The Brownlee Foundation Kids Triathlon is Coming to Ireland

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NOTE: Places for this event have now sold out. For anyone who didn't manage to get a place there are lots of kids and junior events run by clubs around the country - find an event on the Race Calendar section of our website: https://www.triathlonireland.com/Events/Race-Calendar/

Multiple Olympic medal winning brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee will guide hundreds of Irish kids on their first triathlon adventure when they host a junior triathlon at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Friday November 25th.

Kids and teenagers aged 4 to 16* will get to swim, bike and run with two of the world’s most famous triathletes in a safe and supervised event supported by the sport’s national governing body, Triathlon Ireland.

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Free Event

The event is free of charge and will be run in a non-competitive and fun spirit.

The mini-triathlon will see kids and teenagers swim between 25m and 50m, before cycling 1500m and finally running 300m to the finish line.

For years, triathlon has been Ireland’s fastest growing sport and the Brownlee brothers’ trip to Dublin comes at a time increasing popularity of triathlon amongst kids and teenagers.

This year Triathlon Ireland launched its Tri Heroes programme, which teaches children the life skills of swimming, cycling and running in a safe and positive environment.

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Junior Triathlon Growing

Chris Kitchen, the CEO of Triathlon Ireland said the Brownlee brothers' visit highlights the rapid growth of youth triathlon.

"Alistair and Jonny's amazing performances have made them household names and not just in the sport of triathlon. Their visit to Ireland comes at a great time for our sport - in 2016 Triathlon Ireland experienced a 71% rise in junior members, who now make up 15.5% of our overall membership. Hundreds of kids will get to meet their heroes at the Brownlee junior triathlon and be inspired to become Ireland's next triathlon stars."

Fond Memories of Racing in Ireland

Both Brownlee brothers are regular visitors to Ireland and Alistair has fond memories of winning the 2010 European Championships, which were staged in Athlone. He said he’s looking forward to his trip:

"I am really excited about bringing our Brownlee Foundation children’s triathlon to Dublin at the end of November. I have fond memories of racing in Ireland and can’t wait to meet everyone for a fun day” Alistair Brownlee said.

His brother Jonathan said their Irish visit will have added significance as it will be first time the Brownlee Foundation has staged an event outside of the UK:

“We have had great success with the Brownlee Foundation kids triathlon and can’t wait to take it outside the UK for first time. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Dublin, we will be there to encourage you and make sure you have a enjoyable day.”

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Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are two of the world’s most successful endurance athletes and between them have won four Olympic medals, 13 World Triathlon Championships and a hundreds of individual races.

In September, footage of Alistair sacrificing victory at the Triathlon World Championships in Mexico in order to help his heat-stricken younger brother to the finish line caused an online sensation.

Double Olympic gold medalist Alistair was widely praised for embodying the true spirit of sport through his selflessness and the dramatic footage went on to be seen by millions of people around the world, making Alistair one of the favourites to receive this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

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The Brownlee Foundation is committed to giving children a positive sporting experience and supporting the development of coaches and teachers in sport. The foundation hosts free, fun triathlon events for children right across the UK. Next month’s kids’ triathlon at the National Aquatic Centre is the first time the Brownlee Foundation has been involved in an event outside of the UK.

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Tri Heroes helps schools and teachers introduce and deliver triathlon activities to pupils whilst supporting the needs of the school to deliver the necessary Physical Education progression for all pupils.

Tri Heroes brings together the lifelong activities of swimming, cycling and running to inspire, motivate and challenge children. The programme is fun, varied, challenging and suitable for all pupils whether as part of the curriculum or after school activity.

At the end of the course, each student gets the chance to take part in a mini-triathlon, giving them a sense of accomplishment and allowing them participate in a safe and positive environment.

Parents and schools can register kids for the course, or find out more by visiting the Triathlon Ireland website (www.triathlonireland.com/Participation/Tri-Heroes/) or by emailing schools@triathlonireland.com

*Participants in the Brownlee Foundation Triathlon must be no younger than 4 and no older than 16 on December 31st 2016.