Take your first step in the world of triathlons. The Loughrea Triathlon Festival’s Try A Tri is primarily aimed at newcomers or starters to triathlon. It would also suit people who wish to experience triathlon in a non-competitive environment.

The main objective of the Try-A-Tri event is to let people experience (try) triathlons in a low pressure, safe and fun environment, so relax and enjoy the day as much as you can

Anyone can do a triathlon. If you’re in search of fitness and looking for a rewarding challenge, Triathlon is for you. As an affiliate club to Triathlon Ireland we value the reward our sport can give. Triathlon is a modern, exciting and endurance sport – for all abilities and ages. Individual athletes complete a swimming segment, followed by a cycling and a running segment, with the clock running from the beginning of the swim through each transition to the end of the run.

The Try A Tri Distance

  • 300 metres lake swim
  • 11 kilometres bike
  • 3 kilometres run

What Equipment do I need to start

You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune when preparing for your first triathlon, but there are some basics you will need. They are:

  • Swim: swimming togs, goggles, hat, wetsuit (it is compulsory to wear a wetsuit in the lake)
  • Cycle: basic bike – mountain, hybrid or racer. Helmet, you will not be allowed to race without one.
  • Run: runners
  • Other: tri suit (makes transitions from swim to bike easier and more comfortable to race in)

One Day Membership

If you are not a member of Triathlon Ireland simply purchase a one day membership (ODM) from Triathlon Ireland. This gives insurance cover, third party and personal accident cover while racing in a sanctioned event through Triathlon Ireland.

Register as a site user (free) on Triathlon Ireland website.  Once registered click on buy a one-day membership (ODM) under your account. The cost for a Try-a-Tri is €40.