Author: Brian Leeper

Things to Do

Wild Atlantic WayThe Wild Atlantic Way is the worlds longest defined coastal touring route. Its inspiring, renewing, relaxing and invigorating.

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Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year and are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. They stretch for 8km (5miles), as the crow flies, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin just north of O’Brien’s Tower. Here you can have a world class one in a million visitor experience.

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Aillwee Caves

One of the oldest caves in IrelandLocated in the heart of the Burren In County Clare. Forty minutes from both Galway and Shannon. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountain side with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway Bay. It is a must for all who find themselves in the area.The Burren is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. Let the staff at AILLWEE CAVE welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this area. Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour. The tour consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! Unique Cave Features Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the now extinct brown bears bones (ursos arctos).
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The Aran Islands

Highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way with it’s Cliffs and spectacular coastal views, The Aran Islands (Islands of Saints and Scholars) is located just off Galway in the Atlantic. A true Irish experience where locals speak Irish as well as english. Scattered with celtic churches of historical importance , The spectacular Dun Aonghasa and Cliffs of Aran, A venue for the Redbull Cliff Diving, Setting of the film ‘Man of Aran’ , Home of the Aran Sweater, and total release from the hussle and bustle of the mainland. The Aran Islands are best explored by renting a bike particularly on Inis Mor Island. The Aran Islands is an ideal spot for visiting and has excellent accommodation options such as Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Hotels, Hostels & Camping. Ferry services leave daily from Doolin and Galway.
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Poulnabrone Dolmen

The dolmen is among the most famous landmarks in the Burren. The remarkable image of the sun setting through the Dolmen is one of those most commonly associated with the area. The Dolmen is surronded by the characteristic Burren limestone pavement where a patient visitor may find examples of the famous burren flora. The dolmen itself is located a short walk from the road approximately one hundred meters and is just 1north of Cahreconnell.
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Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara

Dunguaire Castle is probably the most famous land mark that is associated with Kinvara. The castle was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay, 300 yards outside the village of Kinvara.
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Galway Cathedral

Situated on the banks of the River Corrib in Galway city, Galway Cathedral is the most recently built of Europe’s great stone cathedrals, and is the centre of a vibrant community. The Cathedral of Galway was dedicated on 15 August 1965, and as such is the youngest of Europe’s great stone cathedrals. it is dedicated to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas.

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Connemara

Connemara, situated at the very edge of Europe, on the west coast of Ireland, is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places it’s possible to find.

From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.
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LeisureLand

With 3 swimming pools to choose from Leisureland is the place to be for serious swimmers to a fun, family splash about! With a 6 lane competitive , deck level pool complete with a thrilling 65m water slide giant Commando Run Inflatable Obstacle Course and cool paddle boats. We have a host of other activities at Leisureland. Our fun, and family friendly environment will ensure everyone has a great time. We have activities ranging from whether you’re coming in a group or with the kids.
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Galway Aquarium

Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland seeks to present a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations and animal interaction sessions.

This is achieved through accurately displaying aquatic life in a manner that reflects their natural habitats, providing an enjoyable and educational environment to learn about the diverse marine ecosystem of Ireland.

As Ireland’s largest aquarium we strive to ensure that a visit to the aquarium is original and full of wonder for visitors of all ages.

Challenge Tours

Challenge tours are designed to make your trip to Challenge Galway even easier.

We offer you a choice of hotels that are prepared for athletes and near to the event location. Challenge Tours include lots of additional services like course inspections, meet the pros, training camps etc. Book your accommodation and tours for Challenge Galway now, stop worrying and just focus on training!

Book Now with our Travel Partners

When choosing your travel provider you need to have confidence that the company understands your needs and is able to provide the standard of service they promise. Our travel team have first hand experience of travelling to Long distance and ITU age group races all over the world and bring that knowledge & experience into every package we provide.
It is our people that really make us different and we are all hands on deck throughout your event. Our #RACEHOSTS are made up of coaches & mechanics all with a passion for triathlon and a lot of experience racing abroad. From the moment you arrive at the airport you’ll feel relaxed as our hosts meet & greet you off your flight. We transport you back to the team hotel for briefing where we introduce you to your support team and fellow athletes who will be sharing the adventure with you.

Race Tour Packages

Our Race Tours include run from Thursday before the event and include:

  • 3 or 4 Nights Half Board accommodation
  • Airport transfers and event transport on demand

Additional Race Host Services included:

  • Pre arrival information and communications
  • Team briefing and daily race updates
  • Coached sessions out on the course
  • Tour of bike course in team bus
  • Race team help with registration & check in activities
  • Exclusive use of our Mechanics

Bike & Bus Transport

Getting your bike to an event can sometimes be time consuming and stressful. Let us take the hassle out of bike transport for you with are ready made packages!

