FAST and FRIENDLY
Venue: Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Sprint (0.75km swim, 20km bike, 5km run)
Olympic (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run)
2009 REGISTRATIONS OPEN ON 1 JANUARY
TriAthy aims to be Ireland’s Fast and Competitor-Friendly Triathlon.
Whether it’s an improved “Personal Best” you’re looking for, or the easiest course to do your first triathlon, we believe that TriAthy is your BEST CHOICE.
A triathlon is a demanding endeavour, so we don’t see the need to add extra obstacles like Atlantic waves, Hills and Rough roads!!! We believe the TriAthy course will be fast and easy for the following reasons:
The FASTEST (AND CLEANEST) Tri-SWIM COURSE IN IRELAND: The TriAthy SPRINT swim will be 100% downstream for all 750m. The TriAthy OLYMPIC swim will be downstream with the current for 1150m and only against the current for 350m in the section of river where the current is slowest (the inside of a river bend). Another positive point to note is that this section of the River Barrow is designated as a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ (SAC) due to its environmental importance and water is going to be pumped from the Barrow at Athy for Dublin drinking water, so good water quality in the Barrow is a standard.
The FASTEST Tri-CYCLE COURSE IN IRELAND: The SPRINT and OLYMPIC cycle are both ‘Out-and-Back’ courses which generally follows the path of the River Barrow for 10km on the R417 (Athy-Carlow road). This 10km stretch is as flat as the river with a total altitude difference of only 20m across the entire route.
The FASTEST Tri-RUN COURSE IN IRELAND: Both runs follow the River Barrow and the Grand Canal, so they are also pancake flat!!! Ideal to push for that “PB” or relatively easy if you’re on your last energy reserves.
The FASTEST TRANSITION IN IRELAND: The single transition will be nestled between the River and the road used for the cycle. The transition will operate on the simple ‘in one side, out the other’ for both the swim-bike and run-bike transitions. Competitors will not have to drag their bike on a long doglegs around the transition, so again saving time and we also believe helping to avoid injuries. The transition will be square in plan, this will keep its length and the length you have to run to a minimum. This is an often overlooked area, but an extra 90 seconds in each transition, due to a long transition will make your time 5% slower over the sprint distance, to get this speed gain from a new bike could easily cost a few thousand!!
46% of 2007 TriAthy respondents (250+) achieved a Personal Best Time. (2007 Post Race Competitor E-Survey)
Our race is competitor friendly also – here’s why:
YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN START WAVE: Both the SPRINT and OLYMPIC races will have three different start waves, nominally called Fast, Medium and Slow. However we won’t dictate what wave you start in. If you want to start with your workmate, wife, training partner etc, just ensure they put down the same wave when entering.
SPECTATOR FRIENDLY and FUN.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU ALL TO ATHY ON SATURDAY 31st MAY 2008
MAKE SURE TO REGISTER EARLY TO SECURE YOUR ENTRY
As the curtain falls on 2008, plans are now well advanced for the third staging of Ireland’s Fastest Triathlon – TriAthy 2009. This years event will take place on Saturday 30th May 2009 (over the June Bank Holiday weekend).
2009 REGISTRATIONS OPEN ON 1 JANUARY
Registrations for the 2009 event will open on New Years Day and thousands are expected to take on the challenge by logging on to www.triathy.com within the next few days.
As in previous years, TriAthy will consist of two races: TriAthy SPRINT and TriAthy OLYMPIC:
TriAthy SPRINT consist of a 750m downstream swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run.
TriAthy OLYMPIC involves a 1.5km swim (mostly downstream!), a 40km cycle and a 10km run.
The event is open to Individuals who take on all three disciplines or Relay Teams of 3 who can each take on one discipline each.
TRIATHY GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
After just two year’s the TriAthy race has become embedded as one of Ireland’s most cherished triathlon events. In only it’s second year it hosted the Irish Triathlon Championships and attracted 1,400 participants to the Co. Kildare town – a feat which made it the largest triathlon ever to take place in Ireland.
The event continues to generate interest and at this point the Organisers estimate that over 2,000 participants will take part in the 2009 race.
WHY IS ATHY SO GOOD FOR TRIATHLON?
Athy’s naturally flat topography, convenient location, and historical setting all combine with natural adrenaline and an electric atmosphere to create an excellent showcase for the sport.
This reputation must be jealously guarded and the Organising Team are mindful that an event this size can only take place with the dedication of a massive volunteer force and the ongoing cooperation of Our Sponsors, An Gardai Siochana, The Local Authorities, The Defence Forces, The Civil Defence, Local Sporting Organisations, Local Residents, and the Athy Business Community.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
As TriAthy III will be the biggest event so far, the Organising Team are looking for volunteers to assist with the massive logistics of race day. If anyone is interested in helping out we would invite them to visit our volunteer page at www.triathy.com and sign up to become a raceday volunteer. All volunteers will receive a TriAthy Marshal T-Shirt as well as several other raceday goodies.
2009 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
TriAthy is an excellent visual showcase event and may afford businesses with an ideal opportunity to associate with the tremendous goodwill being generated by the event. Anyone interested in becoming a 2009 sponsor should contact the TriAthy Team at [email protected]
MAKE AN EARLY NEW YEARS RESOLUTION!
TriAthy is the perfect New Years fitness goal (its just under 150 days away!!) and to reflect this are offering a special EARLY BIRD discount rate to the first 150 TriAthy entrants (Just under €42 to enter the SPRINT, and just under €48 to enter the OLYMPIC race).
No more excuses – sign up for TriAthy III today – and complete the ultimate fitness challenge for 2009!