A sporting event in Dubai is to replace the swimming part of a triathlon with a 25km endurance ride next month.
Organisers of the Dubai Desert Triathlon on April 19 are expecting more than 200 entrants for the inaugural event, in which a 25km loop of Dubai International Endurance City (DIEC) on horseback will be followed by a 25km cycling stage at the Al Qudra cycling track and a five-kilometre run through the desert.
The event is held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and is organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) in partnership with Meydan Racecourse.
Prizes will be awarded to the fastest team, triathlete, and horse rider in male, female, and junior categories, as well as the fastest cyclist and runner, and the best conditioned horse.
Entry is free to the event, and horses are being provided by Meydan and Dubai International Endurance City stables. Riders must be licenced endurance riders.
Participants can enter as part of a team or individually, and if the runners and cyclists do not know an endurance rider, they will be matched up with one.
“The Dubai Desert Triathlon is an innovative concept that combines endurance riding, the heritage of sport in Dubai, with cycling and off road running,” said Nasser Al Rahmah, director of the sports events department at Dubai Sports Council.
“This is a new concept that will grow and become popular in the Middle East and beyond. It is another important step in the development of sport in Dubai.”
Entries opened on March 11.