Experience a different kind of running competition with Media One Hotel’s Vertical Race, a marathon-inspired stair climb that will challenge participants in a unique way.
The event, which returns for a third year with Tower-running World Association (TWA) as partners, will be held on Saturday, February 18 in Dubai’s Media One Tower. If you’ve never experienced tower running, it’s one of the fastest growing sports as it mixes running with a city atmosphere and has more than 150,000 athletes climb towers and skyscrapers each year.
The Vertical Race will start from the ground level before an approximate one kilometre run through the car park up to parking level 7.
From there, it’s time to hit the stairs, all 700-plus of them, as you make your way up to level 42 to cross the finish line.
Aside from burning a lot of calories, the Vertical Race has plenty of prize money on offer. Winners will receive prizes to the value of Dh50,000, awarded to the top three men and women. This year, however, there’s even a cash prize for anyone who beats the track record.
Felix Hartmann, operations director at Media One Hotel, said: “This year we are expecting even more runners to take up the challenge now that we are offering a cash prize to the winner of the course record. Being partnered with TWA contributes to the reputation of this ever-growing event at Media One.”
“Again our Media One team is in training and is looking forward to preparing and participating in the race. I am the coach, and though they definitely need a little more practice at the moment, we will soon be challenging some of our competitors!”
“For the individuals this year will be more serious and a challenge for personal bests, but we are still looking for corporates to start training and hopefully pitch themselves against some of their rivals.”
After the race, an award ceremony will take place on The Dek on 8, where all participants will receive a special deal for lunch and beverages.
Make sure you sign up for the event through www.premieronline.com before the final registration date of February 16. The cost of entry is Dh99 per person, with the race kicking off at 10:00 on the day.
See for yourself what makes tower running so different and exciting by competing in the Vertical Race.
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.
“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.”
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.”