Over 150 triathletes took part in the first race of the second series of the Oceanic Triathlon this weekend hosted at the Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa in Khorfakkan. The popular event first launched earlier this year and has become a key race in the sporting calendar in Sharjah with athletes coming from all over the UAE to take part.
Athletes enjoyed the Short Course which consists of an 800 metre swim in the Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa’s natural bay, a 30 kilometre cycle through the beautiful town located along the Gulf of Oman and a 7 kilometre run along the corniche before enjoying the post event celebrations with friends and family at the resort.
The event also saw a number of younger athletes take part in the Super Sprint which consists of a 375 metre swim, a 12 kilometre cycle and a 2.5 kilometre run, giving those new to the sport a chance to gain valuable experience in a beautiful setting.
Speaking about the Oceanic Triathlon Series, Race Director Trace Rogers said: “We’ve seen this event go from strength to strength and it’s exciting to be launching the second series so soon after the first. Demand for this type of event is high and it’s a great opportunity to showcase another beautiful part of the UAE.”
Speaking about the event Acting Chief Executive Officer – Sharjah National Hotels, Mr Ian Phillips said: “The partnership with the Oceanic Triathlon Series is a great success and I am delighted to host the athletes once more for the second series. We hope this inspires many others to visit this beautiful town.”
Crossing the line first place and taking top spot on the men’s podium was Andy Mac with a total time of one hour 1:28:25. Andy was closely followed by Jonathon Huntley with a time of 1:31:41 and Matthew Suddich took third place on the podium with a time of 1:33:05
Anna Pritchards took first place in the women’s race with a total time of 1:43:4, followed by Annabelle Rust crossing the finish line with a time of 1:45:29 and third place was Alixe Turner with a time of 1:59:56.
The Super Sprint was won by G.carlo Tricasi Candiano with a time of 39:41 for the men’s race and Islay De Nil took first place with a time of 44:25 for the women’s race.
The Oceanic Triathlon Series is fully supported by the Sharjah police, Sharjah Civil defence and the Sharjah Sports Council.
The next Oceanic Triathlon is on Friday 10th February 2017, for further details please visit:
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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, it’s a newly refurbished hotel situated on the acres of UAE’s picturesque East Coast, tucked away in the coastal town of Khorfakkan and 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.