It’s the one, the only, the “Junior Beast of the East Triathlon”, it’s back and it is going to be better than ever before! This year we have moved our race venue to Greystones town, to a new course and it will be AMAZING! We have created a stunning new course that is easier for you to get to, has tons of parking and is really compact making for an amazing family experience with HUGE support for the superstars, you guys the triathletes!
Entries are now OPEN here on the Triathlon Ireland Website. Find the event on the race calendar and click on the ENTER button.
The Junior Beast of the East will take place this year on Sunday, September 25th and once again is a fully sanctioned Triathlon Ireland event brought to you by Wicklow Triathlon Club Juniors. This time we bring you a spectacular sea swim in the shelter of Ireland’s east coast at “The Cove”, Greystones. Not only is this a super sheltered place to swim but it is a natural amphitheatre allowing your supporters clap and cheer and watch you all the way through your epic swim! The bike course is on a 1km “criterium” styled lap of the scenic town of Greystones with the run along the picturesque promenade on Greystones’ Marine Road looking down on the Irish Sea below. We really think this is just about the ultimate race course we can build for a junior race and we’re sure you’ll agree when you see it!
The junior committee has put together a massive event which is open to all juniors from 8 to 15 years of age with a big focus on participation. You will need to be a member of Triathlon Ireland or a holder of a one day license on the race day but don’t worry, we can sort this as part of your entry. We are calling on all triathlon clubs, swimming clubs, cycling clubs, athletic clubs, rugby and football clubs, schools, societies and anybody who feels that they are up to a challenge to join us in Wicklow for the Junior Beast of the East Triathlon. Keep an eye on this page as we will publish instructions and links to help you enter and prepare for the race.
We are now offering entries to absolutely anybody within the age categories listed below. To enter the race follow THIS LINK to the Triathlon Ireland website race calendar where you can click on the ENTER button. We will have our legendary goodie bag and super purse of prizes to share out making it really worth while coming along.
We are aiming to promote triathlon to a new and wider audience and in parallel, promote healthy exercise as a fun way to use your spare time right across the community. We need you to encourage your brothers and sisters, friends, relations, neighbours, school pals and anybody else you think can make it around the course, we know that they will feel so proud of what they did when they have their finishers medal!
Why do we do this you might well ask? Put very simply, we have a lot of experience encouraging young people into sport through triathlon and we see the joy, happiness, the confidence and satisfaction it brings to them every day. This is far too precious not to share around so this is our chance to do just that, share!
We ask that you please spread the news to anybody you feel is up to the challenge. Please tell people face to face, use your facebook profile to share the web address of this page, tweet it to your classmates or tell your parents, your club coach, PE teacher or school principal. Even better, why not challenge your best friend to a race, it has to be more fun than having a bucket of iced water poured over your head!
Don’t be put off by any part of the race; for example the swim which is often a bit daunting for some athletes. Send us an email or post a message below here and we will explain how we cater for you in these cases. Remember this is all about you challenging yourself and we will do everything we can for you on race day. There is no other feeling like the pride as you cross the finish line.
What is the Junior Beast of the East?
You may not be familiar with the sport so, this is a triathlon which is a race comprising of a swim followed immediately by a bicycle course and then a running race without stopping in between except perhaps to change your outfit. These changes are known as “transitions” where you will for example remove a wetsuit and put on a bike helmet to start the bike race and then after this put on running shoes for the running race phase. The triathlon race is a race from the start of the swim to the end of the run. For most people however, triathlons are for the most part a challenge, the objective being to pace ones self to reach the finish. Triathlon events are fantastic goals to set yourself and give you an amazing sense of satisfaction and confidence when you stomp across the finish line. Trust us when we say this: Until you try it you simply can not understand the pride you will have in your achievement. Go on… you know you can do it!
How long is the course?
Well this will depend on how old you are. We will have four races on the day for ages 8 – 9 year old, 10 – 11 year old, 12 – 13 year old and 14 – 15’s. Each race will have a different distance swim, cycle and run course and the table below explains.
Your age on December 31st 2016 decides which age category you will be entered into.
You can click the images below to see an aerial view of the actual swim, bike and run courses.
We have quite some experience of running triathlon races and to ensure this race is absolutely top quality we have applied for and received sanction from Triathlon Ireland, the national governing body for the sport. This guarantees you that a considerable amount of planning has gone into the event to ensure that we achieve a really demanding standard of safety and that your enjoyment, sport and dignity are promoted to the highest standard possible.
We will be adding news to this page very soon and will have more specific instructions about the event and how you can enter. Please check back but in the meantime, get chatting with your family, friends, classmates or clubmates and remember to share a link to this page. This really will be a day to remember!
WTC Junior Committee