2,000 female endurance athletes compete in 0.62 mile swim – 16 mile bike – 3.4 mile run
August 18 at Centennial Park in Columbia, Md.
Columbia, Md. – TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company, held its 8th annual Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon yesterday at Centennial Park in Columbia, Md. 2,000 female endurance athletes ages 12 – 78 from 36 states and 4 countries participated in the race, which consisted of a 0.62 mile swim, 16 mile bike and 3.4 mile run. 33-year-old second year professional triathlete Suzanne Serpico of Columbia, Md. was the top finisher with a time of 1:23:12, making this race her first professional win. Serpico took home a cash prize of $1,700.
Rounding out the top five were: 2) Kristin Andrews (32, Chevy Chase, Md.) time: 1:24:33, prize $1300.00; 3) Loren Winnebrenner (33, Hyndman, Md.) time: 1:28:46, prize: $800; 4) Shannon Greene (28, Washington, D.C.), time: 1:33:31, prize: $600; 5) Michele Tuttle (50, Columbia, Md.) time: 1:33:58, prize: $399.
“The Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is a great race, as it empowers women of all different ages, sizes and abilities,” said Serpico. “This race makes you feel like a winner, whether you cross the finish line first, or cross the line towards the end. Either way you feel like a winner here.”
Prior to the race, Athleta honored 24-year-old Whitney Sibol of Baltimore, Md. with the “Power To The She” award. Sibol planned to participate in the 2012 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, however, was in a horrific boating accident while training. In her hospital bed, Whitney registered for the 2013 race, and as of yesterday, was finally able to compete after more than a year of surgeries and intense physical therapy. At each Athleta Iron Girl event, Athleta presents the “Power To The She” award to honor one woman whose story has the power to inspire athletes and women everywhere.
“The Iron Girl series is all about empowering women, and helping them feel strong and confident through multisport,” said Kari Ebeling, Race Director and Chief Operating Officer at TriColumbia. “We congratulate Suzy on a great finish and all of the fierce Iron Girls who participated today, and thank our dedicated sponsors, wonderful volunteers and our beloved fans for their support! Each and every individual here is an inspiration to us all.”
In its 8th year, the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is the largest and most successful Iron Girl triathlon in the country, having been named the “Best Women’s Event in the Mid-Atlantic” by Competitor Magazine in 2011. The Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is an inspirational event, empowering women and celebrating each woman’s unique grace as she journeys to the finish line.
Sponsors of the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon include Athleta, Gatorade, Princeton Sports, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, EnduraFit, Aqua Sphere, Hammer Nutrition, MPT, Her Mind Magazine, Howard Magazine, Polar, Brightroom, Bodymason Performance Therapy, TriSpies, TriFitness Training, Spin 90, David’s Natural Market and Howard County General Hospital.