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Bike Course (Olympic x1, Half x2 loop)

These videos are indented to give you a rough preview of the course unless otherwise noted.  The course is subject to change and highly recommend that you view the course maps or turn by turn directions for more accurate navigation of the course.

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Bike Course Review

What’s in a name? The Half Full road course is more than half full of hills. This course is nothing less than challenging. It’s not going to kill you but it will put a hurting on you, especially in race mode.

108 to Homewood Road a slight, uphill, 2 mile stretch with rollers will be the best spot to get the blood flowing to your legs before the real hills take their toll. This is a stretch of what I call bubblegum rollers. Sometimes it just feels as if you rear wheel is riding on bubblegum due to the swim. Just spin these rollers to warmHup your bike legs. Your first hill will be Homewood after a nice but early descent.

Homewood road, fast easy downhill then a pretty good grind back up the other side. You’ll be able to carry some speed across a small bridge at the bottom into the uphill side. You can drop into your small front chain ring just prior to the bridge and then work through the rear gears as you start your climb. Make sure you’re in the small front ring prior to starting the climb. The climb is somewhere around a %4.4 average grade according to Mr. Garmin. Get into your race pace rhythm hit this hill with a good effort. It may seem like a grind but it’s not quite a mile long before you crest. There are quite a few hills coming so it’s a good idea to be efficient by staying seated and spinning a light gear.

Up and over the first hill and again you get a super fast descent down Homewood to the first traffic circle. Depending on the weather/wind this descent can be tricky because it opens up at the bottom to an corn field. If the winds are blowing you can definitely get hit by a crosswind that will blowing from right to left, be careful if you’re in the aero bars. For a bit more control perhaps the drops are necessary. You’ll make a right at the traffic circle.

One of the easy parts of this course is from that first traffic circle all the way to the bottom of Mt. Albert. Absolutely stay aero and burn this part of the course up. Enjoy the speed. That speed will be sapped once you hit Mt. Albert. Mt. Albert can make you feel like Fat Albert. It’s short but with a max pitch of %10+ it’s not so easy. Once again at the bottom of this hill make sure you’re in the small front chain ring and an easy gear in the rear. Spinning easy up this beast will be your best bet to conserve energy…remember you’ll be doing this again on your second loop.

After Mt. Albert you’ll eventually work your way out of that neighborhood and make a right on to Folly Quarter Road which has been freshly paved (Woooooohooooo ) what a relief.

From Folly Quarter to the next traffic circle is about 2 miles. With the new pavement it is a nice rolling stretch with a good grind up to the traffic circle. You’ll be able to make good time on this section. The mashers will have a good time on this section, but a good spin will save you energy in the long run. Make a good solid effort. Stay in the drops or aero on you’ll eat this section of the course up. After you make the right onto Ten Oaks the course take you through another nice stretch where if you can stay aero you’ll make more good time. This section makes a loop around on Burntwoods Road to Shady Lane. There is a slight pitch on Shady but nothing to write home about. Shady Lane will eventually intersect Triadelphia Road.

This of Triadelphia section is just over 4 miles. It has its ups and downs but mostly down. This section is open to wind and has a nice “S” turn as you descend to the Triadelphia Reservoir. Stay aero again your back should still be okay at this point. ;H) After you come to the reservoir you’ll get smacked with a very short but hefty pitch of %13+ percent. When you see the reservoir this should be your trigger to get out of the big front chain ring and start spinning again. After that steep pitch it’s a nice grind uphill for about a mile. This is probably a good point to drink and refuel a bit. After nice descent you’ll make a right at the T to stay on Triadelphia.

