With only a few to go until the highly anticipated third firmus energy City of Derry triathlon, organisers are urging those who mightn’t be ready to complete a full triathlon to consider signing up for the relay option before entry registration closes on May 31.
Following the success of last year’s triathlon, when over 450 athletes were cheered on by a crowd of 5,000 supporters, the 2015 race has been awarded National Series Status by Triathlon Ireland making this year’s event set to be bigger than ever. But organisers are keen to ensure the race is open to everyone and that people of all capabilities take part in the event, ranging from professionals and experienced triathletes through to novices and first-timers.
Chief organiser and race director of the firmus energy City of Derry triathlon, Paul McGilloway, said: “The relay option is perfect for those not quite ready to tackle a full triathlon and allows participants to divide the three stages of the race between team members. For example the 750m open water swim in the River Foyle for the team member who likes to make a splash, a 20km closed road cycle for the budding cyclist and another can then close the race with a 5km flat run taking in key attractions around the city including the iconic Peace Bridge.
“The past two years have proved a massive success but we expect this year it will be even more popular. A National Series race will attract higher levels of professional athletes for those with a competitive edge as well as novices who want to really see what they’re made of. No one will feel out of place!”
Throughout the week there will be plenty of events to supplement the atmospheric triathlon experience for both adults and children. Why not participate in in a ‘buddy swim’ in the Foyle were child-adult partnerships can compete in a fun race or a TRYathlon for 8-15 year olds to get involved?
Angeline Murphy, from firmus energy, is keen to encourage novice athletes to take part. She said: “This is the third year firmus energy has been involved with this event and it continues to improve year on year. There is a wide range of activities and abilities taking part - not only to challenge their fitness and have fun at the same time but many who are also getting involved to fundraise for great causes.
“We have had an excellent response to the 2015 race,” she added. “500 people have already registered so I would urge all of those interested in taking part in the full triathlon or as part of a relay team to sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing out!”
Entry registration for the event will close on May 31. For more information including where to register, how to train and what to wear, visit www.firmusenergytriathalon.co.uk where there are also event details and information on the charity partner, Foyle Search and Rescue.