National Duathlon Championship Opens for Entries National Champs Opens for EntriesEntries have opened for this year's Duathlon National Championships, Sligo Duathlon, which take place on March 31st.The race will be highlight of the duathlon season, with the country's best run-bikers looking to take home the coveted title of national champion.Sligo Duathlon is also the sixth round of the 2019 BMW Duathlon National Series and is compulsory for any athletes who wish to complete the series, which is decided from an athlete's result in the National Champs and two other BMW Duathlon Series events.Race Organisers Sligo Triathlon Club have kindly sent us the following preview of their race for those taking on the standard distance course.Entries for Sligo Duathlon and the other BMW Duathlon National Series are available now through the TI Race Calendar.Race previewEntries for the Duathlon National Championships are now open via Triathlon Ireland’s entry booking system. This year's championship, which is hosted by Sligo Triathlon Club, also forms part of the BMW Duathlon National Series.Union Wood on the outskirts of Sligo Town will provide a unique setting for the race which comprises of a 9km run, 40km bike and a 5km run. The majority of the runs are within Union Wood itself which, according to race director Desi Foley, are quite challenging with hills to contend with on both runs.“Due to the nature of the forest/woodland course, the runs are not super fast, but rather a strong runners course”.The bike leg is over 40km and doesn’t include any significant climbs but overall it is a tough bike course with plenty of drags and on heavy roads.Defending male champion Con Doherty should return to defend his title in his home province of Connacht, but will likely face stiff competition from previous winners Kieran Jackson and Bryan Mc Crystal. Aichlinn O’Reilly will be a contender too should he race.While in the women's race, four time champion Heather Foley will defend her title racing for Sligo Triathlon Club. Last year Foley won ahead of an ever improving Ciara Wilson and multiple podium placer Barbara Dunne. 2019 will be an exciting race among these ladies and some of the younger up and coming female athletes.Early entry is encouraged as given its National Championship status and being part of the BMW Duathlon National Series, it is likely to sell out quite quickly.