On Sunday, August 11th 2013 IRONDame Sonja Bedic competed alongside 504 other women in the inaugural Degree Iron Girl Canada Women’s Triathlon at Nelles Beach Park in Grimsby, Ontario. The triathlon course saw both new and experienced triathletes swim 500 M, bike 20 K and then run 5K!
Launched in 2004 with just two events, the Iron Girl brand has grown to include 19 events in the United States and 6 other international events. Iron Girl events vary in distance from 5K, 10K, to 1/2 marathon, duathlon and triathlon formats and is exclusive to women. Iron Girl’s mission is to empower women toward a healthy lifestyle. The events attract women of all ages and ability.
New to the world of triathlon Degree’s Iron Girl Canada Triathlon offered a fantastic environment for Sonja to put her summer training to the test. Sonja had an phenomenal day, making her fellow IRONDames and Triathlon Club of Burlington members incredibly proud, as she finished 1st in her age group and 17th overall with a time of 1:14:22.2! Check out Sonja’s Race Report below:
“Iron Girl was a fantastic event with a great vibe. It was very well organized with great touches for all the Iron Girls: an amenities station at the port-o-potties; awesome prizes; a great expo with triathlon clothing and supplies (What girl doesn’t like to SHOP!?) and of course… shoes! There was more too… great post race food and free massages. What more could a girl want!?
I liked the point-to-point swim with the option of swimming in shallow water. The 2nd portion of the race was a nice flat bike route, and the run course had a good variety of terrain with even a bit of trail running.
Fellow Iron Girls were very encouraging during the race and it was great to see IRONDame Janette Kirch and other Triathlon Club of Burlington members racing there as well. I will definitely do this race again. I plan to participate annually and I will also fundraise for the great cause of fighting cancer next year.“ ~ IRONDame Sonja Bedic
Sonja’s race season is not over yet. On Sunday, September 8th Sonja will be competing in her first sprint distance triathlon in Wasaga Beach were she will be swimming 750 M, biking 20 K and running 5 K. We can’t wait to see how she does!
Not to be out done the day before her race Sonja is generously hosting along with instructor Angela Theuerle two Vinyasa Roof Top Yoga Sessions in support Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House’s New Cancer Exercise Facility. CLICK HERE to learn more about this exciting event!
Sonja would love to hear any race tips you may have for her upcoming race in Wasaga Beach…just leave your tips and good luck wishes in the comments section below. You can also show Sonja your support by CLICKING HERE and making a donation to her Personal Fundraising Page or attending one of her Roof Top Yoga Sessions!