One of the most popular running events in the UAE calendar makes its return for the new season when the Asics/ Go Sport Run Series kicks off with the first of five races.
To be held on Friday, October 14 at The Track Golf Clubhouse, Meydan, Race One will be an opportunity to get active, have fun and chase points for prizes.
Whether you’re a returning runner who has taken part in the series before, or a newcomer getting your first taste of the action, the series offers various distances to cater to everyone.
Age categories of under nine, nine to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18 are available for the shortest distance, the 3km, while adults under 19, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50 and over can step up to the longer 5km.
If you’re eager to test your endurance, the longest distances of 10km and 15km will challenge your fitness. The latter will be open, with age groups determined on the number of entries.
Following the races, a prize giving presentation will be held where first, second and third place finishers in each age group will receive a medal.
Everyone who finishes will also be awarded a medal, along with ranking points which will add up throughout the season to determine overall series winners, who will be awarded trophies and valuable prizes from sponsors. To qualify, participants must run in at least three of the five races during the season.
Registration, which will close on Tuesday, October 11, can be done at www.supersportsdubai.com.
The entry fee is Dh150 for adults aged 19 and older and Dh100 for juniors 18 and younger. Included in the entry fee is a 25 per cent discount voucher to Asics stores, as well as electronic timing, goodies, a certificate, fruits and refreshments.
After this race, the next one will take place on December 2, with the others scheduled for January 27, March 3 and April 21.
Get moving and enjoy a day of family fun in the first run of what should be another memorable season.
WHAT: Asics/GO Sport Run Series 3k, 5k, 10k, 15k
WHERE: The Track Golf Clubhouse, Meydan
WHEN: Race day is Friday, October 14, with registration closing on Tuesday, October 11 at midnight
CONTACT: Visit www.supersportsdubai.com for more information and to sign up.
With the new season now in full swing, here’s your chance to be involved in the Wadi Adventure Super Sprint Triathlon next month.
The event returns to Al Ain for the first time in four years on Saturday, October 8 but there’s still time to get your name on the registration list before Friday’s deadline.
The popularity of triathlon in the UAE is growing rapidly and it’s no surprise many community events are held throughout the year, often attracting big numbers. And the Wadi Adventure Super Sprint Triathlon will be no different for Gulf Multi Sport’s season opener.
“This has been in hibernation for the last four years and since then the sport has really been picking up,” said Steve Watson, managing partner at Gulf Multi Sport, organisers of the event.
“With that in mind, we saw it as an opportunity to return to Al Ain and give the people a chance to do a triathlon in their own city instead of travelling far to other emirates.”
Open to ages 10 and over, competitors will swim 375m, followed by a 12km bike ride before a 2.5km run at Wadi Adventure.
If you don’t fancy doing it by yourself, then why not share the work load and compete as a team across all three categories.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Once you complete the course, not only can you enjoy an all inclusive breakfast but also spend the rest of the day inside the park.
“Wadi Adventure Park is a great venue to visit for the family and we’re lucky to be holding our first event of the season there,” said Watson. “There will be no traffic on the course and it will be completely safe for everyone who competes.
“Al Ain is a great city and with it being on Saturday morning, it’s a chance for people to spend the night and make a weekend out of it.”
Entry costs Dh240 for adults and Dh180 for children. With a few days to enter, Watson insists there’s plenty of positives by signing up.
“I took part in the last one and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Hopefully, people who were there four years ago will return next month,” he said. “The Super Sprint is not as difficult as what people may think. It’s a great opportunity to get active and make the transition of running, cycling and swimming.
“It’s a great introduction to triathlon and can be the first step to build up their distances if they want to push themselves in the future.”
Those who are brave enough to tackle homegrown event, which was established in the UAE in 2014, can sign up for one of the four courses available on Friday, October 21 at Dubai’s Al Rawia Training Field.
Fun, but demanding obstacles, combined with a social and team-working environment, make Desert Warrior Challenge a great to supplement your fitness regime and build camaraderie at the same time.
Participants can range from young children to fit athletes looking for their next challenge.
Kids aged six to 15 can take on the 1km-2km Junior Warriors, while anyone aged over 16 can choose between the 5km Fearless Warrior, 10km Ultimate Warrior and the new 20km Extreme Warrior.
The latter is being introduced as the first 20km obstacle race to be run in the Middle East and will feature 30 hardcore obstacles in total.
Whatever course you choose, however, you’ll encounter obstacles such as the 1/4 Pipe, the Cargo Net, Boot Camp circuit and Monkey Business rings and bars to name a few.
There will also be team-focused obstacles, including Stacks On, Twin Peaks, Bell Climb and Brain Freeze.
Managing director for Desert Warrior Challenge, Troy Gillham, said: “This year we have decided to take the challenge to a whole new level by introducing the Extreme Warrior, the region’s first 20km GMC Desert Warrior Challenge obstacle course.
“The whole idea behind DWC is to not only provide a platform for the community to enjoy an engaging and fun form of exercise, but to also challenge them to be the better version of themselves.
“We want our Warriors to band together and motivate each other to get fitter, live healthier and be part of what we like to call #thewarriormovement.”
All four course will be timed, but Extreme Warrior is the only competitive event as first, second and third-place finishers for male, female and team competitors will be awarded trophies and prizes.
The fastest male and female Emirati finisher will also receive a trophy and prize. If you can’t make it for next month’s event, the Desert Warrior Challenge is also planning to expand regionally to Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in late 2016 and early 2017.