SPONSORS DIVE IN AHEAD OF FIRST-EVER HOSA FINA MARATHON SWIM WORLD SERIES AT DOHA’S ICONIC CORNICHE WITH JUST THREE DAYS TO GO
Entry is free to watch over 100 of the world’s best swimmers compete in front of Doha’s stunning skyline on Saturday 17th March
14 March 2017 – Doha, Qatar: Local and international sponsors have united in support of Doha’s first ever FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series event hosted in the stunning setting of Doha’s Corniche on Saturday 17th March. The world-class competition will see Olympic and World Champions swim head to head over 10km providing a memorable and unique experience for all the public to enjoy, free of charge.
Over 100 of the world’s best swimmers will compete in the event which is the first of a nine-meeting series taking place in some of the world’s most scenic waterways, including the Seychelles, Portugal, Canada and China. Local companies Al Kass, Ooredoo, QNB and Zoom Arts have been announced as National Sponsors, with GULF Crafts and Al Jouf as National Suppliers. Meanwhile FINA have appointed Chinese Sportswear brand HOSA as the title sponsor of the event series, and Microplus as the timing and scoring services provider.
Speaking ahead of the event, President of FINA, Julio Maglione, said:
“The very high-profile start list including Olympic and World Champions to take the departure in Doha confirms the popularity and success of the prestigious event. Doha have been for the last years a very solid FINA partner in the organisation of several events and we look forward to seeing the result of all this hard-work and commitment, which will represent another milestone for the development of this Olympic discipline in this region of the world.”
Meanwhile, President of the Qatar Swimming Association, Khalil Al Jabir, said:
“We are very excited to host such a prestigious and exciting FINA event in the heart of Doha. The weekend timing, stunning setting and central location enable us to bring a new swimming discipline directly to the people of Doha. We encourage everyone to come down, cheer on the world’s best swimmers and enjoy this truly unique experience with their family and friends.”
“The Qatar Swimming Association is committed to continuing to grow and develop the sport in Qatar and around the region and we hope that this event will raise the profile of marathon swimming and inspire more people to take up the sport, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”
Local sponsors are uniting to provide first-class support and services to ensure that the event is organised to the highest possible level, and contribute to the continued development of Qatar’s second most popular participation sport. National Sponsors Al Kass, Ooredoo, QNB, Zoom Arts, Gulf Crafts and Al Jouf will be supporting the staging of the event.
72 male and 44 female athletes from 24 countries will compete in the Olympic distance event in the open water beside Doha’s Corniche. Starting from the Orry statue, the women’s event will begin at 8:30am and the men’s at 1:30pm. Top female swimmers participating include Rio 2016 Olympic Champion, Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands, 2017 World Series winner, Arianna Bridi and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Rachele Bruni, both of Italy and 2017 World silver medallist Samantha Michelle Arevalo Salinas of Ecuador.
Meanwhile top male swimmers to look out for include Rio 2016 Olympic and Budapest 2017 World Champion Ferry Weertman who will face a strong challenge from Rio 2016 and Budapest 2017 bronze medallist Marc-Antoine Olivier of France and Great Britain’s Jack Burnell, who finished just outside the medals in fourth place at last summer’s World Championships. There will be local interest in up and coming young Qatari swimmer, Abdulrahman Hisham, who looks to gain useful experience in a high-level global competition amongst the world’s best.
Many of the elite swimmers will be on hand to meet and provide tips and guidance to members of the public who are participating in the Open Water Challenge event. Taking place on Friday 16th March at 1:30pm, the event is being organised to give amateur swimmers the opportunity to enjoy the same facilities and full services as the elite athletes, enabling everyone to be a world-class athlete for the day. With weather and water temperatures expected to be ideal and the course taking place in front of Doha’s beautiful backdrop, competitors will have the opportunity to sample the very best of open-water swimming.
Doha’s hosting of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series event will provide further vital experience in the build up to its hosting of the 2023 FINA World Championships. The pinnacle of the aquatics calendar includes all six FINA disciplines: Swimming, Diving, High Diving, Artistic Swimming, Open Water, Water Polo plus the Masters competitions. Doha already has solid FINA experience through its hosting of six FINA World Cups and the 2014 World Swimming Championships.
