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Try-a-Tri included in Loughmacrory Sprint Triathlon

Final preparations in place for Tri the Lough

Final preparations in place for Tri the Lough

Triathletes from across Ulster are expected to descend on Loughmacrory on Saturday 6th August as Omagh Triathlon Club hold their sixth successive ‘Tri the Lough’ Sprint Triathlon. For the first year the event will also offer competitors with the option of a Try-a-Tri event.
 
Race director Dessie McAleer explained: “After the successful establishment of a sprint triathlon, the club decided to extend the event to a shorter course. It provides a perfect opportunity to those curious about triathlon to take part. From speaking to newcomers over the years, we’ve recognised that very often the swim instills a sense of fear. Our short swim of 400m allows competitors to feel in control and safe with evenly-distributed canoes on the course.”
 
For the longer course, a 750m swim is on offer, followed by a two lap 20 km cycle on closed undulating roads – a rare occurrence for triathlons in Ireland. Competitors arrive back in transition to complete a relatively flat 5 K run, which takes in a picturesque lap of the Lough.
 
Club chairman Peter Skeffington commented: “Having run a successful triathlon to National Series standard since 2011, it felt like the right time to introduce a try-a-tri to the established race already on offer. We look forward to welcoming both experienced triathletes and newcomers to Loughmacrory in August and seeing people reach new personal goals.”
 
Open water swimming continues in Loughmacrory on Thursday evenings, with long and short course swims and canoe cover in place for anyone wanting to try.
 
All that’s needed for first timers is a wetsuit and googles – colour co-ordinated swimming caps will be available to identify each of the swimming abilities to the safety team.
 
Tri the Lough Sprint and Try-a-Tri are now available for entry on the Triathlon Ireland Website www.triathlonireland.com.
 
Those without membership will be able to purchase One Day Membership to compete. All course details are available on the club website www.omaghtriathlonclub.com 

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