The Aflac Iron Girl National Events Series—Going the Distance in 2010
It’s a new decade and any one of the 12 Iron Girl events—starting with a new 15K road race—will help women of all ages push themselves just a little bit further this year.
Posted Wednesday, 30 June, 2010
In 2009, more than 17,000 women participated in 10 Aflac Iron Girl events nationwide—covering over 150 miles of swimming, biking and running. And that’s just the beginning. There is strength in numbers and the series is hitting numbers that can’t be ignored. It began in 2004 with just two races, and since then Iron Girl has allowed thousands of women to continue on their journey to a healthy lifestyle. As the series continues to grow each year, participants can up the ante on their own fitness levels, setting their sights on longer distance races or broadening their horizons to compete in a multisport event in the months ahead. And many plan to travel to new and exciting destinations to participate in as many events as possible; 2010 races range in distances from 5K to 15K road races, and duathlons and triathlons add variation.
“It’s an experience that lives beyond the finish line,” said Judy Molnar, vice president of Iron Girl. “It’s not over once you finish one race; it’s about continuing this fitness lifestyle forever and setting new goals.” The series is structured with new athletes in mind, giving them the opportunity to grow in their own fitness. These beliefs are also beautifully symbolized in the Iron Girl “Grace” emblem, which represents each woman’s ability to power through challenges and overcome obstacles—all while maintaining a positive sense of self.
Set a Goal and Get Ready to Excel
The Aflac Iron Girl Event Series includes 12 events that crisscross the U.S.—giving tens of thousands of women a chance to get involved. Get out a map and a calendar. It’s going to be a busy year. Visit www.AflacIronGirl.com and start planning your journey today.
Clearwater, Florida. The first of 12 events in 2010 kicks off on April 10th in Clearwater, Florida. And with a new 15K run and a 5K run/walk, it’s the best opportunity to start on your fitness path or increase your mileage to that 15K distance. Both events start and finish at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach—the perfect race backdrop with spectacular views of the bay. This event is sure to sell out quickly, so register now at http://www.irongirl.com/Events/Aflac_Iron_Girl_Clearwater_Women_s_Event/Registration.htm
Del Mar, California. The momentum continues to Del Mar, California on the Pacific on May 8th for the fourth annual Aflac Iron Girl 10K and 5K at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This Mother’s Day event weekend, which starts and finishes on the fairgrounds, takes runners out to the famous Pacific Coast Highway. The weekend will feature special Mother’s Day awards and giveaways that honor all Iron moms.
Las Vegas, Nevada. Viva Las Vegas! The series heads to Sin City on May 15th for the third annual Lake Las Vegas Women’s Triathlon. This sprint triathlon features an 800-meter swim in privately owned Lake Las Vegas, and includes a 30K bike ride on an updated course, and a 5K run that ends at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort. You want to experience the Las Vegas Women’s Triathlon for the ultimate combination of grit and glamour. What other girls’ weekends include wetsuits, bike chains and running shoes coupled with first-class hotels, restaurants, shopping, and spa amenities?
Atlanta, Georgia. The second triathlon on the 2010 calendar hits Atlanta on June 27th. The fourth annual Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Women’s Triathlon takes place just 45 minutes north of downtown Atlanta at beautiful Lake Lanier Islands Resort. It includes a 1/3-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run. Set your sights on this race for 2011, though, as it quickly sold out in 2010!
Racine, Wisconsin. The new Aflac Iron Girl Women’s Triathlon premieres in Racine on July 31st. This sprint distance course invites seasoned and novice triathletes swim along the shores of Lake Michigan, bike through the rolling countryside around Racine and finish on a fast, flat 5K running course.
Be one of the first 100 to register for this race and receive a free Spinervals Iron Girl fitness DVD. The Spinervals video is a great way to get in peak shape for your events. Each video joins Iron Girl’s official Coach Troy Jacobson and a team of motivated women in a series of indoor cycling, treadmill and strength-building workouts. Check it out at (http://www.spinervals.com/products/department7.cfm).
Syracuse, New York. On August 7th, the series heads to upstate New York for the second annual Aflac Iron Girl Syracuse Women’s Triathlon. This updated sprint triathlon includes an 800-meter swim, 30K bike ride, and 5K run at the Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton, New York, just 12 miles north of Syracuse. Register now to get in on the action—this popular event is also filling up fast.
