Ulman Cancer Fund takes over two TriColumbia races

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has sealed a deal to acquire two Columbia Triathlon Association races, the fund announced Tuesday.

The fund will take over ownership and operations for the Columbia Triathlon, which will be held on Sunday, May 18, and the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 17. Both events will take place at Ellicott City's Centennial Park. 

"We appreciate the invitation and opportunity extended by CTA and WTC to be an integral part of keeping these events alive in our community," Ulman Cancer Fund President and CEO Brock Yetso said in a statement. "Since inception, our organization has utilized sporting events to bring prople together to raise awareness and create a community of support for young adults facing cancer. We're excited to add these great events to our organization as we continue to serve our mission."

In March, the Ulman Cancer Fund wrote an open letter to the Howard County community to express its interest to take over the Columbia Triathlon Association's Howard County events, after the organization announced that it would shut down because of financial struggles. 

The Ulman Cancer Fund has provided more than 1,000 volunteers and registered more than 500 athletes for CTA races since 2006, and was the first national beneficiary of the Iron Girl event series. 

Prior registrations for this year's Iron Girl and Columbia Triathlon races will be honored, officials said. 

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