Wicklow People (West Edition) - - WHAT’S ON -

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.bless­ing­ton­

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