Early registration is advised for anyone taking part in this year’s Banner Duathlon which will be hosted by the  Shannon-based GoTri triathlon club on Sunday, April 9th from their base at the GoTri clubhouse in Smithstown.

A duathlon follows the format of a run, cycle, run. The adult event involves competitors sprinting for a distance of 4.5km through Smithstown industrial estate the before mounting their bikes for a 21km cycle.

The route leaves Shannon, passing the Wells Church and along the old the Newmarket road to the first roundabout before doubling back to return for the second transition in Smithstown. A final 2.5km run through the industrial estate will end at the finish line at GoTri HQ.

A major feature of the Banner Duathlon is to encourage the participation of juniors in the sports of running and cycling. A number of races will take place for different age groups, again following the format of run, cycle, run. To ensure the safety of junior competitors the run and cycle will take place on closed roads around the Smithstown industrial estate. Banner Duathlon is open to athletes of all abilities.

Following the event’s recent successes, this year the race has been awarded national series status by Triathlon Ireland. This will attract some of Ireland’s elite racers as they bid to accumulate points in the national series. Equal encouragement will be afforded to the newcomers to a duathlon event as to the elites as the GoTri club aims to host an enjoyable occasion that is accessible to all.

Such is the club’s interest in promoting the sport to newcomers that it will cover Triathlon Ireland’s one day licence cost for non-members as part of the adult entry fee. For more details and to register for the event, please visit www.bannerduathlon.ie.