The You Go Girl Triathlon, presented by All Clear Plumbing, is scheduled for Sunday, July 23 at Lakeside Park in Piedmont. The seventh edition of this annual women’s only triathlon will begin at 8 a.m.
You Go Girl is designed as a beginner-friendly triathlon. It features a 250-yard swim at Lakeside’s outdoor pool, an eight-mile bicycle ride on quiet, country roads and a two-mile run.
All Clear Plumbing is proud to be the title sponsor for Greenville’s only triathlon exclusively for women. You Go Girl helps celebrates life, fitness and accomplishment while empowering women. It offers a less intimidating atmosphere than mixed triathlons, especially for beginners.
For All Clear co-owner Anja Smith, You Go Girl is an especially important event. When Smith’s not leading the plumbing company’s marketing efforts, she’s an active triathlete. Most recently, Smith competed in a series of races in the Rocky Mountains.
“I believe in the power of You Go Girl because I know how empowering endurance events can be for women. I’ve done four marathons, six half-marathons, dozens of sprint triathlons, three half-iron distance races and various other distances in both running and triathlon,” Smith said. “Each one of those has taught me a bit more about who I am and what I can do.
“My first endurance event was a women’s only running event and it’s not an understatement to say it changed the course of my life.”
Established in 2012, All Clear is a family-owned company led by Smith and her parents, Scott and Trina. Based in southern Greenville County near Mauldin and Simpsonville, All Clear has served the Upstate with a business model a customer’s grandfather would recognize. All Clear’s team is made up of plumbers and apprentices – not technicians – who share those values and vision.
In addition to doing her marketing duties and competing in running events, Anja Smith is also working toward becoming a state certified Master Plumber.
“As a woman working in a male-dominated industry where physical strength and endurance play a role in how you succeed in the field, I don’t think I’d be able to work or lead in the same way without my passion for endurance sports,” Smith said. “It’s given me confidence physically and mentally and shown me that I can persevere through challenges.
“All Clear Plumbing wants women to understand what they’re capable of and to be able to feel their own strength and determination. That’s why we wanted to be a part of this special race.”
If you’d be interested in setting up an interview with Anja Smith, please contact All Clear Plumbing at 864-979-7059.
For more information about the You Go Girl Triathlon, contact Sue Splady at 864-640-1725, or visit www.setupevents.com/?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2925. Online registration is open until July 20 at 8 a.m.