The du Tough Mudder returns this December and while it may seem a long way off, you can begin your preparations for the world-renowned obstacle course challenge with registration still open.
Taking place on December 8 and 9 at Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, those who sign up early can look forward to an adrenaline pumping challenge and experience a life-changing adventure.
Since launching in 2010, it has gone from strength to strength with more than 130 editions held worldwide and one that has already seen more than 2.5 million people participate.
Described as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, it is an untimed and team-orientated activity with larger than life mud-drenched obstacles designed around the values of courage, personal accomplishment, teamwork and fun.
New for the second Dubai edition is the Reach Around obstacle. Much like the name implies, this obstacle will challenge Mudders to reach up and grab hold of something they cannot see.
After scaling the face of this structure, at a backwards 45 degree angle, you will then be forced to reach up and around the overhang and pull yourself up and over the top.
Other signature obstacles that Mudders will face include Arctic Enema 2.0 (a head-first plunge into ice cold water), Electroshock Therapy (the infamous final obstacle on the du Tough Mudder course which requires a muddy sprint through dangling electric wires charged with over 10,000 volts of electricity) and The Block Ness Monster. This is where Mudders will have to work together to push, pull and roll their way through 60 feet of slick, rotating barriers in a waist-deep water pit, putting the team to the ultimate test.
More obstacles are set to be announced and while full and half distances are available to choose from, with entry ranging from Dh295 to Dh490, kids can also compete in the du Mini Mudder for Dh50. The 1.5km obstacle course is open for children aged between seven-13.
And even if you’re not competing, you can still show support to your friends and family by buying a spectator ticket for Dh40.
WHAT: du Tough Mudder
WHERE: Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai
WHEN: December 8-9
CONTACT: For more information or to register visit www.toughmudder.ae
Squash and tennis might well be the widely played racquet sports but here’s your chance to try out padel tennis in Dubai, which is growing in popularity in the UAE.
Having only being founded in the 1970s in South America, the only way has been up ever since and that’s no surprise considering it combines tennis, squash and badminton for a perfect sociable workout.
The game is widely played in the US and Europe, particularly in Spain, and although it’s not as familiar as football, cricket or tennis, padel is picking up the pace in the UAE.
Padel Pro UAE are playing their part in popularising the game, having opened at Sportsmania in JLT in March this year.
“We only opened in March and the response has been really good,” said Carolina Gallo Frias, club director and head coach.
“We had a lot of players playing the game and although it’s the summer now and the facilities are still open, we expect many of them to return once they’ve come back from their holidays.”
It’s played in a doubles format with the court one third the size of a tennis court, which has walls at either end.
One big advantage of joining Padel Pro is that they organise matches on your behalf as well as offering coaching. A single 90-minute match costs Dh100 per player, while it’s Dh75 for one hour.
Packages are also available. Per player and for 90 minutes, five games costs Dh450, 10 games is Dh800, 15 games at Dh1,125 and 20 games priced at Dh1,400.
Private lessons start from Dh250 per session while semi-private classes range from Dh400 to Dh1,200. There’s even more reason for Emirates airlines platinum cardholders to play, as they can take advantage of a 30 per cent discount.
Whether you’ve played the game before or just want to try it out for the first time, Frias believes there are plenty of positives by playing.
“First of all, it’s a very easy sport to play and it’s very social,” she said. “If you’re someone who has just moved to Dubai and don’t have many hobbies, then this is a good way to meet new people.
“We also arrange games so you don’t need to know someone to play a game. As long as you know how to hit the ball and move, then that’s fine. We want them to have fun and it’s very easy to play.”
WHAT: Padel Tennis
WHERE: Sportsmania, Dubai
CONTACT: For information visit Padel Pro on Facebook or visit www.padelpro.ae
Put the pedal to the metal and test how fast your bike or car can go at Dubai Autodrome’s popular Track Days this month.
Since opening in 2004, the venue has become the home of UAE national motorsport, with the NGK Racing Series, the Clio Cup and the UAE Sportbike Championship just some of the races they have hosted previously.
And motoring enthusiasts can get a feel of what it’s like to be driving on the exact track. Giving the opportunity for drivers and riders to explore the performance of their own cars or bikes in a controlled and safe environment, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular events on Dubai Autodrome’s calendar.
It’s also the perfect chance to experience the excitement of a race track without the constraints, restrictions and invariable risks that you would find on a public road in the UAE.
Whether you’re a rider or a driver, there are up to three track days to choose from, depending on your experience. For the bikes category, their August 4 and 25 sessions are open for advanced riders only, while the August 18 class is for novice and advanced level.
For cars, track days will be held on August 25 for advanced drivers, who can also attend on August 11, which is open to novices too.
Those who want to hit the track must either be in possession of a full driving licence and have taken part in a novice track day at Dubai Autodrome, hold a current competitions licence or show proof of a confirmation letter stating you have participated in track days at other motor clubs.
With safety hugely important, the sessions are run to strict international standards, with marshal’s posts manned, and safety trucks, ambulance and paramedic services all available throughout the event.
Riders must also wear full leathers and boots with compulsory measures on all bikes to have front facing lights which must be secured to the front. Wearing a helmet, which can be hired for Dh50, is also mandatory.
WHAT: Dubai Autodrome Track Days
WHERE: Dubai Autodrome
WHEN: Various dates this month
CONTACT: For more information on timings or to register in advance, visit www.dubaiautodrome.com