Don’t worry about putting on extra pounds over the Christmas as The Land of The Giants Duathlon will help to burn them up. On December 29th at 10.30am the town will be a colour fest of runners and cyclists, all aiming to complete the first ever Claremorris Duathlon!
Claremorris, a well known sporting town, is new to this type of racing; a mix of running and cycling but having an ideal venue with the walkway around the McMahon Park and on into the Land of the Giants Greenway, which is a real stunner it will make for a great event, even though rumor has it Giants may appear!
The event will start at The Square in the Town Centre, once the horn blasts all the runners take off mass start down the Main St on to James Street towards the Ballinrobe Road, turning left into Mc Mahon park on to the path around Clare Lake and on into the longer run over to the Golf course while avoiding a few larger than life obstacles! Once the run is finished participants get their bikes at the car park and cycle out toward Mayfield rolling over the hills for 6k before turning left for Carramore and left again at Malachy Fordes Country club pub back in to Claremorris, the second run takes the athletes on a 2k anti clockwise run around Clare Lake before running back to The Square for the Finish.
The Claremorris Chamber of Commerce are always enthusiastic and supportive of big events and in the past few years the Mayo Stages Rally has been a real attraction along with numerous town festival events, but an open sporting event like this holds well for Claremorris with its long history of sport in particular its Athletics and swimming, all locals have to do now is cycle.
The event has already attracted some big names and as time draws closer to the big day and taken place at a good time of year with a very well layed out coarse, it is expected to have a full field in excess of 300 participants. Red tag timing will record the timing of the event so all the splits will be available to every finisher.
The event is open to all abilities, all that is required is that you are healthy and up for a post Christmas challenge. Sign on takes place on Saturday morning December 29th from 8.30am to 9.45am at the Dalton Inn or grab an early bird price by booking on line @ www.runireland.com/events/
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More race details to be seen on http://www.claremorrischamber.