RACE ENTRY

How do I enter TriAthy 2017?

 
  • Entry to TriAthy 2017 is via the Active Europe entry system;
  • You can start the entry process now by clicking on the link below:

  • Simply select the race you wish to enter and then sign up using the Active Europe system.
  • There are 4 Great Races to choose from:
  • You may enter as:
    • An Individual (doing the full triathlon); or
    • A Relay Team (of 2, or 3 participants)
  • Please note that TriAthy is a Triathlon Ireland sanctioned event and as such you must hold a valid RACE LICENCE in order to participate. See our separate FAQ on obtaining a Race Licence.

When do race entries close?

 
  • Entries will close for TriAthy 2017 at midnight on Thursday 25th May 2017 or earlier if the relevant race fills to capacity before that date;
  • Typically each race will sell out before the official closing date, so we would advise entrants to enter well in advance;
  • IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: Under no circumstances will race entries be allowed after midnight on Thursday 25th May 2017. Please don't be offended if requests to enter after this time are politely denied.

Can I request to be in a particular wave or have my own start time?

 
  • Unfortunately not. Your race start time will be set in advance and will be changed once assigned by the Race Director.
  • Bear in mind TriAthy 2017 will involve logistics for 2,200 people over four different races, so bespoke requests like this are very impractical and can not be entertained.
  • In 2017, we expect to introduce a new "Rolling Start" format where instead of set wave times, there will be a continuous flow to the race starts. We expect this to significantly reduce wait times at the Race Start area. Details of this new format will be released in due course.

How is my Age Category determined?

 
  • In accordance with the ITU rules, your age is deemed to be your age as at 31 December 2017.
  • Here’s an example of what this means:
    • Mary turns 40 on 31 July 2017.
    • TriAthy is in on 3 June 2017, a few weeks before her birthday.
    • Even though Mary will be 39 when she races at Athy, the ITU rules state that she must race in the 40-44 Age Category
    • Why? - Because her age will be 40 on 31 December 2017.
  • Your category will be automatically generated when you enter, so don’t worry we’ll do the hard part!

What are the Age Restrictions for taking part at TriAthy 2017?

 
  • Adult entrants:
    • Must be 18 or over on 31 December 2017.
    • There is no upper age restriction.
  • Junior entrants:
    • Must be 16 to 19 on on 31 December 2017.
    • Can only enter the Sprint distance race using the Junior entry link
    • All junior entrants must be holders of Triathlon Ireland Junior Membership, in line with requisite parental consents.

How do I know I have been accepted into the Race?

 
  • You will receive a confirmation email from Active Europe upon entering the event.
  • If you need to search for this in your email inbox (or spam folder), here is the originating email address: noreply@awntx3.email.active.com.
  • The confirmation email should look like the sample one below.

  • Note the various features of the email - there are links here that can help you update your entry in the run-up to raceday.
  • Please note: We also have a Who's In ? listing on our website. This listing is indicative of being entered into the race, but not conclusive as the listing is updated periodically. The confirmation email from Active Europe is conclusive evidence of entering the race.
  • You will also receive information emails from TriAthy leading up to the event. To avoid our emails going into your spam folder and getting lost, please add ‘info@triathy.com” to your address book.
  • If you have not received any email correspondence, the following may be the case:
    • You provided an incorrect or out of date email address.
    • The emails are being directed into your junk folder.
    • Our emails are being rejected by your email server.
  • Important: If you have not received confirmation of your payment you are not entered!

I paid but I don't seem to be entered - what should I do?

 
  • If you have been charged the entry fee but have not received any emails from Active Europe or us, perhaps they are going to your spam folder. Please see the above FAQ.
  • If you are still concerned that you are not entered please do not leave it until the last minute to query it. Contact us via our online form. Please do not use Facebook or Twitter as you may experience a delay in our reply.

Active Europe Express Registration System - Completing Your Entry

 

 

  • If you have entered using the Express Registration System, please ensure that you complete your entry in advance of race day.
  • To do this you must:
    • log into your Active Europe account;
    • complete your TriAthy 2017 entry details; and
    • most importantly sign the online race waiver.
  • Entries that are not completed properly may not be accepted by the Race Organsiers.
  • Please ensure you complete all race admin in time for raceday.

My Race is SOLD OUT - What can I do?

 
  • Race places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • We will not be operating a waiting list for races that are sold out.
  • Last minute places may become available if other entrants decide to cancel their entry and withdraw from the race in question in advance of race day. Please note we cannot guarantee that such places will become available.

 

RACE CHANGES

How do I change to a different TriAthy race?

