THE High Organising Committee of Middle East Ironman 70.3 Bahrain last night approved the participation of athletes from 90 countries.
This much anticipated sporting event will be held on December 7, 2019, near the Avenues Mall.
The event will feature a 1.9km swim, 90km cycling and 21.1km running as participants will pass by many of Bahrain’s prominent landmarks.
Ahmed Al Hajj, manager of Middle East Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, said that more than 1,500 participants are set to compete in the event, representing 90 countries. He further added that 2,500 sports enthusiasts will contest throughout the two days of this year’s events which will also include IronKids, IronGirls and Aquathalon as well as a race for cancer patients.
The Organising Committee had earlier approved the programme. The village will be unveiled on December 5, 2019, the same day the participants will be registered and receive their outfits.
An expo will be launched on the same day and it will feature commercial spaces that will sell triathlon equipment.
On the following day, the IronKids Aquathlon will take place in the morning while the IronKids, the IronGirls and the Cancer Patient Race will be held in the evening.
Meanwhile, the Ironman Middle East 70.3 Championship Bahrain has taken one more step not only to boost physical strength but create an impact on the people suffering from mental health by supporting the #move4mentalhealth campaign.
The Move4MentalHealth campaign started 10 days ago as a fund raiser coinciding with Ironman Bahrain to encourage everyone to get active in raising awareness for mental health issues and improving mental health care facilities in Bahrain.
The Move4MentalHealth campaign is the latest project of an initiative that began in 2015 with the aim to not only raise awareness and improve facilities but, most importantly, break the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Its goal is to improve and enhance the facilities available in Bahrain to treat mental illness. The collaboration between Move4MentalHealth and Rotary Manama aims to raise the funds needed to build a Multi-Purpose Hall in the Bahrain Psychiatric Hospital.
The 850 sqm building will incorporate a sports hall, gymnasium, social lounge, cafeteria and a range of supporting facilities.