Oman will host the popular triathlon competition Ironman 70.3 for the first time in Muscat on March 9.
The Ironman 70.3 is one of a series of long-distance races and 70.3 refers to a total distance in miles (113km) covered in race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9km) swim, a 56-mile (90.1km) bike ride and a 13.1-mile (21.1km) run.
“It is with great pride that we announce the launch of Ironman 70.3 triathlon race in Oman,” said Sayyid Adil bin Mirdas Al Busaidi, Advisor on Tourism Affairs, Ministry of Tourism.
The athletes will pass through beautiful views of the port city as they complete a 1.9km swim, 90.1km bike ride and 21.1km run during the inaugural event.
Al Shatti is the location of bike transition, from which athletes will take on a bike route that likens a travel tour, passing all major monuments of Muscat including the Royal Opera House, Muscat Gate and Muttrah Corniche, the Al Bustan Palace and the enticingly fast Wadi Al Kabir Road. As part of this a precursor event will be held on November 18.
The event will be organised by Wanda Sports Holdings Company and Triathlon Middle East in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.