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Dubai Women’s Triathlon: A Celebration of Female Strength and Spirit

More than 400 ladies gathered on the beautiful Jumeirah beaches for the sixth edition of the DWT.

In the early hours of a Sunday morning, more than 400 women gathered at the picturesque Jumeirah beaches to partake in the sixth edition of the Dubai Women’s Triathlon (DWT). 

For most of these remarkable women, the event was about fun, personal challenges, and the sheer joy of completing a grueling race rather than competing for podium finishes.

Maria Lesnikova: Racing for Joy:

Maria Lesnikova, a triathlon coach, has been a dedicated participant in every DWT since she arrived in Dubai in 2021. 

She emphasizes that her motivation is not centered on securing a place on the podium but on the pure joy the event brings. 

She shared, “I love the spirit of this all-women competition. It is a completely different energy. I keep coming back to the competition mostly for that. 

Every time we pass a camera, all the women pose. And some so many people keep cheering us on. 

It is amazing.” Maria’s trademark gymnast jump at the finish line reflects her happiness and accomplishment.

An All-Women Event: A Unique Energy:

Organized by the Dubai Women’s Establishment in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council, the DWT is the first female-only competition of its kind in the region. 

The event takes participants through some of the city’s iconic destinations. They swim in the Arabian Gulf, run along the Dubai Canal, and cycle past the stunning Jumeirah Beach.

Nicole Iman: From RAK to DWT:

Nicole Iman, a teacher and mother of three, participated in her first DWT and registered her best-ever time. She shared her journey from not being particularly sporty to joining the UAE triathlon team in Spain earlier this year. 

She said, “I started enjoying open water swimming and then slowly took up running and cycling. However, it was only a year ago that I started training seriously for triathlons, and each time I run, I find that I get better and faster. 

It is a lot of fun.” Nicole’s parents, Rachel and Ken, who had just arrived in the UAE from the USA, were “very proud” to watch her achievements.

Rafaela Rochas: A Family Affair:

Brazilian expat Rafaela Rochas took up triathlon thanks to her professional champion husband. She mentioned balancing work and training had been a challenge, but this year, she decided to challenge herself and train more effectively. 

Her husband and their 3-year-old daughter, Chloe, eagerly awaited her at the finish line. It was Chloe who proudly accepted Rafaela’s finisher medal. 

Rafaela noted, “I struggled to handle both work and the training together, but this year, I decided to challenge myself and train properly. This is my second triathlon this year.”

A Race for All Levels:

The DWT caters to participants of all levels and interests. The event is organized in three categories:

  • Super Sprint: Designed for beginners, this course includes a 400m swim, 10km bike ride, and 2.5km run.
  • Sprint: Geared towards more experienced athletes, this category features a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride, and a 5km run.
  • Olympic Standard: The most challenging category, participants in this segment must complete a 1.5km swim, embark on a 40km bike journey, and conclude with a 10km run.

The Dubai Women’s Triathlon continues to celebrate female strength, spirit, and the pursuit of personal excellence. 

It’s an event that empowers women to push their limits, inspire one another, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment that transcends the pursuit of victory.

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