UAE’s unique Dubai Desert Triathlon a success

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The second edition of the Dubai Desert Triathlon saw Mohamed Isa Alqais and Aude Touraine lifting the trophies at the Dubai International Endurance City on Friday with Yousef Barhum, Erwan Sidaner & David Serrano taking the team honours.

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Ninety-four athletes participated in the second edition of the event which consisted of a 5km run, a 40km cycle and a 50km endurance horse ride, and proved to be as successful as the inaugural edition.

The overall men’s triathlon was won by Mohamed Isa Alqais of Bahrain ahead of Majed Mohamed Salman Hassan Mohammed Al Sabri, with Rashed Alghurair in third.

Alqais was ecstatic about winning and said, "I am experienced in both running and cycling, but I am a new rider, so it was a challenge for me. The event was perfect, as a concept it is unique, and I look forward to competing again.” 

The overall women’s triathlon was won by Aude Touraine of France ahead of Ines Pintenat with Najla Aljeraiwi in third.

Speaking about her victory, she said: “The Dubai Desert Triathlon was fantastic. As an endurance horse rider, doing the full triathlon helps us show how strong we are, as it is based on our fitness as well, not just the horse we ride. I cannot wait for the next race!”

The team’s triathlon was won by runner Yousef Barhum, cyclist Erwan Sidaner and rider David Serrano.

The event was born from a partnership between Dubai Sports Council and Meydan and once again showcased Dubai’s varied sporting landscape with the participants, support crews and spectators thoroughly enjoying the experience. 

Nasser Al Rahmah, Director of Sport Events at the Dubai Sports Council, expressed his delight after yet another hugely successful edition, saying: “We are very pleased with how successful today has been, to see an increase in numbers from GCC countries, as well as such a diverse range of people competing together is wonderful.” 

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Test yourself in the unique JLL Triathlon at Jebel Ali Golf Resort

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Great test: Participants can enter the event’s various categories according to their age and abilities.

You have until Saturday if you want to take part in the second edition of the JLL Triathlon on December 13.

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Taking place at the iconic location of the Jebel Ali Golf Resort in Dubai, the swim will be in the sea, followed by a bike ride on the open roads outside the resort before the participants end the race with a run around the resort.

Anyone from 11-years and above can compete, with organisers Race M.E setting nine different age categories. The Super Sprint has five different sections; junior (11 to 14-years), youth (15 to 18), open (19 to 39), vet (40 to 49) and super vet (50 and above). All consist of a 375m swim, a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run.

For those who have plenty of experience in triathlon and want to test themselves further, there is the Sprint category. 

With four different sections – youth (15 to 18), open (19 to 39), vet (40-49) and super vet (50 and above), the triathletes will undertake a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

The first edition of the series drew hundreds of people, and the organisers are expecting a similar turnout.

“Our October race was a huge success with it being sold-out three or four weeks before the event,” said Paul Venn of Race M.E.

“With two weeks remaining until the race the odds are that this will be another sell-out which is great from an organiser’s perspective.

“The Jebel Ali Golf Resort is a great venue to do this triathlon as they hold many triathlons throughout the year.

"People will find the venue very safe in well controlled areas and there will be a great atmosphere,” he added.

And with different age and ability categories, it’s a great opportunity for beginners to get involved.

“This is a triathlon for anyone to enter,” said Venn. 

“For beginners, the distances of the swim, bike ride and the run are very do-able. We get plenty of people who are new to triathlons and at the end of the race, they say they’ve thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“It’s just taking part in a fun and enjoyable sport. People would look at a triathlon and think it’s for the serious sportsperson but that’s not the case.

"When I first competed in a triathlon, I hadn’t swum for 20 years. Triathlon is a very addictive sport and people will realise how much fun it is for those who take part.”

What: JLL Triathlon Race Two
Where: Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai
When: Saturday, December 13 at 06:30
Contact: To register or for more information visit www.premieronline.com

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Dubai’s Urban-Ultra 24hr Insom­nia will make your day

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Pace yourself: Runners will compete in burts, with rest areas nearby.

The Urban-Ultra 24hr Insom­nia hits the UAE, challenging competitors with a simple question: How many kilometres can you complete in a full day?

The event is the first of its kind in the region and is sanctioned as a Bronze Label by the International Association of Ultra Runners.

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Held on December 12, the 24hr Insomnia will take place in Al Qudra on a course designed to test runners’ stamina and speed.

Competitors will run the short 500 metre flat circuit, which is composed of 55 per cent hard sand and 45 per cent concrete, for as long as they can.

Rest stations will be available with food and drinks, but stopping for too long could cost you laps as strategy will play as significant a role as physical ability.

If participants don’t want to take part in the full 24hr run, a 12hr and 6hr run are also open and while not as daunting, they’ll still present their own challenge.

The 6hr run is strictly a solo event, but teams of four can be formed for the 24hr and 12hr run to tackle the circuit as a group. Teams must be mixed, consisting of two males and two females. Of course, with the event lasting 24 hours, sleep comes into play, which is why a tented area will be avail­able next to the start/finish line. However, all equipment, such as sleeping bags, pillows and comfort items are the responsibility of the runners.

A recommended gear list includes a blister kit, tent mat, spare duct tape, small scissors, light jacket, medication and some nutrition. Clearly, the 24hr run will not be for the faint of heart or anyone that gives up easily. All competitors will receive a finisher medal regardless of placing, while the overall team, male or female winner will receive a specially-made Urban-Ultra trophy.

The event will start at noon and finish at the same time the follow­ing day. Entry is open to everyone aged 16 and above and registra­tion can be done online at www. premieronline.com. The final day to sign-up is Sunday, December 7 at midnight.

Come out and compete against fellow runners as well as yourself in the ultimate challenge of mind and body at the Urban-Ultra 24hr Insomnia.

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