Give it a Tri in Festival Square this August

British Triathlon has announced that 'Triathlon Live' will be launching in the UK during this summer's London 2012 Olympic Games and will be coming to Edinburgh.

The live hub will allow fans to 'Give it a Tri', and experience the next best way to compete in a triathlon event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the opportunity to cheer on Team GB via the big screens in Festival Square, Scotland's Olympic Live Site.

Tri Live endless pool before its stint in Edinburgh Triathlon Live will be at Festival Square during the triathlon events of the London 2012 Olympic Games from Saturday 4 August to Tuesday 7 August. Triathlon Live will feature 'Give it a Tri' event spaces, offering community triathlon events and broadcasts of the racing on the giant screens so you can show your support, and cheer on locally born Team GB athlete Helen Jenkins.

Participants will be able to challenge themselves in a cutting edge Endless Pool® and test their abilities against a simulated current that is suitable to swimmers of all abilities. Next they'll bike and run on our state of the art equipment and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes.*

Jem Lawson, Chair of Triathlon England, said: "We're delighted that Triathlon Live will be in Edinburgh alongside triathlonscotland and can't wait to see what the city has to offer - we might even inspire the next Team GB triathlete in Scotland!"

He added: "Triathlon Live is a celebration of our growing sport in an iconic year, so we are really looking forward to coming together with our fellow Home Nation to watch and show our support during  the men's and woman's Olympic Triathlon races in Edinburgh.  It's important to us to spread the message about our great sport alongside giving people the opportunity to 'Give it a Tri' themselves."

Tri Live treadmill before its stint in Edinburgh Triathlon Live is a joint initiative run by the International Triathlon Union, British Triathlon and LOCOG.
For more information about Triathlon Live around the UK, please visit www.britishtriathlon.org/London-2012 or follow @TriEngland and join the conversation at #triathlon and www.facebook.com/triathlon.england

There will be categories for individuals, men and women teams, mixed teams and children, all vying to be top of the leaderboard.

· Each team is comprised of three athletes - a swimmer, a cyclist and a runner.
· The competition begins with the swimmer, cyclist and runner all starting at the same time.
· The current in the Endless Pool® is increased every 30 seconds.
· The competition ends when five minutes is reached or when the swimmer can no longer swim again the current and touches the back wall of the pool.
· The final score of the team is then computed by combining the distance covered on the bike and the run distance doubled.
· The team with the longest distance wins.

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