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With a shorter course for novices and a number of free places to encourage those who are totally new to exercise, organisers of Walsall's 2015 Triathlon are urging residents of all abilities to "Tri-It."

Last year's event was a runaway success with entrants of all ages declaring it "a great experience, a fantastic event and a good atmosphere." Places were snapped up within just a couple of weeks.

This year's triathlon, will take place on Sunday 12 July and is being organised by Walsall Council's Sport & Leisure Services with funding from Public Health Walsall. The event will once again be held at Oak Park Leisure Centre in Walsall Wood.

Walsall Triathlon 2015Residents are being encouraged to make 2015 the year they "Tri-It" and embrace a more active lifestyle.

Councillor Ian Robertson, Walsall Council's portfolio holder for health, said: “Last year’s event was a tremendous success and entrants told us they wanted us to stage another triathlon in 2015, so here we are!

“We are buoyed by this feedback and the many comments made about the wonderful atmosphere on the day and we want to make sure this year’s event encourages people who may not be the most physically fit but are making positive changes.

“The shorter race is designed to be a relaxed and social event consisting of an 8 length swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km jog or walk.

Residents can enter individually, or can get together with friends, family or work colleagues and enter as part of a team of up to three to set themselves an achievable challenge that they will find really rewarding.

“We are also offering a number of free places as another incentive to those who are newer to fitness. So it’s time to dig out the trainers, dust off the bike or take the plunge at your local leisure centre for a July to remember.”

Councillor Khizar Hussain added that participants could also take advantage of a range of training programmes and sessions to prepare them for the big day.

“These were successful last year and we want to repeat them in 2015,” he said.

“For those who have decided to make 2015 the year they become fitter and healthier, as well as improve their wellbeing, these sessions are a real boost.

“We’re all really looking forward to this year’s triathlon and hope even more Walsall residents use it as spring board for a more active and healthy future.”

Free “Tri It” places for the event will be allocated to people who live or work in the borough, and who meet certain criteria, including those who are currently not regularly active.  Applications for free places are now available and can be made over the phone by calling Sport and Leisure on 01922 658080 or completing a form accessed through Walsall Council Website

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