Dublin hosts first triathlon
Up to 500 athletes will today aim to raise €250,000 for the homeless in the first-ever triathlon in central Dublin.
The gruelling event, which has been set up by Focus Ireland, consists of a 750 metre swim in the Grand Canal Basin in Ringsend followed by a 5km run and 20km cycle along the capital’s quays.
The charity’s popular Four Peaks Challenge raised €400,000 in June and a second event will be run next month to accommodate extra demand.
Each team in the event climbs the four highest mountains in Ireland during one weekend, scaling a total of 11,937 feet and completing a road trip of more than
The featured peaks are Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry, Co Mayo’s Mweelrea, Slieve Donard in Co Down and Lugnaquilla in Co Wicklow.
Focus Ireland raised €6.3 million from fundraising events, donations and corporate support last year.