Strong Women-- Iron Girl Brings Eight Events for All
Health, wellness, bonding, camaraderie, empowerment, enjoyment and celebration--the joy of women’s fitness comes to eight cities across the nation.
Posted Wednesday, 26 July, 2006
The RYKA Iron Girl National Event Series kicks off in Boston on July 9 with a 10K and 5K run/walk event. This inaugural event, a pair of races just for women-for all ages and abilities-will be the first two of 13 events at eight great venues over six months. This is the third year for the Iron Girl Series, but the first year with RYKA as its title sponsor. The event-based Iron Girl brand has expanded each year and is now the premiere women's national running and fitness series. RYKA and Iron Girl-inspired by women, for women.
The RYKA Iron Girl Series is "An Attitude, Not a Distance" and supports a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Iron Girl brings quality events, products and services to women throughout the country in support of wellness, camaraderie and personal achievement. Each woman who competes at an Iron Girl event is a winner. Whether she is first or last across the finish line, each participant is seeking and attaining her own personal victory, her own aspirations. Iron Girl has teamed up with the Ulman Cancer Fund to help support young adults living with and recovering from cancer.
Events will take place in Boston, Mass., Irving, Texas, Denver, Colo., Columbia, Maryland, Seattle, Wash., Bloomington, Minn., Clearwater, Fla. and Tempe, Ariz. There will be 10 running races (five 5K's, three 10K's, a 5-miler and a 10-miler), two triathlons and a duathlon. A selection of terrific courses and locations will draw a range of athletes ranging from world-class Olympians to beginners. Iron Girl Ambassadors (see IronGirl.com) exemplify women who are strong and feminine, fashionable, inspirational, energetic and empowering.
It Begins in Boston
The RYKA Iron Girl team has chosen an outstanding venue for its first event in 2006 - Marina Bay in historic Quincy, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. Marina Bay is a full-service marina and outstanding waterfront complex. It is a terrific place to start and end the 10K and 5K races. These races, as with all that follow, are for seasoned athletes and novices alike. The course is highly scenic, and the organization is superb, directed by Dave McGillivray and his DMSE staff. McGillivray is the Race Director of the Boston Marathon.
The races will begin simultaneously at 8:00 a.m. on July 9. Packet pick-up at Marina Bay will be Saturday, July 8, from noon to 7:00 p.m., and again on race morning from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m. The Boston Marriott Quincy will be the official event hotel, and will offer group rates for all Iron Girl participants (see the Web site for rates and directions). The marina and the hotel are only a few minutes from the Adams National Historic Park, the home of Abigail and John Adams-both tremendously influential individuals who helped shape our country.
Quincy is easy to get to by car from anywhere in New England, or by the famous MBTA Red Line, the Old Colony Commuter Rail, or water taxi from Long Wharf in Boston. Five weeks before the races there will be a pre-race clinic at Lady Foot Locker at the South Shore Plaza, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Women attending will receive information on nutrition from noted author Monique Ryan, MS, RD, LDN, along with coupons and discounts for Lady Foot Locker merchandise. Ryan is the author of "Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes." Similar clinics will be held for other events around the country.
Be sure to register early. There is limited space for both races, and there is a $10 increase for late registration. There is a price break for Mother-Daughter teams signing up together. Registration is available online through Active.com, and also by downloading/printing a registration form for mailing or faxing. Registration is already open for all events, including Boston.
Amenities for All Events
At the first event in Quincy, as with the seven that follow, there will be special amenities for all participants. Each race will be chip timed, providing rapid results (and all results will be posted here on Cool Running, as well as on IronGirl.com). All Iron Girl running events are USATF-certified. All Iron Girl multi-sport events are sanctioned by USAT. There will be a variety of post race gifts such as a custom finishers medal, music and other surprises. All participants receive a RYKA performance shirt and a personalized bib (for early registrants).
The unique "Grace Cart" will also be at each event. The Iron Girl (golf-style) cart will carry a variety of emergency and non-emergency supplies, including bandages, blister relief and other first aid supplies for women in need along the course.
There will be special prizes for all winners, and for age group awards three deep. Every event will conclude with a catered post-race breakfast. Every registered participant will have a chance at a raffle for an all expenses paid trip to a 2007 Iron Girl event of her choice.
