Youngsters gear up for Sun and Sand Sports Junior Triathlon

DUBAI, 25th February, 2015 (WAM) — The UAE’s youngest sport-lovers and fun-seekers are being invited to sign-up for the third edition of the popular Sun Sand Sports Junior Triathlon, to be held at Dubai’s Kite Beach on Saturday, 7th March.

As the world’s best compete on day two of the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, the next generation of UAE triathletes will take on the testing, yet fun, swim, run and cycle challenge in front of cheering parents, siblings and friends.

The past two events have seen more than 500 talented youngsters get involved. Based on their age group, participants will take on different distances, starting with a 25 metre swim, 400 metre bike ride and 200 metre run for the younger age group, while the oldest age group will perform the longer routes, which include a 200 metre swim, 1,600 metre bike ride and an 800 metre run.

There will be five age-group categories, ages four to five, six to seven, eight to nine, ten to eleven, and twelve to thirteen respectively. Three boys and three girls from each age-group will be able to win a range of exciting prizes from Sun Sand Sports.

With triathlon becoming an increasingly popular sport in the UAE, the Sun Sand Sports Junior Triathlon creates an exciting grassroots platform for aspiring youngsters to experience levels of valuable competitive experience.

Miquel Pancorbo, COO of Gulf Marketing Group, said, “With global events like the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on our doorstep, kids in the UAE are getting more and more excited about triathlon.” “The Sun Sand Sports Junior Triathlon encourages children to compete or try the sport for the first time, whilst teaching aspiring qualities such as strength, perseverance and friendly competitive spirit,” he added.

Hosted by the region’s leading sports retailer, Sun Sand Sports, juniors will be kitted out with arena swim caps to help them take on the water-based leg of the Kite Beach course.