GOING OUT: Raise money for cancer research at Terry Fox Run

Jay Asser 28/01/2017
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The event welcomes runners of all ability.

The non-competitive event will take place on Friday, February 17 at Dubai Festival City and is held under the patronage of Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in conjunction with the Terry Fox Foundation.

This isn’t a race, but rather a run to support cancer research projects in the UAE and raise donations.

It’s named after Terry Fox, a Canadian who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18. Admirably, Fox attempted to run across Canada raising money to fund cancer research in the hope that a cure would one day be found.

Though Fox was unable to complete his ‘Marathon of Hope’ due to his condition and lost his life at 22, he left behind a legacy that has resonated and is cherished worldwide.

In his memory, the Terry Fox Runs go from city to city across the world, such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE alone, raising over $650 million internationally. All proceeds are retained in the host country and go to recognised research institutions approved by the Terry Fox Foundation, as advised by The Terry Fox Research Institute.

The Terry Fox Run first hit Dubai in 1994 and as it’s been from the start, the event remains organised by volunteers.

HE Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada in Dubai, said: “It is great to see the return of the Terry Fox Run to Dubai in 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary year.

How to get involved

  • What: Terry Fox Run
  • Where: Dubai Festival City
  • When: Friday, Feb 17 at 09:00
  • Contact: www.terryfoxdubai.com

“Terry Fox began his run across Canada in 1980 in order to raise money for cancer research.  His remarkable efforts inspired people from around the world to participate in these runs and contribute in a meaningful way to our joint goal of eradicating cancer.”

Whatever your age or level of physical ability, the run is inclusive for everyone and participants can choose to walk, run, cycle, roller blade or wheelchair the entire distance.

While there is no registration fee, runners are encouraged to donate and purchase a Dubai Run t-shirt when signing up, which can be collected on February 10, 11 or 16 in Dubai Festival City.

Following the 5km run, which begins at 09:00 on the day, there will be entertainment and snacks.

Daniel Murphy, chair of the organising committee in Dubai, commented: “We are delighted to have the Terry Fox Run return to Dubai and are honoured to be supported by the Al Maktoum Foundation in our effort to fund cancer research projects in the UAE.”

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Going Out: Compete in the Sandstorm Marmoun

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Push your physical and mental strength to the limits in an exciting obstacle race like no other in the Sandstorm Marmoum.

Held under his patronage, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai has already confirmed his participation at Al Qudra Lakes and you can join him on February 10 with registration still open.

Whether you’re an avid sportsperson or exercise occasionally, there are two distances to choose from with, 5 and 10km on offer.

Pitting your agility, speed and stamina, you will tackle more than 30 obstacles through rock, sand, water and mud terrains as you make your way to the finish line.

This year marks the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Dubai Holding Corporate Wellness Programme and their chairman Cedric Betis insists the inaugural edition will be a massive success.

“Sandstorm is one of the many initiatives that Dubai Holding Corporate Wellness Programme takes pride in organising,” he said.

“We wanted to create a challenging, yet fun event, which was appropriate for all fitness levels and involves all members of the family.

“We are thrilled to announce that His Highness Sheikh Hamdan has confirmed his participation. He is known for his fearless spirit and love for sports and adventure and we look forward to seeing him on the racecourse.

“Our racecourse was developed by an award-winning team of international designers offering an immersive and engaging experience for the participants across the full track.”

After completing the course, the fun doesn’t stop there as spectators and participants can soak up the atmosphere.

Sandstorm will also include a dedicated Race Village facility, which will offer a range of entertainment and leisure activities for race participants and younger members of their families.

Entry costs Dh350 for the 5k and Dh450 for the 10k, while there is a Dh100 discount per person for corporates who register 30 people or more.

With prizes available for the top-three finishers, Betis believes it’s an event not to be missed.

“The Sandstorm is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete alongside His Highness Sheikh Hamdan in such a unique setting of four terrains with more than 40 obstacles, four terrains, two distance and one mission – conquer the Sandstorm,” he said.

“Sandstorm welcomes contenders from all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels to experience a one-of-its-kind racecourse as a fun, challenging and unconventional activity that will push participants to their maximum limit.”

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Going Out: UP's new indoor cricket league in Dubai

Denzil Pinto 24/01/2017
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Smash-hit: There are various awards on offer in the league.

Having hosted many indoor cricket tournaments, United Pro Sports (UPS) have added yet another to their schedule with a brand new competition which gets under way from February 11.

With the United Super League, UPS are looking to enhance the quality and raise the profile of indoor cricket in Dubai.

Open to corporate, club teams and individuals, the league and knockout format tournament is open to all abilities, whether you’ve played the sport or not, with professional and amateur divisions to choose from.

Besides the winning trophy, there’s plenty to play for with Best Bowler, Best Fielder and Best Batsman awards to be won while the winning teams of each division will get free entry in the second season of USL.

For the runners-up, they will also get 50 per cent discount for the next edition. “This is a new idea from us at United Pro Sports and we are trying to bring innovation to indoor cricket,” said Sanjay Asarpota, managing director of UPS.

“This is just the start for us. We will be planning to host the United Super League four times a year to make it more interesting for the teams and players.

“We want to make this a flagship event in the UAE which gives professional clubs and amateurs a chance to play on a more regular basis.”

“Matches will be played on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays starting at 19:30 and 21:30 with each team guaranteed three games. “All the professional sides will be put together in one group while there are two divisions in the amateurs – where two winners will emerge,” said Asarpota.

How to get invovled

  • What: United Super League
  • Where: United Pro Sports
  • When: From February 11
  • Contact: [email protected]

“The idea is for teams to play one game per week. But more often than not, teams may want to play more games which is possible. We are very flexible in schedules and keep in mind what our tournament is being played for.”

Team entries cost Dh1,400 while it’s Dh200 per individual to join. With registration closing on February 2, Asarpota insists the league is one not to be missed.

“We are going to follow the indoor cricket format and one of the highlights is that every player has to bat and bowl,” he said.

“That’s something very unique about indoor cricket where every player has an important role in the game.”

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