old military base that is being converted to a private residential community.  The property is a beautiful venue for multisport racing and will also host the Fort Ritchie Duathlon the same day.

Race Limit:    800 participants, combined

Start:  The race will be separated into waves with the Sprint going first.  Then 30 minutes later the Olympic Distance Race begins with the Open Division going first followed by the age groups.  This will be an in water start.

Swim Course: The swim course will be in Lake Royer and will be a 750 meter course.  The Sprint race will be one lap. The Olympic race will be 2 laps.  After lap one the Olympic participants will exit the lake, run across a small beach (wave to your fans), run down the pier and jump back in for lap 2.  The Open Division will be the first Olympic wave into the water followed by separate waves every few minutes.  Waves will be identified by swim cap color. 

Bike Course:  The bike course leaves Fort Ritchie and navigates through hills and valley on wide shoulders and low traffic country roads.  The first section of the course is fast with a nice long down hill section.  At the bottom the Olympic distance will turn and navigate through the valley.  The Sprint will u-turn and head back to Fort Ritchie.  After the valley section the Olympic course will also u-turn and head back to Fort Ritchie.  The final section for both courses is a long gradual up hill. 

Run Course:  The run course is a 5K course which is a loop and navigates through Fort Ritchie.  Being on private property, vehicular traffic will be minimal if at all.  The course has some elevation but is not difficult.  The Sprint course is one loop.  The Olympic course will be 2 laps so wave to your fans after lap one.

Transition Area:  There is only one transition area for this event. 

Timing:  This event will be professionally chip timed!  We will be providing race day results at our results kiosk immediately after you finish your race.  We will also provide a web link to results that you can share with your family and friends so they can follow your race on their web devices.


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The Fort Ritchie Triathlon will help support the Fort Ritchie Community Center.  The Center strives to create and provide healthy lifestyle and leisure activities, foster community traditions, and promote cultural development through the arts, education, sports, technology, and natural resources to enhance the quality of life for the residents and users of Fort Ritchie and surrounding communities.


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This event is sanctioned by USAT.

Please note that the entry fees below do not include the USAT membership fees.  During registration you will be required to buy a one day membership if you are not a current member.  During packet pick up you will be required to show your membership card and a valid photo ID.   

Early Registration- opens November 1
Olympic Sprint
Age Group: $75.00 $60.00
Open Division:    $75.00 N/A
Relay Team:       $100.00 $90.00
Aqua Velo: $75.00 $60.00  

Tier 1 Registration- begins January 1 
                           Olympic Sprint
Age Group:         $85.00 $70.00
Open Division:    $85.00 N/A
Relay Team:       $110.00 $100.00
Aqua Velo: $85.00 $70.00

Tier 2 Registration begins  March 16
                           Olympic Sprint
Age Group:         $90.00 $75.00
Open Division:    $90.00 N/A
Relay Team        $120.00 $110.00
Aqua Velo: $90.00 $75.00

Late Registration begins June 16
                             Olympic Sprint
Age Group:          $100.00 $85.00  
Open Division:     $100.00 N/A
Relay Team:         $130.00 $120.00
Aqua Velo: $100.00 $70.00
Saturday Packet Pickup
Olympic Sprint
Age Group: $110.00 $95.00
Open Division: $110.00 $95.00
Relay Team: $140.00 $130.00
Aqua Velo: $110.00 $95.00

There are no refunds, transfers or deferments for this race.  If you are unable to race you can automatically cancel your registration on and receive a coupon to use towards another Racine MultiSports race within 12 months.  The coupon value is determined below.   

Coupon rules:
  1. Races not sold out, you will receive a 75% coupon credit until 7 days prior to the event.
  2. Races sold out or within 7 days of the event, there is no coupon offer for cancellations.
  3. Coupons do not cover any registration fees that are higher than the value of the coupon.

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Olympic Awards:
Top 3 Open/Elite Division Male and Female**

Top 3 Age Groups Male and Female
16 and under, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Top Relay Team (one Category)

Top Masters Overall Male and Female (40+)

Top Aqua Velo (you will only swim and bike with a very short walk/run to the finish line): Male and Female (39 and under) and (40 and over)

Top Athena (women 165 lbs+) / Clydesdale (men 220 lbs+): (39 and under) and (40 and over).  If you choose these division you will not be eligible for your 5 year age group.  You will compete in this division. Please be aware you will be discretely weighed at the event.

