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Jan 31

Eastern Red Cedar

Posted to Ernie Miller Nature Center: Tracks Newsletter by Bryan Thompson

In the winter the Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is more easily seen. This evergreen is common through out our state. Many people see this tree as a weedy plant that invades the prairie, shading out grasses and flowers below. This tree is not a cedar nor is it red, at least not on the outside.

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Jun 27

Registrations being taken for the Open Options Triathlon & Duathlon and the JCPRD U Kids Triathlon

Posted to Explore JCPRD by Becky Burnside

It’s not too late to sign up for two triathlons being presented by JCPRD in early July and late August.
 
The events are the 35th Annual Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon on July 7, which is now the metro's longest-running triathlon, and the sixth annual JCPRD U Kids Triathlon on Aug. 24.
 
The 35th Annual Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon occurs in Shawnee Mission Park and the adjoining Gary L. Haller Trail in the Mill Creek Streamway Park. For this event, participants and spectators will enter Shawnee Mission Park via the Theatre in the Park entrance at 7710 Renner Road, which is north of the park’s main entrance.
 
New this year is both an Olympic Course, which is longer than the triathlon’s regular Long Course, and a Super Sprint Short Course, which is shorter than the regular Short Course.
 
“Both distances are open to teams and individuals,” said Race Director Katy Renner. “We’re hopeful with the addition of the shorter distance that we might be able to capture new athletes, younger athletes, and additional para-athletes.”
 
The Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon is open to individuals and teams, ages 15 and older with participants competing in five-year age groups from 15 years old to 70 and older. The Triathlon Long Course consists of a 1,000-meter swim, followed by an 18-mile bike, and a 4.5-mile run inside Shawnee Mission Park. The New Olympic Triathlon Course consists of a 1,500-meter swim, a 27-mile bike, and a 6.2-mile run.  The Short Triathlon Course consists of a 500-meter swim, followed by a 9-mile bike, and a 3.1-mile run. The New Super Sprint Triathlon Course consists of a 200-meter swim, a 4.5-mile bike, and a 2.25-mile run. The duathlon portion of the event includes a 3.1-mile run and a 13.5-mile bike, followed by another 3.1-mile run.
 
Each participant registered before June 30 will receive a T-shirt and a special “Mission Accomplished” medal, which is a nod to both the Shawnee Mission Park location, and the accomplishment completing this kind of event represents.  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 three athletes of each age division.
 
The Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon is a special event of JCPRD and its title sponsor, Open Options, 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. Other presenting sponsors are: Elite Cycling, Hiland Dairy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Heartland Homecare, Sprouts Farmers Market, F.I.T. Muscle and Joint Clinic, Fed Ex Ground of Olathe, PlayTri Kansas City, Culligan Water, and Charlie's House. 
 
For more information or to register for this event, go to jcprd.com/SMPTri. Note that fees increase on June 30, and online registration for this event closes at midnight on July 4. Late registrations will be taken at from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at Elite Cycling, 10673 Mission Road, Leawood, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina. Because this is a USAT sanctioned event, participants will also need to purchase either a one-day USAT membership for $15 or a one-year USAT membership for $50.

Now in its sixth year, the JCPRD U Kids Triathlon will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. 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. For athletes ages six to ten, the JCPRD U Kids involves a 100 meter swim, a 3.6-mile bike, and a one-mile run. For ages 11 to 14, the event involves a 200 meter swim, a 5.4-mile bike, and a two-mile run. Athletes competing in the Tots Triathlon will participate with an adult in a "splash" in the lake, followed by a 0.2 mile bike and a 0.25 mile run. Athletes must participate and compete in the age division corresponding to their age on Dec. 31, 2019.
 
Supporting sponsors for this event are: Hiland Dairy, TRiKC, Sprouts Farmers Market, Fed Ex Ground of Olathe, Culligan Water, Hammond Chiropractic, and F.I.T. Muscle and Joint Clinic.

For more information or to register for this event, go to jcprd.com/kidstri.
Mar 22

Test Post 3: Cooking with Jeff

Posted to Welcome to the Test Blog by Bryan Thompson


I gave it a cold? I gave it a virus. A computer virus. You know what? It is beets. I've crashed into a beet truck. They're using our own satellites against us. And the clock is ticking. I gave it a cold? I gave it a virus. A computer virus. Hey, take a look at the earthlings. Goodbye!

Hey, take a look at the earthlings. Goodbye! We gotta burn the rain forest, dump toxic waste, pollute the air, and rip up the OZONE! 'Cause maybe if we screw up this planet enough, they won't want it anymore! Eventually, you do plan to have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right?

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