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The Lost Sheep Half Iron Triathlon



The Lost Sheep Half Iron Triathlon has since it’s inception in 2003 gained a reputation both nationally and internationally as one of the toughest half ironman distance races on the triathlon circuit. Traditionally staged in september each year the event starts with a 1900m swim in the scenic Kenmare Bay followed by an 83km cycle which takes competitors over two category one climbs on the Healy and Caha passes and finishes after an undulating 21km run mostly on quiet country roads in the picturesque town of Kenmare.

The Lost Sheep 2009 will take place in Kenmare on September 12th, 2009.

Entry to the event will be split over 2 days, 200 places will be made available on Sun May 17th at 8am and the remaining 150 at 8am on thursday May 28th. Refunds of 50% on entry fee will be available up until July 31st or you may exchange your place with another if you organise it yourself and send the details to [email protected] for final approval up until August 22nd. No changes will be allowed after this date.

Please note that registration to the event will take place in Kenmare on friday Sep 11th from 7-9:00pm, there will be no race registration on race day.

Transition is located at the Riversdale Hotel. No parking will be allowed in or around the Riversdale Hotel or the Finish Line which is located outside the Community Hall on Shelbourne Street. Transition will open at 6.00am and all bikes must be in place by 6.30am. There will be designated bike racks for relays and athletes with Race Nos. 1 to 30 only. All other bikes racks are on a first come first served basis.
Relays must hand over their timing chips at the designated rack only. Relay team members are asked not to impede other competitors; failure to comply with this request will incur penalty points. A race marshal will be situated at the bike rack to ensure compliance.
The swim start is located aprox 1km from transition area. Your race pack includes a plastic bag labelled with your race number for footwear, please put shoes used to walk to start in this bag and tie securely. They will be returned to the transition area where you must collect them after the race.

Swim – 1900M – 7:15am
Swim Caps (silicon) provided must be worn, additional hats may be worn underneath this. Wet suits are mandatory. The swim will be marked by large buoy markers, 1.5 metres high anchored in the bay, all buoys are to be passed on your left shoulder. The swim will start from the small beach area at the back of the pier. A swim briefing will be given before the start of the swim. The Swim Course is straight out to the further Buoy, U Turn around this Buoy keeping it on the LEFT and on to the remaining Buoys keeping them on the LEFT back under the Bridge and exit at the Slipway at the Riversdale Hotel
Athletes will be allowed to warm up/acclimatise in the water before the swim start.
There will be one mass start for all competitors. Please cede yourself accordingly at the swim start with weaker swimmers staying to the back.
Please ensure that you cross over the timing mat, on re-entering the transition area from the Swim, this receiver will record your swim time.
Relays must handover the timing chip at the relay bike rack only.

Bike 83km (just short)
Hard shell helmets must be worn. The helmet must be on and fastened before your bike is removed from the bike rack. All helmet violations will incur a time penalty. Ensure that you cross over the timing receiver, which records your transition time, and begins to record the bike time. Competitors will not be allowed out of the transition area without a clearly visible race number to the back, a timing chip secured around your ankle and a fully fastened hard shell helmet with sticker.
Bikes cannot be mounted until athletes cross over the mount/dismount line, similarly on the return from the bike course, athletes must dismount before this line. Failure to do so will incur a penalty.

Run 21 Km
Again leave the Transition Area / Riversdale Hotel, stay on the left side , take the Immediate LEFT turn and on towards the Sheen Falls Hotel. About 250 metres past the hotel take the right hand turn. From there on it is an out and back run following the road markings. There will be a timing chip on the run turnaround to prove that all competitors reach this mark. Note the turnaround is not the half way mark. From the turnaround it is straight back the way you came. At the original Sheen Falls Junction this time you take the right turn following the river to the Roughty Bridge. After crossing the bridge there is a steep climb to the junction of the Main Road – Kilgarvan to Kenmare. Here you take a left turn and proceed back to Kenmare on the Main Road. Stay on the left hand side of the road all the way in, be careful passing the Golf Club Entrance, Straight on all the way down pass the Library and the Park Hotel Entrance / Gardai Station to the finish Line in the Community Centre on Shelbourne Street
Overall this is a tough Half Marathon course, with plenty little drags etc. Most of the run, is actually on a Dual Carriageway !!!!, i.e. A quiet Irish Country Road with grass growing in the middle, so we’re asking you to run on the Left Lane at all times.
There will be 4 water/drinks stations on the run, these will be confirmed at the race briefing on Friday night.
Final race cut off time 8 hours.