|Siri Lindley to participate in Shawnee Mission Medical Center triathlon|
Retired Professional Triathlete Siri Lindley, 33 of Boulder, Colo., is among those planning to participate in the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Triathlon on July 13. The event will take place beginning at 7 a.m. at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.
During her seven years as a professional/elite triathlete, Lindley won numerous titles including several World Championships and National titles. She retired from the sport of triathlon in November 2002 after completing both the 2001 and 2002 ranked No. 1 in the world.
Lindley said she considered retirement following the 2001 season when she won the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Series, the world aquathlon championship and the world triathlon championship. But she came back to win four world cup races in 2002 and finished second and third in two other races to win her second World Cup series title. Her goal now, Lindley says, is to stay involved in the sport as a motivational speaker, triathlon coach, and as an analyst for NBC.
A 1991 graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I., Lindley holds a bachelor's degree in psychology. She was working as a fitness director at a Worcester, Mass., YMCA for several years after graduation when a friend challenged her to compete in a triathlon. It was pro/elite triathlete Karen Smyers, who participated in the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Triathlon in 2002, who convinced Lindley to turn pro after the two met on the beach in Cancun, Mexico during an ITU World Championship there in 1995.
The Shawnee Mission Triathlon is presented by Shawnee Mission Medical Center and is sponsored by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. For more information, call (913) 831-3355 or register online at www.active.com through July 9.