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Surrounded on all sides by the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a great location for traditional triathlons with open water swimming, stunning coastal, forest and mountain scenery and remote, testing road cycling sections.

Competitors will experience the only place in Britain where the seven kingdoms of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Heaven and the Sea can all be seen at the same time.

The 2014 Isle of Man Triathlon Race Calendar offers competitors the chance to compete in sprint, traditional and ultra distances. The season gets underway with the traditional warm up - the 'Manx Sprint Triathlon' in May which this year will feature a fundraising team sprint challenge for the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games team as well as the solo's race.

This year's calendar also features the TTTriathlon - an ultra distance Tri centred on the world famous TT course. The Island’s terrain will provide the ultimate test for Ultra-distance competitors with a 2.4 mile swim in the Irish Sea (‘Y Keayn Yernagh’), followed by a 112 mile cycle across spectacular mountain scenery, through quiet villages and the Island’s capital, Douglas, before finishing with a full marathon - 26.2 miles - of lung-bursting fresh coastal air.

As well as the Ultra distance run for solo competitors, there's also a team event covering the same distance and a short course version of the race - a 1.2mile swim, 1 lap of the TT course (37.73 miles) bike section and a 6.2 mile run.

This year also sees the introduction of an off road tri to the schedule - the Port Erin Bay Tri. The three day event - each of the events has its own dedicated day - will open up with a 7 mile 'pier to pier' coastal run on the Friday night with a traditional 'Manx Mile' Swim on the Saturday and a Mountain bike trail race on the Sunday. Best cumulative time over the 3 days sees the winner take all! Racers will be competing against the backdrop of the Port Erin Bay Festival which will feature live music, food stalls,

The season finishes with the Isle of Man National Championships in at the end of August and as well as the traditional Sprint and Olympic distances,  competitors this year also have the option of a half ultra distance.  All comers are welcome to  pit themselves against the best of the local Manx competitors.

The 'National'  is a great introduction to open water competition as the swim takes place in the Mooragh lake which is ideal for the first timer because it is shallow and warmer than the sea.