Going Out: Time to go vertical in the Media One Hotel run

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Popular: The second edition of the M1 run.

Are you ready to make the climb at Media One Hotel then that’s exactly what the M1 Run is all about.

The exhilarating, effective, marathon-inspired, calorie-burning stair climbing event in the Media One Tower returns this month with registrations still open.

To be held on Saturday February 20, the vertical run will see you overcome a challenging but fun course. Covering a distance of approximately 1km, you will run from ground level to floor seven of the venue’s car parks, before tackling more than 33 flights of stairs (more than 700 steps) to Level 42 where the finish line awaits.

Two categories are on offer with ‘Open’ event for those aged between 21 and 49-years-old, while ‘Masters’ is for competitors aged 50 and over. And if you want to compete as a relay, you can do exactly that with teams consisting of four people.

Among those who will be competing is team Media One, and Felix Hartmann, their Director of Food & Beverage said: “Our Media One team is in serious training now the festive activities have finished. We have had some great training sessions and hope some of our hotel competitors enter so we have a real challenge on our hands.

“We are looking forward to seeing the individuals that have registered as we know this will be a much more serious race and a challenge for personal bests. A few brave corporate companies have started to train and hopefully they will also challenge themselves against some of their rivals. But we are also happy for anyone to create a team to participate if they don’t think they can manage the feat alone”.

With prizes worth Dh100,000 up for grabs for the top three men, women and teams, a raffle prize draw including room stays and Media One F&B vouchers, as well as a BBQ lunch (at discount rate) at THE DEK on 8 with the resident DJ, there’s plenty of reasons to sign up.

“The M1 Run is the only vertical race in the Middle East that consist of a car park run, followed by 33 flights of stairs,” said Hartmann. “This makes the race more difficult than others since the climb through the carpark needs to be calculated into the race length. Furthermore, the event has a great vibe and atmosphere and the ceremony takes place with a BBQ on THE DEK on 8 afterwards.”

Entry for the individual race, which starts at 10:00, costs Dh99 per person, while the relay at 11:30, is Dh399 per team. Included in the entry fee is a medal, goody bag and a Sony Playstation t-shirt.

What: M1 Run
Where: Media One Hotel, Dubai
When: Saturday, February 20 from 10:00
Contact: For more information and registration, visit www.premieronline.com

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Going Out: Taste the magic of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan

Jay Asser 4/02/2016
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Kick back and enjoy: Make the most of world class racing and excellent dining at Meydan.

The Dubai World Cup Carnival returns this weekend with top-class horse racing headlining a list of reasons to visit Meydan.

Visitors can head to Meydan Racecourse today to enjoy the thrilling racing action, as well as all the offerings at The Meydan Hotel to make the experience one to remember.

The racing season continues through March and the hotel will be the place to be, featuring private balconies in racecourse-facing rooms and delicious cuisine.

Superb: Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Superb: Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Dining options include appealing venues such as Farriers International, Shiba, Prime Steakhouse and Millennium Lounge.

Farriers has Thursdays at Race Night Seafood Delights, including a selection of char-grilled lobster, barbecued tiger prawns, grilled Atlantic and Gulf seafood catch of the day. Barbecue lovers can head to the restaurant on Saturday to feast on rustic style barbecue.

Both nights take place from 19:00 to 23:00 and cost Dh260 per person inclusive of soft beverages and Dh385 inclusive of house beverages.

At Shiba, guests can enjoy any two sushi items to start per person before a choice of any dish from the à la carte menu. Open from 18:00 to 22:30 on Thursdays and Saturdays, the price is Dh220 inclusive of two tapas and two beverages each.
If you’re searching for a livelier atmosphere with music, Prime Steakhouse has you covered with Jazz at the Races every Thursday from 19:00 to 23:00.

While dining on a three-course set menu starting from Dh290 per person, you can groove to live jazz, soul and funk tunes.

Millennium Lounge is the perfect change of pace, featuring afternoon tea and a four-course set menu as you watch the racing. It’s a leisurely way to spend your time, taking place from 15:00 to 22:00 and costing Dh165 for the full package.

After treating your senses, there’s no better way to cap the day and evening than with Meydan Hotel’s overnight stay package.

The room package has a number of privileges, from a full dinner buffet at Silk Restaurant, VIP access to the Parade Ring and an option for late check-out, complimentary breakfast and special discounts on dining, spa and golf experiences starting at Dh1,499 per room.

Gates open at 17:30, with the racing menu getting under way at 19:00.

Those attending Meydan Racecourse can go for free and sit in the free admission area, or choose a grandstand suite starting at Dh495.

For more information and details, visit www.meydanhotels.com/racenights.

Spend the weekend in style, whether it’s on the track or in luxury and catch the best racing in the region at Meydan.

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Going Out: Rashid School for Boys launches new Country Run and Aquathlon

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Races will be held in six categories, from U9-U19.

The two events have been added to the Super Sports calendar for 2016 with the emphasis being place on participation rather than results.

Hundreds are hoped to flock to Rashid School for Boys in Dubai for the X-Country Run this Saturday and if you want to join them, then hurry up as registration closes midnight tonight.

Athletes will run on different terrains including grass, sand, gravel and paved roads within the school grounds.

Six categories are on offer with age groups ranging from under-9 to under-19 with distances varying from 1km to 3km.

The young athletes will be tested over a number of terrains.

The young athletes will be tested over a number of terrains.

Andrew Toward of Rashid School for Boys, said: “A series of races like this for juniors has not been organised in Dubai yet and we are hoping it will be well supported. Last week we held an Inter-Schools X-Country race here and had close to 900 kids running and that is very encouraging and we hope more will turn out for the Junior X-Country Run.”

If you miss this weekend’s race, then there are three more planned on February 19, March 19 and April 29.

Super Sports are no strangers to hosting activities and given its success of their aquathlons in previous edition, they’ve started their junior aquathlon.

With it being held on February 13, places are still available with registration closing next Wednesday.

Taking place at the same venue, the children, competing in the same age categories as the XCountry Run, will swim between 100m and 300m, before running 1km to 3km to the finish line.

“The Aquathlon distances give all a fair chance of competing the course. The swim takes place in a 25m six laned swimming pool and the run is on the grass fields of the school,” said Dominic Mann, one of the aquathlon organisers.

Further races are also scheduled for March 4, April 16 and 29. There will be plenty to play for with medals for the top three competitors for boys and girls in each age group.

Entry fee is Dh55 per child and includes an electronic chip timing and downloadable certificates.

What: Junior X-Country Run and Aquathlon Series
Where: Rashid School for Boys, Dubai
When: Various date. First XCountry Run is this Saturday and aquathlon on February 13.
Contact: For more information or to register log on to www.premieronline.com

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