350 cyclists and runners will descend on Portlaoise tomorrow for the Trilogy Triathlon Club Laois’s Annual Triathlon.
The event, which is now in its tenth year and is sponsored by Joe Mallon Motors, is completely sold out and with the weather set to be mostly dry 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 Borris road, Colliers Lane and The Old Dublin road, over a gradual incline towards Emo, then returning via quiet roads for the Leisure Centre 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 club particularly extends well wishes to the 21 beginners who have been training with the club since February and are taking on TriLaois as their first triathlon.
Speaking ahead of the event, Race Director Yvonne Lambe 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, Dr Murphy Place, Colliers Lane, Dublin Road and Borris Road and safety is a top priority.”
“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 on Saturday morning.