The Events and Locations
There will be events in many regions of the country. The series will consist of two events in July, two in August, three in September and will conclude on December 2 in Tempe, Arizona.
Texas: The second event in the series is a triathlon in Irving, Texas, (Las Colinas) on July 23. The event will take place on a safe, well-monitored course, and the same venue once used for the Olympic Trials. Irving is just outside the dynamic city of Dallas. The triathlon, perfect for beginners, will include a 500-meter swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. There will be special awards for both professional and age group divisions. And, of course, all of the amenities noted above will also be included.
Denver: The third event will be held in Denver, Colo. on August 6. It includes the only 5-mile race in the series, in addition to a 5K. Both races start at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Athletes will run a lovely course near the State Capitol (there is a marker on the stairs indicating "One Mile High") at beautiful Veterans Park. The courses are mostly flat with a short hill in the beginning and a very fast finish. This is a downtown course, touring the broad streets of the impressive city of Denver. All amenities apply, including custom medals, RYKA performance shirts and a catered post-race breakfast café.
Columbia: On August 27th, the second triathlon in the series will take place just outside of Columbia, Maryland, at Ellicott City. For this inaugural race, age group and overall winners' prizes will include Waterford Crystal Awards. The courses are beautiful, zipping through Centennial Park with a 1K swim, 30K bike and 5K run. Athletes will be able to enjoy live music along the course. There will also be professional, age group and physically challenged divisions. This event will be organized by the same group that puts on the famous Columbia Triathlon in May.
Seattle: This is the second year for this event. This year a 10K has been added, along with a new venue and a scenic course. The event will be held on September 10th at 8:00 a.m. at Green Lake Park. Seattle is a beautiful city, and you will want to take some time to sightsee along the waterfront, the space needle and many other sites.
Bloomington: The only Duathlon in the series will take place on September 24, starting at 7:30 at Normandale Lake Park. This is the second year for this event, but it is in a new location. There will be a two-mile run, a 22-mile bike ride, followed by another two-mile run. The run portions will take place in the park, and the 22-mile bike will be on broad city streets with plenty of room to pass. All amenities apply, of course, including chip timing, medals and music. For the first 100 women who sign up, Iron Girl will be giving out the Spinervals Iron Girl indoor cycling DVD, (a $29.95 value) as well as a box of Clif Gel Packs ($14.95 value).
Clearwater: This is the third year for the 10K and 5K in the Tampa Bay region. Both races will take place at Coachman Park on Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 a.m. The courses have beautiful waterfront and beach views. As with all Iron Girl events, these races offer participants the chance for a personal best, as well as the opportunity to be part of a healthy lifestyle. Register early, and be sure to get your RYKA performance shirt and personalized bib.
Tempe: The final event includes the longest distance event: a 10-miler at Tempe Town Lake. There will also be a 5K race that same morning. The races will have separate starts at 9:00 a.m. It does not get any better than December running in Arizona, especially at this beautiful location just outside Phoenix. This is the third year for this Iron Girl venue, the final event in the 2006 series.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
The charity partner of the RYKA Iron Girl Women's National Event Series is the Ulman Cancer Fund. Iron Girl has teamed up with the Ulman Cancer Fund to support young adults living with and recovering cancer. Based in Columbia, Maryland, the UCF is the first and largest organization solely supporting young adults living with cancer.
Programs include patient advocacy, education, awareness, prevention, support and resources for individuals and their families. Since its founding in 1997, over 50,000 patients have received greatly needed help from UCF. Some examples of who is involved with the UCF include schools, non-profits, clubs, religious groups and others. Iron Girl will help those interested in supporting UCF by providing a package and advice for fundraising.
Iron Girl participants who raise $500 or more for UCF will receive a team racing shirt, running cap, free pair of RYKA running shoes, Iron Girl gear bag, special racing bib, recognition at the awards ceremony, a subscription to Her Sports or Triathlete magazine and an entry into a special drawing for an all-expense trip to a 2007 Iron Girl event.
Try One, or Try Them All
These are events for every woman interested in health and fitness. It is a series of eight events, but much more: The events are a celebration of fitness, health, wellness, camaraderie and fun. Each event will be an event for elites as well as beginners. These races are for runners and walkers, a terrific opportunity for every woman to participate in a high-quality, special event. You can participate in an event that brings personal victory, a healthy lifestyle and a soaring spirit. Become an Iron Girl today!