Can I use headphones while racing?

5.0 
  • No, it is not safe to do so.
  • It is also against the rules of racing. You may be penalised or disqualified by the Triathlon Ireland referee or their nominated officials.

Do I need a wetsuit?

3.3 
  • Yes - Wetsuits are compulsory for racing at TriAthy.
  • Your wetsuit will keep you warm and improve your swimming speed and buoyancy.
  • It is also an important safety aid in the event of experiencing difficulties.
  • We strongly recommend putting your name on the inside of your wetsuit in case it is left behind on race day.

Do I need to be able to swim?

3.0 
  • 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:

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: To aid your race preparations we strongly recommend that you to take part in SwimAthy to test the water ahead of race day. SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 26th May 2019. The River course for all TriAthy swim legs will be in place for SwimAthy.

Can I use my surfing or shortie wetsuit?

3.0 
  • 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 26th May 2019 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.

Do I need goggles?

5.0 
  • Yes - Googles are mandatory!
  • No goggles = No swim as per the race rules.
  • This is for your comfort and safety.

Do I need a swim cap?

5.0 
  • You will be issued a TriAthy swim cap at our registration venue similar to the ones depicted below.

  • Your hat will be colour coded to identify your race grouping.
  • For warmth and comfort some triathletes choose to double up and wear their own swim cap under the official cap.
  • The official TriAthy cap must be worn as the external layer as it an essential safety feature of raceday.

What do I wear beneath my wetsuit?

3.5 
  • You should wear whatever you will complete the rest of the race in beneath your wetsuit.
  • This way, when you strip off your wetsuit after the swim your ready immediately to cycle.
  • 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 if at all possible to test race conditions and the clothings effect on your body.
  • Remember lycra will dry out quicker than cotton.

Can I use any stroke during the swim?

5.0 
  • 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 26 May 2019 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 Iron 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 before the big day on 1st June.

What swim safety measures are in place?

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  • We are a very safety conscious event with a 100% safety record spanning over 12 years.
  • 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.

Can I use a Mountain Bike?

 
  • Yes.
  • The only requirement is that 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.

Can I use tri-bars?

2.0 
  • 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.

Is there water available on the cycle course?

 
  • For safety reasons there will be no water stations on the bike course.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated on the bike leg.
  • There will be water available on the run course and at the finish line.
  • EXCEPTION: Double Olympic entrants may arrange for their own nutrition items to be placed at the 30km and 70km points (both located at Maganey Cross). Further information on this will be available in the Athlete Guide.

What happens if I get a puncture?

 
  • You are not allowed to receive any assistance during your race.
  • If you get a puncture you must fix it yourself or retire from the race.
  • If you get into difficulty out on the course and want assistance to return to transition, please notify one of our roaming marshals who will do their best to help you.

Do I need a helmet?

 
  • Yes - it is mandatory requirement for racing!
  • Your helmet must have no cracks and the straps must be fitted to you.
  • It must be a bike specific helmet (no hurling helmets or skiing helmets!)

Will there be cars on the road?

 
  • A legal road closure will be in place during TriAthy so the course is not open to normal vehicular traffic.
  • TriAthy is one of the few triathlon races in Ireland that have 36km of fully closed routes for our bike course.
  • It is possible that you will encounter a vehicle, but it should be an exceptional circumstance only.
  • You will share the road with other race entrants and you are obliged to observe the normal rules of the road.
  • Please note that there will be roaming motor bike officials and Gardai on the course.
  • In special circumstances, ambulances or local emergency traffic may have to briefly enter onto the course to deal with an unexpected event.
  • In all situations... the rules of the road will apply.

Are there water stations on the run course?

3.0 
  • 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!
  • Only drop litter in the designated zones!!
  • The finalised online route maps will highlight the locations of the water stations.

What will I be doing as a marshal?

 
  • Marshalling Roles are varied. You could be:
    • Directing athletes;
    • Helping at the start/finish
    • Providing information for spectators; or
    • Handing out the all-important medals.
  • You will be assigned to your role based on your level of experience and availability.
  • Marshalling also gives you one of the best seats in the house to enjoy the full race experience.

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