NEW TRIATHLON RACE COMING TO MIA PARK
IN JANUARY 2017
TriClub Doha & Tasama Launch Inaugural Doha Triathlon
The Race Is Coming to MIA Park On 20th January, 2017
TricClub Doha in partnership the Qatar Cycling Federation and local sports marketing and management agency, Tasama, has today announced a new Triathlon event that will take place on 20th January 2017 in the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park. The event known as, 2017 Doha Triathlon, be run over two distances, the full Olympic distance; a 1500m swim followed by a 40km bike, finishing with a 10km run and a half distance Sprint event. The Doha Triathlon is open to all, both men and women.
Registrations for the event open today at www.A1Registration.net and race organisers expect the race will sell out very quickly as it will be the first time a triathlon of this scale has taken place inside the ionic MIA park.
Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Thani, President of the Qatar Cycling Federation, which governs triathlon in Qatar said, “Triathlon is a sport that’s growing very quickly both in Qatar and across the region. In Qatar we are blessed with perfect conditions and venues for the sport. None better than Museum of Islamic Art Park.”
He continued, “TriClub Doha has done an excellent job in promoting and growing the sport in Qatar and so I’m delighted that we’re able to continue this development with a first class Olympic distance and Sprint event right in the heart of Doha. The Doha Triathlon will allow athletes to swim in the azure waters of Doha Bay before taking on the bike ride along the stunning Doha Corniche and then finally completing a challenging triathlon with a run in the pristine grounds of MIA Park.”
Hatem El Safty, President of TriClub Doha, is predicting a sell-out for the event. “We are delighted to be announcing this event today and I know triathletes all over Qatar are looking forward to racing in the grounds of MIA Park. It’s an amazing venue with spectacular views of the West Bay skyline and the Museum and so it’s sure to be a sell-out,” said the Club President.
“We’ve been talking to the MIA for some time and held a junior test event last year, so we know the venue well. It’s really well suited to triathlon and we can’t wait to race around the park and along the Corniche, it’s the venue in Doha and will showcase our sport as its very best. Triathlon has been growing very quickly in Qatar and across the region, so it’s time that we stage a big event in an iconic venue – Doha Traithlon is the event. ”
Daniel Brown, Acting Director at The Museum of Islamic Art who welcomes the use of the park for high profile events such as Doha Triathlon said, ”The Museum of Islamic Art is one of Qatar’s most important and iconic landmarks. It has quickly become a destination for tourists and residents alike. The park comes alive every weekend and we’re delighted to welcome triathlon to our growing list of community and international events.”
“The triathlon team have ambitious plans for the future and we hope the event will grow in the years ahead and continue to welcome international visitors to Doha and the MIA.”
“Events of this type are vital to drive the development of Doha as a tourist destination, which in turn will boost tourism across the city and all its attractions. As the most visited venue in Doha, we’re pleased to host the Doha Triathon and wish the event success next year and years to come,” he added.
Marouf Mahmoud, Founder of local sports marketing agency, Tasama, which is working with TriClub Doha on the event said, “Sport continues to be a growing sector across Qatar and we’ve established Tasama, as a local specialist agency with international expertise, to help stimulate this growth. We’re focused on the development of both local athletes and events and so we’re really excited about the growth of triathlon in Qatar. Right across the GCC region, we’ve seen recent spectacular growth of active sports such as triathlon and cycling as people understand and see the benefits of active healthy lifestyles and so am sure the Doha Triathlon will be a spectacular success. We’re sure this will be the start of a very bight future for the event and triathlon in Qatar”
The Doha Triathon will take place in MIA Park, with the cycle course running along Doha’s famous Corniche, on the morning of Friday 20th January, 2017. Registration is now open at www.A1Registration.net. Places are strictly limited for the inaugural event and therefore race organisers are urging competitors to book their places early.
About the Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art collection features manuscripts, ceramics, metal, glass, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones. Collected from three continents — including countries across the Middle East and reaching as far as Spain and China — the museum’s artworks represent the diversity of the Islamic world and date from the 7th through the 20th centuries. The museum rises from the sea on Doha’s Corniche and was designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, who was inspired by elements of classic Islamic architecture. The Museum of Islamic Art is the flagship project of Qatar Museums, which under the leadership of its Chairperson, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural capital of the Middle East.
About TriClub Doha
TriClub Doha is the only triathlon club in Doha, offering a range of training events and competitions in additional to social functions. For further information on joining TriClub Doha and the Doha Traithlon @ MIA go to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TriclubDoha
Tasama is a new sports marketing and events agency based in Doha, launched in 2016. The agency creates and delivers sports events and competitions, delivers sports marketing and communications programmes, provides specialist sports consulting and research services and also advises on the commercial aspects of sport. Tasama is working in partnership with TriClub Doha to deliver the first Doha Triathlon @ MIA.