Individuals and teams alike set off from the Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa where they embarked on a 800m open water swim in the hotel’s beautiful natural bay, 30km bike ride through the hills of Khorffakkan and finished with a 7km run along the stunning Khorffakkan Cornich back to the Oceanic Hotel, where each participant crossed the finish line to the cheer of supporters.
Crossing the line first place and taking top spot on the men’s podium was Jacques Gilbert Sophie with a total time of 1hour 41:48 which was an individual break down of 13:54 (Swim) 55:41 (Cycle), 29:42 (Run). Jacques was closely followed by Hasan Itani with a time of 1:43:33 and Ahmed Al Fahim came in with a time of 1:44:36 to take the final place on the podium.
In the women’s race, Layla Porteous sprinted to the finish with a total time of 1:50:41 which was an individual break down of 14:22 (Swim)1 hour 19 (Cycle), 33:01 (Run). Lynette Warn crossed the line second with a time of 1:58:39 and was followed by Louise Auckland with a time of 2 hours 08:36
Speaking about the Oceanic Triathlon Short Course Race, Race Director Trace Rogers said: “It was fantastic to see so many people take part in the first Oceanic Triathlon Series Short Course race. The course was challenging for some however they all very much enjoyed it. It really helps when the race is hosted in such a beautiful location as Khorffakkan. I would like to congratulate everyone that took part and also thank our hosts the Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa as well as the local authorities for all their assistance. We could not put on this race with their wonderful support.”
Speaking after the event Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa, Khorfakkan General Manager Mr. Ian Phillips said: “I can definitely say that the first Oceanic Triathlon Series Short Course was truly a success and we’re very happy with the outcome. I believe that everyone did a great job, particularly the Police, Municipality and the Sports Council, without their support the event could not have been held. In addition, I would like to thank the organizers and sponsors and of course all the participants who made the event so special. Everyone who crosses the finish line knows how challenging the course is but then we are very much overwhelmed to see how these people still enjoyed the race and how they were mesmerized by Khorfakkan’s beauty. The event has made a great impression to attract more future sporting activities in this region. On behalf of the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa team, thank you and congratulations to everyone who made this event possible, the organizers, athletes and the winners.”
About the Oceanic Hotel
The Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort and Spa is an iconic property steeped in Emirati tradition offering an idyllic escape that makes the holiday experience for tourists a pleasant and memorable one. Re-opened in April 2013 following extensive renovation, its newly refurbished hotel situated on the acres of UAE’s picturesque East Coast, tucked away in the coastal town of Khorfakkan is a mere 90 minutes’ drive from Dubai and Sharjah international airports; only 20 minutes from the cities of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah; and a few minutes away from vibrant downtown attractions.
Embraced by white warm sand and gleaming waters from the secluded beach with breathtaking views of the stunning Indian Ocean and lush greenery in a setting of the spectacular rolling hills of the Hajjar Mountains, this Arabian resort has become one of the most leading hotel destination in the UAE being recently nominated and has been considered as the UAE’s No. 1 Halal Beach Resort for 2015 by World Halal Travel Awards in addition to its surpassing reviews from various booking channels including Trip Advisor with a Certificate of Excellence award for 2 consecutive years, 2014 and 2015 as well as Booking.com with an 8.2/10 Award of Excellence for 2014. Offering family friendly accommodation totaling 177 spacious guestrooms including 18 lavish suites and family rooms and 3 private sea facing villas with its first class service and amenities, exceptional dining establishments, an outstanding recreation and leisure facilities, one of a kind dive sites, sightseeing and tours, entertainment and movie nights ideal for the whole family and so much more, this resort is perfect for a quiet retreat or a family break and exemplifies a true escape.
For bookings, inquiries and best available rates please contact +97192385111 or visit oceanichotel.com.