CROWDS of athletes descended on Athy on Saturday 1 June to compete in a range of events as part of TriAthy 2019.
Almost 2,100 triathlon enthusiasts arrived to run, cycle and swim through and around the town – among those who competed in the 13th edition were members of Athy Triathlon Club and chairperson Michael O’Connor described it as a great day out.
“We had approximately 50 members competing on the day and we had a couple of first-timers who all completed the triathlon,” he said, adding that a number of members placed first, second or third in their age group while Zuzana Day was second overall in the Olympic distance. “It was a fantastic event from our club point of view.”
Thankfully the weather cooperated – although there was a little rain early in the morning conditions dried up again and the sun came back out. Michael described the crowd who turned out to support and cheer the athletes as “fantastic”, and there’s no doubt their encouragement helped a few tired competitors to muster the strength to cross the finish line.
“The thing about triathlon is it doesn’t matter what club you’re from or if you’re not even affiliated to a club,” he remarked. “As long as you have a race number on you, people will encourage you and just shout your number.”
As the dust settled on this year’s event, the organisers took to social media to thank everyone who played a part in making the day happen, including race director John Wallnutt, describing it as a “huge undertaking.” Plans are already underfoot for 2020 and next year’s TriAthy is earmarked for Saturday 30 May.
“Planning has now officially started for our XIV edition,” the organisers said on Facebook recently. “The first 200 entrants get 20% off using the code CONQUER2020 – this is the best entry value for one of the country’s favourite tri’s. Join us!”