The fourth edition of annual Ironman Oman 70.3 triathlon championship will be held at the Shatti Al Qurum (Qurum Beach) area here on Saturday.
The signature triathlon event will see more than 800 triathletes from across the world in action with good participation from Oman and the Middle East, according to Race Director Mohammed al Obaidani.
“The 90km non-turning racetrack in Muscat is the only one of its kind, so the athletes love to compete in it,” Al Obaidani said.
The iconic event will be organised by the Triathlon Middle East (TRI.ME) in association with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism.
The 2023 Ironman 70.3 Oman offers 45 age group qualifying slots to the 2023 VinFast Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held on August 26-27, 2023 in Lahti, Finland.
The event route that includes the series’ standard 1.9 km swim, 90 km road bike, and final 21.1 km run – for a total race distance of 113 km.
The title sponsor of the 2023 Ironman 70.3 Muscat is Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, while Sohar International is the official sponsor. Co-sponsors include Oman’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Muscat Municipality; and the Oman Triathlon Committee.
The 2023 Ironman 70.3 Oman route will entail a swim in the Sea of Oman waters off Shatti Al Qurum, followed by a bike and run route that will take athletes through Muscat’s magnificent urban settings and historic Old Quarter, as well as through the spectacular mountain and desert terrain surrounding the capital. The route will track its way past many of the capital’s tourism highlights – including the Muttrah Sea Road and Souq, Al Alam Royal Palace, Royal Opera House Muscat, and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
With the race’s start, transition zone and finish line all situated at the same location at Shatti Al Qurum, the triathletes, their support crews, and the large number of spectators expected to turn out to watch the event can look forward to an action-packed race atmosphere in one central ‘stadium’ style location.
In the third edition in 2022, Olivier Godart of Luxembourg emerged the men’s champion while Lizi Brooke of Great Britain bagged the honours in the women’s section.