I did it, girls. I smashed the Iron Girl 5K last weekend in Clearwater, Florida. If you’re not familiar with the race, Iron Girl is a race for women. And women only. Of the 6 races that I’ve ever participated in, this has been, by far, my favorite. You don’t know girl power until you see thousands and thousands of women running beside you, cheering for you and reaching their goals WITH you. It’s a beautiful thang and I was so honored that Iron Girl provided me with a press pass to attend and run this race.
According to Iron Girl, their mission is “to Empower Women Toward a Healthy Lifestyle!” (source). It’s a mission that I totally get behind and as long as I am able, I will always make it my duty to do at least one Iron Girl event a year. The Iron Girl event series features several events each year and the Clearwater Half Marathon & 5K held on April 13th was the first event to launch their season.
Some races you participate in and then you move on. From the minute you sign up for an Iron Girl race, you are a part of the sisterhood. And they don’t stop letting you know this. From the sweet paraphernalia to the amount of support you get on race day, look no further than the Iron Girl for your first race.
And when I tell you ORGANIZED, oh my…this event was by far one of the most organized races that I’ve ever participated in. The volunteers were incredibly nice and helpful, and the registration table was easy to spot. Women from all over (and the men that support them) travel from all over to run the Iron Girl in Clearwater because it is such a stunning race.
The weather was a cool 72 degrees and while going over the bridge, down it and over it again wasn’t easy, I was so amazed to see so many women, mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, running buddies of all shapes and sizes crossing the FINISH line. And seeing signs like this from the guys reppin’ The Best Damn Race didn’t hurt either…
The MC steadily congratulated everyone who crossed over and we were all greeted with a stunning medal.
I always joke and say that I really only run for cookies and medals but it really does feel good. Every time I felt like quitting, I looked over and saw another woman pushing it and that’s what motivated me. Although, yeah…downing food is a good motivator, too.
The race made sure that us racers were well hydrated and fed proceeding the race. They offered a full breakfast with scrambled eggs, bagels, fruit, sausages, biscuits and a very yummy strawberry shortcake. The latter was completely random but definitely appreciated.
- Affordable! Under $50 for the 5K and under $105 for the half-marathon
- There’s an app for the race
- Race provides detailed information regarding travel and parking.
- Lots of help from volunteers
- Stunning (and accurate) course
- Lots of post-run food and water
- Because of its popularity, finding a hotel near the race may be challenging
- The line to take a picture by the Iron Girl sign is loooooong
For more information, visit the Iron Girl’s website and follow them via their social media networks so you can jump on board when registration opens up again.