Abu Dhabi International Triathlon draws 2,400 entries

Posted: March 6, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic, Triathlon
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  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Organisers
  • 2,400 racers from 68 countries to compete in next week’s Abu Dhabi spectacle

Abu Dhabi: The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, scheduled next week, is a sellout event. A line-up of 2,400 triathletes from 68 countries are due to converge on Abu Dhabi Corniche on March 15, making it one of the world’s 20 largest must-do triathlons.

“The huge demand for the event demonstrates a consistent rise in amateurs and elites looking for the ultimate triathlon challenge with 60 per cent of racers registered from around the world and 40 per cent from the UAE alone,” said Faisal Al Shaikh, Director, Events Bureau, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which presents the annual event.

“The number of keen triathletes flying in for the race from countries such as Russia, Portugal, the Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and Finland continues to rise, which is a positive indicator of the event’s success and growth on a global scale.”

The International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) successful bid two years ago for the inclusion of triathlon in the Arab Games 2015 was a significant step for the sport in the Middle East, offering an additional opportunity to showcase the sport internationally and promote it as a gateway to active lifestyles.

We are hoping this event will inspire more adults and children in the region to engage in the sport and encourage the international community to travel to the Emirates,” Al Shaikh added.

This year, the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon features first-time entries from as far afield as Algeria, China, Ethiopia, Iceland, Norway, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon will again offer three different distances — Long, Short and Sprint Courses — for racers of all abilities. The short and sprint distances also offer the popular option of relay entry, allowing groups of colleagues, families and friends to tackle the event together.

Amateur athletes have the chance to compete alongside a world-class field of elite triathletes on the spectacular course, which starts with a swim in the crystal blue waters off Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, continues with the cycling stage across to Saadiyat and Yas islands, and concludes with a run out past the iconic Marina Mall breakwater.

Star names including Olympic gold and bronze medallists the Brownlee Brothers, defending champions Belgium’s Frederick Van Lierde and Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt, Spain’s Eneko Llanos and many more will be lining up to claim the prestigious title.

see more:http://gulfnews.com/sport/other-sports/abu-dhabi-international-triathlon-draws-2-400-entries-1.1299860

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