One of the most popular races in the UAE’s running calendar is back to offer athletes another chance to take part in the Dubai Desert Road Run.
The event will take place Friday, May 26, marking the third time this year it has been held, following previous editions in February and earlier this month.
Since its first run back in February 2012, the Dubai Desert Road Run has steadily grown to hold races several times throughout the year, bringing together some of the best in the region’s running community.
From complete beginners and social runners to hardcore competitors, the community run appeals to everyone with a race that can be both challenging and fun.
Two distances are on offer, 10 kilometre and 3km races that will be run on private roads on a safe, traffic-free course. The race, held at The Sevens, will kick-off at the village area between Pitch 1 and Pitch 8 before concluding between the village area and Pitch 5.
There are several categories between the two distances, with the 3km catering more to Juniors with age groups of 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-20 and Adults. The 10km, meanwhile, is split into 14-20, 21-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60-plus.
While every finisher of the race will earn a medal at the finish line, runners who finish in the top three of their respective age groups will receive trophies during the prize presentation, which will also feature a raffle for spot prizes from Jabra.
Register for the Dubai Desert Road Run through www.premieronline.com, with the entry free Dh85 for the 3km and Dh125 for the 10km. Make sure to sign up as soon as possible before the deadline of midnight on Sunday, May 21, to ensure your spot.
Race packs can be collected either the day before the race or one hour, 15 minutes before the start on race day. Participants will be notified of the specific details 72 hours before the event.
Hit the desert before the hot weather settles in for the summer and experience one of the best community runs around in the Dubai Desert Road Run.
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.