Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - BY KERRY HALE

AN EX­CIT­ING NEW women’s only triathlon is set to hit Van­cou­ver. On Sun­day, Aug. 7, the first Iron Girl Van­cou­ver Women’s Triathlon takes place at the pic­turesque Jeri­cho Beach Park, in­clud­ing a 750-m swim, 20-km bike and 5-km run. Only a few short miles from down­town, the area hosts a se­ries of flat sand beaches that of­fer fan­tas­tic swim­ming, walk­ing, bik­ing and run­ning along the seawalk that sur­rounds part of the city. Year round, th­ese beaches of­fer Van­cou­ver’s most stun­ning har­bour and moun­tain views.

“The main goal of this event is to get new ath­letes into the sport. It will be very user friendly with begin­ner clin­ics,” said Michelle Col­lens, Sport Host Man­ager for the City of Van­cou­ver.

The Iron Girl triathlon builds on the legacy of women in sport es­tab­lished last year dur­ing the women’s FIFA World Cup in Canada. At that tour­na­ment, Canada set a new to­tal at­ten­dance record for a women’s FIFA com­pe­ti­tion, with the to­tal at­ten­dance reach­ing more than 1.35 mil­lion, cre­at­ing an av­er­age at­ten­dance of 26,029 spectators per match. Mil­lions more fol­lowed the com­pe­ti­tion on TV and the In­ter­net.

“Van­cou­ver of­fers the per­fect desti­na­tion for races that ath­letes will truly ap­pre­ci­ate,” said Jeff Ed­wards, vice-pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions for Iron­man. “This ur­ban event is great for those look­ing to take on the sport for the first time, and it also pro­vides a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for vet­eran ath­letes as well.”

Launched in 2004 with just two events in the United States, the Iron Girl brand has gained pop­u­lar­ity over the years. Be­gin­ning with 5- and 10-km events, Iron Girl now hosts half marathons, in­clud­ing mother/daugh­ter races and sprint triathlons.

The swim course for the Iron Girl event will take place at the well-known Lo­carno Beach in beau­ti­ful English Bay. Lo­carno Beach is a fam­ily friendly, sandy beach with clean wa­ter and stands of tall ev­er­green trees nearby. It is a des­ig­nated

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