Triathlon Festival coming to Al Hudayriat Island

Get set to swim, run and bike your way through this new event in Abu Dhabi

Triathlon Festival coming to Al Hudayriat Island

Whether your New Year’s resolution to do more exercise isn’t going quite as well as you’d planned, or you simply fancy having a practice run before the TriYAS Twilight Triathlon, we think we’ve found the next sporting event for you.

For the third year in a row, the Triathlon Festival is coming to Al Hudayriat Island, and there’s no reason why we can’t all get involved. Taking place on Friday February 8, the challenge features a protected swimming area, a traffic-free looped bike track and a running course with a special twist (believe us, we’re as intrigued as you are).

However, if right now you’re thinking ‘this all sounds very fun, but there’s no way that I’m fit enough to do something as mad as a triathlon’, then you might be in for a pleasant surprise.

This triathlon is split into three distances. The shortest is the Super Sprint race, which involves a 375m swim, 11km bike ride and a 2.4km run. It’s open to anyone aged 14 and above, and it can be completed as an individual race or as a relay (so you can split it up between three of you, if you don’t fancy doing it all yourself).

The next step up is the Sprint race, which will be a 750m swim, 21km bike ride and 5km run. Open to anyone over the age of 15 (or 13, if you’re doing the relay), we think it sounds like the perfect distance to attempt during your first triathlon.

Or, if you really want to push yourself, you can take on the Olympic race. This will see you complete a 1500m swim, 41km bike ride and 10km run. Both the relay and individual race are suitable for over-18s.

Entry prices start from Dhs125 and the first race kicks off bright and early at 7am.

The event also includes an individual time-trial cycle race during the afternoon, and a junior triathlon and aquathlon on Saturday February 9 so there’s something for everyone.

For more information and to register for any of the Triathlon Festival races visit

From Dhs125. Fri Feb 8, 7am onwards. Al Hudayriat Island, (02 408 8999).

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