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July 9, 2017
7:00 AM
2017 Race Day Is In...


33rd Annual Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon
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 area.

For more information about Open Options, visit

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 with disabilities.

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.

Duathlon Course
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.

The 2016 Open Options
Shawnee Mission Triathlon Ambassadors
Julie Dugan
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 others.

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

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Brian Pettegrew
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.
Growing 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.

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Joshua Isom
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.

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Ryan Falkenrath
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 three dogs.

Key Achievements:

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
Key Credentials:
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.

Social Media
Twitter: @TriJayhawkRyan
Instagram: /ryanfalkenrath

Michael Machado
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.

Social Media
Twitter: @youknowkiko

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 increments)
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

Sponsors Welcome
If your company would like to sponsor this family friendly event please call Katy Renner at (913) 826-2964 or email

2017 Tri, Du and Bike Course Map [TBD]

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Great American Campout
HP3 (Heritage Park) Duathlon & Triathlon
Milldale Spring Community Day
Mildale Farm Fest
JCPRD's Women's Triathlon
JCPRD Kid's Triathlon
Paws in the Park
Pickleball Tournament
Shawnee Mission Triathlon
The Artisan's Expo
Trucks & Big Rigs For Kids

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Supporting Sponsors:
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Media Sponsors:
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