2 weeks ago
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.

2 weeks ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.


2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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!

2 months ago
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.

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



2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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!

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
Is the run course flat?


Yes, the run course is predominately flat.

Route maps are available on the respective race pages below:

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.


  • 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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

2 months ago
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.

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