By Eman Hamed
The Hurghada Governorate has been chosen to host unprecedentedly the IRONMAN Race under the auspices of the Ministry of Youths and Sports. Hassan Allam Properties is the main title sponsor for the mega event that’s brought by STAMINA Sports and Fitness and is taking place on 19 November.
The venue is ready to welcome more than 2,000 athletes of all nationalities, to contend in IRONMAN 70.3 games. The games are comprised of a 1.9 km swimming course, a 21.1 km running half marathon and a 90 km bicycle ride which all take place in the midst of Sahl Hasheesh captivating scenery.
The event formally commenced on the 17th of November with a press conference announcing the competition’s details, which was attended by all the organizing entities and stakeholders presided over by representatives of the Ministries of Youth and Sports, Transportation and Tourism.
On the second day, with participants arriving on scene, an orientation will kick off for all attendees to further explain the course and introduce the competitors to the transition stations on the route, as well as to ascertain the safety and functionality of the gears and equipment that will be used in the competition.
In the evening, the official opening ceremony will take place adorned by the Parade of Nations as the competition will begin on the third day at dawn. The competition will commence with the swimming race, followed by running, and finally, cycling will end the race followed by the award ceremony where the podium will welcome Egypt’s first IRONMAN 70.3 title holder.
“I feel extremely proud that our Hassan Allam Properties group is sponsoring the first ever edition of IRONMAN 70.3 to be hosted in Egypt this November. The successful organization of such an internationally renowned event shall serve as a testament to Egypt’s capabilities in hosting global events of such caliber, and at the same time, it will reinforce Egypt’s status as a safe and secure vacation getaway. Not only will this promote tourism but will also serve to display Egypt’s natural beauty reinforcing its position on the global map,” said Mohamed Allam, CEO at Hassan Allam Properties.
“This step goes in line with our vision which extends beyond the mere act of construction and real estate development to include human development and nurturing as well as enabling talented athletes. However, as a real estate developer, our group seeks to live up to its brand promise ‘From our family to yours’ in all walks of life; which aims to develop a comprehensive lifestyle that rests on values such as support, enabling empowerment and betterment while presenting opportunities to deserving talents,” added Allam.
“Egypt is a country rich in history and heritage and we feel very proud to be able to bring IRONMAN 70.3 to us. It’s a perfect opportunity and a historic day in one of the most renowned touristic cities of the world. I want to wish all athletes and participants the best of luck,” said Stefan Petschnig, Chief Business Development Officer, IRONMAN Foundation.
“We are very delighted to be organizing Egypt’s first ever IRONMAN games. Sahl Hasheesh is known for its tourism facilities and infrastructure, and we want to promote it as the ideal venue for sporting events; whether marine or otherwise. We are looking forward to meeting the participating athletes,” said Hassan Khalifa, Co-Founder, Stamina Sports and Fitness.
This year’s edition of IRONMAN 70.3 will see 30 athletes qualify for IRONMAN’s World Championship that is scheduled to take place on the 10th and 11th of December in Tapu, New Zealand.
Hassan Allam Properties’ vision aims at sponsoring many future sports events, such as IRONMAN. The group intends to add value to its endeavors in real estate development in line with the government’s vision to internationally promote the developmental efforts undergone over the past 5 years.
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