THERE is never a minute to spare in Dingle it seems – as soon as one event wraps up we appear to be looking forward to the next one.
This certainly rings true this week as, this Sunday, the inaugural Dingle Duathlon takes place as over 100 competitors participate in a 5km run, a 40km cycle and another 10km run.
According to event organiser Brian Galvin (pictured right), the level of interest in advance of the event has been very positive with approximately 80 people already registered.
"The feedback has been very good and we are expecting over 100 competitors on the day itself," said Brian.
"The event starts with a 5km run around Dingle town returning to the marina for a lap of the breakwater before the start of a challenging 40km cycle loop on Slea Head. The 10km run will take on the quieter back roads around the harbour before the final dash to the finish line back at the marina."
According to Brian, duathlons are similar to triathlons, the difference being that the swim is replaced with a second run. Consequently, Brian is confident that the event will attract not only duathletes and tri-athletes but also non-swimmers who will have the opportunity to compete in a triathlon type event without the swim.
"We hope to make this an annual event which will attract not only experienced athletes but also newcomers to the sport who are up for a personal challenge," said Brian, "this event is definitely an achievable goal for people of differing levels of ability – we've had a lot of local interest along with queries from all around the county so we are looking forward to a great day out this Sunday."
Brian added that he is very thankful for the great local support he has received from Garvey's Sports and is delighted that the winners will receive trophies crafted by Dingle Crystal.
"Not forgetting the more unusual prizes up for grabs on the day, a month's supply of wheatgrass shots donated by Manna Organic Store in Tralee!" Brian added.
There is still time to register for the Dingle Duathlon and people can compete as individuals or as relay teams of two or three people. More information is available at the event's website, DingleDuathlon.ie.