Bike Bus

Bike Bus Standard – £185 (£125 when booked with a Race Tour)

Package includes:

  • Assembled bike transport from drop off locations across the country
  • Small kit bag for shoes, helmet & wetsuit
  • Access to race mechanics

Bike Bus Pro – £250 (£195 when booked as part of a Race tour)

Package includes:

  • Assembled bike transport in our custom racking
  • Home pick up & drop off
  • Level 1 Service – and access to race mechanics
  • Up to 15kg of luggage

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Airport Express – £150

If you’ve already made your travel arrangements and booked your bike onto the plane there is still an Airport Express service available to you. They collect you and your bike from the airport and after dropping you at you hotel your bike is handed to one of the Race Force mechanics who will lovingly assemble it and have it ready for when you want to ride it. That could be later that day or just before check-in. Post race they take it off you, box it back up and have it ready for your transfer back to the airport.

Package includes:

  • Return airport transfers
  • Bike assembly & dissassembly

Additional passengers can be added on booking

To find out more, please email the RaceForce team: [email protected]

You swim, you bike – she runs!

You swim, you bike – she runs!

Chrissie Wellington is a true legend in the sport of triathlon! She holds, or held, all three world and championship records relating to iron distance triathlon races: firstly, the overall world record, secondly, the Ironman World Championship course record, and thirdly, the official world record for all Ironman-branded triathlon races over the full Iron distance. She won the World Championship in three consecutive years (2007–2009). She was the first British athlete to hold the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and was undefeated in all thirteen of her races over the iron distance. She is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional.

She lowered the world record on all three occasions (2009–2011) she raced Challenge Roth in Bavaria, Germany. Her current record of 8 hours 18 minutes 13 seconds is more than 32 minutes faster than the record which stood from 1994 to 2008.

Chrissie is one of only three women to have achieved three consecutive victories at the Ironman World Championships, the other two being Natascha Badmann and Paula Newby-Fraser. The latter’s course record at the World Championships had stood for 17 years until Wellington broke it in 2009. Wellington holds the four fastest times ever recorded by a woman over the iron distance, and has the greatest number of sub-9 hour times—nine, five more than Newby-Fraser’s previous record.

In addition to the Ironman titles, she was also the 2006 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Age Group World Champion and the 2008 ITU long-distance World Champion.

We are giving 2 very lucky athletes (1 male and 1 female) the once in a lifetime chance to race with this legend on her half-iron relay team at Challenge Galway this coming June.

To be in with a chance just fill out the following application, and answer the question: “I want to race with Chrissie and TYR at Challenge-Galway 2016 because…….”

Winners to be announced in the next 2 weeks.

Good luck!

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SEE BELOW FOR RACE NUMBERS, WAVE NOS & SWIM CAP COLOURS:RaceNoWaves* Please note that Race numbers are provisional and are subject to change*

(Olympic, Sprint, Try-a-Tri)

HALF Athletes Only

Please do not purchase this buss pass for Olympic, Sprint and Try a Tri. One free bus pass from Galway City to TYR Swim Park on the morning of Sunday 26th for race start. One free bus pass per Athlete only. Spaces are limited. Athletes must pre book the bus. Athletes without bus pass will not be allowed use buses on raceday. Times and venue for pick up will be on the website and in the race briefing prior to the event. Ticket valid for Half and Full races 26th June Only.

Please note that parking for the Sunday races is meant for family/friends coming to the Swim Start, who can move the car once the last cyclist has left T1.

You cannot park at Swim Start & then race as we do not have transport back to Swim Start from Finish after the Race

 

We are providing a free shuttle bus on Sunday morning for athletes. Please use this to make your way out to Swim Start, unless you have friends/family to drive you out and park.

Saturday Athletes can park and race as all races are in Rinville.* Please note that their will be no parking in Rinville Park without a permit. Spaces are limited to 400 spots.

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Refund – Cancellation 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.

Is it not possible to transfer from Challenge Galway to another Challenge Family Races or defer your entry to 2017.

If you wish to cancel your race entry please email our registration team at [email protected]

 

Our interactive maps allows you to view the race routes, Athlete Village, Finish area, Expo, and the TYR Swim Park and Challenge For All race venue.

Athlete can also view hotels, B&B’s, Hostels and Self Catering options near the Athlete Village.

