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TriAthy & Swim Athy

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Planning for the first TriAthy started in Summer 2006 when Athy was identified as the ideal town to host a major Irish triathlon. The scenic backdrop of the River Barrow, coupled with the intimate surroundings of Athy's Emily Square made an Athy triathlon a possible, desirable and achieveable prospect. By Christmas 2006, intention turned into action when Belpark Triathlon Club (DUBLIN) and Trilogy Triathlon Club (PORTLAOISE) came together to become the co-organisers of Athy's first triathlon.

By 2007 a four strong organising team was in place by now and local buy-in was secured with the blessing of the local authority's - Athy Town Council and Kildare County Council - to proceed with this pioneering venture! Online Registrations opened on 21 January 2007 and the initial hope was that the race would attract up to 300 entrants. By close of registrations in early May 2007, 740 entrants has signed up for our event making TriAthy one of the largest Triathlon's ever staged in Ireland - a magnificent feat by any standard.

The organising team had four months of intense preparation in advance of the event and worked closely in cooperation with our 2007 title sponsors TEGRAL, local residents, the Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, the Civil Defence, the local authority, the IWAI, Waterways Ireland, the Athy GAA Club, the Athy Rugby Club, the Athy Rowing Club, the Athy Chamber of Commerce and many others to ensure a successful inaugural 2007 event. 2007 was also a fitting year to start TriAthy in that it was desigated as THE YEAR OF THE BARROW - a celebration of the river's wonderful amenity value. The inaugural TriAthy incorporated the LEINSTER TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007 - a recognition of the quality of the event and another significant vote of confidence in the organising team. The first TriAthy was staged on Saturday 2nd June 2007. Despite the di fficult weather conditions, the event proved an enormous success for competitors and for the proud Heritage Town of Athy, Co. Kildare.

Registrations for TriAthy 2008 went live on New Year's Day and the popularity of the race was evident from the off as we saw the vast majority of our 2007 entrants return for a second go at Ireland's Fastest Triathlon! The quality of the race was also recognised by Triathlon Ireland (the National Governing Body) in that TriAthy II was designated as the Irish Standard Di stance National Championships 2008 - a massive endorsement for the event. By close of registrations, 1,400 people had signed up to compete in the OLYMPIC and SPRINT races.TriAthy had doubled in size!

TriAthy II will long be remembered as an absolute scorcher - and indeed could be regarded as the only hot day in Ireland during the dreary summer of 2008. Temperatures were in the high 20's and many on the day were seen frantically applying high factor sun-cream in advance of their starting wave.

The heat was so intense that many cooled off by a return to the River Barrow for a quick dip after completing their race! TriAthy II welcomed a new and enthusiastic title sponsor: The Dooley Group. Gabriel Dooley (an Athy native) proved to be a fantastic advocate for TriAthy. As the owner of the Whi te Castle he also opened up the grounds of the castle as a recovery zone and prize giving ceremony post race... an idea which worked extremely well!! Once more TriAthy proved a brilliant showcase for the sport. With the support of so many, including an ever-understanding and supportive local community base, the TriAthy success story continued into 2009.

The third TriAthy event took place on one of the few beautiful Bank Holiday weekends of 2009. Athy looked resplendent in the mid-summer sunshine thanks to the terrific input by the local Tidy Towns committee and Athy Town Council to clean up the riverbank and prepare for the influx of over 7,000 visitors. To cater for the huge popularity and demand for the event, TriAthy separated the Olympic and Sprint distance races which were run concurrently in previous years. The Olympic race took place in the morning and following an efficient turnaround the Sprint race took place in the afternoon and early eventing. This meant that the event had a capacity of 2,500 which was easily met four weeks before raceday - a new record for the largest triathlon in Ireland.

Given its placing in the early part of the season, TriAthy continued to attract first-time triathletes (or newbies as they're affectionately called). Among the newbies was Irish Times Athletics Correspondent Ian O'Riordan who having endured t he 'battle of the barrow' and the leg tingling sensations of transition summarised his first triathlon experience as follows:

By the time we ran back along the riverbank into the finish, the Hawaiian-like sunshine still beating down and the deep exhaustion of it all briefly giving way to deep satisfaction, all any of us was capable of was two thoughts; our first beer, and our next triathlon.

The TriAthy Team look forward to welcoming you all back for the next one! They are working hard to make sure TriAthy IV will be another memorable event.

Gordon Bennett 1903 Winnder
Tourist Information Office

The Tourist Information Office in Athy is located in the Heritage Centre and Museum located a few minutes stroll from Kane's Pub Bed and Breakfast in Emily Square in the heart of this Heritage Town.


The 2011 TriAthy will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2011 over the June Bank Holiday weekend and overnight accommodation during the TriAthy and swim Athy events is available with rooms to let at Kane's Bed and Breakfast located a short distance from the start and finish points for the TriAthy events


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