Yas Island set to stage next year's ITU World Traithlon Abu Dhabi

Sport360 staff 21:34 12/11/2017
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Next year’s ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi will return to Yas Island on March 2 and 3 next year as the UAE capital once again opens the Word Triathlon Series calendar.

Yas Island made its first appearance this year and will once again host the world’s best triathletes in 2018. A mixture of elite, amateur (age-grouper) and junior triathletes will compete, taking in some of the most spectacular landmarks in the UAE.

The elite race will see 120 of the world’s best triathletes dive into a 750 swim in Yas Marina, before taking on a fast and furious 20km bike and 5km run, contained within the chicanes of Yas Marina Circuit.

Abu Dhabi has become the leading regional hub for triathlon, with over 4,000 triathletes expected to take to take part in the 2018 event.

“The ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi is one of the most entertaining on the global triathlon calendar. The location, atmosphere and the enthusiasm from all involved makes for a truly special event,” said race director, Gary Marescia.

Age group participants will be able to choose from three course types, all ranging in distance: Sprint: 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run; Olympic: 1,500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run and Middle: 1,900m swim, 90km bike, 21km run.

The 2018 event will also see the return of the Junior Triathlon – a fun event aimed at encouraging youngsters to get active – which hosts categories for children aged five-15.

Online registrations are now open via the race website, AbuDhabi.Triathlon.org/Enter.

Prices start from just Dh450 for adults and Dh60 for children.

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