The weather might well be getting warmer but don’t let that stop you from registering your kids for the final Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon later this month.
To be held on Friday, April 29 from 07:00, Al Bateen Beach will be the venue as youngsters from the UAE take to the waters and track in the multi-discipline event.
Previous editions have been huge hits with an impressive turnout with a number of schools from the capital competing and this month’s will be no different.
“We are expecting big numbers considering it’s the last race of the season,” said Steve Watson, managing partner of Gulf Multi Sport, organisers of the event.
“Although there’s still less than two weeks to go, a lot of people will leave registration until the last minute, which is quite normal in the region, but I’m sure it will be another big success.
“Since the very first one we held, the junior aquathlon programme has grown considerably and it’s now become a must-do for a number of reasons.
“Firstly, it’s a chance for them to embrace all the multi-sport disciplines. Aquathlon has generated an increase of participation from the schools over the years and it gives them the opportunity to close their season with a personal best.”
There are different age and distance categories to choose from. For those aged between 4-10, they will swim 50m followed by a 100m run to the finish.
The Splash and Dash event will see kids aged 8-14 compete the 100m swim and 750 run, while the Competitive categories is double the distance.
For those who want to test themselves further, the Super Sprint consists of a 375m swim followed by a 2.5km run.
With a few days to go, Watson says there will be plenty of positives for kids who sign up.
“The great thing about doing sports is that participation counts,” he said.
“It’s not just the parents, the schools also embrace the opportunity of allowing their pupils to live a healthy lifestyle and it’s a fantastic event that they will enjoy.
“It will be held a safe environment and although the weather will be a bit warm, there is plenty of shade and it’s done early in the morning before the heat really hits in.”
After two successful cricket tournaments, Fit On Click and Fitness First Middle East are to host their maiden football competition with registration still open.
Their ‘Corporate Football Tournament Dubai 2017’ will be held from May 12 to May 19 at Sportzone, Fitness First Meadows as 16 teams battle for glory in the six-a-side format.
The event is part of the organisers’ vision in their commitment to providing exciting platforms for corporate employees to be fit and active.
“Through this and other sports engagement activities, we encourage corporate employees in UAE to maintain a healthy lifestyle by playing a sport they enjoy in a fun and competitive environment,” said Ben Samuel, Founder and CEO of Fit on Click.
“Our previous two cricket tournaments were catered to mostly Asians. Those proved to be very successful. We had 16 teams in our first edition and in the second there were 24 sides. The feedback we got from all the teams who participated was positive.
“This time, we want to involve all the ethnicities in the UAE to come out and get involved in sports activities and this is why we have decided to launch the Corporate Football Tournament.”
Teams will be split into four groups with games lasting 30 minutes each on May 12 with the qualifiers the following weekend.
While entry numbers have so far been encouraging, Samuel says there will be plenty of positives by taking part even if teams do not get their hands on the winning trophy.
“Although it’s a football tournament and prizes can be won, the true vision and the most important thing we want to achieve is to improve the working relationship among employees. By playing in the tournament, it will allow you to stimulate teamwork, enhance confidence, improve communication skills and work better as a team in the office. For sure, it will have a positive impact on the company.”
He added: “We want to play a big role in allowing people in the UAE to play as many sporting activities and the Corporate Football Tournament Dubai 2017 allows them to do exactly that in what will be fun and competitive.”
Here’s your last chance to get in on the 2XU Compression Run Series before the season comes to an end, with the fifth and final race set for later this month.
Experience the competitive run at The Track Golf Club, Meydan on Friday, April 24 and gear up to walk, jog or run to the finish line to cap off the popular series.
Whether you’re an experienced runner who hits the pavement every day or someone who wants to lace up their trainers and give it a go, the event is perfect for the whole community.
Four different distances are available depending on your endurance and fitness levels, with options of a 3km, 5km, 10km and 15km across various age categories for Juniors, Adults and Open.
As well as Sharbatly Fruit offering bananas and apples at the finish line and three water stations on the course, there will also be refreshments for sale on the morning of the race, including tea, coffee, soft drinks, muffins, fruits and snacks.
Following the conclusion of all four races, a prize giving ceremony will be held in which medals will be given to first, second and third place finishers in each age group and gender, while trophies will be awarded to the top three overall winners in each distance.
Those who finish this race or any other races in the GO Sport Series during the 2016-17 season will also be eligible of winning a four-night, five-day all-expenses paid trip to Thanyapura, a sports resort in Phuket, Thailand.
Participants can even win a prize by taking part in the photo competition by submitting your five best pictures of the day to [email protected]
Register for the final race of the 2XU Compression Run Series before the deadline of midnight on Thursday, April 20, through www.premieronline.com.
Included in the entry fee is chip timing, a certificate, a medal, live results, a goody bag and refreshments. Race packs can be collected on the morning of the race.
Challenge yourself against your best time and your peers in the final race of the series.