Race to register: Tri Yas attracts athletes from across the region
Olympic hopeful Omar Nour set to compete in Tri Yas
Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (Tuesday, 3 April, 2012) – In less than two weeks, on 13 April athletes from across the region will descend on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit for the second annual Tri Yas triathlon. With less than one week until registration closes on 8 April, athletes from near and far are also racing to register for this test of fitness and endurance.
“With over 600 registrations so far this year, the response to Tri Yas has been phenomenal,” said Nick McElwee, Sales and Marketing Director at Yas Marina Circuit. “Following the inaugural Tri Yas last year, the UAE triathlon community has embraced the event which is evident in the strong numbers so far.”
One fan favourite making the trip to Abu Dhabi for Tri Yas is Omar Nour, a 2012 Olympic hopeful and Egypt’s first professional triathlete. A relative newcomer to the professional triathlon circuit, it was only four years ago that Nour was overweight and uninspired. Now, poised to be the first Egyptian triathlete to compete in the Olympics later this year, Nour is excited and hopeful about his odds at Tri Yas.
“I have competed in triathlons all over the world but this will be a first for me in terms of venue as well as the fact that it’s a twilight triathlon,” said Nour.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’m very much looking forward to this Yas Marina Circuit event.”
As the region’s first twilight triathlon, contestants in this year’s Tri Yas will also benefit from cooler evening temperatures as they compete.
As in 2011, Tri Yas 2012 will encompass the entire Yas Marina Circuit; swim in the Yas Marina, bike on the Formula 1™ track and run on Yas Marina Circuit roads. The swim leg will fall during daylight hours and the bike and run legs will take place under full floodlights on the F1 circuit.
Athletes of all abilities are encouraged to take part individually or as a member of a relay team in the Sprint or Olympic categories. Another addition to the 2012 competition is the inclusion of a Junior Duathlon for 11-14 and 15-17 year old age groups, aimed at introducing the sport to younger athletes.
With registration rapidly filling and regional interest up, Yas Marina Circuit is urging last minute entries to register now to avoid disappointment.
For more information and to register, please visit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae.
Tri Yas 2012 Categories and Pricing
Olympic Favoured by the professionals, this category involves a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Individuals or teams can enter the ultimate challenge – teams of 2 or 3 are eligible to participate. Teams can be mixed gender or all male / all female. Allocation of legs to team members is required at the registration stage
Sprint Suitable for first timers, as well as those who favour shorter distances. This category involves a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. Individuals or teams can enter – teams of 2 or 3 are eligible to participate. Teams can be mixed gender or all male / all female. Allocation of legs to team members is required at the registration stage.
Junior Duathlon New for 2012, the Junior Duathlon bike and run means the whole family can take part in Tri Yas. There are two age groups, 11-14 and 15-17 years. 11-14 years involves one bike lap (5.5km) of the circuit and a 1.5km run. The 15-17 years involves an 11km bike and 3km run. Children from 11 years are welcome to participate. Registration is per individual, only.
Distance Gender Age Groups Swim Bike Run Price
Female - 1500m 40km 10km Individual – AED 350
Team Relay - AED 600
Female - 750m 20km 5km Individual –AED 275
Team Relay - AED 500
Junior Duathlon Male
Female 15-17 yrs N/A 11km 3km Individual – AED 75
Junior Duathlon Male
Female 11-14 yrs N/A 5.55km 1.5km Individual – AED 75
About Yas Marina Circuit:
Yas Marina Circuit is probably one of the world's most iconic sporting venues. Located on Yas Island, the circuit debuted on October 30, 2009 with the final race of the FIA Formula One World Championship - the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a capacity crowd of around 50,000. Year round, Yas Marina Circuit hosts an extensive programme of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. Supplementary facilities include the Yas Drag Racing Centre, the Yas Racing School and the Yas Kartzone