Posted on March 30, 2017

Students from Doha College are celebrating after doing the double over their rivals at the Qatar Foundation GMC Triathlon Series.

Teams from the primary and secondary elements of Doha College were crowned champions following the completion of the event at Education City. The college's secondary team also finished first in the secondary school team relay category. The triathlon was organized by Qatar Foundation in association with Z Adventures and TriClub Doha. The event's primary sponsor and Qatar's exclusive GMC dealer Mannai Auto Group provided trophies for the winning teams, finishers’ shirts and medals for each participant of the event which took place on Friday February 24.

The full list of winners are:

School Champions:

  • Primary School: Doha College
  • Secondary School: Doha College
  • Corporate Champions: Aspetar

Team Relay Challenge winners:

  • Primary children: Compass International School
  • Secondary children: Doha College
  • University team: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Company team: Deloitte
  • Team relay: Team Qatar

Now in its second year, the triathlon featured two new categories: school and corporate relays. The Corporate Triathlon Championship saw teams of three racing as individuals or as a Team Relay, against teams from other companies and organizations, over the course of 500m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. Teams from Mannai, Doha Bank, Aspetar, Qatar Airways and Doha College also took part. Another new category was the school triathlon championship, with prizes for the best primary school, secondary school and university. 

Students entered as a team relay or as individuals in teams of three or more. Race distances ranged from 100m swim, 3km bike and 1.25km run for children aged 7-9 years old to longer 200m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run for older children. Students aged 16 and above completed the adult course. Ewan Cameron, race director and representative of Mannai Corporation, commented: “The response to the GMC Triathlon Series and the new race categories was fantastic from schools through to corporate teams. It brought newcomers to the sport and I hope that it encourages them to get more engaged in the future and improve their fitness. All the participants went away with a tremendous sense of achievement."

The Mannai Group was founded in 1951, as an auto spare parts distributor. Over the last six decades, Mannai Corporation QPSC grew to become one of Qatar's leading private sector groups. Mannai Trading, part of Mannai Corporation, holds the exclusive Qatar franchise for General Motors (GM) brands, Cadillac & GMC. Mannai Automotive Group is among the best and innovative dealers in Qatar. For instance, the dealership has pioneered in providing Mobile Services Vans to deliver a faster and more efficient car service.