Tag: Abu Dhabi
Nick McElwee oversees Tri Yas, which puts on a triathlon on the infamous Yas Marina Circuit Formula 1 course in Abu Dhabi. The event has grown from 600 participants to 1300 in the span of four years. But Nick and his team realized that, with incredibly high levels of childhood obesity and diabetes in the region, the sport of triathlon could serve a much bigger purpose if they invested year round in the sport and the community by opening the race track to workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. This story is the perfect example of how one event on one day can have a positive impact all year long.
Omar Nour was 29 years old and weighed 230 pounds when he jumped into his first ever triathlon, the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon back in 2007. He fell in love with the sport and decided to try to make the 2012 Egyptian Olympic Triathlon Team at the ripe old age of 33. Omar’s journey from Fat to Fit is just the beginning of the story.
Rasmus Henning from Denmark has done it all in the sport of triathlon. A two-time Olympian in Athens and Beijing, he won the Hy-Vee race two years in a row when the purse was $200,000 to the winner, took fifth in Kona in his first attempt back in 2009 with a broken hand and in March of 2012 dominated in Abu Dhabi. We chatted about his ebook – www.prochasingthedream.com – his plans for Kona, and the balance it takes to be a husband, father, and a professional athlete.