Jill Briggs and Kristl Bray were crowned the Women of Steel at the 7th annual Bank of American Fork Woman of Steel Triathlon and 5K on May 19 after being nominated for overcoming challenges using fitness. Briggs has recovered from paralysis after two brain surgeries, while Bray continues to promote fitness as she is deployed in Afghanistan. Bray’s sister, Natalie Ranson, completed today’s triathlon and accepted the award on Bray’s behalf.
The state’s first and longest running all-female triathlon recognized Briggs and Bray, and many of the 1,000 other participants that have used physical fitness to overcome life-changing obstacles.
“Woman of Steel is one of Bank of American Fork’s flagship sponsorships every year because women are a cornerstone in our communities and deserve our support,” said Richard Beard, Bank of American Fork president and CEO. “As a locally owned and operated community bank, we want to honor the resilience and strength of the women in our community who have come so far to achieve their goals.”
The 7th annual Bank of American Fork Woman of Steel triathlon was held on May 19 at the American Fork Fitness Center. The event, organized by TriUtah, included a 300-meter pool swim, 12.8-mile bike ride and 3-mile run, as well as a separate 5K run. Almost half of the nearly 1,000 participants are new to the athletic circuit.
A portion of proceeds from the races will benefit Kids on the Move.