The series concluder was scheduled to take place on April 15, but due to inclement weather, organisers Race ME Events decided to prioritise the safety of athletes and staff and call it off.
But the show will go on with the race rescheduled for Saturday, April 30 at the District One cycling and running tracks, giving participants the chance to finish off the series in style.
As it is the last race of the season, double points will be on offer which means there’s still time to improve your standing.
Several distances are available for athletes of all ages, ability and level of experience.
The youngest of youngsters, up to age six, can take part in the shortest distance featuring a 200m run, a 1,500m cycle and a 200m run to finish.
Kids up to the age of 12 can go for the 400m run, 8.5 kilometre bike ride and a 400m run.
The intermediate distance is perfect for tweens and teens, aged 10 to 14, which consists of a 1.5km run, a 16.5km bike and a 1.5km run.
Adults above the age of 15 can choose from either the full distance – a 3km run, a 24.75km cycle and a 3km run – or the 1.5x full distance – a 4.5km run, a 41.25km bike ride and a 4.5km run.
Double points are only up for grabs in the long course option, while the shorter course will accrue standard points.
Athletes can also opt to do the full distance as a team in pairs of two – all-male, all-female or mixed.
Each participant’s four best races out of the six will go towards their points tally.
A prize giving ceremony will be held following the final event and will award trophies for first, second and third place in each category of each age group.
Registration is open until the day before the race, Friday, April 29, and can be done through www.premieronline.com. Included in the entry are a medal, goody bag and refreshments.
Don’t miss out on the last chance to take part in the popular series and secure points towards earning prizes.
What: Giant Duathlon Series race six
Where: District One cycling and running tracks, Dubai
When: Saturday, April 30 with registration closing on Friday, April 29
Contact: Visit www.premieronline.com to sign up and www.race-me-events.com for more information
After a successful showing in the capital at the Abu Dhabi National Golf Club on April 7, the series of amateur golf events in the Middle East to raise awareness and funds for autism shifts to another one of the emirates on Thursday, April 28.
The event is set to bring together local and international corporates to play and network, followed by a dinner and auction.
Duayne Baron de Waal, CEO of Lifestyle Events, created the Els for Autism Golf Challenge in 2015 at the Els Club Dubai, with proceeds going towards the Dubai Autism Center, the Els for Autism Foundation and the Al Jalila Foundation.
The success of the inaugural year led to the formation of two additional events in Abu Dhabi for this year, including the already-concluded challenge on April 7 and an event set to take place in the fall on September 22 at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
Open to all amateur golfers with an official handicap, the format of play will be pairs betterball stableford.
Along with bragging rights for beating the field, the winning pairs will earn an exclusive ticket into the grand finale of the challenge, hosted by the Els for Autism Foundation in Las Vegas.
Golfers can also take part in various on-course competitions and Hole-in-One’s to win prizes such as a three-night stay at Ireland’s famed Carton House Hotel and a seven-night stay at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.
Following the round of play, the evening portion will consist of dinner, music, live entertainment, raffle prizes and a live charity auction with a range of prominent collectibles up for grabs.
Though the deadline to register to play has already passed, guests are welcome to watch the competitive action on the course and can also purchase dinner packages to enjoy the evening portion.
Two dinner packages are available – one with all drinks included for Dh325 and one inclusive of only soft drinks at Dh225.
To register for dinner and for more information, visit www.elsforautism.golfgenius.com or email [email protected]
Support the cause and do your part to raise awareness of autism, all while enjoying a day on the greens.
What: Els for Autism Golf Challenge
Where: Els Club, Dubai Sports City
When: Thursday, April 28 with a 13:00 shotgun start
Contact: Visit www.elsforautism.golfgenius.com or email [email protected] to purchase dinner packages and for more information
Hundreds will flock to the Dubai Autodrome on Sunday, May 8 for the charity run at 15:00 but there’s still to time to join them.
You will be among the thousands of athletes running across the globe at the same time with the event being held in 33 different venues across six continents. It is open to regular runners, as well as those using wheelchairs.
What makes this event stand out is that it’s a race that has no finish line. “Runners will begin the race and continue running around the track. After a half an hour, a chasing car will be driven and once they overtake the runner, they will have to stop,” said their ambassador Jarrett Martin, who suffered a spinal cord injury after a parachuting accident in 2009.
Although there are prizes, it’s the participation that is the real winner with every single dirham of the Dh195 entry fee donated to spinal cord research.
“This includes not only the registration fees for the participants, but also income from our sponsors and partners and fundraising activities,” said Anita Gerhardter, CEO of Wings for Life.
“We are very proud to offer this unique guarantee, which wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Red Bull Group. The company not only covers our costs but also of the foundation itself.”
Last year, a total of €4.2million was raised and the event has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in 2014.
And Gerhardter expects next month’s event to be no different and has urged people in the UAE to get involved.
“The Wings for Life World Run is an event for everyone. Everyone who has a regular, everyday wheelchair can take part – side by side with the runners in one race,” she said.
“Our goal is pretty much the same as for the years before. We would like to attract even more participants, we would like to raise event more money for spinal cord research and of course we also aim to see lots of happy runners who had a great time participating and who want to join us year after year.”
Martin, who will be among those competing in the event which has been organised in partnership with Emirates NBD, XDubai and Dubai Sports Channel, added: “People may not realise the impact that spinal cord injury can have on somebody’s life but by taking part it will be a big boost for helping those who suffer.
“It can go a long way in raising awareness and hopefully a cure can be found one day.”
What: Wings for Life World Run, Dubai
Where: Dubai Autodrome
When: Sunday, May 8 at 15:00
Contact: For registration, visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/ae