Updated: 06/04/17 : 13:16:48Printable Version
Northwest Adventure Tours and BBS Applied Sport with Business students of the IT Sligo hosted Irelandís first SUPathlon event on Tuesday 4th April. Competitors were put to the test in a 3-tiered event starting at the Riverside hotel in the town centre.
The race kicked off at 10am with a trail run from the Riverside Hotel along the Garavouge river to Doorly Park. There they got on their bikes and cycled 5km to Tobernalt Holy Well.
The second transition took them from their bikes and onto Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP) at the Holy Well pier in one of the most scenic race finishes imaginable down 4km of the Garavogue River and back into Doorly park. The event that will now be an annual signature sligo race is planning to increase entries for next year and bring more visitors to Sligo.
Some of the competitors starting off from the Riverside Hotel
This race was conceived in consultation with Northwest Adventure Tours by the students from BBS Applied Sport with Business as part of their Sport and Adventure Tourism module, run by Lecturer Kerry Larkin. The Riverside hotel hosted the pre-race meet and competitors were treated to pre-race motivation talk with Champion Triathlete Laura Tighe.
The event is the first adventure race to start and finish in Sligo town and to use the unique format of RUN, CYCLE and SUP. The students hope that the event will become an annual event, attracting tourists to Sligo town and highlighting Sligo as a destination for Sport and Adventure Tourism.
Northwest Adventure Tours were delighted with how well the event went and have highlighted the collaborations with the likes of Riverside Hotel, Sligo Kayak Club, Red cross, the Gardai and Wild Wet Adventures as crucial to the continued success of this event.