 
  • Simply open the confirmation email that you received from Active Europe. See below for the main features included in this email:

  • Your registration details are all set out, alongside a QR code.
  • You will see two links below the QR code; “Transfer to someone else” and “Change category”.
  • To change your race distance, click “Change category” and you will be directed to the Active Europe site. Log-in and make your new race selection and complete the online process. Please note there is a €5 charge to change race. You will receive a new email to confirm your amended race details.
  • Please note that the Organisers can not make any changes on your behalf, you must use the Active Europe system.
  • All changes must be made by midnight on Thursday 25th May 2017

NOTE FOR ENTRANTS WHO USED THE ACTIVE EUROPE EXPRESS REGISTRATION OPTION:

  • Please note if you availed of the Active Europe Express Registration procedure a race change will have to be done manually by us.
  • Please use the Contact Form to request this move and we will be in touch with you to expedite.

 

Can I give my race entry to someone else?

 
  • Yes you can! Simply open the confirmation email that you received from Active Europe. See the example email below:

  • Your registration details are all set out, beside a QR code.
  • You will see two links below the QR code; “Transfer to someone else” and “Change category”.
  • To give away your race entry, click “Transfer to someone else” and you will be directed to the Active Europe site.
  • Log-in and complete the online form to transfer your entry. Please note there is a €5 charge to transfer your place. An email will be sent to the transferee with their registration details.
  • Please note that the Organisers can not make any changes on your behalf, you must use the Active Europe system. All changes must be made by midnight on Thursday 25th May 2017

NOTE FOR ENTRANTS WHO USED THE ACTIVE EUROPE EXPRESS REGISTRATION OPTION:

  • Please note if you availed of the Active Europe Express Registration procedure a race change will have to be done manually by us.
  • Please use the Contact Form to request this move and we will be in touch with you to expedite.

 

I am no longer able to race. What are my options?

 
  • Under the T&C of entry, you can withdraw from the TriAthy event on or before 1 April 2017.
  • You will be entitled to a refund less the administration fee of €15.
  • To request a refund, please use the online contact form.
  • After the 1 April 2017, the only option available to you is to either
    • Change To A Different Race; or
    • Transfer your entry to somebody else.
  • Please see the FAQ above for these details.

GENERAL FAQs

How do I find out about raceday?

 
  • Our website is the main window into the event and will be the most up to date source for information.
  • It is recommended that you check our website frequently and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get up-to-date on the go.

Will anything be posted out to me?

 
  • No - You will be emailed your Race Information Booklet ahead of race day.
  • You will collect your timing chip, race bib, sports stickers and goodie bag at the registration hall.
  • If you have purchased a race t-shirt or kitbag it will be available for collection at the registration hall.
  • To ensure that our emails do not filter into your spam folder, please add ‘info@triathy.com” to your address book.
  • It is important that you are receiving our email updates.

What time does the race start?

 
  • The race timetable is available on our Race Schedule Page.
  • An indicative timetable will be posted during March to give the broad times.
  • A more detailed timetable will be posted closer to the event to give a more detailed breakdown of race day.

 

What is the route?

 

 

Will there by water on the course?

 
  • Water stations will be highlighted on our race maps.
  • Water will be in cups on the course.
  • Bottled water will be available at the finish.
  • For safety, there will be no water stations on the bike course. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated on the bike leg.
  • EXCEPTION FOR DOUBLE OLYMPIC RACE:
    • Double Olympic participants have the option to leave their own nutrition at 30 km and 70km on the bike and (approximately) at every 5km on the run.
    • These items can be dropped off at the race briefing and must be clearly marked with the entrant’s race number and name.

How do I wear my race number?

 
  • You will be provided with two race bibs.
  • During the swim your bib will not be visible as it will be under your wetsuit.
  • During the bike section your number must be displayed on your back.
  • During the run section, it must be displayed on your front.
  • You can pin the numbers on to your clothing, or you can wear a race belt and swivel it around from back to front.

Will there be official results?

 
  • Timing Results will be provided by our timing partner ResultsBase.
  • Provisional results will be available live on the day via our website.
  • Your provisional results will be emailed to you shortly after the race.
  • All results are provisional until queries, penalties and anomalies are dealt with, this usually takes up to 7 days.

My results are not online. Who do I contact?

 
  • If you have a query about your result after the race, please contact our timing timing partner ResultsBase at timingcrew@resultsbase.net.

Who do I contact for Lost Property?

 
  • You can use our online form to contact us.
  • Details of left or found property will be posted online after the race.
  • Please ensure that your name is on your wetsuit and that you check it before leaving the race.

What are the rules of triathlon?

