Belfast Telegraph

City of Derry Triathlon hits big-time

By Frank Brownlow

The firmus energy City of Derry Triathlon has received a massive boost by being granted National Series status.

The move comes following two hugely successful events in the last two years and means the race on June 14 will form part of the official triathlon calendar.

Organised by the North West Triathlon Club (NWTC) and supported once again by natural gas company firmus energy, it is anticipated that there will now be an unprecedented demand for places in the third City of Derry Triathlon.

NWTC Race Director Paul McGilloway said: "To further enhance this year's triathlon, we will also be hosting the All-Ireland Club Championship which will add to the competiveness."

The firmus energy triathlon will comprise a 750m open water swim in the River Foyle followed by a 20km closed road cycle culminating in a 5km flat run that takes in key attractions around the city including the iconic Peace Bridge.

Olympic triathlete Aileen Reid, who is ranked number seven in the world, returned to her home city to launch the event.

"This is a great boost for the NWTC and for the firmus energy City Of Derry triathlon," said Aileen of the event's new status.

"I am looking forward to taking part in this marvellous event once again. Even in the bad weather of 2013 it was a great experience to race at home but it will all depend on the International Triathlon Union calendar - I hope I can make it!"

Registration opens today. For more info and to register visit www.triathlonireland-newserver.com/local-races.html

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