Going Out: Wadi Adventure Race

Denzil Pinto 28/02/2017
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Taking place on Saturday, March 18, the grueling course will see you navigate your way round through dozens of obstacles including wired fences and sand bags at the foot of Al Ain’s Jebel Hafeet Mountains in Wadi Adventure.

Whether you’re trying it out for the first time or an experienced athlete, there are three different distances to choose from – 5km, 10km and 15km.

Entry numbers have already been encouraging but there’s still time to sign up before March 14’s deadline. Registration is also open until the day of the event but participants will not receive a chip timer.

“The combination of energy sapping heat, the dreaded tyre drag, running across turned over rafts and on unforgiving sand, is something you will never get to experience anywhere else but Wadi Adventure,” said Saif Al Blooshi, chief project officer of Tamouh Investments Group and general manager of Wadi Adventure.

“The event is an initiative in its own way to promote fitness and healthy lifestyle in the city of Al Ain. Our event is a great platform for the city’s fitness community to spend a day filled with excitement and test the true athletic ability- all under one roof.”

Even if you’re not competing in the race, you can still take advantage of the free admission offer up until 12:00pm and watch the action unfold.

Besides the duels, there is plenty of entertainment lined up with various fitness activities on a the agenda as well as the raffle draw.

How to get involved

  • What: Wadi Adventure Race
  • Where: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain
  • When: March 18 from 08:00
  • Contact: www.premieronline.com

For the children, there will be specially designed Kids Entertainment Zone that will keep them busy throughout the day.

Since launching in 2012, WAR has gone from strength to strength with more than 700 participants now competing and Al Blooshi insists this month’s race looks set to be another success.

“If people are looking forward to some fortified testing event, then the Wadi Adventure Race is the ultimate event, as it is set across the best ambiance that is required out of such obstacle races,” he said.

“In addition the obstacles and courses are for participants who wish to be warriors at the end of the event.”

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Going Out: The 2XU Compression Run

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More than 500 people will take to the track for the 2XU Compression Run this Friday and you can still join them ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

The Track Golf Club in Meydan is the venue for the fourth race of the season and whether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete, there’s something for everyone.

Previous editions have been a massive hit and you can see for yourself why it’s so highly regarded with 3km, 5km and 15km races on offer.

While individuals will claim a medal and certificate for their efforts, there’s also a bonus with an attractive prize up for grabs at the end of the series.

“The 2XU Compression Run forms part of the GO Sport Super Series where all athletes finishing the race will stand a chance of winning an all expenses paid trip to Thanyapura – a sports training resort – based in Phuket, Thailand at the end-of-season lucky draw,” said Warren van der Merwe, race director of organisers, Super Sports Events.

“This race will also feature the Heartbeat Sports Tigers Under-10 rugby team, who are competing along with their family and friends as a way of raising funds for their Tour to Sri Lanka, so it will have a real community feel to the race day and hopefully they will be well supported by all.”

As part of the organiser’s vision in promoting a healthy lifestyle, there will also be entry discounts for families of three or more.

The event, which is sanctioned by the Dubai Sports Council and UAE Athletics Federation, has already attracted interest from corporate and community groups.

Samantha Cadwallader, brand manager of 2XU, insists it will be a memorable day. “We are delighted to see the community getting involved – especially the Tigers junior rugby team – and using the race series as a mechanism for building spirit amongst themselves and bringing family and friends down to share in their experience,” she said.

“We will once again offer discounted pricing on a range of products to all runners who collect their race packs before race day from Beyond Fitness which is located inside City Centre Me’aisem near Sports City.”

Rahul Singh, Qube Sports Bar & Restaurant manager, added: “As the hosting venue here at Meydan we are very proud to be able to offer all runners our facilities. Registration will once again happen in Qube and we are also offering all runners complementary hot and cold beverages with a muffin which they can either enjoy before or after the race.”

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Climb your way up RAK mountain and scale new heights!

Jay Asser 27/02/2017
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Join the club: More Than Miles Run Club is free so sign up and get running.

Adventure and fitness lovers can rejoice with two initiatives supported by Lululemon: the Urban-Ultra Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker and the More Than Miles Run Club. Taking place on Friday, March 24, the Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker returns for another iteration of the popular event, created by Urban-Ultra with the support of Lululemon.

Climb your way up the mountain in Ras Al Khaimah before descending 12k per loop. Three distances are on offer, depending on how much you can take on between the 12k, 24k and the new 45k ultra distance.

Those that attempt the 45k can also do so as a team of three, while the distance, if done solo, is worth two points as an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) qualifying race.

Participants can camp with the organisers the night before (Thursday) on top of the mountain, or choose to drive up on the morning and attack the course.

Regardless, the weekend promises to be a great experience for families and friends. Sign up for arguably the toughest foot race in the UAE through www.premieronline.com, with registration closing at midnight on Saturday, March 11.

Reach your peak: Participants can camp with organisers the night before the challenge.

Reach your peak: Participants can camp with organisers the night before the challenge.

Goody bags can be collected from Adventure HQ at Times Square on Sheikh Zayed Road from March 20-23, while the race itself starts bright and early at 07:00 on the day.

Those interested in making it a full getaway can check out special rates from Golden Tulip Khatt Springs Resort & Spa through www. urbanultra.com.

Whether you take part in the Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker or not, there’s even more reason to get up and active with the More Than Miles Run Club.

Beginners to seasoned pros can run with Lululemon ambassador Heidi Jones every Saturday from 08:00, beginning from the Lululemon store in Dubai Marina Mall.

Every other week, Jones will also give motivational talks, as well as touch on goal-setting, making time, nutrition and more as part of the regular run routine. The Run Club is free, so just show up in your best sweats and get ready for to rack up the miles.

WHAT: Urban-Ultra Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker and More Than Miles Run Club
WHERE: Sharbatly Big Stinker in Ras Al Khaimah and the Run Club in Dubai Marina
WHEN: Sharbatly Big Stinker on March 24, with the Run Club every Saturday from 08:00 to 09:00
CONTACT: Visit www.urbanultra.com for more information and www.premieronline.com to sign up.

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