 

TriAthy adopts ITU rules. For details of the rules click here.

 

How is my Age Category determined?

 
  • In accordance with the ITU rules, your age is deemed to be your age as at 31 December 2017. 
  • Here’s an example of how this works:
    • Mary turns 40 in July 2017.
    • TriAthy 2017 is in June, before her birthday.
    • So even though Mary will be 39 when she races in Athy, the rules state that she must race in the 40-44 category because her age will be 40 on 31 December 2017.
  • Your category will be automatically generated when you enter!

How do I update my registration details?

 
  • You can log into your Active Europe account and update your personal details.
  • You can find a link to this at the footer of the email that you received from them when you entered the race. See email sample below.
  • The link is “My Events” on www.active.com. All details must be up to date by midnight on 25 May 2017.

What happens if I feel unwell in training for TriAthy?

 
  • Visit your GP if you’ve experience any problems during training to make sure it is safe for you to continue training and take part in the triathlon.
  • Make sure to inform us of any known medical condition (such as diabetes, asthma, allergy to penicillin, etc.) prior to the event by entering it in the box provided on the online application.
  • In addition, please write all medical details on the back of your event number and put a small indelible red cross on the front of your number.
  • Whether you have a medical condition or not, you should not take part if you feel unwell on the day of the event.

Can I use headphones while racing?

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  •   No, it is not safe to do so. You may be penalised or disqualified by our race referee.

I have a disability - can I participate?

 
  • We do our best every year to accommodate participants with disabilities.
  • Please use our online contact form to email us description of your disability and the assistance you would require to take part and we will see what we can do to make it possible.

RACE LICENCE

Why do I need a Race Licence to participate at TriAthy 2017?

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  • TriAthy 2017 is a Triathlon Ireland sanctioned event.
  • As such all participants are required to have a "Race Licence" in order to participate for insurance purposes.
  • A Race Licence is either:
    • Full Membership of Triathlon Ireland in 2017 (Full, Student, or Junior membership only);  OR
    • A One Day Membership for the TriAthy event you are taking part in.
  • Both Triathlon Ireland Membership and One Day Membership's can be purchased directly from Triathlon Ireland.
  • Note that One Day Membership for the TryAthy race is at the discounted rate of €15. For all other races, the One Day Membership is €25.

What is the deadline to purchase a Race Licence?

 
  • You should ensure that you purchase your race licence in advance of raceday.
  • The latest date to purchase a One Day Licence is midnight on Thursday 1st June 2017.
  • PLEASE NOTE: No Licence means No Race - with no exceptions.

THE SWIM

Do I need a wetsuit?

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  • Yes.
  • Wetsuits are compulsory.
  • Your wetsuit will keep you warm and improve your swimming speed and buoyancy.
  • Put your name on the inside of your suit in case it is left behind on race day.

Do I need to be able to swim?

 

YES, for obvious safety reasons you must be able to swim as you will be entering an open water environment.

Our safety crews will be there to assist you if you need help.

However, as a guideline, we suggest you have a minimum competency of:

There are time limits for the swims and if you exceed them, you could be removed from the water. The time limits are:

  • TryAthy - 9 mins
  • Sprint - 27 mins
  • Olympic - 55 mins
  • Double Olympic - 110 mins

Note: TriAthy swim race distances are TryAthy 250m, Sprint 750m, Olympic 1,500m and Double Olympic 3,000m. Click on the links to review. 

SwimAthy: We strongly recommend that you to take part in SwimAthy to test the water ahead of race day. SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 28th May 2017.

Can I use my surfing or shortie wetsuit?

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  • Yes. Any neoprene full body wetsuit is suitable.
  • Non-triathlon wetsuits may not be as flexible around the arms and shoulders.
  • We recommend that you precise in your wetsuit in the weeks prior to the race.

SwimAthy takes place on Sunday 28th May and is an ideal opportunity for entrants to test the water ahead of race day.

  • It is a fully marshalled event, covering the exact course but without the stress of a race environment.
  • For details see www.swimathy.com.
  • SwimAthy is open to everyone and is a favourite among athletes preparing for long distance Ironman or Challenge events who want open water experience. It is also perfectly suited to first time triathletes who want to eliminate race nerves and acclimatise themselves.

Do I need goggles?

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  • Yes.
  • No goggles = No swim as per the race rules.
  • This is for your comfort and safety.

Do I need a swim cap?

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  • You will be issued a TriAthy swim cap at registration.
  • Your hat will be colour coded to identify your wave.
  • For warmth and comfort some triathletes choose to double up and wear their own swim hat under the official hat.

What do I wear beneath my wetsuit?

