Chevy Chase ‘Iron Girl’ swims, pedals and runs to second place -- Gazette.Net






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Kristin Andrews didn’t win, but taking second place in a field of 2,000 competitors is far from shabby.

The Chevy Chase woman came in second in the eighth annual Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon on Aug. 18 at Centennial Park in Columbia. The competition, produced by TriColumbia, featured 2,000 female endurance athletes from 12 to 78 years old competing in a 0.62-mile swim, a 16-mile bike ride and a 3.4-mile run. Competitors came from 36 states and four countries.

Andrews, 32, had a time of 1:24:33 and won $1,300.

Andrews ran track and cross-country at Dartmouth College and also was a runner in high school.

The 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is the largest of its kind in the country and was named the Best Women’s Event in the Mid-Atlantic by Competitor Magazine in 2011.

The Iron Girl series is meant to empower women and help them feel strong and confident through sports, said Kari Ebeling, the race director and chief operating officer at TriColumbia.

Andrews plans to compete in the next Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, which is slated for Sept. 13 at Rocky Gap State Park in Allegany County.