The race director for the Heritage Park Triathlon and Duathlon reports on their site that they have eliminated the triathlon race from their annual Heritage Park race event in a roundabout manner.. From their site, “You talked and we listened. For a better part of 25 years Johnson County Park & Recreation District has served athletes of various disciplines at Heritage Park. To bring a fresh start to the next 25 years, and to serve a growing population of avid runners and duathletes, we have added a new 5K and 10K course to the Heritage event. Future information will outline this event as being a part of a regionally significant Duathlon Series highlighting our partnership with two other park and recreation agencies. The HP3 will allow athletes to choose from a Duathlon, 5K or 10K event all starting at the HP Marina parking lot.”
Without directly saying so, the JCPRD removed the triathlon portion of the Heritage Park race. In years past, since the event is in early spring, the water temperatures have not been advantageous for swimmers, even with wetsuits and cold water swimming equipment. Combine that with low signups for the triathlon race and racers switching to the duathlon on race day, and it was only a matter of time before it was no longer economical to host a triathlon as part of the race day events.
The duathlon consists of a 3.1 mile run, followed by a 15.33 (4 laps) mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. The run portions are conducted inside Heritage Park. The cycling portion is partially hilly, 4 loop course, held both within and outside the park boundaries.
Early registration is encouraged. Event limited to 500 entries! Registration open until filled.
The 5K run portion is conducted inside Heritage Park on the trails. The 10K run portion is conducted inside Heritage Park on the trails and on the City of Olathe’s Heritage Park Trails just North of Heritage Park.