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  • You should wear whatever you will complete the rest of the race in.
  • This way, when you strip off your wetsuit after the swim your race kit is already on underneath.
  • Nudity in the transition area is not allowed, as it is against the rules! Wear what feels comfortable.
  • It is not advised to try new clothing on race day.
  • Train in your gear before race day.
  • Remember lycra will dry out quicker than cotton.

Can I use any stroke during the swim?

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  • Yes although we recommend that you swim front crawl unless you are tired or in difficulty.
  • If you need assistance, roll into a backstroke position and signal for assistance and one of our water rescue team will come to your aid immediately.
  • SwimAthy takes place on 28 May and is an ideal opportunity for entrants to test the water ahead of race day. It is a fully marshalled event, covering the exact course but without the stress of a race environment.
  • For details see www.swimathy.com.
  • SwimAthy is open to everyone and is a favourite among athletes preparing for long distance Ironman or Challenge events who want open water experience. It is also perfectly suited to first time triathletes who want to eliminate race nerves and acclimatise themselves.

What swim safety measures are in place?

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  • We are a very safety conscious event with a 100% safety record.
  • Our water rescue team are medics, rowers and canoeists who are based in the area all year round.
  • They are familiar with the behaviour and currents of the river.
  • Every person in the water will have a dedicated marshal watching them.
  • If you get into trouble, roll into the backstroke position and signal for help using your arm and one of our crew will come to your aid immediately.
  • Should you require further assistance, our ambulance crew will be on standby at the riverside.
  • Couple of additional facts about swimming at TriAthy:
    • The riverbank is never more than 20m away (the river is 40m wide at it's maximum point)
    • The river depth is generally chest high during June.
    • The river current is normally slow and steady during June.
    • Multiple canoeists and river-side marshals will be keeping close watch on our swimming triathletes.

 

THE CYCLE

Can I use a Mountain Bike?

 
  • Yes.
  • It must be roadworthy with working brakes and adequate tyre pressure.
  • Please also ensure that handlebar ends are capped.
  • All bikes will be checked by our marshals prior to being admitted into transition for racking and set-up.

Can I use tri-bars?

 
  • Yes but all tri bars (and handlebars) must be plugged at the ends and secure.
  • All bikes will be checked by our marshals prior to being admitted into transition.

When do I rack my bike?

 
  • The transition area is a secure area, limited to entrants only.
  • You will be allowed access to your transition area for racking approx. 90 minutes before your race starts.
  • You must pass through a bike check station on your way into your transition area.
  • Your bike must be racked in time for your designated race briefing.
  • All information relating to race (and wave) starts will be emailed to you before the race in the Race Information Booklet.
  • It will also be available online ahead of race day.

Where do I wear my race number while on the bike?

 
  • You will be provided with two race bibs at registration.
  • During the swim your bib will not be visible as it will be under your wetsuit.
  • During the bike section your number must be displayed on your back.
  • During the run section, it must be displayed on your front.
  • You can pin the numbers on to your clothing, or you can wear a race belt and swivel it around from back to front.

Is there water available on the cycle course?

 
  • For safety reasons there will be no water stations on the bike course. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated on the bike leg. There will be water available on the run course and at the finish line.
  • EXCEPTION: Double Olympic entrants may arrange for their own nutrition items to be placed at the 30km and 70km points (both located at Maganey Cross). Further information on this will be available in the Race Information Booklet.

What happens if I get a puncture?

 
  • You are not allowed to receive any assistance during your race.
  • If you get a puncture you must fix it yourself or retire from the race.
  • If you get into difficulty out on the course and want assistance to return to transition, please notify one of our roaming marshals who will do their best to help you.

Do I need a helmet?

 
  • Yes - it is mandatory requirement for racing!
  • Your helmet must have no cracks and the straps must be fitted to you.
  • It must be a bike specific helmet.

What is a Mount Line and Dismount Line?

 

The Mount Line:

  • is the point at which you are allowed to get on your bike. You are not allowed to cycle through transition, you must push your bike to the Mount Line and then start cycling.

The Dismount Line:

  • Similarly, you must get off your bike at the Dismount Line as you come back to transition after your bike leg.

Rules:

  • The rules state that you must put on your helmet, and close the straps, before pushing your bike to the Mount Line.
  • You may not remove your helmet until you have re-racked your bike.

Will there be cars on the road?

