5.0 
Can I use headphones while racing?

  •   No, it is not safe to do so. You may be penalised or disqualified by the Triathlon Ireland referee or nominated officials.

5.0 
Do I need goggles?

  • Yes.
  • No goggles = No swim as per the race rules.
  • This is for your comfort and safety.

5.0 
Can I use any stroke during the swim?

  • Yes although we recommend that you swim front crawl unless you are tired or in difficulty.
  • If you need assistance, roll into a backstroke position and signal for assistance and one of our water rescue team will come to your aid immediately.
  • SwimAthy takes place on 27 May 2018 and is an ideal opportunity for entrants to test the water ahead of race day. It is a fully marshalled event, covering the exact course but without the stress of a race environment.
  • For details see www.swimathy.com.
  • SwimAthy is open to everyone and is a favourite among athletes preparing for long distance Ironman or Challenge events who want open water experience. It is also perfectly suited to first time triathletes who want to eliminate race nerves and acclimatise themselves.

5.0 
What swim safety measures are in place?

  • We are a very safety conscious event with a 100% safety record.
  • Our water rescue team are medics, rowers and canoeists who are based in the area all year round.
  • They are familiar with the behaviour and currents of the river.
  • Every person in the water will have a dedicated marshal watching them.
  • If you get into trouble, roll into the backstroke position and signal for help using your arm and one of our crew will come to your aid immediately.
  • Should you require further assistance, our ambulance crew will be on standby at the riverside.
  • Couple of additional facts about swimming at TriAthy:
    • The riverbank is never more than 20m away (the river is 40m wide at it's maximum point)
    • The river depth is generally chest high during June.
    • The river current is normally slow and steady during June.
    • Multiple canoeists and river-side marshals will be keeping close watch on our swimming triathletes.

 

4.0 
How do I wear my race number?

  • You will be provided with two race bibs.
  • During the swim your bib will not be visible as it will be under your wetsuit.
  • During the bike section your number must be displayed on your back.
  • During the run section, it must be displayed on your front.
  • You can pin the numbers on to your clothing, or you can wear a race belt and swivel it around from back to front.

4.0 
Do I need a swim cap?

  • You will be issued a TriAthy swim cap at registration.
  • Your hat will be colour coded to identify your wave.
  • For warmth and comfort some triathletes choose to double up and wear their own swim hat under the official hat.

3.7 
Do I need a wetsuit?

  • Yes.
  • Wetsuits are compulsory.
  • Your wetsuit will keep you warm and improve your swimming speed and buoyancy.
  • Put your name on the inside of your suit in case it is left behind on race day.

3.5 
What do I wear beneath my wetsuit?

  • You should wear whatever you will complete the rest of the race in.
  • This way, when you strip off your wetsuit after the swim your race kit is already on underneath.
  • Nudity in the transition area is not allowed, as it is against the rules! Wear what feels comfortable.
  • It is not advised to try new clothing on race day.
  • Train in your gear before race day.
  • Remember lycra will dry out quicker than cotton.

3.0 
I am no longer able to race. What are my options?

  • Under the T&C of entry, you can withdraw from the TriAthy event on or before 1st April 2018.
  • You will be entitled to a refund less the administration fee of €15.
  • To request a refund, please use the online contact form.
  • After the 1st April 2018, the only option available to you is to either
    • Change To A Different Race; or
    • Transfer your entry to somebody else.
  • Please see the FAQ above for these details.

3.0 
Can I use my surfing or shortie wetsuit?

  • Yes. Any neoprene full body wetsuit is suitable.
  • Non-triathlon wetsuits may not be as flexible around the arms and shoulders.
  • We recommend that you precise in your wetsuit in the weeks prior to the race.

SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 27th May 2017 and is an ideal opportunity for entrants to test the water ahead of race day.

  • It is a fully marshalled event, covering the exact course but without the stress of a race environment.
  • For details see www.swimathy.com.
  • SwimAthy is open to everyone and is a favourite among athletes preparing for long distance Ironman or Challenge events who want open water experience. It is also perfectly suited to first time triathletes who want to eliminate race nerves and acclimatise themselves.

