Inaugural event aims to empower women through athletics |

Inaugural event aims to empower women through athletics

Launched in 2004 with just two events, the Iron Girl brand has grown to now include 12 events nationwide, varying in distance from 5k to duathlon and triathlon. On Sept. 19, one of those triathlons will be held on the South Shore for the first time.

As the name implies, this event is only open to women, with the Iron Girl’s mission being to empower women toward a healthy lifestyle. It is open to all fitness levels and embraces seasoned athletes and novices alike. The course will consist of a 400 meter swim, 24k bike ride and a 5k run.

Iron Girl vice president Judy Molnar is excited that South Lake Tahoe will be an event location. Why Tahoe?

“It is the perfect event destination for women to get away for an event vacation that features a beautiful city, area activities and, of course, the triathlon,” Judy Molnar said.

The Iron Girl philosophy states that by training yourself well, you are able to achieve your personal best and become an inspiration to others. Well, I am ready to give it a try. As a 58-year-old woman who has never done a triathlon, I love the challenge and I will be blogging my training experiences for the Tribune under the heading of “Musings from an Iron Crone.” My blog is meant to amuse and entertain you and, on occasion, there might be some interesting training information. And I hope that the blog might inspire women to put more exercise and playtime in their lives. Maybe you aren’t interested in the Iron Girl, but you might have been thinking about doing a little more walking … or getting out that bike that has cobwebs on it and riding, or working out on that exercise machine that you swear you should get rid of at your next garage sale. I would love to hear from you.

Rosemary Manning is a South Lake Tahoe resident and owner of Tahoe Health Touch. She can be reached at

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