Columbia, Maryland. The Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Women’s Triathlon on August 22nd is currently sold out, but you still have a chance. If you missed out on general registration for the 2010 event, you can still participate as part of a team by raising money through various charities, including Team in Training, Active Survivors Network, Team Embrace, TRI-TO-WIN and Athletes Serving Athletes. Visit the registration page at http://www.tricolumbia.org/IronGirl/ for more information. Amazingly, this event sold out only 26 hours after registration opened.
Boulder, Colorado. The inaugural Aflac Iron Girl Boulder Women’s Triathlon takes place on August 28th. This sprint distance race takes place in the scenic Boulder Reservoir, a 700-acre multi-use recreation facility. The first 100 registrants for this event also receive a free Spinervals Iron Girl fitness DVD.
Seattle, Washington. The sixth annual Aflac Iron Girl Seattle 10K and 5K Run/Walk, one of the original Iron Girl events, has only improved over the years. Starting at Green Lake Park, the 10K features a new and improved course. Green Lake Park, which offers a sweet natural setting in the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle, is a nature preserve for hundreds of species plants and birds, a favorite location to run and walk.
Lake Tahoe South Shore, California. Although water temps on the east coast may cool off in September, triathlon season is still hot on the west coast. The Aflac Iron Girl Lake Tahoe Women’s Triathlon is scheduled for September 19th in South Lake Tahoe. This sprint distance tri is the ideal event to extend the multi-sport season. And you will swim in California and ride and run in Nevada. Race in South Lake Tahoe—where the sun shines over 300 days a year!
Bloomington, Minnesota. Pump up those tires and lace up those shoes. September 26th marks the sixth annual Aflac Iron Girl Bloomington Women’s Duathlon. Participants in this largest duathlon in the country will run 2 miles, bike 22 miles, and then run 2 more miles through Bloomington’s Normandale Lake Park. This expansive park is part of the Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve, which encompasses more than 2,600-acres of recreation area.
Tempe, Arizona. The 2010 Iron Girl Event Series wraps up on November 14th with the Aflac Iron Girl Tempe Ten Mile Run and 5K Run/Walk. Both events are held at Tempe Beach Park in the Valley of the Sun. Register now at http://www.irongirl.com/Events/Tempe/Registration.htm.
Hard Work Deserves Some Pampering
All event participants receive notable royal treatment. In addition to being able to race against a competitive field, all participants are treated to a first-class post-race Breakfast Café, wicking shirts fitted especially for women, personalized race bibs that make everyone feel like an elite athlete, professional race timing, and custom finisher medals. Age group winners will receive specially designed TriClique jewelry. And you will be able to carry your entire loot home in an environmentally friendly, reusable Iron Girl canvas bag. Experience “grace”! Title sponsor Aflac has again redesigned a commemorative Aflac Iron Girl plush duck for all participants—needless to say a really big hit!
And if you’re looking for a special Iron Girl gift, be sure to visit the Iron Girl Shop at www.IronGirlShop.com for yourself and others. Buy a “blinged-out” travel mug to show that you’re an Iron Girl or get an Iron Girl logo transition bag so you’re completely prepared at your next triathlon!
Motivation Beyond a Finisher’s Medal
In addition to empowering women through its events, the Aflac Iron Girl Series also helps raise money for the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of children battling cancer through excellence in patient care, research and education.
Children’s offers more than 30 pediatric specialties, and has made an impact in the lives of countless children throughout the world. Iron Girl participants who raise $500 or more for the Aflac Cancer Center will receive various Iron Girl accessories, Aflac accessories and goodies and a special race bib. They will also receive team recognition at events. But all the accessories and recognition are nothing compared to the knowledge that, through your dedication to a healthy lifestyle, you have taken steps to make a difference in a child’s life.
Iron Girls Unite!
Although the series is called Iron “Girl,” it encompasses women of all ages. An Iron Girl is a woman who balances fun and femininity with strength and determination to achieve something incredible. Since the races began in 2004, participants ranging in age from 5 to 89 have crossed the finish line of Iron Girl events. But reaching that finish line is just the beginning. On the contrary, that’s where the journey for many actually begins.