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Irish triathlon club targets U.S. athletes

By Irish Echo

In this sport is absolutely a case of tri and tri again. And there's certainly a lot of tri and error.

But if you get it right you have a three in one story for the grandkids.

The sport of triathlon, which includes the disciplines of swimming, cycling and running, is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and one such event in Ireland is attracting international interest.

The Olympic Distance National Series Blacksod Point Challenge, hosted by the Kilmore Triathlon Club in County Mayo, is now set to target triathlon clubs and athletes from all over the United States.

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"Our national series race is growing every year with athletes coming from all over the globe to sample the magical and mythical race route on the Erris Peninsula in north County Mayo.

"This year we had athletes from France, England, Germany and even as far away as Australia compete in the race. It is our goal and target now to attract some athletes from America to compete in the race next year," said race director Jason Mangan.

The Kilmore Triathlon club has already contacted a number of triathlon Clubs in the U.S. and the interest and feedback has been very positive, Manhgan said.

"Athletes love testing themselves and our race route is one of the toughest in Ireland. Already we have interest from New York and Boston triathlon clubs, and we're very confident that they will travel to Ireland for our race next summer," he added.

The Blacksod Point Challenge is a grueling endurance event which involves a 1500 meter stamina swim in the Atlantic Ocean, a forty three kilometer cycle over country roads, and to cap it all an unique ten kilometer run across coastal sand dunes.

Anyone interested in competing in the 2011 National Series Triathlon Race can contact the Kilmore Triathlon Club at, or email them at