This is where it gets interesting. You now have a very tough stretch of hills (not rollers) all the way to the next traffic circle at Highland Road. These hills have max grades of %12+. This section is just over 1 and 1/2 miles. Highland Road will intersect Ten Oaks and you’ll be starting your way back. You’ll encounter some gentle rollers all the way back to Linthicum Road. Linthicum Road is a bowl with a pretty good uphill. You’ll definitely be able to carry a lot of speed up the other side and can probably stay in the big front chain ring and grind it out all the way to Triadelphia Road. Here is where you’ll make a right on Triadelphia Road and start making your way back to do it all over again. If the weather and wind are cooperating on race day there is generally a nice tail wind and since it’s mostly downhill this will most likely be the fastest, longest stretch of the course. Triadelphia Road leads in to Folly Quarter Road. 4 Miles after you started this stretch you’ll come to that very familiar first traffic circle. At that point you’ll start your second loop of the course. Don’t worry the hills seem easier the second time around. ;)

Completed that second loop? Good you’re not done yet. You still need to get back to Centennial Park Once you’re back again, 3rdtime’s a charm, at the Homewood Folly Quarter traffic circle you have to grind up a two more hills to get back to Route 108. You’re legs will be sufficiently tenderized by now. If you have anything left use it or lose it on these last 2 hills. You’ll have a nice easy bike back to the park once you hit Route 108. Use that time to spin out that lactate acid build up and then get ready to enjoy a nice run.

– Bill Wheeler

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Bike Course (Olympic – 1 loop )

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Bike Course (Olympic – 2 loops)

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Run Course (Olympic – 1 loop)

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Run Course (Olympic – 2 loops)

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Swim Course

Overview:

The swim will be a very popular time trial start which will consist of 2 participants entering the water every 5 seconds.  The time trial will be arranged by waves which will be announced prior to the race.  The swim will be a clockwise directional swim.

70,000 is the estimated number of young adults diagnosed with cancer each year.

This is a statistic that needs people’s attention. The Half Full Triathlon will help make the young adult cancer issue a priority and together we can improve the 70,000 statistic. Every Mile you race you’re helping support this population of young people battling cancer.

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Bike Course

Overview:

The bike course covers the scenic countryside of Western Howard County where participants will be faced with hills and some technical geography. The single loop Olympic Distance Course has a total of 847 ft or assent while the 2-loop Half Distance Course with over 1,500 total feet of assent. Be prepared to grind out the climbs and take advantage of the downhills to make up some time.

“The Half Full road course is more than half full of hills. This course is nothing less than challenging. It’s not going to kill you but it will put a hurting on you, especially in race mode…”

Click here for a detailed perspective of the bike course from a local triathlete Bill Wheeler.

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Run Course

Overview:

The run course is a counter clockwise route through Centennial Park and some of the communities of Howard County.  There are a mixture of some steep climbs, gradual climbs and a period of time on the paved trails of a wetland park.  This terrain will cause you to have to save up some energy for some of the longer climbs.  When you get back to the park off of Centennial Lane, go for it, you will have .4 miles to the finish line.

The Half Full Triathlon will help make the young adult cancer issue a priority and together we can improve the 70,000 statistic. Every Mile you race you’re helping support this population of young people battling cancer.

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Olmypic REV (x1 loop) | Half REV (x2 loops)

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  • Transition Start
  • Begin downhill towards boat ramp
  • Right onto path at lake
  • Continue to follow path around lake
  • Bear Right on trail out of Centennial Park
  • 1.0mile –  Gatorade Hill
  • 1.5mile – Left onto Old Annapolis Road
  • 1.85 mile – Right  onto Font Hill Road
  • 3.1 mile – Turn left into Font Hill Wetland Park
  • Stay to the Right on trail
  • Bear Left over 1st bridge
  • 3.5 mile – Stay Right on pond
  • 3.6 mile – Exit Park Left onto Centennial Lane
  • 6.0 mile – Left into Centennial Park Side Entrance
  • Bear Right around around lake
  • Follow path closest to Lake
  • At CHUTE STAY LEFT AND FOLLOW SIGNS towards Boat Rental Office
  • BEGIN LOOP #2
  • 6.2mile – Olympic REV ENDS HERE
  • Continue to follow path to board ramp (Swim Exit)
  • Continue to follow path around lake
  • Bear Right on trail out of Centennial Park
  • 7.6 mile –  Gatorade Hill
  • 8.2 mile – Left onto Old Annapolis Road
  • 8.5 mile – Right  onto Font Hill Road
  • 9.8 mile – Turn left into Font Hill Wetland Park
  • Stay to the Right on trail
  • Bear Left over 1st bridge
  • 10.1 mile – Stay Right on pond
  • 10.3 mile – Exit Park Left into Centennial lane
  • 12.8 mile – Left into Centennial Park Side Entrance
  • 12.9 Mile – Bear Right around around lake
  • Follow path closest to Lake
  • 13.1 Finish in Celebration Village!