 
  • A legal road closure will be in place during TriAthy so the course is not open to normal vehicular traffic.
  • TriAthy is one of the few triathlon races in Ireland that have 36km of fully closed routes.
  • It is possible that you will encounter a vehicle, but it should be an exceptional circumstance only.
  • You will share the road with other race entrants and you are obliged to observe the normal rules of the road.
  • Please note that there will be roaming motor bike officials and Gardai on the course.
  • In special circumstances, ambulances or local emergency traffic may have to briefly enter onto the course.
  • In all situations... the rules of the road will apply.

THE RUN

Is the run course flat?

 

Yes, the run course is predominately flat.

Route maps are available on the respective race pages below:

Are there water stations on the run course?

 
  • Yes, there will be numerous water stations on the run course.
  • Water will be available in cups on the course and in bottles at the finish line.
  • Please try to use the bins provided once you’ve finished your drink!
  • The finalised online route maps will highlight the locations of the water stations.

Can my friends and family see me at the finish line?

 
  • In 2016 we introduced a new finishing area which we expect to use again in 2017.
  • It will be on the opposite side of the river and it is very spacious and spectator friendly.
  • Bring the family and picnic and find a nice pot on the grass beside the River Barrow!

TRANSITION

What is "Transition"?

 
  • Transition is an area where all entrants must rack their bike and leave their essentials for the swim and run.
  • It is the area where you will be based for transition from swim to bike (known as T1) and bike to run (known as T2)
  • The transition area is a secure area, limited to entrants only.
  • At TriAthy there will be FOUR separate transition zones - one for each of the TriAthy races.
  • Competitors should be fully aware of the movement flows in and out of transition during race day. These will be set out in detail within the race course maps.

How do I know when to rack my bike in the transition zone?

 
  • You will be allowed access to your transition area for racking approx. 90 minutes before your race starts - the precise times will be outlined in the Race Information Booklet which will be distributed in the days before race day.
  • You must pass through a bike check station on your way into your transition area.
  • Your bike must be racked in advance of the mandatry race briefing.
  • All information relating to race (and wave) starts will be emailed to you before the race in the Race Information Booklet. It will also be available online ahead of race day.

What can I leave in transition?

 
  • Your bike, helmet and bike shoes. Optionally, you can leave a small towel for your feet together with the remainder of your race kit.
  • Whilst transition is fully secure, all belongings are left at owner’s risk.
  • Please note that only you and your kit will be allowed into transition.
  • This is a high security area and access will only be given to those wearing a race number.
  • No boxes or bags may be left at the bike racks.
  • There will be a designated bag drop area at TriAthy 2017. Competitors may place a small bag at the bag drop for collection at the new finish area. This bag is normally use by competitors to stow warm clothing etc until transition re-opens.
  • Transition will re-open after the last competitor has exited on to the run course on the sanction of the Race Director.

BECOME A RACE MARSHAL

I'd like to be involved. Can I be a marshal on the day?

 

 

What will I be doing as a marshal?

 
  • Marshalling Roles are varied. You could be:
    • Directing athletes;
    • Helping at the start/finish Providing information for spectators; or
    • Handing out the all-important medals.
  • You will be assigned to your role based on your level of experience and availability.
  • Marshalling also gives you one of the best seats in the house to enjoy the full race experience.

SPECTATORS

Do I need to pay to watch the race?

 
  • Absolutely not!
  • We welcome all spectators to cheer their friends and family on.
  • Your support really can make a difference to them!
  • We introduced a new spacious finishing area in the grounds of the former Dominican Church in 2016, which we expect to use again in 2017.
  • Bring the family and picnic and find a spot on the grass!

Where are the best places to view the course?

 
  • Please visit our website for race maps.
  • The roads will be closed so the best viewing platforms are:
    • On Crom-a-boo Bridge and along the river banks for the Swim;
    • Along Offaly Street for the start of the Run Course; and
    • In the Dominican Church grounds for the exiting Finishing Chute.
  • Because we have opened up a new advanced transition zone, together with an exciting new finish area, there will be less crowding and more room for spectators.

RESIDENTS

I'm a local resident and need to make a journey on the day of the event.

 
  • Road Closures will be in place in the area on 3rd June 2017
  • Further details will be posted here approximately 4 weeks prior to raceday.

Which roads are closed during the event?

 
  • We will list which roads and at what times that these roads will be closed as the event approaches.
  • Please be sure to plan your journey carefully, the road closures will add time to your travel.

How will the roads be closed?

 
  • Road will be closed in conjunction with the Local Authority and Garda Siochana using cones, barriers and traffic management personnel, supplemented by motor cycle marshals.
  • This will create a traffic free environment for the entire event.

 

What happens in an emergency?

 
  • Please be advised that road closures do not affect the blue light services, and a member of each will be with us at Race Control during the event so we can respond quickly and efficiently to any emergency call.

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