ENNIS Tri Club will run their first-ever duathlon to raise funds for Clare Haven Services on September 26.
The duathlon – run-cycle-run – will start in Lees Road and will consist of a 2.6km run within the Lees Road complex, followed by a 14km road cycle on the roads around the Ennis area, and finishing with another 2.6km run in the Lees Road complex.
Club secretary, Michael Davis, said that the event is being organised as a fun duathlon and is targeted to those who have never done a duathlon or triathlon before, although those who have done so are also welcome.
“There is a place for everyone regardless of their ability in these types of endurance multi-sport events,” he added.
Race essentials for the day are runners, a bicycle and a bike helmet. The course details are available on the Ennis Tri Club website at www.ennistriclub.com.
Ennis Triathlon club was formed in January 2008 and has approximately 55 members, who actively participate in local, national and international triathlon events.
Mr Davis said that a number of male and female athletes qualified and competed for Ireland in their age groups at the ITU European Triathlon Championships held in Athlone in July of this year.
Paddy Quin (Clarecastle) the club chairperson, is in Hungary competing in the ITU World Championships for Ireland in his age group (M25-29) this weekend.
“In addition, we have a number of junior athletes who qualified earlier this year via talent identification programmes for inclusion on the Irish junior squad, which aims to develop athletes to compete in international elite competition.
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The race day schedule for the fun duathlon will be registration from 9 to 10am, race briefing at 10.15, with the race starting at 1-.30am sharp.
Online race entry is available at www.ennistriclub.com, with the first 50 entrants winning a free t-shirt. Entrants must be aged 16 or over and all proceeds from entry fee will go to Clare Haven Services.