New Donegal Women's Triathlon 'Tri-Gether'

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All roads lead to the Aura Leisure Centre, Donegal this September for a new and exciting event on the 2018 Triathlon Ireland race calendar.

The inaugural Tri-gether women's only triathlon, hosted by Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club in association with Triathlon Ireland, takes place on Sunday, 30th September. This is the first women's only triathlon event to be held in Donegal and race directors Anne Robinson and Fiona McDaid promise competitors they will not be left disappointed.

Speaking at the official launch of the triathlon at Aura Leisure Centre on Wednesday night, Anne said she is looking forward to the big day:

“The club has had an amazing 2018 to date and we were only too delighted to come on board with Triathlon Ireland to deliver this exciting event to the ladies of Ireland. The triathlon offers both a 750m pool swim option for the more experienced triathletes as well as a 400m pool swim option for those wanting to dip their toes into triathlon for the first time - a great way of uniting women in triathlon. We are putting the finishing touches to the plans now and we are eagerly awaiting race day.”

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Three local women, Maria McCambridge, Mary Bond and Erin McGinty, have signed up to the event and are going to share their journey online. None of the women have completed a triathlon before, so it’s a challenge for them all.

Olympian and marathon national record holder Maria McCambridge is well renowned both nationally and internationally for her running accomplishments, she decided to sign up to the event to challenge herself in another sport. Speaking at the event Maria said she is looking forward to it:

“I am both nervous and excited about the prospect but so far I have really been enjoying the training. Swimming is a challenge for me so I am working hard at conquering that”.

Mary Bond is also relishing the challenge. A member of the 24/7 triathlon club, Mary enjoys open water swimming and can’t wait to take on a triathlon having completed duathlons in the past.

Erin McGinty, local blogger from @coolestplaceontheplanet was thrilled when she saw the event advertised online. Having just completed a half marathon, Erin is using the triathlon as the perfect opportunity to try something new.

Triathlon Ireland and Letterkenny 24/7 are hoping to see both experienced triathletes take part as well as those looking for a challenge and something new. The event will cater for all with estimated swim times taken at registration to ensure swimmers are placed in the appropriate swim lane and wave.

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It all kicks off at 9am with the first wave of competitors entering the water at Aura Leisure Centre - a 400m swim awaits those taking part in the Super Sprint event and for anyone that little bit more experienced they must complete a 750m swim in the Sprint race. Competitors must then cycle a 20k route, leaving from the transition area at Aura car park which will take them out the Newmills road. The route is mostly flat but with a hill thrown in for good measure - it is Donegal after all! Competitors must then complete a flat 5k to finish.

It certainly is a challenge but for those yet to dip their toes into triathlon, one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland, the feeling of crossing the finish line is one of complete elation! If only it could be somehow bottled!! The weeks of hard work and training 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!

Interest in the race has been unprecedented and the event is expected to sell out so don’t forget to register soon to secure your place here