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New Women's Triathlon and Expo set for Sept. 13 at Kill Creek Park
POSTED: 12/19/2007
 
Olathe Medical Center recently signed on as the title sponsor for a new women's triathlon being planned by The Johnson County Park and Recreation District for September 2008.

The first-ever event is tentatively being called the Olathe Medical Center's Women's Triathlon and Expo and will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker said she believes the planned all-female event may be unique in the state.

"So far in our research, we have not found an all-women's triathlon in Kansas, so we may be on the platform of producing the first one ever," Leiker said. "The number one reason that we looked at the female market was because of the numbers that we know logistically that Kill Creek would be able to handle."

Leiker said she anticipates the new event will fill to capacity with 350 participants. The event will involve a 500-meter swim starting and ending at the park's beach, a 2.6-mile run on existing trails within the park, and a 10.6-mile bike consisting of a square loop on county roads to the east of Kill Creek Park.

This USA Triathlon-sanctioned event will be open to individuals, as well as to teams in family, friends, corporate, and club categories.

Until Aug. 27, the cost is $50 for individuals and $75 for teams. For brochures and registration forms, go to www.jcprd.com/activities/special_events.cfm or by call (913) 236-1231. Registrations are being taken on-line at www.sportkc.org.

"It's logistically going to look the same (as other District triathlons) as far as how it's put together and we'll host the event at the same level that we host any of our other events," Leiker said. "The difference with this one is going to be the incorporation of an Expo in conjunction with the event."

The Expo will take place at Kill Creek Park the day of the event. Details are still being worked out, but the Expo is tentatively set from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will be open to the general public. It is anticipated the Expo will feature not only businesses related to health and fitness, but purveyors of other products and services of interest to women. For more information about reserving a booth, call (913) 236-1233.

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