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Dubai International Triathlon (7 November 2014)

Core volunteer family of Janneke Zwager, 15, along with her mother, Sam Dobson competed in the inaugural half-ironman distance triathlon on 7th November, 2014. Janneke raised awareness for Raey as well as 720dhs with more to come in sponsorship money. The Dubai International Triathlon was the first ever half-ironman distance triathlon to be held in Dubai - distances covered were 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run. The swim was held in the calm waters off Atlantis, the Palm, the cycle was three laps of Hessa Street and the run was along the crescent of the Palm. Over 1,000 athletes with the team for Raey, all New Zealanders, was the winning female team in a time of 4 hours 53 minutes.

Janneke completed the 1.9km open water swim in a time of 29 minutes. “I swim train two or three times a week and try to cover between one and two kilometers each session. To prepare for this event I have also been running and doing strength training. It was my first experience racing that distance in open water and I quite was nervous. A kilometer out the sea below is very dark and scary and there has been lot of reports of nasty jellyfish stings this seasons. Fortunately I avoided getting stung. I’m really pleased with my time and loved being part of a winning team.”

While balancing two kids to look after and a job Sam found time to train for the triathlon and finished the 90km bike with a time of 2:42 hours.

Team member Nikki Smith, the runner of the team, trained six times a week to prepare for the race, she got a time of 1 hour 45 minutes for the half marathon run.
On the whole, the race was a huge success and the team members enjoyed competing.