Archive for Monday, May 31, 2010

Ironman triathlon gears up for its third annual event at Clinton Lake

Local and national athletes are gearing up for the Kansas triathlon. Community leaders are still looking for volunteers to help with the event.

May 31, 2010


The highlights

• Race begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Clinton Lake State Park, Campground 3.

• Nearly 2,100 competitors are registered for the race, which consists of 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking, and a 13.1-mile run.

• Race events begin Friday and run through Sunday.

• For a complete schedule, visit

• Organizers are still looking for volunteer teams of 15 to 20 people to help during the race. Ironman will donate between $250 and $500 — depending on their time commitment — to a nonprofit of each team’s choice for their efforts.

• For more information about volunteering, send an e-mail to

Jenne Fromm survived a struggle with cancer four years ago.

The Kansas City, Mo., woman will have a chance to accomplish her next life goal Sunday in Lawrence: finishing the K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas.

“It’s always something I’ve wanted to do,” said Fromm, who set the goal last year following treatment for lymphoma. The training helps keep her mind focused on recovery.

“It’s kind of my medicine,” she said.

Fromm will join more than 2,000 other local and national athletes at the third annual Ironman, which begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Clinton Lake.

Race director Ryan Robinson said plans for the race are going smoothly, and organizers are looking forward to some world-renowned competitors, including last year’s winner, Chrissie Wellington.

But Robinson said the race is still looking for volunteer groups of between 15 and 20 people to help at the event.

Each group can then choose a local nonprofit, and Ironman will donate between $250 and $500 to the organization for the group’s efforts.

Robinson said he’s confident some local groups will step up, as they have the previous two years.

“We appreciate all the support we get from the citizens of Lawrence,” he said. The group just needs “a final volunteer push.”

Fromm, however, said she won’t need a push to cross the finish line, as she sees the race as a symbol of her recovery from cancer.

“It’s a little deeper for me,” said Fromm, whose husband, Steve, will also compete at the triathlon.

And after completing a half-Ironman in the fall in Georgia, Fromm said she’s confident she’ll meet the challenge.

“I’ll complete it without a doubt,” she said. “I’ll be smiling, and not just because I finish.”


superduper 7 years, 11 months ago

Not to sound stupid but , Which Sunday? Why wouldn't you put the date of the event in the article or highlights? I assume it's this coming Sunday June 6th. Thanks.

Shaun Hittle 7 years, 11 months ago

Our style is to refer to events coming that week with the day, not the date. If it were another Sunday, then we'd use the date. Hope that clears that up.

Linda Aikins 7 years, 11 months ago

If you click the link and dig around, it eventually shows June 6.

mdrndgtl 7 years, 11 months ago

I watch this stuff on ESPN2 and I absolutely love it. My personal favorite is the Tire Toss, where two men/women flip a tractor tire end-over-end down a track in a race to see who can cross the finish first. I do wish the Swedes wouldn't pound us every year, but I have a feeling this time will be little different. USA! USA!

hawkman8950 7 years, 10 months ago

Uh that's World's Strongest Man competition, Triathalon has to do with swimming, cycling and running. Get your sporting events straight

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