Iron Girl--Graced With an Attitude

There's an exciting race series on the national scene, and it was designed with girls of all shapes, abilities and ages in mind. The 2008 Aflac Iron Girl Series consists of 10 events nationwide that include running, walking, triathlon and duathlon courses designed to challenge the seasoned athlete or entice the hesitant novice. Iron Girl is noted as "an attitude, not a distance," that supports a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Iron Girl Series began in 2004 with two 5K/10K events. In just four years, the series has grown to 10 events across the U.S. from Columbia, Maryland, to Seattle, Washington. With Americans more tuned into weight control and the value of exercise than ever before, the vision of women getting off the couch to walk, run, bike or swim in the Iron Girl Series is realistic and achievable.

The Iron Girl Team named its spirited logo Grace. Participating in an Iron Girl event involves determination, dedication, strength and even celebration. It involves tapping into the Grace within us all to achieve our highest goals.

The Iron girl is much more than just a string of races in fun and scenic venues located around the United States. The Iron Girl Series has an emphatic and bold mission--to empower all women to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Tune up, turn out, take it on. To help achieve this mission, Iron Girl has created a community centered on fitness and performance, based on its interactive web site,

The Iron Girl E-community includes an event calendar, support network, cheering squad, personal testimonials and how-to resources. And for those who can't resist a bargain, there's even an Iron Girl shopping site that features useful and attractive clothing and accessories with the healthy mission in mind.

Iron Girl is pleased to have as its new title sponsor, Aflac, the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States, and a recognized top employer by both Working Mother and Fortune magazines.

"Iron Girl is excited to partner with a company that promotes a similar mission; one that supports women's health and wellness. The partnership with Aflac will provide a new platform and greater opportunities for both brands to empower women toward a healthy and active lifestyle," said vice president of Iron Girl, Judy Molnar.

All of the Iron Girl events include a full array of first-class race amenities to support and reward participants. Each event is timed using IPICO, a high-tech, innovative timing system, with immediate personalized results available. Age-group awards are given three deep in 16 five-year age categories from 9 and under to 80 and up. The top finishers receive merchandise prizes. Past awards have included logo cuff bracelets, and this year, top finishers will receive Iron Girl earrings.

The Mother/Daughter Team category is another popular aspect of this event, and you and your daughter don't have to finish together to qualify for an award in this team category!

Performance shirts sized specifically for women, individualized bibs featuring the first name of each participant and custom finisher medals are also included for athletes. One of the most popular aspects of an Iron Girl event is the hot and cold Breakfast Caf? buffet for all to enjoy when relaxing after the race.

Iron Girl has chosen the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) as its charitable partner, with a 2008 goal to raise $75,000. The Ulman Cancer Fund assists young adult cancer patients and their families. Participants who raise at least $750 for the UCF will receive multiple merchandise prizes and recognition at the event/s in which they participate.

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