|Registrations now being taken for New Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon on Aug. 23 at Kill Creek Park|
Youth ages six to 15 are invited to participate in the sixth and final regional Hy-Vee Kid’s Triathlon of 2014, which is being hosted by JCPRD in late August.
This newly-announced event is called the Kansas City Triathlon and will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Because of this event, the park will be closed to the general public until noon on this day.
For athletes in the senior division, ages 12 to 15, the race will get underway at 8 a.m. and will involve a 200 meter swim, followed by a six-mile bike, and a two kilometer run. Athletes in the intermediate division, ages nine through 11, are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and their event involves a 100-meter swim, followed by a four-mile bike, and a one kilometer run. Athletes in the junior division, ages six to eight, will start at 9:45 and their race will involve a 50-meter swim followed by a two-mile bike, and a 500 yard run.
Under USA Triathlon (USAT) rules, participants must compete in the category determined by their age as of Dec. 31, 2014. Athletes will not be allowed to “age up” or “age down” to another division.
The times above are tentative and subject to change, as it is the intent to start races as soon as the previous race concludes. The transition area will be open to all athletes from 6 to 7:45 a.m.
Packet pickup will be offered from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 6 to 7:45 a.m. Saturday.
The race director will present a 30-minute course talk beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, during which the various aspects of the course will be reviewed in detail and there will be opportunities to ask questions and address concerns. Attendance at the course talk is highly recommended, but not required.
All athletes who cross the finish line will receive a commemorative medal. The top three athletes within each age category will also receive a placement trophy. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The top 15 athletes in each age division from each of the regional triathlons will qualify to compete in the Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon Championship, which is scheduled for the Saturday following the local event, Aug. 30, in Des Moines.
The event entry cost is $40 per athlete through Thursday, Aug. 21, and can be accomplished by clicking here (http://www.hyveekidsfit.com/triathlons/kansas-city-triathlon/). On-site registrations on Friday, Aug. 22, will cost $50 and will be accepted during packet pickup from 3 to 6 p.m. No registrations will be accepted on race day. In addition, it is mandatory that each athlete have either a one-year USAT membership, which can be purchased here (http://www.usatriathlon.org) for $15, or purchase a one-day membership on-site for $10.
Organizers hope the local event will draw about 450 participants, which would make it the largest of the 2014 Hy-Vee Kid’s Triathlon series in the eight-state territory. By the time this event takes place, other triathlons in the series will have taken place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Des Moines, Iowa, Cedar Rapids Iowa, Omaha, and the Quad Cities. Since it is the southernmost event in the series, it is anticipated the Kansas City Triathlon will draw participants from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri, and beyond.
In addition to providing the venue and hosting the local event, JCPRD staff will be assisting the event’s race management team in a variety of ways, from promoting the event to helping on race day.