Longford Triathlon Club will host its first full-distance triathlon in North Longford this month.
The sprint triathlon will take place at Dring Shore in Mullinalaghta on Saturday, July 27.
“It’s been a lot of hard work to get this far”, said race director, Seán Ó Ceallaigh. “My job has been made a lot easier because of the great support we have received from our main sponsors, Ann and Eugene Watters from the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, and also the local community, who have given the Lord of the Dring triathlon their full backing from day one.”
The event consists of a 750-metre swim in Lough Gowna, a 20km cycle around the lake and a 5km run through Derrycassan Wood.
As well as the full sprint distance, there are ‘Try-a-Tri’ and relay options for competitors. The Try-a-Tri involves a 200-metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, and is ideal for people who are new to the sport. The relay, meanwhile, provides an opportunity for teams to enter the race, with the disciplines divided among two or three people.
The local community in Mullinalaghta have been very sopportive of the event, with many getting involved in the preparations.
The Lord of the Dring is a fully-sanctioned triathlon race, with over 150 competitors expected to participate. Entries can be submitted online at www.longfordtri.ie.