Record Race: Tri Yas attracts record participation
Over 900 athletes set to compete this Friday
Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (Wednesday, 11 April, 2012) – Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit is set to welcome an unprecedented number of triathletes for its second annual Tri Yas triathlon, set to take place this Friday, 13 April from 4:00pm. With registration closing earlier this week, 900 athletes are now gearing up to compete in team and individual categories, in what will be the region’s first twilight triathlon.
“Last year’s inaugural Tri Yas attracted 600 competitors from across the UAE and the region,” said Nick McElwee, Sales and Marketing Director at Yas Marina Circuit. “This year as a result of the on-going support of the UAE sporting community and Tri Yas’s new twilight timing and format, we’ll be welcoming an unprecedented 900 competitors – that’s a 50 per cent increase on last year.”
“With so many participants this year, we’re strongly encouraging friends and families to come to the Circuit to show their support, and hopefully be inspired to enter next year’s Tri Yas,” added McElwee.
Among the 900 competitors registered to compete in the unique test of skill and endurance is Olympic hopeful and Egypt’s first professional triathlete, Omar Nour. Nour, who is joining other international athletes from locations as far away as South Africa, will host a junior clinic with participants in the Junior Duathlon at 6:45pm on Friday just before their race starts at 7:30pm.
In the lead up to the event, Yas Marina Circuit’s official hotel partner, the Yas Viceroy will also be hosting a Tri Yas Triathlete Pasta Party between 6pm - 10pm on Thursday 12 April, in the hotel’s Viceroy Ballroom. Along with providing participants with much needed fuel before the race, the party will also be an opportunity for triathletes to mix and mingle.
Also on the agenda at the Tri Yas Pasta Party, is an inspiring talk from 7:00 to 7:30 pm by Omar Nour on how in four short years, he overcame being overweight and uninspired to now be on the road to the 2012 Olympics. Nour will also be offering participants useful training hints and tips for next year’s Tri Yas.
For friends and family supporting loved ones this weekend, ideal viewing points include the Media Centre and Marina for the swimming leg, the Yas Paddock Suites overlooking the main pit transition area for the bike leg, and the Paddock area for the finish line. Entrance for spectators is free of charge and food and beverage will be available for purchase at a number of Circuit food outlets.
For those registered to compete, Yas Marina Circuit wishes to remind that Race Registration and Race Pack Collection will take place at Yas Marina Circuit in the Main Pits in garages 5 and 6 on Thursday 12th April from 6pm – 10pm as well as on race day, Friday 13th of April from 12pm – 3pm.
To check participants wave timings, please visit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae.
About Tri Yas: 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