Promote wellness and a healthier lifestyle by jumping on your bike and joining the community at the Etisalat Cycling Festival.
The free recreational cycling event, which will take place on Friday, March 17 at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, is a non-competitive, non-timed family day out.
Whether you’re a seasoned rider, a novice or someone who wants to experience cycling as part of a group, the unique initiative is perfect for all as it’s not a race, but a community-centric event to get people up and active.
The Etisalat Cycling Festival is organised by Sport360 and supported by Etisalat, ActiveLife by Daman, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Roads & Transport Authority, National Ambulance and Costa Coffee.
In addition to the cycling on offer, the event will have various interactive zones along the route, along with as a family festival village that will feature activities, chill out zones, cycling proficiency tests, a health zone, kids play area, a BMX ramp, a bike part display, as well as food and beverages.
Two different cycling routes will be open on the day, depending on the time. Those cycling between 08:30 and 11:30 can use Corniche Road, while those taking part from 11:30 onward will have unlimited use of Corniche Bike Track.
Anyone who doesn’t own a bicycle of their own can rent one for Dh45 when registering (for ages 15 and above), but the bike rentals are limited so make sure to sign up and grab one as soon as possible.
Helmets, which are mandatory, can also be purchased at the village for Dh50.
Registration is free, open to all ages and can be done online through etisalatcyclingfestival.sport360.com.
By signing up, you’ll receive a complimentary Cycling Festival t-shirt, which can be picked up along with the rest of the event pack at GO Sport, Yas Mall Abu Dhabi between noon and 20:00 on Thursday, March 16.
Come out for a fun day and help get the community behind a worthy cause at the Etisalat Cycling Festival.
Adding a Tropical twist, you can see for yourself why it’s dubbed as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, with the event set to turn the iconic Yas Marina Circuit into an island-style paradise on March 25.
Now in its fourth edition in the capital, the Color Run, presented by Daman’s ActiveLife, has proved to be a massive hit, attracting thousands of people of different ages. Whether you run, walk or even crawl your way around the track, the emphasis is on fun.
Runners will experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone on course, where they will be showered in a bright array of colours and sweet scents as they make their way through the shade of palm trees, arches and island-style music.
A new feature on the 5km course is the Rainbow Beach, where you can keep the party going at the Finish Festival with dancing, photo opportunities just some of the things you can look forward to.
“Only The Color Run can transform a 5k run into a 5k vacation and we are excited to welcome both new and returning Color Runners to the Abu Dhabi leg of the The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour on 25 March,” said Greg Sproule, managing director of IMG Middle East.
“No checked luggage, no layovers, no middle seats; thousands of Color Runners around the world have been whisked away to paradise just by stepping out their front doors.”
Dr. Michael Bitzer, CEO of Daman, added: “Our long-standing partnership with The Color Run is a natural relationship, as the event aligns closely with our aims to help build healthy communities. Through fun and social exercise the event is open to everyone and this special 5k is an excellent example of the welcoming platform that we are always seeking to provide through our ongoing ActiveLife initiatives.”
Ticket prices start at Dh50 for kids and Dh160 for adults. All runners will receive a limited-edition Race Pack with a Tropicolor T-Shirt, an embroidered headband, fun temporary tattoos and a tropical flower lei. Those opting for Deluxe tickets at Dh260, will also get VIP parking, a tutu, party sunglasses, socks and a wristband for the ultimate Tropicolor look.
WHAT: The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour
WHERE: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
WHEN: Saturday, March 25 from 07:00
CONTACT: For more information, or to register, visit www.thecolorrun.ae
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.
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.”