The Edge Sports Blackwater Triathlon will be taking place in Fermoy on Sunday the 11th of August 2019. Despite the well publicised issues with the river, following the damage to the weir, our races will be going ahead as normal. There will be three different distances available to athletes on the day, a try-a-tri race, a sprint distance race and an Olympic distance event. The try-a-tri race is designed with the needs of beginner triathletes in mind and is made up of a 250m downstream swim followed by a 20km cycle and a 6km run. This year will be the 12th running of the sprint race, which is made up of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 6km run. It has been a very popular event over the years, attracting large numbers of high class competitors to Fermoy from all over the country. Last year was the first time we held the Olympic distance, also known as a standard distance, race and it proved to be an instant success. The Olympic distance race consists of a 1500 metre swim, followed by a 40 km cycle and a 10 km run. This year the Olympic race will also be part of the Tri Munster League, which consists of a series of 9 triathlons of various distances, sprint, standard and middle distance, where top athletes compete for points. This ensures a very high standard of competition on the day. In fact, we have had to add an extra wave to the Olympic event this year to facilitate the numbers. At this stage there are very few places left for anyone who is interested in taking on the Olympic challenge this year. Fermoy is uniquely situated to hold an event such as this. The town is based in the heart of Munster with excellent road links and of course we also have the River Blackwater, which is ideal for the swim. Like last year, in order to facilitate the extra numbers and the longer duration of the race, we have, in conjunction with the Fermoy Town Council and Gardai, made the decision to hold the races with a Sunday morning start. While it will mean a very early start for the Triathlon Club members who are organising the event and for the athletes taking part, it will also ensure that the town of Fermoy itself suffers the least possible amount of disruption. The race will be over by lunchtime and the competitors and their families and supporters will be able to relax and enjoy the hospitality of Fermoy for the afternoon. Once again we will be relying on the good will of the people of Fermoy and hopefully they will come out in large numbers to support the athletes during the race. Entry to the races is available via the Triathlon Ireland website. For further information please check out the Blackwater triathlon Club website and Facebook page.