Jumeirah Palm to host Dubai International Triathlon at Atlantis Resort in November

The Dubai International Triathlon, the first half-iron distance triathlon to be held in Dubai, will take place on November 7 at the Atlantis Resort on The Palm, Jumeirah.
The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon in March will have a companion event in Dubai when the Dubai International Triathlon takes place at Atlantis on the Palm Jumeirah in November.  Ravindranath K / The National
The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon in March will have a companion event in Dubai when the Dubai International Triathlon takes place at Atlantis on the Palm Jumeirah in November. Ravindranath K / The National

DUBAI // The Dubai International Triathlon, the first half-iron distance triathlon to be held in Dubai, will take place on November 7 at the Atlantis Resort on The Palm, Jumeirah.

The event features a 1.9-kilometre swim followed by 90km bike and a 21.1km run.

The swim takes place in the waters off the Atlantis Resort. The two-lap cycle route heads off The Palm onto Hessa Street toward Dubai Sports City before returning to Atlantis for a two-lap run entirely on the crescent of The Palm.

The event is organised by the Dubai Sports Council and Race ME, who have been buoyed by the success of the Desert Triathlon, which saw athletes combine running, cycling and horse riding in a world first.

“Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, so it makes tremendous sense to stage an international race,” said Dr Ahmed Al Sharif, General Secretary of the Dubai Sports Council. “We want to encourage young UAE nationals to get active and races like this one provide the perfect opportunity for them to aspire to compete in.”

Bahrain also announced plans for a half-iron event in December.

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Published: May 15, 2014 04:00 AM

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