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Olmypic REV (x1 loop)

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Right out of Centennial Park onto Route 108
2.3 Right at Homewood Road
4.5 First Right at Circle onto Folly Quarter Road
5.6 Left at Carroll Mill Road
6.3 Left at Mount Albert Road
7.2 Left at Canter Lane
7.4 Left at Jumper Hill Lane
7.8 Right at Folly Quarter Road
Follow over Route 32
9.8 At Circle make First Right at Ten Oaks Road
11.4 At Circle make Third Right at Burntwoods Road
12.5 Left at Shady Lane
14.3 Right at Tridelphia Road
Follow onto Tridelphia Mill Road
18.6 Right at Stop Sign on Green Bridge Road/Tridelphia Mill Rd
20.3 At Circle 3rd Right on Highland Road
20.8 Left on Ten Oaks Road
22.5 Right on Linthicum Road
24.1 Right on Tridelphia Road
At Circle stay straight on Folly Quarter Road
28.0 At next Circle Second Right onto Homewood Road
29.1 Left at Route 108
32.0 Left at Centennial Park Entrance

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Half REV (x2 loops)

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Right out of Centennial Park onto Route 108
2.3 Right at Homewood Road
4.5 Right at Circle onto Folly Quarter Road
5.6 Left at Carroll Mill Road
6.3 Left at Mount Albert Road
7.2 Left at Canter Lane
7.4 Left at Jumper Hill Lane
7.8 Right at Folly Quarter Road
Follow over Route 32
9.8 At Circle make First Right at Ten Oaks Road
11.4 At Circle make Third Right at Burntwoods Road
12.5 Left at Shady Lane
14.3 Right at Tridelphia Road
Follow onto Tridelphia Mill Road
18.6 Right at Stop Sign on Green Bridge Road/Tridelphia Mill Rd
20.3 At Circle 3rd Right on Highland Road
20.8 Left on Ten Oaks Road
22.5 Right on Linthicum Road
24.1 Right on Tridelphia Road
At Circle stay straight on Folly Quarter Road
28.0 At next Circle 3rd Right onto Folly Quarter Road
STARTS SECOND LOOP
CAUTION- Merge into outgoing bike traffic
29.1 Left at Carroll Mill Road
29.9 Left at Mount Albert Road
30.6 Left at Canter Lane
30.8 Left at Jumper Hill Lane
31.3 Right at Folly Quarter Road
Folllow over Route 32
33.4 At Circle make Right at Ten Oaks Road
34.1 At Circle make Right at Burntwoods Road
36.0 Left at Shady Lane
37.2 Right at Tridelphia Road
Follow onto Tridelphia Mill Road
40.0 Stop Sign Make Right Green Bridge/Tridelphia Mill Road
43.8 At Circle 3rd Right on Highland Road
44.2 Left on Ten Oaks Road
45.9 Right on Linthicum Road
47.5 Right on Tridelphia Road
48.2 At Circle stay straight on Folly Quarter Road
53.0 At Circle Second Right at Homewood Road
54.1 Left at Route 108
56 Left at Centennial Park Entrance

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Venue/Location:

Centennial Park (Columbia, Maryland)

Overview:

We believe HALF FULL is having hope and optimism in the face of adversity. Whether it is a triathlon or the fight against cancer, HALF FULL is having the determination and positive attitude to get to your finish line. Surrounded by friends, family and fellow athletes – we are all in this fight together. One Mile at a time, we will finish this race, but more importantly – WIN this cancer battle!

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