The charitable run aims to raise donations that go towards researching treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries. Participants can do their part by lacing up their trainers and running in the third edition of the event, set for Dubai Autodrome at May 7.
Dubai is representing the Middle East as the only host city in the region, while runners across 23 other countries will hit the track at the same time to raise money for the international not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation Wings For Life Foundation.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, everyone is encouraged to come out for a worthy cause.
Unlike other races, there is no finish line in the event, but rather a ‘moving finish line’. Runners and wheelchair competitors in the unique format must stay head of the Catcher Car, which will leave the starting line 30 minutes after the whistle and drive at a steady pace. The last man and woman to get caught will earn the honour of Global Champions.
In last year’s event, records were broken for both genders globally, with Japan’s Kaori Yoshida running 65.78 kilometres, while Italy’s Giorgio Calcaterra became the first person to break the 80km mark by impressively lasting 88.44km.
In Dubai, the men were paced by Portuguese runner Helder Santos, who reached 54.34km, while Columbian Carolina Gutierrez was the winner for the women with a distance of 21.52km.
Since beginning in 2014, Wings for Life World Run has raised ¤13.8 million (Dh54.95m) and 2016 brought together 130,732 registered runners in 34 locations across 12 time zones.
Several athletes have backed the charity run, including British Olympian Colin Jackson and Formula One’s David Coulthard, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.
Register for the Wings For Life World Run through www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com, with 100 per cent of the Dh195 entry fee going towards the foundation.
Run to support spinal cord research and enjoy a day of fitness as you test yourself against the Catcher Car in the Wings For Life World Run.
It’s time to lace up your trainers once more and hit the pavement one step at a time with Nike+ Run Club sessions.
Held throughout Dubai, from Sunset Beach to Zabeel Park to Burj Park and Dubai Marina, the popular sessions are back to get runners moving together in the right direction.
Whether you’re an experienced runner who is used to taking to the open roads daily, or someone who wants to turn running into a hobby, Nike+ Run Club is the perfect way to join like-minded people and receive proper guidance, with Nike coaches helping aspiring percipients get the most out of their ability.
Three different training sessions will run on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays until the first week of May. Choose from Just Do It Sunday, NRC Speed Run and NRC Ready Set Go, which also has a ladies-only session for dedicated women runners as well.
If you’re in the mood for a long-distance run, Just Do It Sunday has you covered. Learn how to run not just longer, but more efficiently to increase the kilometres on your distance. Set and achieve your goals with the help of coaches and pacers to prepare you for any upcoming races. The 6-9km session takes place at Dubai Marina at 20:04 on Sundays.
In the NRC Ready Set Go, sessions will show runners how to start racking up your first kilometres. Coaches will check and improve runners’ strides, while gearing them up with everything they need to become a regular in this social experience.
The 3-4km session for women only is held at Sunset Beach at 20:04 on Mondays, while the 4-5km session for everyone is at 08:04 on Fridays at Burj Park.
Finally, the NRC Speed Run is for the sprinters and the quickest of the quick out there. Learn how to pick up the pace by getting stronger and faster with the help of coaches and pacers. The 4-5km session is held at Zabeel Park at 20:04 on Tuesdays.
Sign up for the free community runs through www.nike.com and check out the Nike+ Run Club app to keep track of your progress and chart your results.
Don’t wait to make running your new obsession.
The UAE’s first women’s only collaborative ‘workout and work-in’ pop-up is here in ROAR by #PUMAWomen, giving ladies their own space to celebrate fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
Located on the ground floor of Building 6 in Dubai Design District, ROAR by #PUMAWomen is a physical activation of the #PUMAWomen campaign in the Middle East, led by global ambassadors like Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Kylie Jenner.
It may sound like simply a gym, but ROAR is designed to be an all-encompassing community centre, offering a programme of workouts, drink and dining options, as well as lunchtime beauty services. There’s something for every women to enjoy in this comfortable setting.
Every Monday and Wednesday evening, in addition to weekends, ROAR will host workouts and through GuavaPass, visitors will be able to experience everything from hip hop yoga to rave aerobics.
The new and innovative workouts will give ladies the opportunity to get their hearts racing and pulse rising, whether individually or with a group of friends, co-workers or family.
Begin your routine with ‘Kick Start Your Week’ on Mondays, featuring workouts at 17:30 and 19:00. Follow that up with ‘Sweatworking’ on Wednesdays with 17:30 and 19:00 workouts, along with post-workout sweatworking sessions.
Don’t let the weekends keep you from maintaining your fitness, with ROAR offering ‘The PUMA Breakfast Club’ at 09:00 on Friday, which will be followed by workshops and food to refuel. The post-workout brunch, which you can show up to in sweats, brings a relaxed and social vibe to make it a worthwhile morning of fun. The workshops, meanwhile, will have the latest creative brands from across the region and offer experiences like ‘Raw Cooking’ on April 14 and ‘Moss & Myrtle’ on April 21.
Cap it all off with ‘Wash the Weekend Away’ on Saturdays at 16:00 with a workout that will both end the week in strong fashion, while resetting you for another week of workouts.
Whether before or after your workout, grab a bite to eat with fresh food that will have women looking and feeling good throughout the day.
Speaking of looking good, you can also check out the pop-up beauty offerings, including braiding, express manicure, nail art and a head, neck and shoulder massage, through appointment between 10:00 and 19:00 on Thursdays.
Whatever your preference, ROAR has you covered with a women-only centre like no other.
WHAT: ROAR by #PUMAWomen
WHERE: Ground floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District
WHEN: Workouts held Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
CONTACT: Visit www.roarbypumawomen.com for more information