Posted on February 05, 2019

The third edition of Doha Triathlon is set to take place this Friday 8th February at MIA Park. A press conference was held on Sunday in Movenpick Hotel to unveil details about the event.

In attendance were Professor Nasser Al-Mohanadi, Qatar Triathlon Federation Vice President;  Mr. Jamal Al-Kuwari, , Qatar Triathlon Federation General Secretary, Mr. Thani Al Zaraa, Qatar Triathlon Federation Deputy General Secretary; Mr. Marouf Mahmoud, CEO, Tasama Sports Development and Mr. Nasser Al-Ansari, representative from Qatar National Tourism Council.

The Federation is inviting Qatari nationals to join the Qatar National Championship event to form a stronger team and encouraging individuals to compete abroad. The Qatar National Championship will be the first race to start in the morning at 6:00 am with the standard/Sprint distance 750 m swim, 20 km cycling and 5 km run. It is a drafting race while all the other races in the morning are non-drafting.

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The event also comprises Sprint, Olympic and Super Sprint distances as well as a Kids Fun Duathlon. The swimming will be in the bay of the Museum of Islamic Park, with cycling alongside the Corniche, before returning to the park for the final run in the park's green spaces. The prize ceremony will be near Richard Serra sculpture at the end of the Bay at 8.15 am and the public is invited to come and cheer the participants as they race and receive their medals at the prize ceremony.

One side of the Corniche road from the Museum of Islamic Art to Sheraton will be closed due to the races between 4:00 am and 10:30 am. Information for participants include timing for registration, transition, races and prize ceremony.

Doha Triathlon is one of the biggest triathlon events attracting international athletes from all over the world. This year there will be participants attending from Oman, Kuwait, France, Romania, Spain, US and UK amongst other countries and more than 400 participants are expected to take part with the registration deadline extended till midnight February 5th.

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Doha Triathlon is part of the Qatar National Series scoreboard system for local athletes. The series include five events located in five different locations: Katara, Al Ghariya, Doha, Losail and The Pearl-Qatar. The number of triathlon events has almost tripled since last year and triathlon is becoming a popular sport with young children entering through Duathlon competitions. One of the characteristics of triathlon is the swim in open waters which is ideal during winter in Qatar.

The Doha Triathlon event is supported by Qatar National Tourism Council, Qatar Triathlon Federation, Qatar Olympic Committee, Qatar Museums, Al Tawfeeq Travel, Royal Air Maroc, Movenpick Hotel, LES Luxury Equipment Solutions, Qatar Living, Red Bull, Qatar Airways, Royal Riviera, Aqua Carpatica, Vita Coco, Almond Breeze, Eat Natural, Carbon Wheels and Padel Qatar.