Update on Galco Naas Duathlon

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As Ireland continues to grapple with rising COVID-19 infection rates, Triathlon Ireland and Galco Naas Duathlon have been forced to take steps to comply with public health measures and protect the wellbeing of athletes and volunteers at the race.

Currently, Dublin and Donegal are at Level 3 of the Government's Medium Term Plan for Living with Covid-19 and athletes with addresses in these counties are not permitted to travel to Kildare. As a result, athletes from Dublin and Donegal will have their race entries cancelled and fees refunded with the resulting vacated places offered to other athletes on the race's extensive waiting list.

Galco Naas Duathlon was the final race in the 2020 BMW Duathlon National Series and the race organisers also kindly took over the title of Duathlon National Championships when the originally planned national championships in Dublin was not capable of being staged. However, more that 1/3 of the planned field for the race have addresses in Dublin and Donegal.

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Triathlon Ireland has a responsibility to ensure that its national championship fields are equally accessible to all athletes in Ireland and represent the highest possible standard of competition.

With such a large proportion of the original entrants now unable to access the National Championships, these aims are currently not capable of being fulfilled. Therefore, Triathlon Ireland is regrettably withdrawing National Championship status from the race. This also means that the BMW Duathlon National Series will not be able to be completed in its original format.

The Galco Naas Duathlon will still be staged however (notwithstanding changes to the Covid-19 status in Kildare) and its usual high standards and great atmosphere will be unaffected.

We wish everyone racing Galco Naas Duathlon a great day out, we sympathise with those who cannot attend and we look forward to the return of races accessible to all athletes when conditions permit.