5.0 
Can I use headphones while racing?

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

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Do I need a wetsuit?

  • 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.

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Do I need goggles?

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

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Do I need a swim cap?

  • 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.

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Can I use any stroke during the swim?

  • 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.

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What swim safety measures are in place?

  • 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.

 

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What do I wear beneath my wetsuit?

  • 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.

3.0 
Can I use my surfing or shortie wetsuit?

  • 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.

1.0 
Why do I need a Race Licence to participate at TriAthy 2017?

  • 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.

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