The growth of Triathlon and the spreading out of different formats was very much in evidence last weekend in Galway as 1,500 people took part in the Lough Cultra Castle Triathlon.
A new course record set at the Olympic distance race and there was a new mixed team relay format from junior and adult competitors.
Six students from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Galway Campus undertook the challenge of completing a triathlon as part of a sport and mental health initiative ‘Tri Your Mind’. Some of them had never swam in open water or run a mile before taking up the challenge just a few weeks ago and plans are already underway for a repeat in 2018.
The new format of the Adult Mixed Relay is expected to form part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The teams of two men and two women in the National Club Championships worked together across a sprint distance of 250m swim, 5km bike and 1.5k run.
“We were delighted to see Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon extend to a two day event this year, the year on year success of the event has been fantastic,” said Race Director Brian Adcock
“It’s great to host an early season race in Ireland, one in which athletes can test themselves at the business end of racing and one that can be very memorable as a first event for people completing a triathlon for the very first time.”
“It was inspiring to see an increase in female and junior participation in this year’s triathlon festival and also to welcome a large race contingent from the UK who join us on their Bank Holiday Weekend.”