Three hundred amateur triathletes descended on Yas Island for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi as part of Daman’s Tri Fit Challenge – the training programme which encourages people of all ages to get active and live a healthier lifestyle.
The three-month programme that trained amateur triathletes for the ITU blue carpet saw participants take to the start line today following an exclusive meet and greet with Arab professional triathlete, Omar Nour, and ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2017 Champion, Andrea Hewitt, to ask questions and calm their nerves just ahead of kick off.
"I am excited to be here in Abu Dhabi and see all the athletes. It is great we can share tips and tell them what to look out for in their first triathlon. There are so many people here of various abilities and from all around the world," said Andrea.
"I really enjoyed my time meeting participants who are doing this for the very first time. When I interact with participants who haven't done a triathlon before it inspires me, it gets me fired up because it reminds me of all the feelings I experience when I do a triathlon. It is terrific that there is such a programme in Abu Dhabi by Daman's Activelife that encourages people to get active through triathlon," said Omar.
Rachel Harding, a first timer in the Daman Tri Fit Challenge who won first place in her age group, commented: "Before I joined this programme I could only swim 25 metres. Today, I did the sprint solo and I can't believe how amazing it feels to cross the finish line. I can't wait to do my second triathlon."
The 12-week training programme supported participants of all capabilities – one tailored to first-timers looking to swim, bike and run their way to their first ever triathlon; and the second for seasoned amateur triathletes looking to beat their personal best.