The inaugural King of Greystones Triathlon Challenge took place in August 2002 and was set up by a team of friends who lived in the Wicklow area to encourage people to take part in a novel fundraising event. Since then, the event itself and the popularity of triathlons have evolved enormously.
Throughout the years the organising committee’s goals were always to hold a fun and safe event and also to raise money for various charities.
The initial team was made up of four friends who between them loved taking part in triathlons and organising events.
Over the year’s different people have volunteered their time and efforts to join the committee. The committee are all volunteers who live locally and enjoy organising the event which has become very popular over the past few years always attracting a large crowd of supporters and spectators.
For 2021 the main organising committee members are:
John Glynn – Organising Committee Chair
John Glynn is Gavin’s father and the founder and Director of The Gavin Glynn Foundation.
Along with working full-time in the IT security sector, John runs the foundation on a daily basis and connects with all the children and their families who need help travelling overseas for cancer treatment.
A local Greystones man now living in Kilcoole, John made the The King of Greystones his first triathlon, in 2017, along with the help of former winner Alex Gray of P Squared performance, forming a team of ten first time triathletes called the KOG10. www.tggf.ie
Adam Kelly – KOG Race Director
Adam Kelly is the owner of Pura Vida Project in Greystones.
Having served his time in Australia, he has been training and inspiring people in the Greater Wicklow and South Dublin area for over 15 years. This Pura Vida Project epitomizes what Adam is all about and how he inspires his client community. Adam has also recently opened a new venture in Greystones called “South Beach Pavillion”. http://southbeach.ie/about/
Aidan O’Toole – KOG Technical Director
Aidan has worked closely with us to make King of Greystones a recognised brand nationwide. A humble creative genius, available day and night to help out! Aidan is the driving force behind the running of the technical aspects of the event. He has been known to sometimes take part in triathlons over the past few years, and is renowned for being incredibly quick over the first 15 metres of the swim section! Would be a wise choice to approach for the swim section of the Relay event!!
Damian McKeever – Event Founder and Comedian
Brother of the locally famous firefighting hero Fat Cam, Damien is one of the original four founders of this event and has organised the event for the past 12 years raising almost €500,000 for local charities- What a legend! He is in semi-retirement now and between running his shoe shops and fast food chain “McKeevers”; he specialises in male modelling (mainly foot modelling), Salsa Dancing and washing machine repairs. But seriously, Damian runs the very successful Amphibian King technical running shoe stores in Bray and Ballymount. Since 2020 and lockdown, he now likes to be addressed as “The Wicklow Viking”. Damian participates every year in KOG and wanted us to note that Michael Bolger has never beaten him in the King of Greystones event, or not in any section of it for that matter! Not shy of a challenge, this year Damo will be battling it out for South Vs North against Omagh’s only Double Ironman Mr Shane McGale.