All roads lead to Aura Leisure Centre this Sunday, 29th April, for the hugely popular annual Try a Tri and Super Sprint events hosted by Letterkenny 247 Triathlon Club.
At 10am the first wave of competitors will take to the water- a 200m swim awaits those taking part in the Try a Tri and for anyone that little bit more experienced (or brave) they must complete a 400m swim.
Competitors then must cycle a 13k route, leaving from the transition area at Aura car park which will take them out the Newmills road followed by a 3k run to finish.
Torture you may say but for those yet to dip their toes into triathlon, one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland, that feeling of crossing the finish line is one of complete elation. If only it could be somehow bottled!!
The weeks and months of hard work will finally have paid off and the feelings of exhaustion will be replaced with sheer joy. Most will catch the triathlon bug and even those that won't will rave about their Sunday exploits for months to come!
Indeed the 247 Triathlon Club is thriving. 2018 has seen record club members- both adult and junior. In March they played host to the Triathlon Ireland National Duathlon Championships, a first for the club, as well as hosting their first Children's Duathlon festival which was a huge success.
The club will host the inaugural Sheephaven Half on June 30th as well as the annual much loved Gartan Triathlon on July 14th. The club are also working on an exclusive event for late September-official announcement to be made in early May.
The club has a high calibre of coaches and provides weekly coached running and swimming sessions for all club members as well as TT and Brick sessions and opened water sessions in the Summer months.
What makes the club such a success? The hard work being done by the club's main and race committees as well as the ongoing support from our club and race sponsors is rewarded by seeing the rapport, fun and friendships moulded amongst club members and indeed all race competitors-and of course that finish line smile- that's what makes it all worthwhile!
Come along this Sunday, even if you aren't taking part, the atmosphere is always electric and competitors will only love to have an extra shout of encouragement to get them over the finish line!!!