Thankfully there is an equally as awesome (if not cooler) ladies half marathon the same day in Columbia, MD that I am going to run and I want you to join me:
These Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon folks are all about encouraging you to believe in yourself, chase after your dreams and be the best version of yourself. I'm all about that. I'm sold.
THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS:
Saturday April 28th 2013 at 7am at the Columbia Town Center in Columbia, MD
-Health and Fitness Expo
-custom technical t-shirt
-cool custom medal
The race is produced to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, Howard County General Hospital's resource to assist those living and coping with cancer--- a cause that's near and dear to my nurse-heart.
A RUNNING CELEBRITY
Joan Benoit Samuelson helped kick off last year's Athleta Iron Girl 1/2 marathon. She was the first Olympic Gold Medalist in the Women's Marathon in 1984. She has a marathon PR of 2:21:21 and still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. She is a huge inspiration who shows us that we can all accomplish great things with determination and grace.
Don't know where to start your training? Athleta and Iron Girl have collaborated to create an easy-to-follow training guide for 5K, 10K, and half marathon runs along with sprint and intermediate distance triathlons! Check the guide out HERE or stop by one of the local Athleta stores for a copy.
Registration costs $85 ($100 at packet pickup) for the 1/2 marathon. CLICK HERE to register!
Not up for training for an entire half marathon?There's also a 5K option available on the same day (men invited)-- $35 ($50 at packet pickup)
IRON GIRL TRIPLE CROWN
If you complete the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon (4/28/13), the Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon (8/18/13), and the Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon (9/8/13), you win an awesome "Iron Girl Triple Crown" medal. I'm all about a crazy challenge, I'm definitely going to look into it.
This will be my first! Can't wait to check it out-- it's 2 weeks after the Boston Marathon so I'm going to just be doing it for kicks, should be super fun.