**The Open Division is designed for experienced or elite athletes.  The Open Division and Age Group Categories will have separate awards.  The Open Division will be the first swim wave.  This division is recommended for men who can complete an Olympic distance course in less than 2:30 and women less than 2:50.  If you meet these recommendations yet would rather complete in the age group category may do so.

Sprint Awards:
Top 3 Overall Male and Female

Top 3 Age Groups Male and Female
16 and under, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Top Masters Overall Male and Female (40+)

Top Aqua Velo (you will only swim and bike with a very short walk/run to the finish line): Male and Female (39 and under) and (40 and over)

Top Athena (165 lbs+) / Clydesdale (220 lbs+): (39 and under) and (40 and over).  If you choose these categories you will not be eligible for your 5 year age group.  You will compete in this category.

Your race age is based on your age on December 31, 2015.....USAT ruling.

Medals and Awards will be handed out at the awards ceremony following the race.  No award or medal will be mailed automatically.  For a fee of $10 we will mail your medal or award upon your request.


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Race Site:
Fort Ritchie Community Center 
14421 Lake Royer Drive
Cascade, MD 21719

Packet Pickup..................3:00 - 6:00pm

Packet Pickup..................5:30 - 7:00am
Transition Area Opens.....
:30 - 7:30am
Transition Closes.............7:30am
Pre-Race Meeting............
Sprint Race Start..............
Olympic Race Start..........8:20am
Awards Ceremony...........Noon (approx.)



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All athletes must have an approved helmet with the chin strap fastened before entering the bike course.  Your local bike shop can provide you with assistance to ensure your helmet meets approval.  Drafting is prohibited on the bike course.  You must keep 4 bike lengths from the cyclist in front of you.  Bikers and runners must obey all traffic rules/laws and race official instructions.  Roads will not be closed to vehicular traffic.  Volunteers will be placed in key areas to help direct race traffic.  No outside assistance is allowed and no one other than the athletes are permitted in the transition area.


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Options include:    
  1. Camping at the race site (no fires, restrooms available) cost
  2. Indoor camping in the Fort Ritchie Community Center gym.....fee is $10 per person.  Must confirm by Friday, July 31 by 4pm. 
Contact Matt Krantz at 301-241-5085 or

Thurmont, MD about 15 minutes from the race site
Hagerstown, MD about 20 minutes from the race site
Waynesboro, PA about 10 minutes from the race site


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Want to have some fun and receive a Race Crew t-shirt?  Become a volunteer for this event!  As with all major events the volunteers are a critical part of making the race safe and enjoyable for the athletes.  Please press the register button below to sign up.  If you have questions please contact Ken at

 as a volunteer!


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Posted after the event HERE

Previous Winners:
Elite  Male                                Female 
2014 Frank Byskov 2:09:54 Megan Martin 2:20:30
2013 Lucas McCollum 2:05:12 Julia Roman-Duval 2:26:20
2012        Ryan Hardy 2:05:23         Jenn Thackston 2:28:48
2011        Rick Fesler 2:05:08        Megan Martin 2:21:27
2010        Rick Fesler 2:04:14        Megan Martin 2:27:59

Olympic  Male             Female
2014 Stephen Levickas 2:18:35 Allison Silverman 2:36:06
2013        Stephen Levickas 2:12:20  Allison Silverman 2:37:12

Sprint  Male    Female 
2014 Ben Freed 1:14:30 Laura Bergmann 1:29:36
2013        Harry Goudy 1:11:39           Robin Glaser 1:25:34
2012 Rick Fesler 1:10:29             Kara Shiffer 1:19:14
2011       Paul Tournemine 1:17:07  Maureen Baran 1:24:53
2010       Geoffrey Irwin 1:16:10        Lexa Gass 1:26:11

Course Record Holders:

Olympic Male
  Olympic Female                 
Rick Fesler 2:04:14 (2010)        Megan Martin 2:20:40 (2014) 

Sprint Male                                 
Sprint Female
Rick Fesler 1:10:29 (2012)       Kara Shiffer 1:19:14 (2012)
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