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HEROES TRIATHLON - Kayak Swim Support (Centennial Park, MD)

ANNOUNCEMENT

Photo:Kayakers assemble in the early morning hours at Centennial Lake to support triathletes for the Columbia Triathlon.

Yes, it's really early, but it's a great cause, plus donuts, bagels, coffee and a free T-shirt will also be served before the swim. ;)

Here is an open water swimming event that's PERFECT for a beginner kayak swim support volunteer. :)  Yet regardless of your experience, your kayaking skills will be especially appreciated for this event, as you offer support to over 500 unsung heroes - triathletes in our regional community - for the 0.62 Mile swim portion of this sprint triathlon.

TriColumbia is hosting its annual

'Celebrating Heroes Triathlon' on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7am

Event Description:

"Welcome to the 2013 Celebrating Heroes Triathlon, an inspirational sprint triathlon taking place amid the rolling countryside in Howard County, MD. Join us in celebrating the birth of our nation's independence, and applauding the spirit of the American Hero.

TriColumbia salutes the many heroes that make our nation great; from wounded warriors, rescue workers and first responders to everyday unsung heroes who go out of their way to selflessly lend a hand to provide hope and help to those in need. ..."

Kayak Swim Support Background:

Photo: Kayak volunteers provide swim support duties to open water swimmers at Columbia Triathlon Series

After volunteering at over a dozen kayak swim support events, imho TriColumbia  hosts the most controlled and organized open water swim venue at Centennial Lake that altogether better serves the safety interests for swimmers, kayakers, lifeguards and rescue personnel.

Aside from 'common swim support duties', such as offering rest and directional guidance to swimmers, you'll be loaned a preset VHF radio and orange flag to best alert the Swim Command Coordinator (ii.e. John Burtman) that a swimmer seeks to end the race and requires assistance from a lifeguard or pick-up from a rescue boat.

Photo: Professional lifeguards coordinate with kayakers to assist in swim support.

Event Details:
  • Kayak Launch Site: Near Lake Dam via Park Maintenance Entryway Only - location site revealed to those who RSVP only
  • Swim Support Briefing Time: 6:20 AM (yes,.. that's early!)
  • Race Start Time: 7:00 AM
  • Approximate Finish Time: 09:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Approximate No. of Swimmers: 500
Contact Info:
      • John Burtman, Swim Safety Coordinator TriColumbia
      • Additional details will be provided to those who RSVP

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for showing me the ropes, everyone! I enjoyed the outing very much.

    June 23, 2013

  • Erik B

    Well coordinated safety support effort for an established triathlon - great practical experience in swimmer support. Thank you for the invite to participate!

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very cool. John certainly provided the "Gold Standard" for water safety for this event. DJ, thanks for coordinating the WKC effort!

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks. I guess I missed the part about confirming with John. I thought the RSVP was it. These directions are helpful, thanks! I'll still attend and apologize for not getting the info right. I printed the park map and see area H on it. See you then.

    June 22, 2013

  • DJ-2011

    Btw. I will be there, too. :)

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed or have not received any information about the "secret" launch location. Did anyone else receive this? I wouldn't mind driving around looking for it if it weren't at 6 am!

    June 22, 2013

    • DJ-2011

      Hi Anita, did you confirm with John Burtman? (H)He would have forwarded you 3 Word documents, but the 3rd (Kayaker Info) details the directions and provides satellite maps of the area. Basically, the entrance is at Pavillion H: Otherwise here's some ACCESS INFO:
      [Pavilion H is accessed from Woodland Road, which is off of Rt. 108W near the Rt. 29 interchange. Woodland Road is only accessible from the westbound side of Rt. 108. Then make an immediate left onto the service road. NOTE: WOODLAND RD is LOCATED BEFORE THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE PARK. Alternatively, you can access Woodland Road from Old Annapolis Road. After the event, you should use Old Annapolis to avoid Rt. 108, which serves as the bike course from the park entrance to Homewood Road.]

      June 22, 2013

    • DJ-2011

      [Access to Kayak Launch Area from Pavilion H]

      "Access to the path leading to East end of Centennial Lake is via a' curb-cut' pedestrian narrow driveway (look for asphalt walkway) that's adjacent to the left of Pavilion H. The path will be well-marked on race day. Only kayak-mounted cars are permitted onto this service walkway. Drive onto the path and park at the water’s edge. You will see other cars parked there. Please USE CAUTION DRIVING from the Pavilion H parking lot onto this pathway, as the path is mostly open to pedestrians, dear, rabbits etc. .." ;)

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the short notice, but other issue has to be dealt with. Hope all have fun tomorrow.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My son called and needs help Sunday morning.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arrgh. I'll be in Maine.
    Really wanted to support one of these.

    June 12, 2013

    • DJ-2011

      Iron Girl Columbia: Sunday, 18-August 2013. (yes, you read that correctly) ;)

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lookingn forward to it! I haven't done this before, though, so tell me if I need to bring/do anything special!

    June 16, 2013

    • DJ-2011

      Hi Anita, Thanks for volunteering! There will be a basic briefing by John Burtman and others in the Safety Team prior to the swim. However, I'm hoping that a few WKC members here with swim support experience and/or those who've taken the fundamentals in swim support course earlier this month, can offer to be your 'mentor' for a brief time 'prior to' and 'during' the swim event. The 'vets' include Marc and Ed S., while Dan and Erik took the training, and imho, would be great, too. :) There's a great file at CPA that you should read about what you may expect and how to handle a swimmer seeking your support. Please download: http://www.cpakayaker...­

      June 17, 2013

  • ed s

    DJ....ed s happens to be ed santelmann....see you there

    June 17, 2013

    • DJ-2011

      Yep, I knew it was you, ... recognized your boat from the last swim support there. Glad to know that your board. :)

      June 17, 2013

  • Marc

    Any plans to paddle somewhere after the swim support?

    June 12, 2013

    • DJ-2011

      An after-swim support paddle is common after these early swim events. These had included Curtis Bay, the Gunpowder/Bird River (Joppatown) or Rocky Gorge (ramp closer to the dam). You may want to contact other swim support 'regulars', privately. Pls do not use John Burtman's Swim Support email list; but if you know someone on that list who plans to volunteer, you can ask , if there's an after-paddle.

      June 12, 2013

    • Marc

      If anyone is interested, please send a reply here or send Mr a message. I'd prefer somewhere besides triDelphia or Rocky Gorge since I can't really practice rolling there.

      June 17, 2013

  • Marc

    I'm already signed up with John Burtman. This should also be a good place to practice rolls. :)

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Madeline early. :0)

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arrgh. I'll be in Maine.
    Really wanted to support one of these.

    June 12, 2013

  • MaryB

    Have never done this. Will bring my Pungo (stable!). Any training ahead of time or is morning briefing sufficient?

    June 12, 2013

    • DJ-2011

      Hi Mary, Thanks for volunteering. Imo, the Pungo is ideal for this particular venue, since it's within a small lake (no currents, no wakes). Since it's your first swim support, don't hestitate to ask questions with others while there, including clarifying your questions with the Support Team. The briefing by the Swim Support officials should be more than adequate to prep you for the swim. I'd also recommend staying adjacent to someone who has experience. I'll ask around among those I know who plans to attend; but essentially, imo most would be willing to mentor you briefly while out there. :)

      June 12, 2013

  • Erik B

    Wow - bright and early...

    June 12, 2013

8 went

  • DJ-2011
    Special Ops Host,
    Event Host
  • Marc +1
    Vice Commodore, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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