Qatar's First Major Triathlon Series, The GMC TriSeries, is hosting the first event of the 2014-15 season on Saturday, 15th November at Aspire Zone. The races are open to everyone and registration for all upcoming races in the season are available via triseriesdoha.com. The Series saw 477 participants race across the 4 events in the 2013-2014 season.
This year the series will take place between November and April with events on November 15, February 14 and April 25. Mannai Corporation and GMC are the Title Sponsors of the event for the second consecutive year.
Mannai Corporation CFO, Mr. Ewan Cameron, who will also take part in the event said: "It’s important to promote an active lifestyle and with the GMC TriSeries and the regular activities of the TriClub, people from all over Qatar can participate in fun and engaging social events. GMC is headlining the series again this season to promote great cars that are highly suited to active families because all their gear and bikes can easily fit in vehicles like the GMC Yukon and Sierra. We are proud to be connected with such a fast growing global sport which suits people of all ages.
Mr. Ivor D’Cunha, General Manager-Operations, Mannai Auto Group, said: "Mannai Auto and GMC are honored to be active partners to the GMC TriSeries organizing committee in Doha. We will continue to actively promote the TriSeries among our wide customer base to generate even more interest in the sport. GMC vehicles will also help marshals across the race stages and the organizing committee during their preparations." Mr. Nickel Nijman, Race Director and Chairman of TriClubDoha said: "We are pleased to have the continuing support of Mannai Corporation and GMC. Without their help in the last year we would not have had the equipment to run the race or the special keepsakes such as medals, trophies and shirts that make the event memorable for everyone involved."
Mr Nijman said this season the TriSeries expects a big increase in kids participating as 35% of the participants registered for upcoming races are under 18. The organizers expect much bigger crowds at each meet, including parents and general spectators cheering on the children and the adult participants.
Race 1, scheduled for Saturday, is already sold out with a record 200 entries, up from 150 in last season's final race.
The SPRINT Distance event features a 500 metre Swim, 20 kilometre Cycle and 5 kilometre Run.
TRY-Athlon “Mini" Sprint Distance covers a 250 metre Swim, 10 kilometre Cycle and 2.5 kilometre Run
The Junior Mini Sprint (13-17 year olds) is a 200 metre Swim, 5 kilometre Cycle and 1.25 kilometre Run.
The Kids Mini Sprint (8-12 year olds) covers a 100 metre Swim, 2.5 kilometre Cycle and 1.25 kilometre Run.
Those wishing to register for upcoming events can visit triseriesdoha.com for more information. Costs are QR180 for adults and QR50 for kids races. The fees cover the costs of organizing the races and providing professional race timing using electronic timing chips. To ensure accurate times and results, every competitor will receive a timing chip to use whilst racing. This technology allows splits, category positions and results to be updated live as competitors pass the finish line.
All Races are at Aspire Zone. Race pack collection and transition opens at 05:30 on race days. The race brief starts at 06:30. At 06:45 the first competitor will start with other athletes starting at pre-set timed intervals thereafter. Everyone must register before the races start and collect their timing equipment and race packs.