|Iron Girl Run
Tempe Town Lake
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy.
Saturday, Dec 3
Word is this all-women's race doles out lots of great schwag! The course is fairly flat, fast and race promoters promise a PR. The route takes you along Tempe Town Lake, up along the canal on a combination of paved and trail packed roads. 5K, 5M and 10M courses.
|Anthem Holiday Classic
Anthem Community Center
41130 N. Freedom Way
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m. (men), 11:30 a.m. (women), 2 p.m. (kids)
A great gift to yourself this holiday season! The course is beautiful with a few hills thrown in for extra fun. Events for the whole family!
|Sara Lee IronKids Triathlon
Kiwanis Park Recreation Center
Sunday, Dec. 11
Why not let your kid follow in the footsteps of Lance Armstrong and Hunter Kemper? IronKids has seen many talented athletes go through its ranks and now the nationwide series makes its final stop in Tempe. Go IronKids!
|16th Annual Midnight Madness Run
Rose Mofford Sports Complex
9833 N. 25th Ave
Saturday, Dec. 31
Ring in the New Year with this 3 mile run/walk. What better way to kick off 2006?
Gear + Apparel for the Everyday Athlete
The music, the shopping, the ladles of creamy
eggnog ... It's enough to get anyone in the holiday
mood! To celebrate and make sure you end the
season with a bang, Triple Sports is introducing its
long-awaited NA Ride!
Join us for our debut group bike ride 7:30 a.m.
31 at Triple Sports, 4032 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale
(right next door to the Coffee Bean). This is a great
way to start off the New Year!
The details: Group rides will be held each Saturday
beginning Dec. 31, leaving from the shop at 7:30
a.m. Rides will be 20-30 miles, with options for those
of you wanting to go shorter or longer. Two groups
will average around 16-20 miles per hour.
We'll honor a 10 minute wait rule. After that, look for
the day's route map posted on the door. For those of
you joining us on NYE we'll even give
you free coffee from our friends at the Bean!
Kara + Brian Anderson
Athletes Like You: Meet Sarah
The Endurance Diva
There are those among us who savor endurance over
speed ? who rejoice in 20 mile runs and look forward
to 70 mile rides. Sarah Simons is one of them.
Sarah, a 34-year-old software developer who grew
up near Boulder, Colo., was always athletic ? 12-hour
hikes in the Rocky Mountains never really fazed her.
She was a skater and ran cross country in high
school, but she lacked raw speed. Her coach,
noted that her times didn?t deteriorate over long
distances. Perhaps she?d be a good marathoner?
Sarah finally took the plunge last January, signing up
for the P.F. Chang?s Rock ?N Roll Marathon and
meeting her goal of finishing in under five hours. Still,
she didn?t feel that she?d hit her endurance peak, so
she signed up for the San Diego Rock ?N Roll in June,
intending to push harder. This time Sarah ran it in
4:16, but she still didn?t feel like she?d hit the
Then she heard about triathlon. ?I was tri-curious, so
I signed up for the SOMA Half Ironman,? she said. ?I
bought a bike in June, bought pedals and shoes in
July, and just went for it. I didn't really have a
training plan either. It all worked out, and I was
lucky to be relatively injury free at the end of it.?
Sarah had a massive race month in October ? racing
her first tri, the Carlos O?Brien?s Triathlon, on Oct. 2
(and winning her division), the Tour de Scottsdale 70
mile bike ride on Oct. 16, and finally, the SOMA Half
Ironman on Oct. 30 (where she placed third in her
So what?s next on Sarah?s race agenda?
?Honestly, I don't know what Hell I'm thinking,? Sarah
said of her entry into this April?s Ironman
Arizona. ?Part of it is because I still haven't hit ?the
wall? on any of the lengths I've done...so I'm curious
where that boundary is. Also, I wanted to do it while
I have training partners and supportive people around
me that are interested in Ironmans. It seems like all
the stars are aligned.?
The Best Bike. Period.
Griffen rocks the house!
Tony Free, the creator and owner of Griffen Bikes,
will be at Triple Sports Friday to Sunday, Feb.
3rd, 4th, and 5th, to give you an up-close look at his
high-performance cycling machines. Stop by and
one of the industry?s most innovative characters set
you up for a test spin on what is
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Find out more about Griffen