Doha Triathlon has opened registration for its third edition to be held on Friday 8th February 2019.
Those wishing to participate in the event can visit www.doha-triathlon.com to register in either the Olympic or Sprint which offers registration for both individuals and team relays. Another choice is the Super Sprint which is only for individuals and open for both adults and kids aged between 13-15 years old. Also, a kids’ duathlon was introduced this year for two age groups 7-9 and 10-12 years old to allow all family members to enjoy the event.
The popularity of the sport of triathlon in the Middle East has grown rapidly during the past few years, especially in Qatar which provides excellent conditions to practice this sport, and Doha Triathlon played a significant role in developing this sport in the region.
Alongside events like Ooredoo Marathon and Al Adaid Desert Challenge off-road cycling and running event, Doha Triathlon has reinforced Qatar’s global reputation as a leading sports tourism destination. More international participants are expected to take part in the 2019 edition of the event as it continues to establish its international presence.
It provides a fantastic opportunity for triathletes to participate in a scenic course in the heart of Doha, the capital city, with swimming and transition based on the bay of the Museum of Islamic Art, followed by a great cycling leg along the Corniche, passing by Souq Waqif to the modern skyline of West Bay, then a final running course in the Museum’s park.
In addition, the Qatar Triathlon Federation has set up a national scoreboard system with a series of races throughout the season, for local athletes, that include Doha Triathlon.
Doha Triathlon only started in 2017 but it has seen a significant increase in the number of its participants and races and it aims to attract international participation as the main triathlon event of the season.
In the Olympic distance, participants will need to swim for 1500m swim then cycle for 40 km before finishing it with a 10k run, while the sprint includes a 750m swim, 20 km on bike and a 5k run. Both are open for individuals and team relays (3 team members).
The Super Sprint includes a 375m swim, 10 km on bike and a 2.5k run. It allows beginners to get their first taste of triathlon competitions. The Kids’ duathlon only includes cycling for 2 km and running for 800m.
Doha has ideal weather conditions in the month of February for triathlon, with pleasant average temperatures between 17 to 24 degrees Celsius (63-75 Fahrenheit) and a water temperature average of 19 degrees Celsius (66.5 Fahrenheit). Qatar is also classed as one of the safest countries in the world which guarantee a trouble-free stay for tourists.
In 2019, Qatar will host more international events that include the ooredoo Doha Marathon on 11th January and Al Adaid Desert Challenge on 1st March.
Doha Triathlon is supported by the National Tourism Council, the Qatar Triathlon Federation and Qatar Museums. Qatar Airways and Royal Riviera hotel are offering discounted fares for the participants.
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