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TriAthlone this Saturday

Ireland's biggest race set to go

Waterways Ireland triAthlone 2009, Ireland’s biggest triathlon takes place this Saturday, in Athlone with a record number of 2,500 participants taking part. Thousands of supporters will throng the medieval streets of Athlone to cheer on the athletes of all levels competing in Ireland’s biggest triathlon, one of Europe’s top 10 triathlons and host for The European Championships in 2010.

Irish elite Athletes Aileen Morrison, Emma Davis and Gavin Nobel will compete in this crucial European Cup race against a field of international elite tri athletes from around the globe (UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Switzerland and Spain). For route maps and course details check out www.triathlone.ie.

Waterways Ireland triAthlone has developed into one of the biggest emerging summer festivals where sport, entertainment and music meet.

Liam Heavin, Chairman Waterways Ireland triAthlone said; “This is the biggest year yet for Waterways Ireland triAthlone and we want to encourage as many people as possible to come along and support the tri-athletes taking part and enjoy the festive atmosphere which will be rife throughout Athlone this weekend. We are already looking forward to hosting next year’s European Championships in 2010.”

This year’s Waterways Ireland triAthlone event will be supported by premium sponsor Waterways Ireland, with significant support also provided by Athlone Town Council.

Martin Dennany, Director of Marketing and Communications for Waterways Ireland commented; “Waterways Ireland triAthlone is a phenomenal sporting event which continues to grow in popularity each year and we are delighted to support. We are delighted that Waterways Ireland triAthlone are part of this event that utilises the inland waterway system and also provides huge benefit to the local economy.”

2009 sees the exciting introduction of TRIFEST music festival where key Irish acts The Blizzards and Mundy will perform 17th, 18th and 19th July. Fáilte Ireland is main supporters for the TRIFEST music festival. Tickets and further information available: www.trifest.ie .

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.