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Get fit in Dublin this spring

For those interested in testing out their fitness for the summer there is certainly plenty going on to keep them active in Dublin next month. From the Dublin Duathlon to the Dublin Mountain Challenge – and a chance to watch the The Giro d'Italia in-between times for inspiration, there is every chance to give your lungs and legs and workout. Image via Dublin Duathlon First up is the Duathlon on May 7. This popular annual running and cycling event in Phoenix Park takes place from 6.30pm to 9pm (although beginners get to start earlier). The actual event consists of a 2.7km run around the park’s football pitches. Next up is the cycle which consists of 4km and takes in three laps of the Papal Cross, Kyber Hill, Military Road, St Mary’s hill and the Acres. And don’t think you’re finished then – there’s a sneaky little 2.7km run after that just to check that you truly are as fit as you say! The Giro d'Italia One of the world’s largest sporting events - the impressive Giro d'Italia 2014 - is set to hit Ireland in May and on Sunday 11 it will be coming Dublin’s way with a route from Armagh to the city centre – the winner of which will pick up the pink jersey. Around 200 of the world’s top cyclists are expected to take part in the event which starts in Northern Ireland two days earlier and culminates in Dublin. If cycle sprinting is your thing then the best location on the route is at Dundalk. For added excitement the final stretch is at the seaside village of Clontarf. The finish line is, of course, in Merrion Square. Where else? Dublin Mountains Challenge Those who fancy breathing in some fresh mountain air while getting fit at the same time should certainly think about attempting the Dublin Mountains Challenge this year. There are two routes to choose from – the 42km to Shankill version or the 21km to Fairy Castle. Take it from us here at the Sandymount Hotel neither route is particularly easy. Thankfully the route is always well marked out along the way and there are check points together some refreshments. You’ll also be glad to hear it’s not necessary to run all the way back to the start again since a bus will pick up participants (just be prepared for stiff legs when you start to walk again after getting off the bus). This event costs €50/€75 to enter depending on which event you choose. It’s all good fun and a great way to fundraise for Barretstown. Barretstown is a camp providing therapeutic fun and programmes for young ones and their families who are affected by serious childhood illness. One thing is for sure – if you’ve been partaking in the Duathlon or the Mountains Challenge then you’re going to be looking for a comfy bed for the evening as well as a big hearty breakfast next morning. Can we suggest you look no further than our own Sandymount Hotel? Luckily Sandymount Hotel also offers our guests the opportunity to keep fit all the time with discounted gym rates of €5 per day at Energie Fitness on Shelbourne Road - Only a 5 minute walk away. Book online or contact us on +353 (0)1 614 2000 or at