* Please note that this map is for illustration purposes only. Route maps may not be 100% accurate. For comprehensive route maps please visit our dedicated race pages:
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Half  

Try a Tri  

Sprint  

Olympic

Friday 24th

12:00 – 12:15 Official Opening Athlete Village
12:00 – 20:00 Expo Athlete Village
12:00 – 20:00 Registration – Full, Half & Challenge For All Events Athlete Village
14:00 – 14:30 Pro Race Brief – Half Athlete Village
14:45 – 15:30 Pro Press Conference Athlete Village
16:00 – 17:00 Q&A Session with Chrissie Wellington Galway Bay Hotel
18:00 – 19:00 TYR Practice Swim Session Rinville Park Oranmore

Saturday 25th

10:00 – 20:00 Expo Athlete Village
10:00 – 14:00 Registration – Full & Half Races Only Athlete Village
12:30 – 14:30 Pasta Party – Pre Booked Only Athlete Village
15:30 – 16:15 Race Briefing – Full Athlete Village
16:30 – 17:00 Race Briefing Half – Half Athletes Races Numbers 500 – 800 Athlete Village
17:15 –  17:45 Race Briefing Half – Half Athletes Races Numbers 801 – 1200 Athlete Village
18:00 – 19:00 Bike Rack – Full & Pro Athletes T1, Rinville Park, Oranmore
19:00 – 20:00 Bike Rack – Half Athletes Race Numbers 500 – 800 T1, Rinville Park, Oranmore
20:00 – 21:00 Bike Rack – Half Athletes Race Numbers 801 – 1200 T1, Rinville Park, Oranmore
18:00 – 21:00 Bike Special Needs Bag Drop – All Athletes Rinville Park, Oranmore
16:00 – 19:00 Run Bag Drop – All Athletes T2, Athlete Village

Saturday 25th

Challenge For All

06:00 – 08:00 Late Registration Only – Must Pre Reg Rinville Park, Oranmore
06:00 – 08:30 Transition Open Rinville Park, Oranmore
09:00 – 09:05 Olympic Race Start Rinville Park, Oranmore
09:10 – 09:15 Sprint Race Start Rinville Park, Oranmore
09:20 – 09:25 Try a Tri Race Start Rinville Park, Oranmore
12:00 – 13:30 Challenge Junior Rinville Park, Oranmore

Sunday 26th

04:00 – 04:10 Bus Pick Up – Full (Must be pre booked) Athlete Village, Connacht Hotel, Oranmore
04:00 – 07:15 Casual Bag Drop – Half & Full Rinville Park
05:00 – 05:10 Bus Pick Up – Half (Must be pre booked) Athlete Village, Oranmore
04:00 – 05:45 Transition Open – Full Rinville Park
04:00 – 07:15 Transition Open – Half Rinville Park, Oranmore
06:00 – 06:05 Age Group Race Start – Full Rinville Park, Oranmore
07:15 – 07:20 Pro Race Start – Half Rinville Park, Oranmore
07:30 – 08:00 Age Group Race Start – Half Rinville Park, Oranmore
10:00 – 19:00 Expo Athlete Village
23:00 – 24:00 Last Finisher Party Athlete Village
23:30 – 24:00 Fireworks (subject to licence) Athlete Village

Monday 27th

12:00 – 14:00 Prize Giving Ceremony Athlete Village
19:00 – 21:00 Volunteers/Athlete After Party Monroes Bar, Galway

 

* Please note that the above times are provisional and are subject to change. Race start times are subject to TI approval. The Weekend race schedule will be finalised on 20/06/2016.

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 .

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 .

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.

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 [email protected]

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
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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.

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

Photographs – Marathon-Photos.com is the official photographer of Challenge Galway.

Photos are available to order online

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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 [email protected]

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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 .

The Challenge Galway Expo will be open over the race weekend featuring a selection of gear, clothing, food and drink stalls for both athletes and the general public to enjoy. The Expo will be situated at the The Harbour Car Park, The Docks, Galway, adjacent to the Athlete Village and provides the ideal opportunity for athletes to stock up on last minute equipment needs and talk to the experts behind the brands.

Application for Exhibitors

Dear Exhibitors,
We would be glad to welcome you as an exhibitor to our Triathlon Expo at 2016 Galway Challenge Galway. It takes place in Roth from June 23rd, 2016 to June 26th, 2016.
Our terms and conditions and registration form are attached. Please complete and sign the form, and return it by fax, e-mail (please attach a scanned copy of the form) or by post.
Here are our contact details:

Challenge Triathlon Ireland Ltd
Left Bank Mall,
Pearse Street,
Athlone,
Co. Westmeath

[email protected]

00353 83 184 4309

Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and is easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these.
As a major tourist attraction, there are many well-developed transport options available.

