It’s not too late to sign up for two triathlons being presented by JCPRD during August.
The events are the JCPRD Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon
on Aug. 18, and the JCPRD U Kids Triathlon in Partnership with Charlie’s House on Aug. 25. Both races will take place in and around Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.
For both events, athletes must participate and compete in the age division corresponding to their age on Dec. 31, 2018.
The 11th Annual JCPRD Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon is open to individuals and teams, ages 11 and older with participants competing in five-year age groups from 11 years old to 89 . The Super Sprint Triathlon Course consists of a 200-meter swim, followed by a 4-mile bike, and a 2-mile run inside Kill Creek Park. The Sprint Triathlon Course consists of a 500-meter swim, followed by a 10.6-mile bike, and a 3.1-mile run. The duathlon portion of the event includes a 3.1-mile run and a 10.6-mike bike, followed by another 3.1-mile run.
Until this year, the Women’s triathlon has always taken place during September.
“We changed the women’s triathlon date in order to accommodate more athlete’s schedules,” said Special Events Coordinator Katy Renner. “We’ve heard for the last two years that it can be difficult to race when athlete’s kids are back in school. We also wanted to pull the event off the weekend of (Olathe’s) Old Settler’s Days.”
Started in 2008, the JCPRD Women’s Triathlon is the first all-women’s triathlon sanctioned by the United States of America Triathlon Committee in the state of Kansas, and is a special event of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. Awards will be presented to the top three female and team overall finishers in each of the courses. Individual awards will be presented to the top three athletes in each age division
Through Aug. 16 when registration closes, fees for the Super Sprint Triathlon are $70; fees for the Sprint Triathlon are $95 for individuals and $120 for teams, and fees for the Duathlon are $85 for individuals and $115 for teams. In addition, participants, including team members, must also be members of USA Triathlon. One-day memberships are $15 and annual memberships are $50. For more information or to register for this race, go to www.jcprd.com/womenstri
Sponsors for this event include: Endurance House Kansas City, KC Multisport, Academy Sports Outdoors, Finan Chiropractic, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, TRiKC, Hiland Dairy Foods, and Culligan Water.
Now in its fifth year, the JCPRD U Kids Triathlon in Partnership with Charlie’s House
will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25. This triathlon is designed to let kids ages 14 and under be the stars of the show.
Athletes ages 6 to 14 will compete in individual age groups in this race that is truly an event for all abilities. The Tots Triathlon for athletes ages five and under involves a 25 meter swim, a 0.15-mile bike, and a 0.20-mile run. The Junior Triathlon for athletes ages six to ten involves a 100 meter swim, a 3.6-mile bike, and a one-mile run. The Intermediate Triathlon for ages 11 to 14 involves a 200 meter swim, a 5.4-mile bike, and a two-mile run.
Registration is $20 per child for the Tots Triathlon, and $45 per child for the Junior or Intermediate triathlons. Because this is a USAT sanctioned event, participants will also need to purchase a one-year USAT membership for $10. To learn more and register today, visit www.jcprd.com/kidstri
This JCPRD U Kids Triathlon in Partnership with Charlie’s House takes its name from the district’s JCPRD U program. This holistic wellness program for ages three through 18 lets participants earn achievement badges in five wellness dimensions in order to advance through the program. JCPRD U Kids Triathlon in Partnership with Charlie’s House participants also receive credit in JCPRD U’s Physical dimension for taking part in this event.
JCPRD is hosting this event in partnership with Charlie’s House, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in memory of two-year-old Charlie Horn, who was killed when a dresser fell on him. The group’s mission is to prevent injuries to children in and around the home.
Supporting sponsors for this event are: HCA Midwest Health, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Associates, MBPI, Endurance House, Academy Sports Outdoors, Nationwide Insurance, Culligan Water, Cabot Cheese, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Natural Grocers, TRiKC, and Hiland Dairy Foods.
If you are interested in volunteering or need additional information about either triathlon, call (913) 826-2964.