July 9, 2017
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK
7900 RENNER RD.
Race Day Is In...
33rd Annual Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon
There are seven days in a week and “someday”
isn’t one of them. Make the commitment to become a
triathlete or duathlete today! The 33rd Annual Open Options
Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon occurs in Shawnee
Mission Park and takes athletes throughout the most visited
park in the state that serves as a 1,250-acre urban refuge.
Additionally, the course joins the Mill Creek Streamway
Trail offering asphalt pathways snaking along the stream
and through hillside forests. With a Short Triathlon Course,
a Long Triathlon Course, and a Duathlon Course, there is
something for every athlete ranging in experience from first-timer
to the seasoned veteran. The 2017 Open Options Shawnee Mission
Triathlon & Duathlon is an USAT sanctioned event.
The Beneficiary: Open Options
Open Options is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides
programs, services and resources for people with intellectual
and developmental disabilities in the greater Kansas City
Pick a Team and Be Inspired by Your Team Captain!
As the final part of triathlon registration, triathlon participants
will join a team on the Open Options team captain page.
Team captains, who represent the people served by Open Options,
provide encouragement, inspiration and gratitude to their
team members through emails, videos and social media. Also,
they will be present on event day to meet their teams and
hand out finisher medals.
Join Us for a Fun and Friendly Fundraising Competition
A friendly fundraising competition among the seven teams
is moderated by the team captains on the
Open Options - Team Captain page.
You’re invited to make a donation toward your team’s
goal of $1,000 and encourage your friends and family to
do so, too. While not mandatory for participation, your
donation is greatly appreciated –
100 percent of dollars raised go directly to Open Options
and make a significant difference in the lives of people
Long Course – Triathlon
The Long Course is a .62 mile (1000 meter) swim, 18 mile
bike (4 laps), and 4.5 mile run.
Short Course – Triathlon
The Short Course is a .31 mile (500 meter) swim, 9 mile
bike (2 laps), and 3.1 mile run.
The Duathlon Course is a 3.1 mile run (1st run), 13.5 mile
bike (3 laps), 3.1 mile run (2nd run).
*Participants also have the option to compete in each of these
courses as a team, in relay format. Each individual of the
team can compete in one or two legs of the triathlon or duathlon.
There is a three member maximum on the team and at least two
members are required in order to compete in the team category.
Shawnee Mission Triathlon Ambassadors
As a former collegiate swimmer, Julie
LOVES the swim part of every triathlon. While she is
working hard to learn the art of land sports, along
the way she enjoys inspiring people to do the ‘impossible’,
whatever that may be for the individual. Making the
transition to triathlons has been an exciting adventure
for Julie and she hopes to spark that adventure for
The 2016 Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon
will be her first time participating, and she is
excited to spread the word about this amazing, long-standing,
local event (with an excellent cause!). Julie will
be partnering up with Team
Brian began running
and training for events in 2010 and has lived an active
lifestyle since completing his first 10K in 2010,
Half-marathon in 2011, and Marathon in 2012. The Open
Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon will be his first
triathlon event. As such, this triathlon is a great
opportunity to raise money and awareness for individuals
with developmental disabilities.
up with a sister who lives with disabilities, it is
always close to Brian and his family. Brian is looking
forward to being an ambassador for Team Mason, who
he has learned would like to be a meteorologist one
day, much like Brian is today.
Joshua has been competing in triathlons
for the past 6 years, this will be the third time competing
in the Open Options. He started out doing the Olympic
distance but now prefers the sprint distance, his goal
like most triathletes is to compete in Kona. Joshua
has been running for most of his life, competing in
cross country in both high and college.
He enjoys every aspect of triathlons,
considers running his strong suite and is part of every
race he looks forward to. Joshua is a native of Colorado,
lives in Lenexa with his wife and two kids whom have
all done triathlons.
Ryan is Kansas City
native, raised in Olathe, Kansas, and attended the
University of Kansas for college (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!)
where he obtained two degrees in engineering.
Around 2001, Ryan started running distances from 5Ks
up to half marathons. He had always worked out with
weight training, running and mountain biking since
high school football. Mountain biking and running
lead him to running off-road duathlons and a few mountain
bike races in 2002.
In 2003, Ryan signed up for
a duathlon (Heritage Park in Olathe, KS), not realizing
that he would need a road bike, which he did not own
at the time. Ryan borrowed someone’s steel road
bike and placed 2nd in his age group. Since then, Ryan
has been hooked on on-road duathlons and running races.
In 2004, he ran his first triathlon and became hooked
on the multisport lifestyle leading to his eight half
IRONMANs and three full IRONMANs (2013 Lake Tahoe, 2014
Chattanooga and 2015 Boulder).
In May of 2013, Ryan obtained the USAT Level 1 Triathlon
Coaching Certification and started coaching at Life
Time Fitness in Overland Park, Kansas. He currently
resides in Olathe with his wife, three children and
8 x marathon finisher
8 x Half IRONMAN finisher
3 x Full IRONMAN finisher
Multiple sprint, olympic and long course triathlon finishes
2014 All World Athlete qualified for IRONMAN events
USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coaching Certificate
Masters Swim Instructor
Follow along as he navigates faith, family, work and
triathlon in everyday life, share some tips and secrets,
and help others fit it all in.
Michael has been running
off and on since he was 22. He has competed in numerous
5ks and 10ks including the Broadway bridge 5k and
10k; placing 3rd in his age group on the 10 k, the
Hospital Hill 5k , 10k and the rerun, the Kansas City
Marathon 5k, 10k, the Kansas City Zoo 4 mile, the
Trolley run 4 mile, 4 on the 4th KC, and the Rock
the Parkway 5k and 10k. Two years ago he started taking
running more seriously and completed the Waddell and
Reed Kansas City half marathon.
He is currently training to
compete in the Hospital Hill Half Marathon. In addition
to running, Michael has picked up cycling and will be
competing in the Kansas City Corporate Challenge bike
race on June 1st of this year.
Michael is extremely excited to compete in his first
triathlon and feels incredibly honored to support such
a great cause at the same time.
Awards will be presented to the top three male, female,
and team overall finishers in each of the courses. Individual
awards will be presented to the top 3 athletes of each age
division, as listed below:
Men & Female Age Groups (5 year
16-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 (and so on...)
Athena & Clydesdale Age Groups
Under 40 40 and Older
Volunteers Are Appreciated!
All volunteers receive a t-shirt. Post-race refreshments
will be served. If interested, please call Katy Renner at
(913) 826-2964 or email Kathryn.Renner@jocogov.org.
If your company would like to sponsor this family friendly
event please call Katy Renner at (913) 826-2964 or email Kathryn.Renner@jocogov.org.