.5 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. This is the 2nd year that Iron Girl has taken over this race from Danskin. It is a great course out at Lake Andrea- warm water, overall flat bike ride and a pretty run. I recommend this to any woman looking to cross over into the triathlon world as a first tri. Having only women out there with you, the race is not intimidating and very motivational.
+ all women
+ easy, flat course
+ warm lake (NOT Lake Michigan so it's very predictable)
+all ages welcome
Cons of this year
-they were back and forth on the wet suit being legal or illegal. First it was illegal, than legal, then not legal and this must have been very frustrating for new triathletes. Final word was wet suits allowed in last wave but you were not eligible for age group awards.
- Aid stations- none on the bike course which I'm okay with because I have my water bottle and don't need much for 12 miles but I'm sure some women would have liked at least one stop.
- a couple of the turns on the bike course are full 180 turn arounds.
- no aid station going from the bike to the run. Usually they have one on the run-out. So no water until 1.5/2 miles
- Age group awards- the overall winner got a better prize which they should. Age group 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place were necklace charms- same as last year- kind of cheap looking. Hard to compare with the Danskin that used to give one free entry to any of the following year's triathlon series event.
-same weekend as Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee (30 minutes away). Most of the fast racers are doing Nationals. I think to continue to have a good turn out- the weekend needs to change to keep the field competitive.
Overall the cons of this race are so minor and most wouldn't even see the things I mentioned. I strongly recommend this race!