Don’t worry about putting on extra pounds over the Christmas as The Land of The Giants Duathlon will help to burn them up. On December 29 at 10.30am the town of Claremorris will be a colour fest of runners and cyclist all aiming to complete the first ever Claremorris Duathlon.
Claremorris, a well-known sporting town, is new to this type of racing; a mix of running and cycling but having an ideal venue with the walkway around the McMahon Park and on into the Land of the Giants Greenway which is a real stunner it will make for a great event.
The event will start at The Square in the Town Centre. Once the horn blasts all the runners take off en masse down Main Street on to James Street towards the Ballinrobe Road, turning left into McMahon Park on to the path around Clare Lake and on into the longer run over to the golf course.
Once the run is finished participants get their bikes at the car park and cycle out toward Mayfield, rolling over the hills for 6k before turning left for Carramore and left again at Malachy Fordes Country Club pub back in to Claremorris. The second run takes the athletes on a 2k anticlockwise run around Clare Lake before running back to the square for the finish.
The Claremorris Chamber of Commerce is always enthusiastic and supportive of big events and in the past few years the Mayo Stages Rally has been a real attraction along with numerous town festival events, but an open sporting event like this holds well for Claremorris with its long history of sport, in particular its athletics and swimming, all locals have to do now is cycle.
The event has already attracted some big names and as the time draws closer to the big day and taking place at a good time of year with a very well laid out course, it is expected to have a full field in excess of 300 participants. Red tag timing will record the timing of the event so all the splits will be available to every finisher.
Sign on takes place on Saturday morning December 29 from 8.30am to 9.45am at the Dalton Inn or grab an early bird price by booking on line at www.runireland.com/events/land-giants-Duathlon-Claremorris .
More race details to be seen on http://www.claremorrischamber.ie