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posted: 5/30/2013 4:58 PM

Iron Girl Triathlon wants 3-year agreement with Lake Zurich

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  • Thomas Poynton

    Thomas Poynton


Lake Zurich is in line to host triathlons for three consecutive years that are part of a national series.

Trustees at a meeting Monday night will be asked to approve an agreement with the Iron Girl Triathlon. The first Iron Girl will be in and around Paulus Park on Saturday, June 16.

Under the proposed host venue agreement between Lake Zurich and Iron Girl parent World Triathlon Corp., the event would return in mid-June 2014 and 2015.

Only women may run, bicycle and swim in the Iron Girl Triathlon. The swimming portion will be in the village's namesake lake, which borders Paulus Park.

Mayor Thomas Poynton said Thursday at least 400 women are reported to be registered for the June 16 triathlon. Organizers say up to 600 women may participate.

Poynton said he hopes Iron Girl leads to a full Holiday Inn Express and busy village restaurants.

"Things are moving forward in Lake Zurich," he said.

Lake Zurich must provide venues for the Iron Girl Triathlon, including a large, centralized area for a swimming, bicycling and running course, finish line, athlete recovery area, concessions, parking and spectator viewing, according to the proposed deal.

Adequate space also will be required from the village for athlete check-in, merchandise sites, media center, a race office, news conference area and an awards ceremony. Iron Girl would cover "all reasonable costs."

Distances vary in the Iron Girl competitions across the country. Lake Zurich's Iron Girl will have a -mile swim, 14-mile bike and 3-mile run.

Iron Girl was launched by Tampa-based World Triathlon in 2004. The company is known for its production of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

Similar to the Lake Zurich Area Triathlon, Iron Girl will pay $11,685 to cover the village's costs, including park use, lifeguards, police officers and paramedics. Iron Girl intends to donate an unspecified amount of money to local charities.

About 550 competitors were in last year's Lake Zurich Area Triathlon. That competition is scheduled for Sunday, July 14.

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