TRI A CHALLENGE IN BLESSINGTON
THOSE WHO love a challenge will be hot-footing it to Blessington this week as the sixth annual Blessington Triathlon takes place on Sunday.
Over 400 competitors will be swimming, cycling and running their way through some of the county’s most beautiful scenery as they take on either the sprint distance, standard distance or aquabike challenge.
Organised by Belpark Triathlon Club and Blessington Sailing Club, the event has grown in popularity since its inception – so much so that places are now extremely limited so anyone interested in taking part is urged to register immediately. The closing date for entries is June 28.
The race, which begins at 9.40 a.m., is suitable for both beginners and experienced triathletes and has been raising funds for Down Syndrome Ireland since it first started in 2014.
The sprint distance involves a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and a 4.6km run; the standard distance involves a 1,500 swim, a 40km cycle and a 10.6km run; and the aquabike involves a 1,500m swim and a 40km cycle.
The swim will take place in the Poulphouca Reservoir while the bike route is a relatively flat spin along the N81 to Hollywood and back through Tulfarris. The run element will be held on quiet roads and lanes and involve some rolling climbs.
The race takes place from Blessington Sailing Club where clubhouse facilities will be available to competitors and there will be space for supporters to watch the race.
The finish area will also offer music, physio massage, refreshments and ice cream for all competitors.
The cost of entry is €50 for the sprint distance or €60 for the standard distance or aquabike. There is also the option of entering a relay team of three for the standard race for €90. For more information on registering, visit www.blessingtontri.ie.