|Nicole DeBoom to participate in Shawnee Mission Medical Center triathlon|
Professional Triathlete Nicole DeBoom, 31, will now be participating in the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Triathlon on Sunday (July 13). The event will take place beginning at 7 a.m. at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.
Since becoming a professional triathlete in 1999, DeBoom, who lives and trains in Lyons, Colo., has maintained an aggressive racing schedule. In her first year of competition, she had a slew of top-five finishes in the US Triathlon Series. She followed that up with a third-place finish in the 2000 Ironman California, and seven top five finishes in 2001. Her focus during 2001 was on Ironman races, but she decided in 2002 that more racing is better and turned her focus on short-course racing in order to fit more races into each season. She placed first at the Boulder Peak Triathlon, second at the Los Angeles Triathlon, second at the St. Kitts ITU Triathlon, and third at the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. DeBoom started her 2003 season with a podium finish in the International Triathlon de Santos, Brazil Triathlon. She then placed third at the Ralph's Half Ironman Triathlon and then swept to victory in the Memphis in May Triathlon.
In Sunday's Shawnee Mission Triathlon, DeBoom will be running with race #1.
DeBoom grew up in Downers Gove, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She specialized in swimming and running in high school and qualified for the 1988 Olympic Swimming Trials in the 100 meter breastroke while still in high school. She is a 1994 graduate of Yale University where she earned a degree in sociology. Her work experience has included age group swim coach and swimming instructor. DeBoom is the wife of two-time Ironman Champion Tim DeBoom, who she met on an airplane in route to her first World Championship race.
Retired Professional Triathlete Siri Lindley of Boulder, Colo. was originally scheduled to participate in Sunday's race but cancelled her appearance in late June in order to attend an ITU World Cup event in Edmundton, Canada, where she will conduct preliminary interviews as part of a contractual agreement with NBC Sports under which she will host a program called Lifetime Fitness in August.
The Shawnee Mission Triathlon is presented by Shawnee Mission Medical Center and is sponsored by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The event is now considered full with 700 entrants. For more information, call (913) 831-3355.