KILKENNY is gearing up for an major sporting weekend – but before ever a sliothar is pucked in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter final clash, there will be plenty of high-adrenaline action right on the doorstep with the Kilkenny Triathlon.
Thousands of people are expected to flood into the city for the event tomorrow (Saturday), with athletes arriving from all over the world to push themselves to their limits. Over 1,200 competitors will take to the River Nore, before hopping on their bikes to cycle through the city and surrounding countryside, finishing with a run through the Castle Park onto the Parade.
In addition to the main events (Olympic, sprint and super sprint distances) two new events have been added. The Corporate Challenge event is aimed at people who wish to compete as part of a team with work colleagues, while the charity super sprint event, ChooseToTri, is focused on promoting the fact that exercise helps prevent disease and cancer.
The Kilkenny Triathlon begins at 10am on Saturday with the Olympic category getting the action started. It will be followed by the sprint and super sprint waves.