May 31 - Last week, retailer and event organizer Elite Cycling officially announced the cancellation of the 2016 Jackson County Triathlon & Duathlon, citing dwindling registration and sponsorship. The future of the race is unlikely, with event organizers stating they were looking ahead to future race opportunities to take the place of the long-standing race.
The Jackson County Triathlon & Duathlon was one of the longest-running multisport events in the Kansas City area, and always fell on the heels of the increasingly-popular Midwest Meltdown Triathlon & Duathlon, which was held the weekend before last at Miola Lake in Paola, Kansas.
This news comes not long after the un-official "official" cancellation of the 2016 Danisco Prairie Punisher Duathlon, another area long-time multisport event. As of three weeks ago, Johnson County Parks & Recreation un-published the event's official website, and although no official statement had been made to its cancellation, there is no knowledge of a 2016 version of the event being held, which typically took place in mid- to late-July.
Though triathlon is truly blooming as a popular sport, opportunities for duathletes seems to be dwindling as the majority of multi-sport fans flock towards the swim-bike-run option. Regardless, the loss of these events is a tough one (the Prairie Punisher was my first-ever competitive race, cycling or multi-sport). I will keep a look-out to new opportunities and post them on our Races & Events tab as they surface.
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