New year, new resolution! Getting into a new sport is the best way to get in shape and lead a healthier life in 2019. Triathlon can offer you all these, along with the chance to enjoy the outdoors, the open water, wind and sun, using all the muscles of your body to swim, cycle and run.
To give interested individuals in Qatar a taste of the sport, Doha Triathlon offers a starters’ race. The Super Sprint distance for beginners and children 13-15 years old, will start with a 375-metre swim, a 10-km cycle and a 2.5-km run. Participants will join a good mix of professional, international, local and amateur athletes, for a unique opportunity to cycle along Doha Corniche, swim in the safe waters of the bay, and enjoy the greeneries of MIA park. Registration to the Doha Triathlon is open until 4 February, through doha-triathlon.com.
Last year’s National Champion Ebrahim Al Rumaihi, who is currently preparing for a tough battle for the title this year, has this message to all new athletes: “stay consistent, there is nothing more rewarding than being consistent in all aspects of life.”
Aday Alvárez, the Best Overall in the Olympic distance, said that the venue and organisation (for the triathlon) are so good that it can host an ITU Asian Cup or even a World Cup in the upcoming years.
“Having been twice on the podium, I am wishing to repeat it this year. The level of competition has incredibly increased this year, so hard work and a mini training camp in Gran Canaria (Spain) is my strategy to face the race (this) February.”
The races promise excitement for most athletes competing in the National Triathlon Series, with a scoring system for national ranking comprising of five opportunity events to score four best results.
Young upcoming triathlete Ethan Bennett is currently leading and challenging the male open series category previous winners, while elite females Pia Sundstedt, Isora Sosa Caballero and Julie Melville, are among many upcoming local athletes in the female category. The event will also include a Fun Duathlon for kids from 7-12 years old. They will cycle and run for short distances around the park.
Professor Nasser al Mohannadi, Triathlon Director at Qatar Triathlon Federation, said they are very happy to celebrate the third event in the Qatar National Triathlon Series.
Doha Triathlon is sponsored by Qatar National Tourism Authority, with support from Qatar Triathlon Federation and Qatar Museums. For more information about the event, visit doha-triathlon.com.