Aflac Iron Girl brings triathlon back to town
Offering an iron triathlon is a recreational activity that the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority has envisioned to promote the area well into the future.
That vision will be realized on Sunday when the Aflac Iron Girl Lake Tahoe women’s triathlon series visits the South Shore, bringing hundreds of athletes to the Stateline area.
“Everybody has figured out that these participation events are terrific for our town,” said Mike Frye, sales and events manager for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
“We’ve worked to broaden our brand and what the image of the South Shore is. It’s a really cool event, cool brad and this really us well.”
Frye said that landing one of Iron Girl’s 12 stops around the country cost the LTVA $15,000.
“We’re really excited that we landed it and plan to do the event again next year, and we hope to land an ironman event,” Frye said. “If we can show we do this and it works, we have the potential to do one of those events.”
Registration is closed for Sunday’s 7 a.m. event, which includes a 400-meter swim in Lake Tahoe at Lakeside Beach, a 24-kilometer bike ride to Cave Rock and back and 5K run in the Stateline area. Competitors paid entry fees ranging from $85-$95, with the event’s headquarters at Harvey’s Resort and Casino.
Frye reported on Monday that 462 women had registered for the event. One of them is South Lake Tahoe’s Kelly Lancellotti, a mother of two.
“I’m really excited. The last time I did one was a long time ago … before kids,” Lancellotti said.
Other local women expected to compete are Renee Gorevin, Charlene Giuli, Corrie Anderson, Kathryn Biasotti, Tamara Burns, Kim Waterman and Diane Sylvia.
Four of 12 Iron Girl events have sold out with only three stops remaining, including Lake Tahoe.