Claremorris will host the Land of the Giants Duathlon for the sixth time on Wednesday December 28. Last year saw a bumper crowd of more than 250 participants, and organisers are expecting even bigger numbers this Christmas.
The event is also the first round of the Ireland West Duathlon series, and going on last year’s success the series promises to draw participants from the four corners of the country. The Giants Duathlon, as it is known locally, is a jovial affair, some use it to kickstart the season while others are just happy to blow off a bit of turkey, one thing for sure is that old friends always get to meet up, be it before, during, or after the event.
Dixon & Dever Quantity Surveyors and project managers is the main sponsor. The Claremorris company has been a key supporter of the event since its inception back in 2011.
Paul Dixon said: "We are delighted to be main sponsor as it is a great event for the town. I have taken part myself a few times and love the atmosphere it brings."
The event starts in Claremorris town with a 5k run that takes participants out to McMahon Park where they run around in the safe environment of the beautiful Land of the Giants greenway.
Stage 2 is an 18k cycle taking on the undulating roads of Mayfields and Carramore before returning via the Ballinrobe road.
Stage 3 is a 2k run around Clare Lake, then back to the finish line at the Square.
Sign up at the McWilliam Park Hotel from 8am to 10am with the start time 10.30am at the Square, where the participants fill the road on their way to McMahon Park on the Ballinrobe road. To find out more details or enter online go to www.raceface.ie
The ever popular relay section is back — the runner does the two runs and the cyclist does the 18k bike leg. With a whole host of prizes there is something for everyone to be cheerful for with spot prizes, fancy dress, and team prizes. Remember when out training to be safe and be seen, and wear high vis clothing.
The event is being supported by Claremorris Chamber of Commerce, McMahon Park committee, Mayo County Council, Claremorris Men’s Shed group, The Red Cross, and Claremorris Cycling Club, with Core Timing looking after the event timing.