FOLLOWING in the footsteps of The Kerryman Dingle Marathon last week and the Dingle Adventure Race at the beginning of the summer, a new multi-sport event is set to bring even more excitement to Dingle this October in the guise of the inaugural Dingle Duathlon.
Devised by local man Brian Galvin, the Dingle Duathlon will take place on October 14 and will invite competitors to participate in a 5km run around Dingle town before returning to transition at the Marina for the start of a challenging 40km cycle loop that will take riders around Slea Head. The event will conclude with a final 10km run leg to the finish line on the back roads around the Dingle Harbour.
"Duathlon is a growing international sport consisting of run, cycle and run legs of various distances," organiser, Dingle's Brian Galvin explained.
"It is quite similar in format to Triathlon but without the swim section, with competitors timed on a continuous course and it is becoming increasingly popular in Ireland."
Brian hopes the event will attract not only duathletes and tri-athletes but also non-swimmers from around the county who will now have the chance to compete in a triathlon type event without the worry of the swim section.
Brian is planning to host a series of sporting events in the coming year; the organisers are also involved in organising a Dingle Triathlon for 2013 and are planning a major adventure race for the Kerry region called Quest Southwest.
"We hope to make this event a permanent fixture on the calendar with plans to add sprint and ultra distances to future events," Brian added.
Competitors can compete as individuals or in relay teams of 2-3; full registration details are available at DingleDuathlon.ie.