DOHA: The stage is set for the second edition of the Doha Triathlon 2018 on March 16 at MIA Park, organisers said yesterday.
After the big success Qatar witnessed last year, when Doha Triathlon 2017 event attracted more than 400 amateur and professional athletes, this week’s edition will make this event great for families.
“The participants and spectators while taking part in the event will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful West Bay skyline view from the iconic spot at MIA park and its surrounding areas,” a member of the organising committee said yesterday.
Triathlon is an exciting sport that combines swimming, cycling, and running and is considered a challenging test for athletes.
The event will be held in MIA park because of its great features and facilities that are perfect for triathlon in terms of access to the bay, Corniche and park. Registration for Doha Triathlon is open until the 10th of March 2018 on the official website www.doha-triathlon.com.
There are three race distances: Sprint (750m swim, 20km bike, 5k run), Olympic (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10k run) for 16+ and adults, and the new Junior Super Sprint distance (375m swim, 10km bike, 2.5k run) for children aged between 12 to 15 years old.
Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation President Dr Mohammed Al Kuwari said: “This is a good occasion to share the beauty surrounding the Museum of Islamic Art. We hope Doha Triathlon will become one of the most popular events in the region to attract tourists to Qatar. Our country has a growing number of architectural and cultural attractions and we expect to receive more visitors for different purposes. We hope the event will be well supported by families and wish all the luck in the new super sprint category for junior competitors”.
Prof Dr Nasser Al Mohannadi, Board Member of Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation (QCTF), responsible of triathlon sport and founding President of QTRI club, said: “Triathlon is one challenging sport including nonstop swimming, cycling and running. It is one of the fastest growing sport in the world and is an Olympic sport since Sydney 2000 Summer Games.”
Participants can sign up as individuals or as teams to take part in the competition, organisers said. There are different categories by age (junior 12-13, 14-15, open and veteran) and gender (male/female) as well as special classification for Qatari nationals.
“We are very happy to host this exciting race in the most beautiful spot in the country, at the Museum of Islamic Art. Under the direction of the President of the Federation, Dr Mohammed Al Kuwari, we are aiming to upgrade this race from local to regional, continental and world cup level in the next five years,” Al Mohannadi said
Interested athletes, local and international, are welcome to register and are encouraged to book as soon as possible before the end of the deadline since the places are limited.
Prof Dr. Nasser added: “This race is part of the local league for the first time in the history of this country and we want to focus as well on kids and juniors who are the future of the sport. Last but not least, we would like to thank HE Sheikh Joan bin Hamad, President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) for his interest and great support to this event.”