3.0 
Can I use a Mountain Bike?

  • Yes.
  • It must be roadworthy with working brakes and adequate tyre pressure.
  • Please also ensure that handlebar ends are capped.
  • All bikes will be checked by our marshals prior to being admitted into transition for racking and set-up.

3.0 
Do I need to be able to swim?

YES, for obvious safety reasons you must be able to swim as you will be entering an open water environment.

Our safety crews will be there to assist you if you need help.

However, as a guideline, we suggest you have a minimum competency of:

There are time limits for the swims and if you exceed them, you could be removed from the water. The time limits are:

  • TryAthy - 9 mins
  • Sprint - 27 mins
  • Olympic - 55 mins
  • Double Olympic - 110 mins

Note: TriAthy swim race distances are TryAthy 250m, Sprint 750m, Olympic 1,500m and Double Olympic 3,000m. Click on the links to review. 

SwimAthy: We strongly recommend that you to take part in SwimAthy to test the water ahead of race day. SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 27th May 2018.

3.0 
Are there water stations on the run course?

  • Yes, there will be numerous water stations on the run course.
  • Water will be available in cups on the course and in bottles at the finish line.
  • Please try to use the bins provided once you’ve finished your drink!
  • The finalised online route maps will highlight the locations of the water stations.

2.3 
I'm a local resident and need to make a journey on the day of the event.

  • Road Closures will be in place in the area on 2nd June 2018.
  • Further details will be posted here approximately 4 weeks prior to raceday.

2.0 
Can I use tri-bars?

  • Yes but all tri bars (and handlebars) must be plugged at the ends and secure.
  • All bikes will be checked by our marshals prior to being admitted into transition.

1.8 
Why do I need a Race Licence to participate at TriAthy 2018?

  • TriAthy 2018 is a Triathlon Ireland sanctioned event.
  • As such all participants are required to have a "Race Licence" in order to participate for insurance purposes.
  • A Race Licence is either:
    • Full Membership of Triathlon Ireland in 2018 (Full, Student, or Junior membership only);  OR
    • Full Membership in 2018 of any affiliated ITU Organsiation (including the British Triathlon Federation encompassing: Triathlon England / Welsh Triathlon / Triathlon Scotland)
    • A One Day Membership for the TriAthy event you are taking part in
  • Both Triathlon Ireland Membership and One Day Membership's can be purchased directly from Triathlon Ireland.
  • Note that One Day Membership for the TryAthy Course race is at the discounted rate of €15. For all other races, the One Day Membership is €25.

1.6 
What time does the race start?

  • The race timetable is available on our Race Schedule Page.
  • An indicative timetable will be posted during March 2018 to give the broad times.
  • A more detailed timetable will be posted within 10 days of the event to give a more detailed breakdown of race day.

 

1.6 
Which roads are closed during the event?

  • We will list which roads and at what times that these roads will be closed as the event approaches.
  • Please be sure to plan your journey carefully, the road closures will add time to your travel.

1.0 
What are the Age Restrictions for taking part at TriAthy 2017?

  • Adult entrants:
    • Must be 18 or over on 31 December 2018.
    • There is no upper age restriction.
  • Junior entrants:
    • Must be 16 to 19 on on 31 December 2018.
    • Can only enter the Sprint Course distance race.
    • All junior entrants must be holders of Triathlon Ireland Junior Membership, in line with requisite parental consents.

1.0 
Where do I wear my race number while on the bike?

  • You will be provided with two race bibs at registration.
  • During the swim your bib will not be visible as it will be under your wetsuit.
  • During the bike section your number must be displayed on your back.
  • During the run section, it must be displayed on your front.
  • You can pin the numbers on to your clothing, or you can wear a race belt and swivel it around from back to front.

1.0 
What is the deadline to purchase a Race Licence?

  • You should ensure that you purchase your race licence in advance of raceday.
  • The latest date to purchase a One Day Licence is midnight on Thursday 31st May 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: No Licence means No Race - There are NO exceptions to this policy.

1.0 
How will the roads be closed?

  • Road will be closed in conjunction with the Local Authority and Garda Siochana using cones, barriers and traffic management personnel, supplemented by motor cycle marshals.
  • This will create a traffic free environment for the entire event thereby enhancing event safety and improving the overall experience for our competitors.

 

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