Ironman Ireland to become part of tri-nations event

Ironman Ireland to become part of tri-nations event
Cyclists seen struggling to cycle up Windmill Hill during the Ironman event in Youghal last year. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Organisers of Ironman Ireland have today announced that athletes who participate in their event in Youghal this June, will also be able to take part in the newly launched ‘Ironman Tri-Nations’ for the first-time.

Taking place over three countries, athletes who complete Ironman Ireland, Ironman Wales, and Ironman UK over a three year period will be named a tri-nations champion and earn themselves the Ironman tri-nations trophy. Organisers say races completed from 2019 onward will count towards participants’ tri-nations status.

This year’s Ironman Ireland will take place in Youghal on June 21, with participants taking part in a gruelling swim, run and cycle. Last year, thousands of athletes and fans descended on the East Cork town to take part in Ireland’s inaugural full Ironman event. Organisers estimate that the event boosts the economy by €8 million annually, and say this new programme will further enhance the visibility of triathlon in Ireland with athletes from the UK coming to Ireland to race.

Announcing the details, John Wallnutt, Race Director of Ironman Ireland said the event "is about encouraging our neighbours to experience the incredible scenery in Youghal and feel the warm and welcoming atmosphere.

"Completing one Ironman is an achievement, but completing three is on another level and should be rewarded. Ask any athlete and they will tell you, each race has it’s own distinctive features and is truly unique. We want to create a sense of community among these dedicated athletes and award them with the stunning Tri-Nations Trophy," he added. 

In another first for 2020, Ironman Ireland is also hosting Ironkids on June 20 as part of the Ironman event in Youghal. The Ironkids event is a run-only event aimed at children aged between 4 and 15 years, and it's estimated around 1,500 children will be taking part.

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