The 2012 edition of the Midwest Meltdown Triathlon and Duathlon was wet and wild. Normally you don’t expect temperatures in the high 60’s in the morning and hovering in the high 70’s by race end in mid-August in Kansas City.
That’s what racers got yesterday, August 26, 2012. Much needed rain for the area came in Saturday night and Sunday morning with periods of heavy mist dropping on athletes setting up in transition before the dawn hours. Luckily for the bike portion of the event, the mist stopped right as daylight hit leaving clouds and cool temperatures for swimming, biking and running.
As long as riders used caution and common sense while out on the bike, the chances of accidents due to wet roads were minimalized.
The event site was mowed and sections recently paved. The beach was freshly raked and buoys in place. Post-race was stocked with water and beer. It was a fitting wrap-up to the triathlon season in Kansas City.
Your Kansas City Endurance Sports Examiner ran the long course triathlon, and below is the review of the race.
- Sprint Triathlon
- Long Course Triathlon
INDIVIDUAL ASPECTS OF THE EVENT
- Registration: Online and straight forward.
- Communication: The event organizers used the email distribution list to send out timely emails and notifications of schedules and events. The event also has a Facebook page and twitter account that distributes timely answers to frequently asked questions and event updates.
- Packet Pickup: Packet pickup was scheduled the Wednesday and Saturday before the race. The packets came with a quality shoe bag, local endurance advertisements, water bottle, shirt and your usual race gear and Tri Tats for body markings, eliminating the need for marking at the event site the morning of the race.
- Port-a-potties: With around 10 to 15 port-a-potties and a lot of registered athletes opting not to race due to weather and rain, lines were fairly short and waiting for a turn was not an issue.
- Course: The course has been the same for the past 3 years. Turns were marked with signs and paint on the pavement. It was your standard expected course and no issues to speak of minus wet roads from the morning rain. Aid stations were stocked with COLD water and ice, sports gels and sports drinks. With the ride being the looped road around the lake and the run on the same roads, there wasn’t much thinking required for athletes coming out of transition. Plenty of volunteers were on hand making sure athletes headed the right direction.
- Finish Line: The race ended at the swim beach area. After passing the red wires for timing, a volunteer grabbed your chip and it was either off to post race goodies or pictures at the announcer tent.
- Post-Race Accommodations: Beer, water, pop, bananas, grapes and a few other assorted fruits hung out waiting to be devoured by emaciated triathletes. There was plenty to go around and stocked in ice filled coolers. Athletes had the option to get finisher pictures with a race backdrop, collect their results from the UltraMax timing printer or just lounge around and take a dip in the lake to cool off. It’s a pretty laid back atmosphere.
- Would I Come Back: Yes
- Would I Recommend to a Friend: Yes
In its 7th year under the current race director, the Midwest Meltdown Triathlon is a great entry level triathlon in Kansas City. The course is flat as it gets around Kansas City, parking is right next to transition and the roads are closed to outside traffic minus the residents of the lake.
The short course is great for the first timers. Lake Miola is small enough to have very minimal issues with wind. If you are looking for water as smooth as glass to swim in, this is it. The bike course is pretty straight forward no major hills to speak of. You have some nice stretches of just trying to drop the hammer raising your speed average.
The run is contained around the lake, so you’re not off in the wilderness feeling isolated from the rest of the event. Aid stations are well stocked in the event the temperatures do get out of hand.
If you need a medal for your efforts, that’s the only issue you will have with this race. It provides the same level of challenge for new and experienced triathletes while keeping the price low. Finishers in the top 5 for the long, short and duathlon course do receive prizes from Ultra Max, so train up to get a top 5 finish.
Race results can be found HERE.
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