Students from Doha College are celebrating after doing the double over their rivals at the Qatar Foundation GMC Triathlon Series.

Teams from the primary and secondary elements of Doha College were crowned champions following the completion of the event at Education City. The college’s secondary team also finished first in the secondary school team relay category. The triathlon was organised by Qatar Foundation in association with Z Adventures and TriClub Doha.

The event’s primary sponsor and Qatar’s exclusive GMC dealer Mannai Auto Group provided trophies for the winning teams, finishers’ shirts and medals for each participant of the event which took place on 24 February.

The full list of winners are:

School Champions:
Doha College (Primary and Secondary Schools)

Corporate Champions: Aspetar

Team Relay Challenge winners:
Compass International School (Primary school)
Doha College (Secondary school)
Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar (University)

Company team: Deloitte

Team relay: Team Qatar

The triathlon featured two new categories: school and corporate relays.

The Corporate Triathlon Championship saw teams of three racing as individuals or as a Team Relay, against teams from other companies and organisations, over the course of 500 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run. Teams from Mannai, Doha Bank, Aspetar, Qatar Airways and Doha College also took part.

Another new category was the school triathlon championship, with prizes for the best primary school, secondary school and university.

Students entered as a team relay or as individuals in teams of three or more. Race distances ranged from 100 m swim, 3 km bike and 1.25 km run for children aged 7 to 9 years to longer 200 m swim, 10 km bike and 2.5 km run for older children. Students aged 16 and above completed the adult course.

Ewan Cameron, race director and representative of Mannai Corporation, commented:

The response to the GMC Triathlon Series and the new race categories was fantastic from schools through to corporate teams. It brought newcomers to the sport and I hope that it encourages them to get more engaged in the future and improve their fitness. All the participants went away with a tremendous sense of achievement.’