For the first time in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon‘s history, there’s a $60k prize pot for the short course event.
This year’s men’s and women’s elite short course will see some of the top triathletes across olympic and 70.3 distances compete to take home the $15k first place prize.
Last year’s short course champion, Alistair Brownlee, will compete against his brother, 2012 ITU World Champion Jonathan Brownlee, as well as some of the sport’s top triathletes in the men’s short course. Others to watch include two time French Olympian Tony Moulai and professional Egyptian triathlete and UAE crowd favourite Omar Nour.
TriReview took part in the race in 2012 and had a blast.
The triathlon, which started in 2010, has become a big season-opener for many triathletes drawn in by the warm weather and this larger prize won’t hurt things either.
Here’s how the $60k will be split on the short course (the long course funds have the same tapering but with double the money):
The women’s elite start list is similarly strong with Australian multi ITU medallist, Annabel Luxford, German Svenja Bazlen, ranked 4th in the world for the 70.3 discipline and five time French champion and two time Olympian Jessica Harrison.
Luxford is a force to be reckoned with, competing in ITU events for over a decade and continuing to improve her form year-on-year. In 2013, she placed third at the WTC Professional 70.3 World Championship and achieved five 70.3 podium finishes.
“I can’t wait to compete in Abu Dhabi tackling one of the world’s most picturesque courses,” she said. “Ahead of the race I’m heading out to the Emirates to train and acclimatise to the weather to ensure I’m in peak condition. A podium finish would be a great way to kick off the new season!”