The Gatorade Dublin City Triathlon has introduced a Super Sprint to this year’s event. Aimed at those new to the growing sport of triathlon, the super sprint is a shorter version comprising a 600 metre swim, 16 km cycle and a 4 km run in that order. It’s the ideal event for novices to challenge themselves in a safe, fun, yet competitive environment. The Super Sprint will be accompanied by the annual standard Olympic distance race (1500swim/40km bike/10km run).
Organisers Piranha Triathlon club are attracting potential entrants with a host of incentives such as free beginner training programmes, a Q&A session with experienced triathletes, practice open water swims and, for those who catch the triathlon bug, discounted club membership in 2010.
Title sponsors Gatorade continue as headline sponsors for the third consecutive year, having always been involved in some capacity with the race since its inception. Piranha triathlon club is extremely grateful for the continuing support of a company that is dedicated to the sport of triathlon, not just in Ireland but also in the UK and throughout the world.
Organising Ireland’s only city-based triathlon requires ongoing commitment on the part of the volunteer race committee, headed up by Race Director Greg Campbell, who commented “it would be impossible to organise an event of this complexity without the countless Piranha club members who set up and marshal the race. Not to mention the organising committee who have been beavering away behind the scenes for the last 9 months in their spare time. And of course without the help of the Gardaí, the Office of Public Works, members of the Irish Defence Forces, Triathlon Ireland, Dublin Bus and many other groups too numerous to mention, there would be no race at all.”
Both sprint and standard distance races follow the same Swim/Bike/Run format. The swim section takes place in the upper Liffey; home to many of Dublin’s rowing clubs. The cycle takes place on traffic-free, closed roads in the city’s Phoenix Park and the final section will see competitors run off-road into the heart of the park before crossing the finish line on Chesterfield Avenue. The entire event is spectator-friendly with several opportunities for supporters to spot their friends or family members along the course.
This year’s event has something for everyone from the nervous beginner to the single sport advocate to the seasoned elite triathlete. Simply completing their first triathlon will be the aim of most novices at the 2009 event while many athletes in the standard distance race will be competing for the glory of their club as the Gatorade Dublin City Triathlon hosts the National Club Championships. Others will be hoping their performance earns them a place on the Irish Team for the 2010 European Championships and World Championships being held in Athlone and Budapest respectively. Can’t swim? Challenge a couple of friends or colleagues and enter the standard distance event as a relay team.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday 30 August. Pre-registration is essential and entry closes on August 21st (or earlier, if limit is reached). For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dublincitytriathlon.com.