A-Z Guide

Here’s a run down from A to Z on key elements of the Challenge Galway Triathlon Festival:

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Accommodation – Challenge Galway has a number of accommodation partners. Stay the night and enjoy the finish-line party. Click here for more information

Aid Stations

Full & Half – there are six aid stations on the bike course (every 30km) and 3 on the run course (every 3km). Athletes use these to refuel on their long journey with water, electrolyte drink and gels, bananas, coke

Challenge4All – There will be one aid station on the 10km, 30km and every 2.5km on the run course.

Athletes – you can find an athlete list at the information desk in the Expo plus volunteers will be handing then out at the finish line area.

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Bags – each athlete has three transition bags which they use to store their clothing and footwear to change into during the race

Bike Course

Full – The Challenge Galway bike course is 180km heading out from Oranmore to Clarinbridge Estuary – the most Easternmost point of Galway Bay and joins The Wild Atlantic Way; the world’s longest defined coastal touring route . Click the link to see interactive course maps for Challenge Galway Full 

Half –The Challenge Galway bike course is 90km heading out from Oranmore to Clarinbridge Estuary – the most Easternmost point of Galway Bay and joins The Wild Atlantic Way; the world’s longest defined coastal touring route . Click the link to see interactive course maps for Challenge Galway Half

Challenge4All – The bike route exits Rinville Park and heads into Clarenbridge and swings left onto the N18 to Oranmore left in Oranmore onto the Maree road brings athletes back to Rinville Park. Sprint and Try atri do 1 lap, Olympic do 2 laps. Click the link to see interactive course maps for Challenge For All

Buses – Each Athlete is entitled to one free bus pass from Galway City to the TYR Swim Park on raceday morning. Each Athlete must pre book their bus pass here. No bus pass no entry to buses. Spectators must purchase bus passes here. All spectators must pre book bus passes before 01/06/2016.

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Contact – if you have any questions regarding Challenge Galway, just email us at hello@challenge-galway.eu

Cut off times –

Full   Swim: Each wave will have 2:20 to complete the swim.   Bike: 10 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave start. Run: 17 hours  after the final wave start.

Half  Swim: Each wave will have 1:10 to complete the swim.   Bike: 5 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave start. Run:  9hours  after the final wave start.

Challenge Family – Challenge Galway is part of the global Challenge Family series of triathlons and is one of 55 events around the world. Other Challenge Family races take place in Germany, Austria, Bahrain, Oman, Dubai, Canada, UK, Ireland,  France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil and USA with more planned for 2016 and beyond. To find out more visit www.challenge-family.com

Course Records – Challenge Galway
Overall –  n/a

Swim – n/a

Bike – n/a

Run – n/a

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Drug Testing – every year Challenge Galway works with Triathlon Ireland to ensure triathlon is a fair sport with random tests throughout the field

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Expo – located down at the Harbour Car Park, The Docks across from the Athlete Village, our Expo is the perfect chance to do some shopping, buy some souvenirs and grab a bite to eat. On race day there’s also a bouncy castle to keep the kids entertained

Entries – download the 2016 start lists here:

CG 2015 Full Start List »

Entertainment – A full line up of entertainment at the Main Stage at the Athlete Village will keep you entertained all day and night

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Finish Line Party – celebrate the amazing achievements of these remarkable athletes. The party with music and goes on into the night until the last athlete crosses the line at around 11.30pm

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Good food – Galway is famous for its fine dining. Check out this map of local restaurants.

Galway City – Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre.  The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café/ bar culture. Read more>>>

Golf – Located  just 500m from the swim start and T1. Galway Bay Golf Resort is one of the finest golf courses in the West of Ireland.  Set on 300 acres and designed by former Ryder cup and World cup legend Christy O Connor Jnr this beautiful links championship course of Par 72 stretches to 7308 yds. off the championship Tee’s. Superbly blending the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Wild Atlantic Way Coastline makes this course a true challenge for all handicap golfers. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned player, a warm welcome awaits you at the Galway Bay Golf Resort.

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Help – athletes are not allowed to receive any outside help during the race. However, they are well looked after by the hundreds of volunteers and race officials

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International – athletes travel from all over the world to take part in the most scenic long distance triathlon on the global circuit – over 30 countries are represented and 35% of the field come from overseas

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Junior – even the kids are catered for with the Challenge Galway Kids Aquathon on the Saturday before the main event. All budding triathletes aged between 8 and 15 are welcome!

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Kilometres – athletes will travel 226km for the Full and 113km for the half in total for Challenge Galway

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Live Coverage – if you can’t be in Galway, check out the live race coverage on the website.

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 Massage – every Challenge Galway athlete enjoys a well-earned massage at the end of the race

Music – listen out for the special Challenge Family song throughout the day or watch the video here

Medal – Every finisher recieves a finisher medal

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Numbers – every athlete that enters before 01/05/2015 will have their name printed on their race number. Make sure you shout out their name as they go past, it gives them a huge boost (even if they look a little surprised at the time!)

