March 7, 2008 (Tarpon Springs, FL) – Today, Iron Girl, the premier all-women’s, event-based brand, announces that the inaugural Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas will be televised nationally on NBC Networks. The event will be showcased on July 26, 2008, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST. The telecast will showcase a highly competitive professional field, as well as stories of inspirational age-group females ranging in age and fitness level.
“Aflac Iron Girl events promote health and wellness and provide women with opportunities for competition and camaraderie,” said Paul S. Amos II, President, Aflac; COO, U.S. Operations. “We are pleased to partner with Iron Girl to provide a venue to allow women to achieve their personal best.”
The show will be taped on location April 12, 2008 at Lake Las Vegas Resort, a residential and resort destination situated on a privately owned, 320-acre lake just 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. The event will feature Sprint and International-distance races. The telecast will focus on the longer-distance course consisting of a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike and a 10K run, with highlights from the sprint race. An expected 1,200 women will begin with a wetsuit-legal swim in the pristine waters of Lake Las Vegas, transitioning to a challenging bike ride through the town of Henderson. The run will lead athletes on a scenic journey along the grounds of the Lake Las Vegas Resort property.
“The team at NBC is excited to televise the inaugural Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas Triathlon and are happy to expand our relationship with The World Triathlon Corporation and Ironman Productions. We are pleased to add this prestigious event to our telecasts that also include the Emmy-award winning Ford Ironman World Championship and the Ironman World Championship 70.3," said NBC Sports’ Executive Vice President, Jon Miller.
Several well-known professional athletes are already on board, to include 2006 and 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champions, Samantha McGlone and Mirinda Carfrae, short-course specialist, Becky Lavelle and Ironman World Champion, Karen Smyers.
In addition to watching multi-generational families and co-workers compete, viewers will also watch as several inspirational athletes complete their Aflac Iron Girl journey in Lake Las Vegas. Their stories include:
· Tracy Gauaderrama, a detective with the San Diego Police Department, will be racing in celebration of a successful kidney transplant between she and her mother one year ago. Not only was the surgery a success, but mom and daughter continue to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
· Patti Jackson, a member of the United States Air Force, will add another event to her resume since her remission from breast cancer.
· Tate Renee, a 38-year-old legally blind athlete and mother, will be competing in her first triathlon with a guide. Her guide, Becky Lamph is a Thyroid cancer survivor.
“Iron Girl is an example of ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Our athletes include not only those whose livelihood depends on performance, but also those who may be your Mom, neighbor or sister. Their passion and dedication exemplifies the mission of Iron Girl,” said Iron Girl Vice President, Judy Molnar.