|Registrations now being taken for Shawnee Mission Triathlon on July 13|
Registration deadlines are approaching for the 24th Annual Shawnee Mission Triathlon. The event will take place Sunday, July 13, in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. Entries will be limited to the first 750 individuals and 60 teams. The event typically fills one week prior to race day. As a result of this event, Shawnee Mission Park will not open for public use until noon on this date.
The Shawnee Mission Triathlon Long Course consists of a 0.62-mile swim, followed by an 18-mile bike, and a 4.5-mile run inside Shawnee Mission Park with heats beginning at 7 a.m. on the beach. The triathlon is open to all individuals, ages 15 and older with participants competing in five-year age groups from 15 years old to 60 and older.
Again this year, the Race Committee will offer a Short Course ideal for novice triathletes as well as the more serious competitor desiring a less strenuous course. Distances for the short course consists of a 0.31-mile swim, followed by a 9-mile bike, and a 2.4-mile run. Heats for this race will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the beach.
The Flapjack Fun Run for children 12 and under will also be held again this year near Shelter No. 3, near the transition area. Triathlon participants and spectators may sign their children up on-site for the half-mile Fun Run to be held at 10 a.m. Registration is free and children's T-shirts may be purchased for $5.
Registration fees for both the Regular Course and the Short Course are $60 for individuals and $90 for teams if postmarked by June 25. After June 26 the entry fee increases to $70 for individuals and $100 for teams, and increases again to $80 for individuals and $110 for teams after July 1. In addition to the above fees, runners who are not members of United States of America Triathlon (USAT) must pay a $10 daily user fee or purchase an annual membership for $39. Mail-in registrations will not be taken after June 28.
As in past years, teams can compete in the Long or Short course as a family or corporate team in addition to the usual men's, women's or coed team categories.
Each Long and Short course entrant will receive a T-shirt, a swim cap, and a pancake breakfast near Shelter #4. Individual prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. Age group and team awards will be given based on the total number of entrants.
One change from past years in that Friday packet pickup for Triathlon participants will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on July 11 at BIkeSource, 11500 W. 135th St., Overland Park. Saturday packet pickup will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 12 under a tent near the Shawnee Mission Park Marina. Race day packet pickup is for out-of-town triathletes only and will take place from 5 to 5:30 a.m. Sunday under a tent near the Shawnee Mission Park Marina. Also on Saturday is a 4 p.m. orientation session, which it is recommended that new athletes attend.
The Shawnee Mission Triathlon is presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. For more information, a registration form, or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, go to www.sportkc.org.