Slovenia’s David Plese, representing Team Bahrain, won the first half iron distance race of the Dubai International Triathlon on Friday.
More than 1,100 professional and amateur athletes took the plunge off the Atlantis The Palm, with Plese completing the challenge in a time of three hours 58 minutes 18 seconds. Deirdre Casey from Ireland finished first in the elite women’s category.
Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is making final preparations for the inaugural Challenge Bahrain race, finished the Dubai event in a time of four hours 43 minutes 12 seconds.
Finished 4th in the Dubai International Triathlon 70.3.. Was an amazing day!! The best part was when my kids were… pic.twitter.com/rRJJtOmndG
— ناصر بن حمد FAN (@HRH_Nasser) November 7, 2014
The event featured a 1.9 kilometre swim, a fast 90 kilometre bike ride and a relatively flat 20 kilometre run along the crescent of The Palm.
The race was organised by Race ME, endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council and supported by the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Police.
The sold-out challenge saw competitors representing 63 nations, with athletes aged 18 to 66 years participating in the race.
Women’s winner Casey (4 hours 34 minutes 47 seconds) said: “The course was great. The sea was really salty which helps with buoyancy and the bike [section] was actually very technical.
“I had a good lead at the 5 kilometre turn on the run, which gave me a boost.”
Men’s winner Plese added: “I love racing in the warm weather so the course suited me and I am really looking forward to Challenge Bahrain next month.”
My first win for Bahrain pic.twitter.com/k2mATRNmoT
— David Plese (@Davidplese) November 7, 2014
Race ME director Christian Berglehner, expressing his happiness with the outcome of the inaugural event, said: “It was a big success in terms of participation and the results show that this race is not only happening in a prestigious location but also attracts top level competitors.
DSC board member Saeed Hareb added: “The Dubai Sports Council is excited to be a part of the first edition of the Dubai International Triathlon.
“We strive to ensure that participants have a healthy and safe environment as well as high standards of event management.
“We hope to make this an annual event in the Dubai sports calendar and hope to attract many more athletes in the future.”
The UAE’s Asian Games 10,000m gold medallist Alia Mohammed Saeed won the 2014 Dubai Holding Women’s Run 10k race while compatriot Betlhem Desalegn Belayneh triumphed in the 5k event at Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai on Friday.
The event, held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), saw Saeed complete the 10k distance in a time of 35 minutes 25 seconds.
Sentayehu Getachew of Ethiopia and Esma Aydemir of Turkey finished in second and third place in times of 35:41 and 35:52, respectively. In the 5K category, Belayneh clocked 17:10 while Serbia’s Biljana Cvijanovic and Ethiopian Ajeba Batukan completed the podium in second and third place, in times of 17:24 and 17:44.
Dubai Holding sponsored cash prizes totalling Dh90,000 for the 10 fastest runners in the 10k and 5k general category and for the three fastest Emirati runners in both categories.
Dubai Holding vice president for strategy Khalfan Belhoul, who presented the prizes, said: “We are especially proud to see Emirati runners finish fastest in both categories.
“Such a large turnout of women is very encouraging as the race gains international momentum.
“I want to congratulate all participants and very much look forward to next year’s event.”
UAE’s Alia Saeed tells me she had only run the 10K a couple of times in competition b4 she won gold @ the Asian Games http://t.co/c0i2QWih5C
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) November 6, 2014
Dubai Holding Women’s Run chairman Ahmad Al Kamali added: “I am pleased to see so many elite international runners competing for the title.
“This race has carved a place for itself on the international circuit and we aim to see more runners from abroad in the coming years, as well as an increase in participation from UAE nationals and residents.
“I want to thank all those involved in the planning and organisation, and applaud all participants for joining us here today.”
Official telecom partner du also sponsored prizes for the top three winners in both categories in the form of vouchers worth up to Dh3,000, redeemable against smart phones and tablets. Winners were also awarded certificates of participation to encourage them to continue their fitness regime.
The telecom firm also sponsored a prize for the last woman to cross the finish line and encouraged participants to track their fitness through the du Wellness App during the race.
Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications, du, Hala Badri said: “We are proud to support the Dubai Holding Women’s Run as Official Telco Partner, to motivate women to continue, or even to embark upon their fitness journey.”
“We aim to see more runners from abroad in the coming years”
Click here for the full results of the Dubai Holding Women’s Run
Experienced and beginner runners alike can benefit from the advice provided at the Reebok Running Clinic, the first in the Middle East.
The open-house event will be held at The Dubai Mall Reebok store today (Thursday) at 14:00 and will give runners of all abilities the chance to take part in an informative complete running exploration session.
“Reebok connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit,” said Mark Greiner, general manager for Reebok in the region.
The clinic will offer a complimentary foot strike analysis, by UPANDRUNNING, on in-store treadmills, which will tell visitors how they strike the ground during a run and which shoe fits them best. Depending on the mechanics of how you run, a change in footwear can potentially increase performance.
“We will also be providing expert advice on the benefits of running and training in a group environment with information and encouragement by Urban Energy Fitness and the Reebok Run Club,” added Greiner.
“Reebok Run Club is dedicated to offering support to people in a fun and friendly way and provides strength training classes, nutritional advice and injury prevention tips for participants in race schedules from 4K to full marathons.”
Visitors to the clinic will also have the chance to interact with mobile technology as video of the latest advancements used to make the Reebok ONE Series footwear will be delivered straight to their mobile phone.
For that, Reebok is encouraging everyone who comes to download OGLE, a free app from Google Play or Apple Store to enjoy the integration.
Along with The Dubai Mall, the clinic is popping up in stores across the region during the rest of this year and 2015 as Reebok continues to promote a fitness healthy lifestyle.
Entry to the clinic is free and open to everyone.
The event will run in the afternoon from 14:00 to 17:00. If running is your passion or even a new hobby, the Reebok Running Clinic is perfect for taking the next stride.
What: Reebok Running Clinic
Where: The Dubai Mall Reebok Store
When: Thursday from 14:00 to 17:00
Sport360 Verdict: With plenty of information available and even a free foot strike analysis, the clinic should not be missed by running enthusiasts.
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