GEMS Education, the global education provider has announced it will be hosting the GEMS Triathlon Challenge – a family friendly triathlon on 30th January 2016.
Now held for the second time, GEMS Education has organised the Triathlon Challenge to encourage physical activity and movement amongst students, parents, teachers and educational staff.
Studies have shown that nearly 78 per cent of UAE children lack the physical exercise that can protect them from cardiovascular disease.
By organised activities like the Triathlon Challenge, GEMS Education is emphasising the importance of a healthy lifestyle for the UAE’s youth.
A family friendly event, the GEMS Triathlon Challenge is designed for all, regardless of activity level, encouraging everyone to participate.
“The response we received for our last Triathlon Challenge was overwhelming, and the decision to organise it again was based on this,” says Craig Lamshed, Principal and CEO of Cambridge International School – Dubai.
“There are activities planned for every age and for all fitness skills. We know that this will be a fun family day out, but it also allows us to encourage healthy activities amongst our students, their families and friends.”
The Triathlon Challenge has been designed to mimic an actual triathlon but with different activity level requirements based on varied age groups.
Adults participating will swim for 425m, cycle for 16km and run for 6km, whereas children aged five to nine year olds will swim for 75m, cycle for 4km and run for 2km.
Registration for the GEMS Triathlon Challenge opens on 20th December 2015 and closes on 24th January 2016. Fees start from AED 135 for individual participants or AED 405 for a team of three.
All participants will receive a medal, while the winners who come in first, second and third place will be awarded cups.