Galway Triathlon Club hosts aquathon festival

Galway Triathlon Club’s Aquathon Festival makes a welcome return to the racing scene on Saturday.

Swimming in Lough Corrib and running around the grounds of Dangan on the shores of the river, the event is expected to attract athletes of all abilities and aspirations from across Ireland.

Athletes can choose either a one or two kilometre swim in the Corrib, followed by a running loop of five kilometres, taking in the natural beauty and scenery of the towpath along the river bank at Dangan Sportsground.

The triathlon club with some 200 members is the largest in the west of Ireland. It has hosted the National Championships twice in Salthill and in 2015 moved the race venue to Dangan in partnership with Tribesman Events. The 2019 senior event takes place on the back of the successful Youth and Junior Aquathon hosted by Galway Triathlon Club Junior Club last month.

The Aquathon Festival is a great opportunity for participants to try out the sport in the short race, challenge and test themselves in the long course, or team up with a swimmer or runner for the relay race on the long course.

Registration is via Triathlon Ireland, with number collection on the day at the Corrib Village slipway.

The standard race of a 1000m swim from Dangan Pier downstream towards Corrib Village Pier is followed by a flat and fast five kilometre run, perfect for those wishing to test their speed and try something a little different this summer.

The long course is a great test of swim and run ability for those looking for a slightly tougher challenge with a two kilometre swim and 10 kilometrerun. There is also the option for a bit of fun in the two kilometre swim and five kilometre fun race.

For more information, check out the details on Facebook, or email [email protected].

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