The Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon (the 'CAT') is a challenging, exciting event and a popular and well established feature of the annual adventure event calendar. It attracts a healthy mixture of talented triathletes right through to those who have never sat in a canoe before and want to challenge themselves to something different, resulting without fail in an entertaining and fun day for all. Our large number of repeat entrants is testament to the CAT’s on-going appeal. CAT 2017 will be the 11th CAT and as ever we look forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces back this September.
Based around Loch Morlich in Glenmore, near Aviemore, the CAT takes full advantage of the spectacular scenery and unique natural environment of the Cairngorms National Park, a memorable setting whatever the weather.
The CAT is a not-for-profit event run by an entirely voluntary committee. All proceeds from the event usually go to supporting talented young local athletes in the Cairngorms National Park area. We have given grants to between two and ten applicants over the years, with total funds available ranging between £1000 and £3000. Last year our grant award was made to Dave Smith, a well known local Paralympian who is pursuing an outstanding cycling career whilst battling serious disabling health problems (see Race Report). In total £14,300 has been raised to help our local athletes progress in their sport, see ourSupported Athletes page to read their stories.
All of us on the committee, Tim Pott, Penny Lawson, Alan Riach, Dawn Cranston, and very welcome new member Scott Fraser, are keen if not particularly competitive runners, bikers and triathletes. We live in the park, and between juggling work and family commitments are most likely to be found on a bike up a hill or out for a run. This event would not be possible without the support of Keith Taylor at Loch Morlich Watersports, local landowners and Cairngorms National Park Authority. We are also reliant on a faithful team of volunteer marshals and other helpers; extra hands are always appreciated so please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.