350 cyclists and runners will takeover Portlaoise tomorrow for the Trilogy Triathlon Club Laois’s Annual Triathlon.
The event, which is now in its tenth year, is completely sold out and with the weather set to remain dry and sunny throughout the day, a large crowd of spectators is anticipated.
The Sprint Race consists of a 750 metre pool swim, a 19.5km cycle and a 5km run.
The swim is a pool based swim in which competitors must complete 30 lengths of the 25 metre pool in the Portlaoise Leisure Centre.
The Tri-a-Tri Race consists of a 400m Swim followed by a 20km Bike and 5km Run.
The cycle then takes the competitors out the old Dublin road, over a gradual incline towards Emo, then returning via quiet roads for the cycle leg, to complete the run over a largely flat out and back route local to the town.
The event is open to all, but has been particularly designed for anyone racing their first event – either as a team or as individuals.
The short-distance, pool-based swim makes an ideal dry run for longer events outdoors later in the new season, and will help anyone preparing for outdoor events later in the Summer.
The event is the first Triathlon Ireland competitive triathlon in Laois, and the organisers hope the central location makes the event accessible to all.
Speaking ahead of the event, club secretary Sharon Roche is hoping for the assistance of the public to ensure that the competition is a success.
She said: “There will be 350 cyclists and runners passing through our town in the vicinity of the Leisure Centre, Dublin Road, Ridge Road and Borris Road.
“There may be minor delays at junctions and Roundabouts as athletes pass through.
“Please follow the directions of gardaí and event marshalls. Your patience and co-operation is greatly appreciated.”
The race begins at 8am tomorrow morning.