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Craig Alexander

Bits & Pieces: Vigorito leaves behind lasting legacy in triathlon community

The man most responsible for the popularity of the sport of triathlon in Howard County has decided to retire. Robert "Vigo" Vigorito, who founded the Columbia Triathlon Association, will be stepping down as of Dec. 31.

It all started for Vigorito in the early 1980s when he watched ABC's television show "Wide World of Sports," where a triathlon was being shown for one of the very first times. Vigorito and friends watched the show with interest and he quickly declared, "I think we can do that."

The problem was that nobody in that room including Vigorito, a neuroscientist at the Eunice Shriver Brain and Tissue Bank, knew anything about triathlons. So...