Swim teams are also a popular activity for Howard County youth. The Columbia Association’s neighborhood swim league has dozens of teams, and the Howard County swim clubs compete in the Central Maryland Swim League.
Many clubs and organizations throughout the county offer baseball, tennis, softball, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, rugby, cross-country, ice hockey, figure skating, track and field, volleyball, football, cheerleading and lacrosse.
For adults, the competition can be as serious as the athlete, and the variety of league sports — many sponsored by the county’s Department of Recreation & Parks — includes golf, football, tennis, bowling, basketball, softball, baseball, racquetball, dodgeball, kickball and even ultimate disc.
For runners of all ages, the Howard County Striders organize weekly races of 2 miles to 15 kilometers. The group hosts one of the nation’s largest women-only races each summer and Clyde’s American 10K in the spring. www.striders.net
SPECIAL OLYMPICS HOWARD COUNTY
More than 500 male and female athletes who have intellectual and related developmental disabilities compete in 18 sports like soccer, tennis, swimming, golf, powerlifting and bocce. www.somdhc.org
The Columbia Triathlon, held in May, is one of the country’s best three-sport competitive challenges with a 1.5K swim, a 41K bike ride and a 10K run at Centennial Park. The Iron Girl Women’s Triathlon had nearly 2,400 finishers last year and returns this August. www.tricolumbia.org
USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION
Atholton Youth Recreation Association
Columbia Clipper Swim Team
Columbia Ice Rink
410-730-0322 (Hot line)
Elkridge Youth Organization
Howard County Lacrosse Program
Howard County Recreation & Parks
Howard County Youth Program
Kangaroo Kids (jump rope)