Approximately 1,000 people will flock to The Waterfront on Friday near Jebel Ali for the duathlon and triathlon races with various distances to choose from, before the annual Dubai International Triathlon (DIT) takes centre stage a day later.
Now in its third year, DIT has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2014, attracting hundreds of competitors and this year will be no different as participants pit themselves against each other in the 1.9km swim and a 90km bike ride, followed by a 21.1km run.
Registration can be done by visiting premieronline.com, with individual and group entries available while corporates can benefit from a discount rate. Tri Fest closes on Tuesday and DIT on Wednesday.
Race ME are no strangers to organising events of this kind.
Their triathlon and duathlons have proved to be a huge success and with 2017’s edition set in a new location in Jebel Ali, there’s even more reason to join.
“Jebel Ali offers an ideal setting for competitors with its calm waters and car-free cycle route and the closed roads of the new venue were an extremely important factor in our decision to select Jebel Ali for this year’s triathlon festival because safety is always our number one priority”, said Paul Venn, race director.
“We have kept the course compact with swimmers, cyclists and runners all converging and passing through the start/finish area to make it more interesting for spectators. There are races for all abilities from small children to beginner and advanced adults.
“Even if you’re not competing, there’s plenty of activities that will keep you entertained.
“It’s not just about the athletes; spectators will be well catered for with our various food trucks, retail stands and kids entertainment. We have made this weekend a celebration of sport where athletes’ family and friends can cheer on the competitors and be well looked after.”
The free event, which takes place on Friday, November 11, will see cyclists of all ages and abilities take to three different routes and distances, with a 5km and 10km family ride and a more challenging 20km route on offer. Each route provides participants with a safe, off-road and traffic ride with a full support team to manage the event.
With participation numbers growing since its launch in 2013, the event has now become a must-do cycling event for Dubai Sports City residents, families and keen cyclists alike.
Over 550 cyclists took part in March’s ride and more than 5,500 people have participated in the event since its inception.
Dubai Sports City President, Khalid Al Zarooni, himself a keen cyclist, said: “Cycling in the UAE has gained tremendous popularity in recent years and I am delighted that The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road has contributed to that growth.
“We have created an opportunity for families and cycling enthusiasts to come together and enjoy an off-road cycling experience in a safe, secure environment.
“We are now seeing those who took part in the 5km or 10km growing in confidence and progressing by taking part in the 20km challenge.
“Participation in the Dubai Pulse Ride and our events across Dubai Sports City has been growing year on year and it is fantastic to see that this event is set to be our biggest and best yet. Cycling is a huge part of Dubai Sports City’s culture and I would like to see this increase more and more in the future.”
As well as more than Dh10,000 prizes on offer from Dubai Sports City and the Cycle Hub, those who are not cycling will also be able to join in the fun as there will be family-friendly activities taking place throughout the Sports Village.
With activities such as bouncy castles, kids’ art and crafts and a local market zone, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy, making the eighth edition of the Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road an event not to be missed.
The ride is a collaboration between Al Zarooni, and Dubai Sports Council and showcases the benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, which echoes the ethos of Dubai Sports City.
Pre-event registration is encouraged via www.thecyclehub.com.
Entrants can also sign up on the day at the Sports Village from 07:00, with the event commencing at 8:00.
WHAT: The Great Dubai Pulse Ride – Off Road
WHERE: Dubai Sports City
WHEN: Friday, November 11 from 08:00
CONTACT: Visit www.thecyclehub.com to register
This might not be Sparta, but you can still bring out your inner ancient Greek warrior by tackling challenging obstacles in the upcoming Spartan Race.
Fittingly, Mleiha, Sharjah will be the setting for the grueling event, with hundreds of participants set to attempt the course at the preserved site, which has 130 years of unspoiled Bedouin culture in its natural landscape.
With a little more than two weeks to go before the Spartan Race takes place on Friday, November 18, there’s still time to register for your chance to run, climb, push, pull, throw and crawl through unknown terrain.
Hardcore obstacle lovers are in luck because for the first time ever in the Middle East, the Spartan Beast is on offer. The formidable series is a true test of both physical and mental strength, as well as perseverance, as it features a 20-plus kilometre course with more than 30 intimidating obstacles.
In addition, the event will also have the most popular category, the Spartan Sprint, which is designed for people of all fitness and endurance levels. The shortest course is 5-plus km long and contains 20-plus obstacles.
Whether you’re a regular on the obstacle course or want to try it for the first time, the Spartan Race caters for everyone.
Mahmoud Deemas, Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism project manager, said: “Over the years, the Spartan Race has proved to be fun, challenging and extremely rewarding for competitors.”
“Since it is intended to test the perseverance and overall balance of an individual, participants can choose challenges according to their preferences and can lay down the gauntlet to their families, friends and colleagues with an offer of friendly competition.”
He added: “The youth in any nation is its real wealth. That is why the UAE’s wise leadership has paid its young people particular attention, launching an array of initiatives such as the Spartan Race – activities that push them to their limits.
“This will aid comprehensive development in all aspects of UAE life, especially sports.”
Spectators are also welcome to support their Spartans and to enjoy the Festival Area, which will have viewing areas, as well as music, hands-on obstacle challenges, local food and beverage vendors and sponsor giveaways throughout the day.
The registration fee begins at Dh145 for the Spartan Beast and Dh72 for the Spartan Sprint, while its Dh20 for spectators. Sign up through www.spartanarabia.com.
Get ready to be pushed to your limits, with a medal around your neck after crossing the finish line making it all worth it at the Spartan Race.
What: Spartan Race Spartan Sprint and Spartan Beast
Where: Mleiha, Sharjah
When: Friday, November 18 from 07:30 onwards
Contact: Visit www.spartanarabia.com to sign up and for more information.