Abu Dhabi: More than 600 athletes have signed up to take part in the second annual Tri Yas triathlon, registration for which closes on April 8.
As the region's first twilight triathlon, contestants in this year's Tri Yas will also benefit from cooler evening temperatures as they compete.
As last year, Tri Yas 2012 will encompass the entire Yas Marina Circuit — swim in the Yas Marina, bike on the Formula One track and run on Yas Marina Circuit roads. The swim leg will fall during daylight hours and the bike and run legs will take place under full floodlights on the F1 circuit.
"With over 600 registrations so far this year, the response to Tri Yas has been phenomenal," said Nick McElwee, sales and marketing director at Yas Marina Circuit. "Following the inaugural Tri Yas last year, the UAE triathlon community has embraced the event, which is evident in the strong numbers so far."
One fan favourite making the trip to Abu Dhabi for Tri Yas is Omar Nour, a 2012 Olympic hopeful and Egypt's first professional triathlete.
He said: "I have competed in triathlons all over the world but this will be a first for me in terms of venue as well as the fact that it's a twilight triathlon. It's a great opportunity and I'm very much looking forward to this Yas Marina Circuit event."
Athletes of all abilities are encouraged to take part individually or as a member of a relay team in the Sprint or Olympic categories. Another addition to the 2012 competition is the inclusion of a junior duathlon for 11-14 and 15-17 years age groups. For more information and to register visit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae.