Triathlon world champ to compete in Cahir

The TRI3 Series in 2010 was received to huge acclaim, due to the beauty of the course and the relaxed atmosphere of the event which emphasises participation over winning. Indeed word spread far and wide leading to an expectation of large numbers of triathlon enthusiasts in Cahir. So much so that there was widespread surprise and delight when it was announced that 2008 and 2010 World Champion Javier Gomez will race in the first leg of the Tri3 Series in Cahir on Saturday next.

The TRI3 Series in 2010 was received to huge acclaim, due to the beauty of the course and the relaxed atmosphere of the event which emphasises participation over winning. Indeed word spread far and wide leading to an expectation of large numbers of triathlon enthusiasts in Cahir. So much so that there was widespread surprise and delight when it was announced that 2008 and 2010 World Champion Javier Gomez will race in the first leg of the Tri3 Series in Cahir on Saturday next.

Gomez, who will be Spain’s leading hopeful in the 2012 Olympics and placed fourth in the 2007 Beijing Olympics, made the announcement via a translator on Spanish sports TV channel Sports Mañana. The former European champion outlined how the flat course and woodland run will be a vital part of his London 2012 preparations: “The Tri3 Series has been on my radar for a while. Having spoken to Ireland’s Golden Boy of triathlon Gavin Noble who won the final stage of the Tri3 Series in 2010 in Kilrush last year I decided that the Cahir course is perfect- given its down river 750m swim, flat 20k cycle and of course that beautiful 5k run which is 2.5kms through stunning woodland and 2.5kms on road leading back in to the finish in this medieval town”.

This year the organisers of the TRI3 Series have decided to add a Kidathlon which will see children from seven to 11 years of age get the chance to take part in a duathlon style event comprising of a short run and cycle on the same day as the adult race. This feature, which promotes children’s participation in this unique sport, is sure to generate huge interest and at a time so as not to clash with the First Holy communion on that morning.

Paddy Caplice, Chairman of the Cahir Development Association was delighted to see the TRI3 Series returning to Cahir for a second year: “It shows that the organisers do consider the community they are operating in when they will develop things like the Kidathlon and delay the race so as not to impose on families that are involved in First Holy Communion. The TRI3 Series are all about participation and will also see Cahir being showcased for all that is great about the town and its surroundings”.

South Tipperary County Council has decided to close some roads for the purpose of the Tri-3 Triathlon event in Cahir from 2pm on May 21 to 7pm that evening. Details of temporary road closure and diversion routes are available for inspection in the Cahir Area Office, Erasmus Smith House, Church Street, Cahir, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

Have you, your family or friends got three hours to spare this Saturday afternoon and like to get involved in a fun filled event. Then why not volunteer to help out at the TRI3 triathlon. Last year 84 people for South Tipperary volunteered their time in the pouring rain to make the event the highlight of the TRI3 series. In recognition for the efforts of all those involved last year’s event, Cahir has been chosen by the organisers to kick off this years series. To ensure the safety of athletes and spectators alike in excess of 70 volunteers will be need on the day to carry our a variety of diverse roles from counting competitors as they enter and leave the river Suir during the swim leg to assisting local authorities with traffic and crowd control on the cycle and run stages. The time commitment required is from 3.30pm to 6.30pm with full training being provide to all volunteers. So why not get your clubs, work colleagues and family involved in what promises to be a great event. Goodie bags, food and refreshments will be provided to all volunteers on the day. to sign up or for more information email derek@volunteersouthtipp.ie or phone 086-7721067