The scenic surrounds of Narraghmore will be the setting for Athy Triathlon Club’s upcoming all inclusive Junior Duathlon.
Taking place on Sunday 2 October at 9am, the event is suitable for children of all abilities. The entry fee is €10 for those aged 4 to 11 and €25 for 12 to 19-year-olds.
“We had a very successful running of it last year in Narraghmore, so we’re going back there, we got great support from the local community,” said Stephen O’Neill from Athy Triathlon Club. “Feedback was really, really positive from the event last year.”
Participants will run, bike and run some more for specific distances depending on their age group – 100m, 500m and 100m for 4 to 5-year-olds, for example, rising to 3km, 16km and 2km for those aged 18 or 19.
“Based on your age group, that will determine the distances of each discipline,” Stephen said, adding that the races will take place on closed roads.
Stephen explained that the event is a Youth National Series, part of a series of races where 12 to 17-year-olds “would race across the season and get points awarded based on their position.”
Two other competitions will also be running – the National Primary Schools Championships and the National Post Primary Schools Championships. Stephen said they only got word of the primary school element recently – Triathlon Ireland asked if they could run it and the club said yes.
“We’re really excited about that,” he said. “It would be particularly good if we had really strong representation from some of the schools around the county particularly.”
Everyone who takes part in the duathlon will get a medal and a set of Athy Triathlon Club-branded arm warmers.
For more information, email [email protected] or visit athytriathlonclub.com. Registration is open at triathlonireland.com (a Triathlon Ireland license is required).