Course Details

Sprint Distance Triathlon & Tri a Tri

The Sprint race begins with 30 lengths of Portlaoise Leisure Centre Pool.  Lane counters will record the number of lengths completed and when 750m are complete. For the Tri-aTri Race the distance is reduced to 400m requiring the competitors to complete 16 Lengths of the pool. When finished the competitors will exit the centre and collect their bike from the transition area, located in the Astro-Turf pitch behind the pool.

There will be between 8-9 race 'starts' or waves - each with 23-35 people; while you will be racing directly against those in your wave, all competitors will have their times recorded and the final results will include finish times from every wave.  Wave starts will be based on estimated swim ability - so don't worry, the people in your lane will all be of a similar swim speed to you and you will not be expected to race against elite swimmers.

The bike leg is 19.3 km long, routed from Portlaoise Leisure Centre,

Cycle Route Description


Portlaoise Try-athlon features a looped cycle route, which is 19km long.  Competitors will head out of the town on the main Monasterevan / old N7 to Dublin, before turning towards Portarlington and returning to town via country roads in Coolbanagher and Shane (see map below).

As you leave transition and enter the cycle course, proceed through the town of Portlaoise following direction signs and the instructions of the marshal team.  Please remember that everyone else in Portlaoise is going about their normal Saturday morning business – that means that Rules of the Road and common sense apply. 

Please be extra careful negotiating the numerous roundabouts in the town and on the route – there are a total of  10 roundabouts on the out-and-back course – and you must approach each of these with caution.  Remember, you have no right to proceed through a roundabout just because you are racing – Rules of the Road apply.

This is a draft-free event.  That means that you must not cycle directly behind any other participant.  If you find yourself within 10 metres (five bike lengths) of a person in front of you, then you must overtake them.  Likewise, if you are overtaken, you must allow the cyclist now in front to move ahead of you by more than 10 metres.  All marshals will be briefed on drafting rules, and specific ‘draftbusters’ will be on the course.  A two minute penalty will apply to any cyclist deemed by the race referee to have been drafting.

Marshalls will be at all major junctions for safety and directions.  In addition, signage will be placed at every major turn, and will also be marked with temporary road paint.  Distance markers will be placed at 5km, 10km and 15km.

Please remember, the cycle course is on open roads – while safety marshals will encourage traffic to slow down, we cannot stop traffic at junctions for you.  If a marshal instructs you to stop, then please stop.  Likewise, you must approach all roads and junctions with caution – we do not want any accidents on the cycle course.

On your return to Portlaoise, you will be directed by our marshals back to Transition. Please remember to rack your bike only in your allocated space – failure to do so may impede another competitors progress through transition, and may lead to you being penalised.

The run will be 5.0 km.  Runners will exit transition area. 


The Run is an out-and-back course along ‘the Ridge Road’,  a relatively quiet country road leading away from Portlaoise.  After 2.5km, you will meet a traffic cone and marshal.  Please run around this cone and return to Portlaoise Leisure Centre. The run course is relatively flat, rising slowly out of the town and providing a gentle downhill return (see next page for map).

Tri-Laois Run Route 2018

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The finish line, with spectating alley, will be located in the grounds of the Leisure Centre.  Finishers will receive a breakdown of their times for each of the legs, for their overall race, and their finishing position. 

While waiting for these results, competitors can use the shower and changing facilities at Portlaoise Leisure Centre and avail of the post-race food and celebrations nearby.  Your supporters are also welcome to join you (small fee applies for food).  Final results are expected around 14:00hrs, with a prize presentation immediately following the announcement of results.