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TriGrandPrix Ireland report
Posted by: Press Releases
Posted on: Friday 3rd August 2012


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It was a strange sight to see people clad in wetsuits and swim hats, walking around Kilkenny on Saturday when 1,400 triathletes descended on the city to take part in the TriGrandPrix Ireland, the Kilkenny Triathlon.

With the scenic backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, the atmosphere was electric as the athletes swam in the River Nore, cycled through the city and surrounding countryside, and ran through the Castle Park, finished on the Parade, and for the most part the sun showed its support too.

Over 3,000 spectators could be seen, and heard, supporting family and friends, and although not taking part in the race, many supporters completed their own course, sprinting from a viewpoint of the swim, to a be position to support for the cycle, and then getting to the parade to shout and cheer everyone across the finish line.

This year’s events included the Olympic Distance; Sprint Distance; Super Sprint Distance; and new events, the Corporate Challenge for people to compete as part of a team with their work colleagues; and a Charity event, ChooseToTri, focused on raising awareness that exercise helps prevent diseases and their reoccurrence including breast and bowel cancers.

TriGrandPrix Ireland

The first to cross the finish line is each race were: Olympic Distance Female: Vanessa Fenton (Dublin); Olympic Distance Male: Colm Sheahan (Cork); Olympic Distance Relay: Denis Carrigan, Jack Carey, Eoin O’Carroll (Kilkenny); Sprint Distance Female: Niamh Richardson (Kilkenny); Sprint Distance Male: Aaron O'Brien (Limerick); Sprint Distance Relay: Ollie Millea, Gail O’Donoghue (Kilkenny); Corporate Challenge 1st: DAA  (Clive Geraghty/Paul Clarke/Tony Keely); Corporate Challenge 2nd: Solas (Mick Nevin/Martina Lydon/Andy Mulligan); Corporate Challenge 3rd: AOL (Kenneth McCarthy/Aidan Hyland/Natalia Topolska); Super Sprint Female: Lisa Burke (Dublin); Super Sprint Male: Keith Hughes (Kildare); ChooseToTri Female: Anne Marie Feighery; ChooseToTri Male: Paul Griffin; ChooseToTri Relay: Angela McAllen/John Breen (Kerry).

TriGrandPrix Ireland, the Kilkenny Triathlon is the fastest growing triathlon in Ireland with 1,400 competitors, increased from 800 in 2011 and 450 in 2010.  It is a fully Irish owned company that has built a brand that is synonymous with Athlete Care.

Jim Breen, CEO, TriGrandPrix said: "The reason that TriGrandPrix is the fastest growing triathlon in Ireland is really simple.  We focus on Athlete Care.  Everyone who takes part gets the highest quality of care before, during and after the Experience.  Our goal is to have the Kilkenny Triathlon as the premier triathlon in Ireland by 2014.  This is our commitment and we will achieve this. The level of support that we get from the local community is one of the key reasons that we have been so successful to date.  TriGrandPrix will generate over Euro 6,000 for the local sports clubs as a thank you for their ongoing help. We are proud to have had world champions compete in TriGrandPrix triathlons all over Europe.  However, we are even prouder to have created an environment where people are comfortable taking part in their first ever triathlon, indeed for many it was their first ever competitive sporting event.  These participants are the real TriGrandPrix Champions."

TriGrandPrix Ireland

TriGrandPrix Ireland, Kilkenny Triathlon teamed up with ChooseToTri to host their inaugural event, a Super Sprint distance; 250m swim, 18 km cycle and 3km run/walk.  ChooseToTri focuses on raising awareness about the new research around regular exercise and cancer.  The new science, as endorsed by the Irish Cancer Society has found that by using 20 METs a week through regular exercise you significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer, and in those already diagnosed with the disease, exercise has shown to significantly reduce recurrence (by up to 40%) as well as improve quality of life.

June O’Connell, ChooseToTri said: “75 Everyday people took part in our first ever event as part of the Kilkenny Triathlon.  That’s 75 sets of families and friends who know about the extraordinary achievement of their brother/wife/colleague/son/mother/neighbour/ father/friend.  That is just such a powerful example…”Hey look, it’s just what I do!”  Whether we like it or not, the science is consistent and compelling that you have to exercise regularly to push back cancer and its recurrence which of course we all want to do……and you are just  like me,  so you can do it too”


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