TRI in the Park – beginners encouraged to give triathlon a go!

The Glasgow 2018 European Championships, in partnership with Triathlon Scotland, have launched a brand new Triathlon event at Strathclyde Country Park to introduce people to the sport.

The event on Sunday 12 August will be packed with activity for those that have never tried the three Triathlon disciplines – Swimming, Cycling and Running – all together, as well as a host of family-friendly attractions.

New competitive races will be held throughout the day including a mini GO TRI event for adults who are new to Triathlon involving a 300m swim, 5k bike ride and a 1.5k run and a family relay where the child takes part in an open water swim and two adults complete the event with a cycle and run.

There is also an Aquathlon which involves swimming and running; a Duathlon which sees participants run, cycle and then run again as well as races aimed at existing young triathletes age 11 to 14, and short distance routes for novices and existing triathlon enthusiasts.

Sports Minister Aileen Campbell said: “Our ambition is to get more people physically active and Glasgow 2018 offers an opportunity to encourage people to live healthy and active lifestyles.  This summer TRI in the Park is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the sport of triathlon and for people to try a new activity for the first time.”

Cllr David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will feature some of the world’s best elite athletes – but it will also showcase the incredible opportunities there are for people of all ages and abilities to get active or try a new sport.”

Councillor Michael McPake, convener of infrastructure at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This is a fantastic chance for people to try out Triathlon in Strathclyde Country Park. We know that our communities will support the athletes taking part in the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and TRI in the Park will be a great day of participation and fun in a world-class venue.” 

Gemma Simpson, Triathlon Scotland Events & Marketing Manager said: “TRI in the Park is aimed at bringing local people to Strathclyde Country Park to try Triathlon for the first time and is set to be a fantastic, inclusive participation event. We hope people will be inspired to put on their swimmers, jump on a bike or simply put on their trainers and run with us this August.”

TRI in the Park will follow three days of elite and age group triathlon action as part of the European Triathlon Championships which will be hosted in Scotland for the first time at the new multi-sport event, Glasgow 2018.

TRI in the Park will be held on Sunday 12 August at Strathclyde Park. Entries are now open and start at £10. 

Places across each race are limited, although some places will be available for entry on the day. For full details, the event timetable and to enter, visit: www.triathlonscotland.org/tri-in-the-park

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