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YAS MARINA CIRCUIT GEARS UP FOR TRIATHLON AND STREET MOTORSPORT DOUBLE HEADER

Limited spaces remaining for Friday’s TriYAS triathlon, which includes free entrance for competitors to watch the thrilling second round of Yas Super Street Challenge at the circuit’s purpose-built drag strip.

From inspiring feats of athletic endurance to the gritty spectacle of urban racing, Yas Marina Circuit (YMC) is lining up an exciting contrast of activities this weekend.

The action starts on Thursday night, with the return of Yas Super Street Challenge – the UAE’s hardest-fought street racing competition. The second round will see more than 100 drivers will battle it out on the drag quarter mile for cash prizes across five categories and the ultimate ‘King of the Street’ title.

 

The competitive programme continues on Friday afternoon when hundreds of athletes plunge into the waters of Yas Marina at the starting gun of the sixth edition of TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife.

There are still a limited number of tickets available on YMC’s official website to enter the iconic day-night swimming, cycling and running race, which features a diverse field ranging from kids and first timers to an elite line-up of professional triathletes.  

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “This is another big weekend for Yas Marina Circuit, and one that says everything about the variety of activities and entertainment on offer throughout the year.

 

“Our objective is to cater to the widest possible range of sporting interests. Where else could you participate in a triathlon at the venue of a Formula 1® Grand Prix and enjoy the noise and atmosphere of street racing on a purpose-built drag strip - all on one night?”

 

While TriYAS bursts into action on Friday, the final preparation starts the evening before at the traditional carb-loading Pasty Party. Held at the Yas Viceroy Palm Garden from 5-8pm on 25th February, the evening is free to enter for all TriYAS participants and their friends and family.

 

The event is the perfect chance to stock up on energy-building carbohydrates and to pick up race packs consisting of bibs, numbers, and swimming caps, as well as a free T-shirt and water bottle. Entrants will also receive their wave allocation and a briefing from the race director on course safety, layout and rules for Friday’s big race.

 

One of the highlights of the evening is a live panel discussion about personal performance featuring international and domestic triathlon champions including Ruedi Wild, Jan van Berkel, Oli Godart and Eric Watson.

The next day, these elite athletes will form part of a 19-strong pro-field lining up on the blocks for TriYAS, giving everyone watching and taking part a chance to watch the best in the business go head-to-head for US$2,500 first place prize money.

The Olympic category features a 1,500-metre swim, 38-kilometre bike race and 10-kilometre run, while the shorter Sprint category involves a 750-metre swim, 22-kilometre bike course and 5.5-kilometre run.

TriYAS is a beginner-friendly triathlon open to people of various ages and abilities. KidsTRI is open to children aged between 9-17 years to test themselves over a 200-metre swim, 9-kilometre cycle and a 1.5-kilometre run. There is also a female-only category.

This year sees an increased field of 1,700 people, allowing more youngsters, first-time racers and experienced triathletes to take part in the event, which has sold out every year. There are limited number of places still available on the official YMC website.

TriYAS participants receive free entry to watch the wheel-spinning, rubber burning action of Yas Super Street Challenge (YSSC), while spectators pay AED40. Last month saw the UAE’s best automotive warriors return to YMC’s purpose-built drag strip to put their street racing machines to the test for the opening round of the 2016 season.

 

This weekend’s second round offers the perfect post-triathlon family entertainment. Held on Thursday and Friday nights, YSSC features more than 50 racers and their range of powerful machines racing for cash prizes and the bragging rights of being named ‘King of the Street’.

 

As if that wasn’t enough, please note that more on-track action will be taking place at Yas Kartzone from 2pm until 10pm every day. Guests can also enjoy casual dining and more from 9am to 11pm at Yas Central – a perfect spot from which to enjoy the drag racing action!

 

Please visit: http://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/motorsport/yas-motor-racing-club/yas-superstreet-challenge or call 800 927 or +971 2 659 9800 for more details.

Fans can now keep up with all the action on Yas TV, a new motorsport channel dedicated to following local motorsport.  Highlights from the weekend’s racing can be viewed at Yas TV: http://www.youtube.com/YasMarinaCircuit

For more information on TriYAS and the Yas Super Street Challenge, please visit : www.yasmarinacircuit.com or call 800 YAS (927). 

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