One of the richest races on the circuit gets its inaugural start this Saturday March 13th.
The long distance event (a 2 lap 3 km swim, a 200 km bike, and a 2 lap 20km run) offers up $250 000 US in prize money so there is sure to be some great racing. There is also a short distance race (1.5 km swim, 100 km bike, and 10 km run) for no prize purse.
Elite Prize Money Breakdown
Total of $230 000 ($115 000 x 2 – men’s and women’s categories)
Age Group Prize Money
Total of $20 000 ($10 000 x 2 – men’s and women’s categories)
The swim takes place in a lagoon shadowed by the world famous 6 star Emirates Palace hotel, while the bike and run course will weave through the scenery of of Abu Dhabi.
With a $230 000 US prize purse on the line, and no 8% rule (finish within 8% of the winning time or collect no prize money) to worry about, the professional start list is littered with many of the fastest athletes in the sport. Tereza Macel (Triathlon Magazine Canada’s Triathlete of the Year) leads the charge for the Canadians. She will be joined by Samantha McGlone, and our resident blogger, Tara Norton. Check out the professional start list below. There are 70 of them!
Long Distance Professional Start List
Miquel Blanchart Tintó
Virginia Berasategui Luna
Heleen bij de Vaate
Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales
Frederik Van Lierde
Yvonne Van Vlerken