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Abu Dhabi World Triathlon Championship Series race to run at Yas Marina Circuit

Abu Dhabi World Triathlon Championship Series race to run at Yas Marina Circuit
February 21, 2023

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council has announced that the race route for the upcoming World Triathlon Championship Series race in Abu Dhabi will be at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Taking place on 3rd and 4th March, the season-opening race for the 2023 Series will see the world’s best professional and amateur triathletes challenge themselves at the home of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix.

The event, which will attract thousands of local, regional and international triathletes, features 15 race categories including the Elite Men and Women, Elite Para and Age Group, Junior and dedicated races for athletes of determination.

The race gets underway with the swimming leg in Yas Marina’s waters against a backdrop of the famous motorsport circuit - known across the world as one of the most beautiful swim-sections of the triathlon season.

Following the completion of the swim, the triathletes will have the unique opportunity of tackling the same course as that faced by Formula One drivers as they cycle around the track. The bike course is described by race organisers as “a level of technicality to excite the seasoned triathletes looking for a challenge, while also well suited to the beginners”.

The Grandstands will also be open so fans can cheer on their favourite triathletes as they make their way around the circuit.

The final leg of the race will be the all-important run to the finish line with the flat course presenting an opportunity for people to set their personal best timings in the presence of thousands of spectators.

The 2023 World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi medals have also been revealed, which will be awarded to all participants who complete their race. In addition, podium medals will also be presented on stage to the top three finishers of each age category.

Designed in the UAE, the centre of the medal is the ‘World Triathlon’ globe with the three apex elements representing the nine points of dynamic balance that all triathletes share: Swim-Bike-Run, Mind-Body-Soul, Earth-Air-Water. The globe is encapsulated by three spinning orbits, signifying how these elements combine harmoniously.

Mohammed Ahmed Al Rumaithi, Director of International Events at Abu Dhabi Sports Council, advised “we are thrilled to announce that Yas Marina Circuit will once again be the venue for the World Triathlon Championship Series race in Abu Dhabi.

“While it is famous for its motorsport competitions, it is also a multi-purpose venue that caters for a number of different activities, and we have worked closely with our strategic partners to ensure the races are enjoyable and competitive while giving participants a unique opportunity of challenging themselves at an iconic world-class venue.

“As well as the race routes, we are also enhancing the way people enjoy the action with the Event Village having plenty of activities for all while there will be ample places across the Island to watch the world’s best triathletes and cheer on your family and friends.”

Image: World Triathlon Championship swim at Yas Island. Credit: Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

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