|JCPRD's Chad Tower now a USA-Triathlon Certified Race Director|
The director of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's three duathlon/triathlons recently joined less then 100 people from across the country who have become certified race directors.
Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Chad Tower joined these ranks by attending a two-day training session in early February.
"It's a new program that was set up last year for race directors from around the country to come and get certified," Tower explained. "We got good information about how to set up race courses, safety, liability insurance, and everything from triathlons and multisport races."
The training session took place in Colorado Springs and was presented by USA Triathlon, which is the sanctioning organization for the District's Shawnee Mission Triathlon, which this year will take place on July 13, as well as the new Olathe Medical Center Triathlon & Expo, which will take place for the first time on Sept. 13 at Kill Creek Park.
"It gives us more credibility to our races which are sanctioned," Tower said. "It also helps with Heritage Park (Duathlon/Triathlon, this year on May 18), because I'm the race director, and even though it's not a sanctioned event, it will still give a little more credibility when people sign up and see that and feel more comfortable knowing that we'll do things the right way."
Tower said the event was a good opportunity to compare notes with directors of other events.
"I talked with race directors from throughout the country," he said. "There were people from Washington D.C. to Florida, Minnesota, and Nebraska," Tower said. "The class was sorta small with 22 or 23 people, so there was a lot of interaction and opportunity for people to talk about things they do."
Potentially, Tower said, the new certification could save the District money by allowing it to purchase supplies and/or prizes at a discount from national USA Triathlon sponsors, which include Gatorade and Garmin.
Tower said he believes he is the only one from the metro area who has attended this training. Certification must be renewed every two years.
For more information about JCPRD duathlons and triathlons, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com or contact Tower at (913) 236-1231. For online registration for all three of the events referenced above, go to www.sportkc.org.