The event takes place at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday 21st February

Last chance for competitors to get training ahead of Abu Dhabi’s favourite community sporting event

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 6 February 2019: The 2020 edition of the Daman Challenge Tri Yas is now under three weeks away, and with athletes of all ages and abilities set to take part, now is the last chance to start training ahead of what promises to be a fantastic and entertaining event.

Abu Dhabi’s favourite community sporting event returns to the world-renowned Yas Marina Circuit on Friday 21st February, where competitors will test themselves to the limit in a grueling challenge which involves three different elements - swimming, cycling and running.

The region’s only day-to-night triathlon, Daman Challenge TriYas attracts over 1,000 athletes each year and for those taking part this time around, now is the last opportunity to start training in order to give yourself the best possible opportunity to shine.

Athletes competing are advised to train for six days per week in the lead up to the event, incorporating a variation of swimming, cycling and running drills into fitness plans, before reducing the schedule during race week itself.

With the event just around the corner, now is also the perfect opportunity for those athletes competing in the Team Relay events to select your team-mates.

Daman Challenge TriYas is an inclusive event open to children, adults, first-time participants and those who are regularly involved. Regardless of age or ability, the event is the perfect way to push your body to its limit, and the fact it takes place at one of the most iconic race circuits in the world provides a truly unique feel to the whole experience.

New for this year’s event is a 3km Open Water Swim, while the popular Super Sprint distance, which includes a shorter course aimed at first-timers and younger athletes, will also be in operation. Participants will be able to take on a 375-metre swim in Yas Marina and a 10-km cycle on the iconic Circuit, before bringing the curtain down on the challenge with a 2.5-km run.

There will be two distances to choose from for the more experienced adult competitors. The Olympic category is made up of a 1,500-metre swim, 38-kilometre cycle and 10-km run, while those looking for something a little less exhausting can opt for the shorter Sprint category, which features a 750-metre swim, 22-km bike ride and 5.5-km run. There will also be Team Relay events in both the Olympic and Sprint categories, ensuring competitors can share the workload and focus on the areas in which they are strongest, as well as events for children at three separate age groups (under 14, under 12 and under 10).

As if the Daman Challenge TriYas event isn’t already tough enough, there is also the potential for this year’s field to be bolstered by a number of professional triathletes, who may be bringing their abilities to the Abu Dhabi event.

The Race with Rio element of the event, meanwhile, will enable competitors to pay an additional cost in order to embark on the challenge in a separate pack, away from the huge crowds, alongside Rio Watson and his father Nick.

Rio suffers from Q44 Deletion De Novo, a condition which means he struggles to walk and can only communicate using sign language. Rio and Nick have captured hearts and minds for competing together in some of the world’s most grueling races, including a challenge which saw them navigate seven triathlons in seven emirates over the course of seven days last year.

Whether you want compete individually or as part of a team, make sure you sign up for the 2020 Daman Challenge TriYas now in order to avoid disappointment.

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