In all, 40 participants will compete at the Triathlon to be held at Seeb Beach, the venue of Muscat Festival sports events. The long distance participants will be covering 1.9 km of swimming, 80 km of biking and running for 14 km.Short distance race will have athletes covering 750 meters of swimming, biking of 20 km and running of 5 km.
Lawrence Fanous, the Arab triathlon champion will participate in the event.
Fanous has also been holding a training camp for beginners and professionals. He is trying to raise awareness for the sport of triathlon in the Middle East as it is an ideal sport to encourage living a healthy lifestyle. “If people are afraid of joining the rest of the training camp or the race on Friday, they should just come and watch and I’m sure they’ll be taken by the excitement of the athletes,” said Fanous.
For Fanous, Muscat Triathlon is the first event for 2014 as he will be at the Arab Championship in March and Asian Games in September.Fanous’ ultimate goal is to qualify for the summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
The organizers said they are keen to see young people join, but they have people over the age of 50 racing as well.“No one is too old to start with this sport, or any sport for that matter.I am one of them,” said Tarek Badawi, from Germany who is also competing at the event.