Going Out: Nissan Triathlon back on track at Atlantis after sandstorm

Jay Asser 7/04/2015
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Pedal power: The triathlon has both 20k and 40k cycling options to different levels.

Though the Nissan Triathlon Festival was postponed due to poor weather, it has been rescheduled to give athletes another opportunity to compete in the popular race.

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The event was originally going to run on Friday, April 3, but because of severe conditions caused by a sandstorm, the race was postponed for safety reasons after consultation with the Dubai Police and RTA.

Now, the Festival will be held on Friday, April 17, still at the iconic Atlantis Resort on The Palm, Dubai. 

If you missed out on registering earlier, you can now sign up for the new date from now until midnight on Sunday, April 12.

For athletes who had already registered and are unable to make the new date, Race ME will issue credit to any of their events until the end of 2015, while athletes who were travelling from overseas will be issued a refund.

Both inquiries must be made by midnight on Friday, April 10, by contacting [email protected].

The Festival will once again be open to competitors of all abilities and ages 11 and above.

Making a splash: The races include a 750-metre swim.

Beginners and newcomers can race the sprint distance of a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5k run in triathlon, or the 750m swim and 5k run in the aquathon.

More advanced and experienced participants who want to push themselves can take part in the Olympic distance with a 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run in the triathlon, or the 1.5k swim and 10k run in the aquathon.

Team categories are also available for both distances in triathlon and aquathon, while the Corporate Challenge sprint distance triathlon is perfect for teams of work colleagues – requiring at least one female athlete – to build teamwork in a fun and competitive way.

Not just for those racing, the Festival will have an Athlete’s Village and kids’ fun zone for the whole family to enjoy activities and entertainment.

The event starts early in the morning at 06:00, with race pack collection at the venue on the day. Included in the registration is timing, a finisher medal, a finisher t-shirt and goody bag.

Sign up for the rescheduled date at www.premieronline.com and visit www.facebook.com/RaceMeEvents for more information.

Don’t let the previously poor weather deter you from getting another chance to swim, bike and run at the Nissan Triathlon Festival.

What: Nissan Triathlon Festival
Where: Atlantis Resort, The Palm, Dubai
When: Friday, April 17, starting at 06:00, with registration closing midnight on Sunday, April 12
Contact: Sign up at www.premieronline.com and get more information at www.facebook.com/RaceMeEvents

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UAE’s youngest talents unearthed at Sun & Sand Sports Junior Triathlon

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The UAE's youngest athletic talents were out in full force at Hamdan Beach Club.

The UAE’s youngest athletic talents were out in full force as more than 340 youngsters took on a fun swim, run and cycle challenge at the Sun & Sand Sports Junior Triathlon at Sheikh Hamdan (Fazza) Beach Club.

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In an inspiring showdown of determination and friendly competition, participants tackled different distances depending on their age, from four and five year-olds taking on a 25 metre swim, 400 metre bike ride and 200 metre run, to the 12 – 14 year-olds who undertook a 200 metre swim, 1,600 metre bike ride and 800 metre run.

A young cyclist passes the halfway point of the Sun & Sand Sports Junior Triathlon.

Ten budding young triathletes, one male and one female from five different age-categories, pipped the competition to win a selection of Arena prizes.

Mathew Lewis proved too strong for the competition in the boys 12 – 14 years-old category, whilst Roisin McElligott took the title in the girls 12 – 14 category. Other winners included George Davies and Keira Hill in the under fives, Khalfan Nasser and Zara Parker in the six – seven, Eissa Mulla and Emily Biendenkopf in the eight – nine, and Tomas ElAccad and Ella VanBeek in the 10 – 11 years-old categories.

Hosting the event for the third time in the last year was the region’s leading sports retailer Sun & Sand Sports, who provided the prizes and kitted participants out in t-shirts and Arena swim-caps.

More than 340 juniors took on the fun challenge at Hamdan Beach Club.

“Triathlon is an excellent entry level sport for youngsters as it provides competitive experience in a range of different sports and is an excellent way for them to get active and healthy,” commented Miquel Pancorbo, COO of Gulf Marketing Group. “We’re seeing a rapid growth in its popularity across the UAE, particularly with inspiring international events such as the recent ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi.”

He added: “Sun & Sand Sports is committed to providing enjoyable platforms that encourage the UAE’s youngest talents to persevere with their sport, and we believe that a friendly competitive environment such as the Junior Triathlon is a great way to do this.”

Sun & Sand Sports stocks apparel, footwear and accessories from the world’s leading sportswear brands in 120 stores across six markets in the Middle East, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

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Going Out: The 2XU Triathlon is open to all, give it a try

Jay Asser 21/03/2015
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On your marks: The kids are off at the start of a previous event in the series.

The final race of the 2XU Triathlon Championships Series is fast approaching for your last chance to participate in the popular event.

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Held on a designated running track with closed road to ensure safety, the race will be at Mamzar Beach on the morning of Friday, March 27.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced triathlete or just want to do your first triathlon, the event if perfect for all ages and abilities. Three distances are on offer for both kids and adults, with Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic.

The Super Sprint for juniors aged 12 and under is a 200 metre swim, 8 kilometre bike and 2.5km run, while the distance for ages 13 and older is 375m, 8km and 2.5km. The Sprint for all ages is a 750m swim, 24km bike and a 5km run.

The Olympic – the most challenging distance in the race – is a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run for every age group. You can either enter yourself as an individual or take part as a two or three-athlete relay team. In a team of three, one person will do each discipline, while in a team of two, one person will do two disciplines.

Prize giving will follow the last race category of the day. All finishers will be awarded medals, while first, second and third place in each age group will receive winners medals.

The overall series winners, as per the final rankings, will earn trophies and valuable prizes. The entry fee is Dh225 for ages 18 and under, Dh300 for adults 19 and over and Dh175 for relay teams. A discount is available for families of four or more, who will get 50 per cent off their total entry fee.

Registration closes at midnight of Tuesday, March 24. Sing up at www.premieronline.com and for more information, visit www. supersportsdubai.com. Get ready to swim, bike and run in the final race of the 2XU Triathlon Championships for the season.

What: 2XU Triathlon Championships, race 3 
Where: Mamzar Beach, Dubai
When: Friday, March 27, with registration closing at midnight on Tuesday, March 24
Contact: Register at www.premieronline.com or visit www.supersportsdubai.com for more information.

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