Are marathons and triathlons a fad right now or have they always be the in-style thing to do when you’re an athlete? It seems these days anyone can be an “athlete” with the right amount of motivation, determination and competitive spirit. Sometimes the biggest challenge is competing with yourself. You ask yourself: can I really do this?
Whether it’s a fad or not doesn’t really matter. And whether you’re a “real athlete,” semi-athlete, or a complete amateur doesn’t make a difference either. If you are a woman and have the drive, and are looking to challenge yourself, there might be the perfect opportunity to do so right in Westchase (Tampa).
On Saturday, June 16 the Rotary Club of Tampa-Westchase and Athletes Who Care, a 501(c)(3) organization made-up of endurance athletes and business professionals seeking to provide fundraising opportunities through multi-sport events have joined to create the Tampa Bay Women’s Triathlon. The Tampa Bay Women’s Triathlon is the city’s first and only women’s triathlon. So move-over, ultra-testosterone-prone, competitive males – this is a lady’s game.
This inaugural event is benefiting the American Lung Association and The Spring of Tampa Bay, a certified domestic violence prevention and emergency shelter agency for Hillsborough County. This is the first event in the Tampa community that caters to the “semi-athlete” or amateur triathlete – ladies only. If you’re ready for a challenge but not quite ready for the big leagues, this beginner triathlon event may be perfect for you.
Here are the details for the Tampa Fem-Prowess:
Saturday, June 16, 2012
3.1 mile run
9.25 mile bike
225 yard swim
Click here for course maps.
Location: West Park Village at Westchase, Tampa, FL
Start time: 6:45 a.m.
Body-marking (those cool, official-looking numbers) is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. on race day
You get a race t-shirt, custom “Finisher’s Medal,” and unlimited bragging rights.
You can sign-up at ImAthlete.com.
Cost is $85 until June 14
Relay Teams are available. This means, the race can be split-up so one fierce lady does the running, one bikes and the other swims, accomplishing the tri with teamwork. The cost is $150 until June 14.
If you’re nervous, no worries – they have training opportunities available.
Want to save $10? This non-expiring coupon code can be used upon registration: WWTRVR1
You will need to add a one-day USAT membership to your registration, which costs $12. All registered participants and relay team members are required to have this license. If you don’t already hold a membership (annual is $45), you will need to furnish proof of this license. A one-day pass for $12 is all you will need. There is a $6.57 service fee on ImAthlete.com, so the total with the discount comes to $93.57.
Upon registration, you will choose your class – for an individual participant, you will choose “Sprint-Individual Registration,” include your contact information, age group (there’s awards!), birthdate and the estimated time you hope to finish. You will also be asked to provide any necessary or applicable medical information.
Registration Packet-pick-up is Friday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There are no race-day packet pick-ups. You must pick-up your registration packet (which contains your numbers, etc.) on Friday, June 15. The location is to be announced. There will be mandatory athlete briefings held at packet pick-up at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
For all the event details, click here.
A Finish Festival is being held near the start area at the West Park Village Avenue Shops. The Finish Festival is from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
See you at the finish line!