Newry City Triathlon expected to be massive
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
SUNDAY'S Firmus Energy Newry City Triathlon promises to be a huge sporting affair with almost 300 athletes entering the event, scheduled for a 2pm start at the Albert Basin in front of the Quays Shopping Centre.
If you haven't entered at this stage it's now too late, as the deadline for registering was Monday (yesterday).
The distances for the triathlon are a 750-metres swim in the Newry Canal, at the Albert Basin, followed by a 20-kilometres cycle to and from Warrenpoint with the race finishing with a three-lap 5k run around the City.
The triathlon is just one of many sporting activities that will take place on Sunday. The Newry City Water Festival will commence at 10am. Activities will include kayaking, canoeing, currach boats and water-boat rides. Children participating in any of these water-based activities must be able to swim a minimum distance of 50-metres.
There will also be the eagerly anticipated Iron Kids duathlon that will cater for various age-groups. This event will begin at 12.15pm and will incorporate a short run, bike ride and a further run. The competitors must wear safety helmets during this event.
Participating children will require parental consent and parents will be required to accompany the young Iron Kids. Mayor Daire Hughes will take part in the Iron Kids race in a competitive spirit.
One of the highlights of the morning will also be the Chip and Dip where the children will be brought out to the floating pontoon on the canal, with Dessie McMahon, of Pat's Chippy, providing complimentary hot food and soft drinks.
Other sponsors include, O'Brien's Sandwiches, The Quays. They will be supplying food and refreshments to the triathletes and Sainbury's, also from the Quays, will provide water and juice for both events.
The Brass Monkey will host the post triathlon celebrations.
Race Director Paddy Duffy is looking forward to Sunday.
“The Council have put an amazing amount of work into organising these events and I have high hopes that the Newry City Triathlon will become one of the top triathlons in Ireland," said Duffy.
“I would like to thank Firmus Energy who are the principal sponsor and hope that with the success of the event, Firmus will stay on board in future years.
“I would also like to thank the other agencies and companies for their help in staging this high profile series of events, particularly the Newry Triathlon Club, East Coast Adventure, the Department of Social Development and Neighbourhood Renewal - who have funded the water-based activities.
“Members of Newry Shamrocks GAC will act as marshalls on the day and members of Newry Fire Brigade will be on hand to ensure all the athletes can avail of a shower after the race.
“Furthermore I would like to thank Gerry Coyle and his hard-working Quayside Close/Dromalane Community Association for all their help and assistance."
Angeline Murphy of Firmus Energy said: "We are very excited about the upcoming festival and delighted to support the triathlon this year. We have been involved in other triathlons in Northern Ireland and know how much of a challenge it can be, but also how rewarding it is to finish.
“It is also a great spectator sport as you get a great view of the swimming, running and cycling elements from one spot and you can instantly see the boost your cheering and support is giving each and every one of the competitors.
“It is sure to great family fun day and we would encourage everyone from the community to come out and enjoy what Newry City Council has worked so hard to organise for the area."
Paddy Duffy also advised that there would be some traffic diversions in place in the city to ensure the safe running of the triathlon and he asks motorists to exercise patience.
It should be a memorable day for all the competitors and no doubt the event will attract a lot of spectators to cheer on the athletes in their quest to complete this popular triathlon.
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