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Organisation – Challenge Galway is a Challenge Family event organised by Challenge Ireland.

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Parking – additional parking is available on TBC

PhotographsMarathon-Photos.com is the official photographer of Challenge Galway. Photos are available to order online here.

Prize Money – professional athletes are competing for a share of a €TBC prize pool

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Relay Teams – Challenge Galway is open to relay teams of two or three people

Results – are available on our home page immediately following the race

Road closures – for 2016 road closures click here

Run Course

Full & Half – Challenge Galway athletes experience a flat 4 loops for the Full and 2 loops for the Half, affording our runners and spectators plenty of atmosphere. Bridges arch over River Corrib. Wild salmon leap upstream from Nimmos Pier. Brightly painted pubs line the cobbled streets offer the perfect theatre for spectators. With live music, food & drink a’plenty. Athletes are carried forward by the rhythm of music and laughter.
A marathon like no other; our unique tour of Ireland’s ‘Most Irish’ city, Galway. A city seeped in rich history and culture.Click on the link to view the run route ChallengeGalway Full & Half

Challenge4All – The run route is a 2.5km loop, the try a tri do 1 loop, sprint 2 loops, and Olympic 4 loops. The run takes place in picturesque woodlands of Rinville Park. Click on the link to view the run route Challenge4All Run 

Roth – home to the first ever Challenge event, Challenge Roth – the largest iron distance race in the world with over 5,200 athletes, 220,000 spectators and 5,500 volunteers. Wow!

Registration – Registration will be held in the main event Marquee situated in the Athletes village at The Docks, Galway. See timetable in Event Guide for Registration opening times

Refund policy –

Full – Individual and Relay Entrants will be refunded 60% 21/06/2015 to 31/12/2015, 30% 01/01/2016 to 26/02/2016 of the entry amount paid. No refunds after 27/02/2016. Refunds are subject to a cancellation handling charge of €25 per cancellation. Refunds will be paid on the 10th of every month. Transfer of entry to another athlete are subject to a fee of €100. No transfers after 20/05/2016.

Half – Individual and Relay Entrants will be refunded 60% 21/06/2015 to 31/12/2015, 30% 01/01/2016 to 26/02/2016 of the entry amount paid. No refunds after 27/02/2016. Refunds are subject to a cancellation handling charge of €25 per cancellation. Refunds will be paid on the 10th of every month. Transfer of entry to another athlete are subject to a fee of €50. No transfers after 20/05/2016.

Full to Half – All full entrants will be allowed to transfer from full to half distance with no charge until 02/11/2015. Half will be charged at €220. If you wish to transfer after 02/11/2015 you will be charged your full entry fee. No transfers after 01/04/2016.

Challenge For All – All entrants are subject to a €25 cancellation charge. No refunds after 30/03/2015. All credit card and bank charges are non-refundable.

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Sponsors – we have an ever-growing list of awesome sponsors who help us deliver the event. Click here to see the full list and please support them whenever you can

Start lists – download the 2016 start lists here:

CG 2016 Full Start List »
CFA 2016 Full Start List»

Swim Course – The swim is in the coastal inlet south of Galway Bay Golf Resort – close to Oranmore. A sheltered bay, regularly used for training by local triathletes. Using local knowledge, we have chosen the site that provides the most predictable and manageable sea conditions, while still providing enough space to deliver the event at scale.

Swim Start – one of the highlights of the day! The early morning start is packed full of excitement and emotion as athletes and spectators prepare for the big day ahead

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Transition – a great place to watch the athletes as they switch from swim to bike to run

Toilets – there are public toilets at each transition plus at aid stations on the run and bike

Timetable – click here to see a timetable of events through the week of the Challenge Galway Triathlon Festival

Temperatures –  Throughout the month of June daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 17°C that’s about 62°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 9°C, that’s 48°F. In recent times the highest recorded temperature in June has been 29°C that’s 84°F, with the lowest recorded temperature 1°C, about 33°F. Click here for full temperature statistics.

Tee Shirt – Each Athlete that copletes their race will recieve a finisher Tee shirt. No Tees shirts will be givien out prior to the race.

Transport to TYR Swim Start – Each Athlete is entitled to one free bus pass from Galway City to the TYR Swim Park on raceday morning. Each Athlete must pre book their bus pass here. No bus pass no entry to buses. Spectators must purchase bus passes here. All spectators must pre book bus passes before 01/06/2016.

Volunteers – It will require approximatley 500 volunteers to make the race happen. If you are interested in joining our team, please email steffi@challenge-galway.eu

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Wetsuits – wetsuits are compulsory at Challenge Galway

Water temperatures – temperature of the lake which is usually about 14C on race day although it can be as low as 13C or as high as 18C . Click here to view sea water tempretures

 

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