Archive for Saturday, June 14, 2008

Expo sets tone for Ironman competition

From left, Karen Buxton, of Greensboro, N.C., and Leslie Curley, of Topeka, talk with Patrick Geren, of Omaha, Neb., about energy supplements during the Ironman 70.3 Kansas expo at the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The triathlon starts Sunday morning at Clinton Lake.

From left, Karen Buxton, of Greensboro, N.C., and Leslie Curley, of Topeka, talk with Patrick Geren, of Omaha, Neb., about energy supplements during the Ironman 70.3 Kansas expo at the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The triathlon starts Sunday morning at Clinton Lake.

June 14, 2008

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Interview with Ironman competitor Chris Polette

Chris Polette, 51, St. Louis, discusses visiting Lawrence for her second half Ironman competition. The nurse and triathlete has trained with her husband Wayne, 51, a paramedic, for 20 years. They compete in triathlon competitions annually. Enlarge video

Ironman competition rolls into Lawrence

A 1.2-mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike ride, capped off with a 13-mile run. A mere pip dream for the 6Sports crew, but not for those who call themselves Ironman competitors! Enlarge video

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Ironman 70.3 Kansas

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People often think of triathlon competitions as an individual sport.

That's not so for a St. Louis couple who have trained and competed together in triathlons for 20 years.

Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Kansas competition will mark Chris and Wayne Polette's second Ironman event.

"I think one of the things that keeps our marriage strong is we train together," Chris, 51, a nurse said. "We push each other, support each other and share a mutual goal. It gives us something to focus on besides our children."

She and her husband, a 51-year-old paramedic and firefighter, were among hundreds of people spending time at the Lawrence Live expo near Ninth and New Hampshire streets Friday afternoon. The expo, which continues today, features the Navy SEALs Accelerator Course and sports vendors. Athletes were filing through the area picking up race packets, which they will do today as well. The Ironman competition begins at 6:45 a.m. Sunday.

"So far it looks really, really nice," Chris Polette said. "Everybody is real friendly, and it's well-organized. We've been to Lawrence before, we knew it was a neat town."

Wayne Polette said they were checking out all the sports gear being sold by vendors. But that's not all they were checking out.

"We're going to take in as much of Lawrence as we can," he said. "We love the city."

In the evening Murphy Grant, of Lawrence who works in sports medicine, brought his two sons to the expo, which also offered children's activities and live music.

"They are having a good time," he said "It's a good family environment."

Pat Robinson, Lawrence, head of registration for the triathlon, said about 300 volunteers of all ages have helped make the event a success.

"It's a great community effort," she said. "Even the weather's cooperating here right now so everything is looking good."

Competitors still have to deal with nerves until Sunday morning, however.

"I'm feeling very anxious as most people are before a big event like this," Chris Polette said. "But you've worked really hard and you are kind of anxious to get going and see how you feel and hopefully feel good through the race and finish feeling good."

Ironman 70.3 Kansas Weekend Events

Today

8 a.m., Adidas Rock Chalk Run (5K and 10K) begins at the Expo, Ninth and New Hampshire streets.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Expo, which includes the SEALs Accelerator.

10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Event/course talks.

Sunday Race Day

6:15 a.m., Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team will skydive onto the beach.

6:45 a.m. Race begins at the Clinton Lake Marina. Spectators are encouraged to arrive before the start of the race. If spectators want to enter the park between 6:40 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., they must enter from the south on County Road 458. The northern section of County Road 458 will be closed from 7:10 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Spectators will not be allowed to enter the park between 8:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. World Multisport is providing transportation every 20 minutes between 8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to the Iron-Cross, where athletes are expected to pass two to three times during the race.

Comments

shlomoek 7 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like a pretty lame hobby, but I'm probably just jealous about them having the money to buy a nice bike. This seems like it is a big deal for Lawrence, so I'm grateful for that.

sixtwelvewest 7 years, 1 month ago

Good for Lawrence for putting this on, but this is not a real Ironman! They need to make sure the "70.3" is included everywhere. A real Ironman is 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Good luck to all the competitors!

afrophd2b 7 years, 1 month ago

Between community indifference and hostility from "Real Ironman" athletes one has to stop and wonder where is the appreciation for the amateurs who will bust their bodies to do this event. Give kudos to those who will try on Sunday, not everybody has the time, money and ability to do a full Ironman. By the way 70.3 is still a great challenge and if it takes a "dot-M" tattoo and a Kona jersey to make an athlete, I guess I'm not one. I'll still be out there with the rest of the "not real Ironman" competitors doing my best. Thanks for your sentiments, I'll be using them to fuel my efforts!

Evan Ridenour 7 years, 1 month ago

"Anonymous usersixtwelvewest (Anonymous) says:Good for Lawrence for putting this on, but this is not a real Ironman! They need to make sure the "70.3" is included everywhere. A real Ironman is 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Good luck to all the competitors!"Yes the LJWorld has a tendency to leave out the 70.3 designation. At least in this article they included it in the body even though it was again left out of the title...Regardless, even completing a half Ironman is quite a feat and I agree with a poster above who mentions that the LJWorld should cover the "normal" participants more especially those from Lawrence.

MamaD 7 years, 1 month ago

I think the majority of Ironman participants are being overlooked or underplayed. So much is written about the participants that are pro or semi-pro (income, cost of bikes, athletic achievements, etc.), that the real "backbone" of the field is being missed.The majority of participants are average people who want to test their abilities. They don't have a fortune to spend on bikes (that means less than $1000), they aren't hoping to "win" just "do well" or "finish", and they have found ways to fit training into their lives (families, work, school, etc.). These are the amazing athletes in my opinion!To whomever finishes dead last tomorrow, CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID IT!!! That's more than I can say for myself and the majority of people in Lawrence, Kansas, the US, and the world!

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