DOHA OPEN WATER CHALLENGE TO GIVE PUBLIC WORLD-CLASS ATHLETE EXPERIENCE
Opportunity to swim same course as World and Olympic Champions ahead of first-ever FINA /HOSA Marathon Swim World Series in Doha on 16/17th March
8 March 2018 – Doha, Qatar: Residents of Qatar are being encouraged not to miss out on a unique opportunity to sample the exact same experience as the world’s best swimmers when the FINA Marathon Swim World Series comes to Doha for the first time in just 10 days. The Open Water Challenge Race in on 16th March at 13:30 and is open to anyone over the age of 11 years old and enables people of all abilities to swim the same course on Doha’s picturesque Corniche the day before Olympic and World Champions take to the water.
The exclusive experience will also see public participants enjoy the same facilities and full services as the elite athletes, including the athlete pre-race call-room, the same starting platform, live athlete tracking and entering the post-race mixed zone, enabling everyone to be a world-class athlete for the day. To top off the experience, the elite champions will be on hand during the Open Water Challenge to cheer on the participants and provide tips, advice and insights into what it takes to be a champion. With weather and water temperatures expected to be ideal and the course taking place in front of Doha’s stunning skylines, competitors will have the opportunity to sample the very best of open-water swimming.
Commenting on the Open Water Challenge, President of the Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) and FINA Bureau Member, Khalil Al Jabir, said:
‘Whilst we aim to organise the FINA /HOSA Marathon Swim World Series to the highest possible level for all participants, our ambitions go far beyond this. We are determined to use the opportunity to grow and develop swimming by showcasing the sport to new audiences and creating an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone. Swimming is one of the simplest but most highly effective forms of exercise and we hope that the beautiful setting, amazing atmosphere and unique experience of the Open Water Challenge will inspire more people to make swimming, and healthy and active lifestyles in general, a regular part of their everyday lives. We look forward to welcoming everyone from beginners to the world’s best to the Corniche for this exciting event”.
Whilst Doha has hosted multiple top-level FINA events, including 6 FINA Swimming World Cups and the 2014 World Swimming Championships, this is the first time that the FINA /HOSA Marathon Swim World Series will be hosted in the Qatari capital. The event will provide a valuable experience and added expertise, as well as further supporting the growth and development of swimming in Qatar, as organisers build up to the Doha 2023 FINA World Championships, the pinnacle event of the aquatics calendar.
The Doha FINA /HOSA Marathon Swim World Series takes place on Saturday 17th March, the day after the Open Water Challenge and is the first event of the 2018 calendar. A total of nine meetings will take place in some of the world’s most scenic waterways, including the Seychelles, Portugal, Canada and China. Over 370 athletes from over 50 national federations all over the world will compete in the one-day competition programme from March until November, with a total of USD 30,000 prize money available per event.
The family-friendly event is free for the public to view from the Doha Corniche promenade and is one not to miss with several World and Olympic medallists participating. The women’s elite competition (on March 17, 2018 at 08:30) will see an exciting showdown between Rio 2016 Olympic Champion, Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands, 2017 World Series winner, Arianna Bridi and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Rachele Bruni, both of Italy and 2017 World silver medallist Samantha Michelle Arevalo Salinas of Ecuador.
Meanwhile in the men’s competition (March 17, 2018 at 13:30) Rio 2016 Olympic and 2017 World Champion Ferry Weertman will start as the strong favourite but will face stiff competition from Great Britain’s Jack Burnell, who finished just outside the medals in fourth place at last summer’s World Championships.
Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) has the honour and pleasure to invite you to participate at the Doha Open Water Challenge in Doha Corniche (Orry statue) on March 16, 2018.
The following information has been prepared in order to assist you in your decision to attend this event.
Should you have any questions or queries regarding the information provided in this document please feel free to contact Qatar Swimming Association (QSA).
EVENT KEY DATES
Participant’s needs to consider the below important dates.
March 10, 2018 Entry by Name & Declaration Form Details
March 16, 2018 Race Registration & Technical Brief (@ competition venue /time tbc)
March 16, 2018 Race & Medal Ceremonies (time tbc)
Doha Open Water Challenge competition is open to everyone wishing to participate, meeting (a) the entries eligibility (older than 11 years old) and (b) the Event Declaration form requirements.
ENTRY PROCESS & CATEGORIES
Doha Open Water Challenge participation categories are:
Group A Boys & Girls between 11-14 years old, 400m distance
Group B Boys & Girls between 15-17 years old, 800m distance
Group C OPEN (Boys & Girls, 18 years old & above), 1200m distance
Start lists will be available one day earlier (March 15, 2018) on the QSA website.
(https://www.qatarswimming.com). Live results will be available at the QSA website
Results for the OPEN group will be in age categories such as 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-95, 95-
Participants should wear appropriate for FINA competitions swimsuits (By Law: BL7 & BL8) and as per below examples.
