Tri Laois - What is it all about?

Portlaoise Sprint Triathlon returns for the seventh year running, and the event will take place on Saturday 7th April 2018.

The Sprint Race Race consists of a 750 metre pool swim, a 19.5km cycle and a 5km run.

The swim is a pool based swim in which competitors must complete 30 lengths of the 25 metre pool in the Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

The Tri-a-Tri Race consists of a 400m Swim followed by a 20km Bike and 5km Run.

The cycle then takes the competitors out the old Dublin road, over a gradual incline towards Emo, then returning via quiet roads for the cycle leg, to complete the run over a largely flat out and back route local to the town.

The event is open to all, but has been particularly designed for anyone racing their first event - either as a team or as individuals. The short-distance, pool-based swim makes an ideal dry run for longer events outdoors later in the new season, and will help anyone preparing for outdoor events later in the Summer.

The event is the first Triathlon Ireland competitive triathlon in Laois, and the organisers hope the central location makes the event accessible to all.

The race is organised by Trilogy Triathlon Club, and is one of Irelands most popolar races.