Distance from the airports

Shannon Airport (~1 hour 05 minutes by bus/car)
Dublin Airport (~2 hours 20 minutes by car/bus)
Knock Airport (~1 hour 10 minutes by car/bus)
Cork Airport (~ 3 hours by car/bus)

Ferry

Our Official ferry partner has some great deals for Challenge Galway athletes:

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Car Hire

Traffic Information

We are Challenge Galway which is a new sporting event that will be held this year on the weekend of the 24th to 26th June. With this event it will see athletes take to the waters of Oranmore, the Roads of Galway City, Galway County and Clare County. As a result of this it will be necessary to implement a road closure order on Saturday 25th and Sunday June 26th 2016. 

 

ROAD CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

 

To make the event as safe as possible for the athletes, spectators and residents it is necessary to close specific roads during certain periods of the event. These are as follows:

 

 

In the Administrative area of County Galway

SUNDAY 26th June 2016

In the Administrative area of County Galway

Road Closures

Times: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Section A:

From Galway Bay Golf Course Along the Rinville West Road and Rinville Park to its junction at Maree Road to its junction with N18 Oranmore.

Section B:

Times: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Dated: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Along the Glenbrack Road from its junction with N66 at Crowe Street to its junction with R460 at Church Street along the R460  to County Galway / County Clare Boundary.

From Gort to Galway/Clare Boundary R460

Section C:

Times: 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Along L4507 from Galway County / Clare County Boundary  to its junction with L1014 Galway County / Clare County Boundary. 

Section D:

Times: 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Route: N67 From Clare County/ Galway County Boundary 

Along the  N67  from  its  junction  with  Clare County / Galway County Boundary

to  its  junction  with N18 at Kilcolgan.

Alternative Route: From Kinvarra L8587 to its junction at L4508. R347 from Kinvarra to N18 Gort.

Section E:

Times: 09:25 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Route: Westlink Roundabout to Galway City / Galway County Boundary

Carrowmonease  Road to  its  junction  with  R338  at  Oranmore  to  the Galway County / Galway County City boundary.

Alternative Route: A one way system will be in place using the R446, R921, R338, Carrowmonease  Road.

In the Administrative area of County Clare

No Road Closures

In the Administrative area of Galway City Council

Road Closures

Times: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Section A:

From Galway City / Galway County Boundary on  R338 to its junction  at Old Dublin Road R338. Bus Lane Only Along the R338 at its junction on Coast road to its Junction Renmore Road at Bons Secours.

Alternative Route: Closures apply to Bus lane only. Traffic lanes are open.

Times: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Section B:

Along R338 from its Junction at Renmore Road Bon Secours to its junction at R339 Huntsmans Inn.

Alternative Route: Traffic will be re routed along East lane of R338 from its junction at Renmore Road Bon Secours to its Junction at Huntsman Inn R339.

Section C:

Times: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Along R339 from its junction at at Huntsman Inn R338 to its junction Fairgreen Road Radisson SAS.

Section D:

Times: 6:00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.

Dated: Sunday 26th June, 2016

Along the Lough Atalia Road from its Junction at Fairgreen Road Radisson along Bothar Na NDuganna to its junction at R336 Dock Road and Queen Street. Along Dock Road R336 from its junction at Bothar Na NDuganna to its junction at New Docks Street and Dock Street. R336 from its Junction on Merchants Road Victoria to its junction at Forthill Street to its junction at Bothar Na NDuganna to its junction Docks Road. Forthill Street from its junction at Merchants Road R336 to its junction at Queen Street. Along The Long Walk onto Merchants Road Lower on to its junction on Merchants Road R336 onto it junction New Docks Road. New Docks Street from its junction at R336 Dock Road to its Junction at Merchants Road R336. Along R336 from its junction at New Dock Street and Dock Street to its junction at Father Griffith Road R336 at Wolf Tone Bridge. Along Father Griffith Road R336 on Wolf Tone Bridge west bound lane only to its junction at Claddagh Quay. Along Claddagh Quay onto Gratton Road to its junction R336 Doctor Colonna Road. Claddagh and Grattan Road.

Alternative Route:

Eyre Square to Merchants Road:

From R339 at its Junction at Eyre Square to its junction Prospect Hill onto R863 to its junction R864 Newcastle road onto R864 to its junction at R337 Taylor hill Road onto R864 to its junction on Father Griffith Road R336.

Grattan Road and Claddagh Quay is open for Local access only.

ON BEHALF OF THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE WE THANK YOU ALL. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND APOLOGISE FOR ANY DELAYS CAUSED IN AND AROUND THE EVENT!

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