Doha Open Water Challenge participants should attend the Race Technical briefing that will take place 90minutes prior to the race start at the venue briefing area. Venue signage will guide you to the location. A Roll Call of every Group participants will take place along with presentation of the Race Start /Finish procedures, along with the Safety & Medical provisions.
Participants fail to attend; on time the Technical Briefing Roll Call, will be automatically disqualified. The exact time of the meeting will be announced through the QSA social media pages.
COURSE & WEATHER INFORMATION
A 400m course will be set up with left shoulder turns, at the Doha Corniche. More details on the course design will be shared on March 01, 2018 through the QSA website page. Waters in Doha Corniche are relatively calm, with a course depth varying from 1.8 – 3.5m. Weather data over the last 8 year’s reveals an average air temperature ranging between 19 – 27 degrees Celsius at the date of the competition, with clear blue skies, nil precipitation and humidity ranging between 40 – 60%. Prevailing wind pattern is from East to North East, at average speeds between 8 – 17 km/h. Water temperature ranges between 19 – 23 degrees Celsius.
Please note that all the events will be conducted according to the latest FINA Rules, in force at the time of the event.
Where is the event taking place?
The Doha Open Water Challenge will take place at the Doha Corniche, near Orry the Oryx Statue, on March 16, 2018.
How do I register for the event?
If I am a late comer, can I still register?
The deadline is on Saturday 10th March.
Can I register for the event on the day?
What time does the event start?
The race will start with Group A, followed by Group B and C. Race start time for Group A is 14:00.
How will the event start?
The Race starter will signal the race start with a horn. Details of the race start procedures will be presented during the Race briefing.
What time does the event finish?
The event will finish at approximately 16:30, including the Medal Ceremonies per age group. Understanding that this is an open water competition, the event duration & timings may be changed.
Where should I collect my Participation Diploma?
It will be available at the Registration Desk at the end of the competition session (16:30).
Is the race briefing mandatory and how long will it take?
The race briefing is mandatory for all participants. It will take place at the Call Room 30 minutes before the start of the race. Information about the course, medical & safety will be provided, along with the last check in for numbers & electronic timing devices. Participants that are not present on time at the Call Room will be automatically disqualified.
How is the event timed?
There will be electronic timing (transponders) for all participants, with the results displayed live on the website.
How I get inside the venue?
To enter the venue you will need an accreditation, which will be provided to all race participants by the Federation, in a day & time that will be announced shortly. To avoid inconvenience ensure this card is available with you at all times.
Are there changing rooms and other amenities at the venue?
Athletes’ changing rooms are present in the Venue site including showers, toilets and changing areas, separate for men and women.
Do I need to register at the venue?
Upon arrival at the venue, you must present yourself at the registration desk, where your participation will be confirmed, a swim cap will be provided with your number, your race starting list along with the timing device. Your ID card is required and will be kept until the timing device is returned.
Is there somewhere I can store my bag?
There will be a storage for your bag and volunteers to take care of that. They will provide you with a number tag, according to your race number to store your bag.
Do you have on water safety?
The race course will be managed by Organizing Committee Judges & Referees, Marshals, Lifeguards, Coastal Guards and Paramedics Staff, located on either a kayak, Jet Ski or a speedboat.
Is the water quality safe?
Water quality at the Corniche is safe for swimming. Water analysis; by Ministry of Environment will be available at the Registration Desk, along with all the other weather data.
Do I have to wear a swim cap for the event?
All participants of the Doha Open Water Challenge will be provided with a colored swimming cap, which will be in line with the Group and “race wave”. Your participation number will be on it.
Will there be water/food available on race day?
There will be water all around the venue, possibly fruits as well.
Are spectators welcome?
There is a big area for spectators to watch the races, which is quite close to where the participants will be racing. However, since they will not have an accreditation, they will not be in a position to enter the competition venue.
Is there parking available at the Corniche on race day?
There is no reserved parking for the event participants and/or spectators.
What happens if I lose something on race day, do you have a Lost and Found?
There will be a Lost and Found area at the Registration Desk.
What sort of wetsuit should I wear?
Please refer to the QSA website below and it will guide you with what to wear
What other equipment do I need/what should I bring?
Swimsuit (FINA Swimsuit protocol), goggles, slippers, towel and sunscreen.
Will the water be cold?
Water temperature is between 19 – 23 degrees Celsius.
What if it rains?
According to the weather forecast, it won’t rain, however if there is a sudden change in the weather, the referee may stop the race and postpone it until it gets better.