The Shawnee Mission Triathlon has been around for 32 years now in the Kansas City multisport race calendar. That’s 32 years of swimming, biking and running at Shawnee Mission Park. Recently, Open Options has taken on the responsibility of title sponsor for the event.
Open Options seeks to become the premier provider of supports and services for people with disabilities, signifying quality, innovation, and person-centered principles. They are committed to ensuring the sustainability and growth of their organization and are driven by a ceaseless desire to improve. The people they employ will be engaged, dedicated, and invested in their mission.
The race has been put on by the Johnson County Parks & Recreation District (JCPRD) for 32 consecutive years. Over 700 triathletes from beginner to seasoned annually swim-bike-run on the completely closed, USAT sanctioned and paratriathlete-friendly course.
This closed course event offers a Short Triathlon Course (Sprint Distance), a Long Triathlon Course (International Distance), and a Duathlon Course for a wide range of national athletic racing talent. The Long Course is a .62 mile (1000 meter) swim, 18 mile bike (4 laps) and a 4.5 mile run. The Short Course is a .31 mile (500 meter) swim, 9 mile bike (2 laps), and a 3.1 mile run. The Duathlon Course is a 3.1 mile run, a 13.5 mile (3 laps) bike, and a 3.1 mile run.
Open Options would like to remind you that since their participation, they have developed teams for athletes to compete with in the spirit of helping team captains. 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’s medals.
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 with disabilities.
This installment of the Team Spotlight will be on Team Purple, Captained by Mason.
Mason is a sweet, funny, super smart 7 year old who attends 2nd grade at Madison Elementary School. He has a passion for learning and is a boy who LOVES school! Within a few minutes of meeting Mason, you will be captivated by his smile and infectious personality. Mason has never met a stranger and is always looking to make friends. Born at 27 weeks and 6 days, he weighed only 2lbs 10oz. He spent 11 weeks fighting in the NICU before coming home a week before his original due date. He was diagnosed with spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy shortly after his 1st birthday. Mason currently uses a manual wheelchair but is hoping to get a power chair in the next few years.
Mason loves sports, especially football and baseball, game shows and news! He says he either wants to be a meteorologist or a game show host when he grows up. He loves to play on his iPad, cheer on the Chiefs and the Royals, and spend time with his family! Mason is an inspiration to his friends and family and hopes to bring his smile and happiness to others.
Stay updated on Mason’s team HERE on the Open Options website.