Run the race of your life in Super Sports Run Series opener at Meydan in Dubai

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Pace means prizes: An exciting trip to Thailand is up for grabs at the Run.

It’s time to lace up your trainers and hit the track for the opening race of Super Sports Run Series later this month.

More than 400 runners are expected to flock to the Track Golf Club at Meydan, Dubai on Friday October 13 and you can still join them ahead of next Tuesday’s deadline.

Whatever your ability, there are various distances to choose from, ranging from 3km to 10km.

For those who want to test themselves even further they can compete in the 10 Miler, a new category, which will see them run for 16km.

Age categories for the 16km and 10km are under 30, 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years, 50 years and over. The 5km is for under 19, 19 to 29 years, 30 to 39 years and 40 to 49 years and 50 years and over.

The 3km is aimed for junior runners with categories including under 9 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years, 16 years and over.

There’s even more reason to sign up considering the Super Sports Run Series allows all athletes finishing the race a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip to Thanyapura in Phuket, Thailand.

Previous editions of the community event, sanctioned by Dubai Sports Council, have proven to be a massive hit and Warren van der Merwe, race director of Super Sports Events, organisers of the run, is confident there will be a big turn-out this month.

“The Track at Meydan will once again offer some exciting races throughout the series,” he said.

Thumbs up: A range of distances are available for people who want to take part.

Thumbs up: A range of distances are available for people who want to take part.

“We received some great feedback last season regarding the 15km distance, so for this season we have included a new and classic running distance – The 10 Miler (16km) along with the 3km, 5km and 10km distances.

“The Track have been amazing in supporting this event over the years and Meydan Hotel have also offered some great prizes for competitors which include, restaurant vouchers to the Hotel and Qube Sports Bar.

“The race will start and finish at The Track Golf Clubhouse and will be run along the internal roads of Meydan and Nad Al Sheba.”

Entry costs Dh175 for adults and Dh125 ( juniors), while there will be a discount for families of three or more. Included in the fee is a finishers’ medal, T-shirt, photographs, electronic chip timer and refreshments.

WHAT: Super Sports Run Series Race One

WHERE: The Track Golf Club, Meydan, Dubai

WHEN: Friday, October 13 from 06:30

CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.supersportsuae.com

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Time to get your team ready for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay

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The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay might be a few months away but you and your colleagues can start your preparations now with registrations open.

More than 1,000 runners from different organisations are expected to descend on the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) for the third edition on February 7.

Companies will battle it out for the number one spot, with employees making their way around the unique one-mile (1.6km) route by the iconic DIFC gate building.

Each team will be comprised of 10 runners, with each participant running one lap of the course before passing the baton to the next member. The side with the fastest cumulative time for 10 one-mile laps will be crowned champions.

While all teams will be striving for victory, team-bonding and building new contacts are just some of the core tenets of the event.

Since its inception in London in 2007, the event has gone from strength to strength with San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Tokyo among the cities to have hosted a race.

So far, 27 races have been held across the globe with runners completing 25,250 miles – the equivalent of circumnavigating the earth.

Following on from the success of last year’s edition, Alya Al Zarouni, senior vice president of operations at DIFC Authority, is confident this year’s will be no different.

“This is the third time we are the venue partner for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay and each year the event gets bigger and better, with fiercer competition among participating companies,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase DIFC as more than a top 10 global financial centre – the centre is widely recognised as a leading destination for business and lifestyle.

“We are delighted to be involved in this international event once more and we look forward to seeing Dubai’s professionals on the course.”

Once the relay is finished, the fun continues as participants, including friends and family, can enjoy the after-event party with live music, food, beverages and entertainment.

WHAT: Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Dubai
WHERE: Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
WHEN: February 7, 2018
CONTACT: For more information or to register visit www.squaremilerelay.com/dubai

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Going Out: Live life King size at The Els Club in Dubai Sports City

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It’s all there: The Els Club offers a lot to golf lovers and members of the community.

It’s that time of the year when the weather begins to relent and allows those in the UAE to look for new outdoor pursuits.

And for golf lovers in Dubai, The Els Club is the perfect location to have a ball.

The club, nestled right in the heart of Dubai Sports City, is the ideal location to hone your golfing skills, irrespective of your level, while relaxing with friends and family.

The Els Club brings together characteristics of the international courses on which the legendary Ernie Els made his name; bunkers from Royal Melbourne, the rolling fairways of Muirfield, and greens from Pinehurst.

Each hole has four differing tee lengths, allowing handicap and scratch golfers alike to challenge their skill and strategy against the best the world of golf has to offer. As a destination, The Els Club has a lot to offer.

Run by golf management company Troon, it boasts some of the best practice facilities in the region with a fully lit driving range, open until 21:30, along with a world-class short game area.

Furthermore, The Els Club is home to the only Butch Harmon School of Golf outside of the United States.

Harmon is widely regarded as one of the finest golf coaches in the world, and the school is built on his proven teaching methods and unique philosophy.

Supported with state-of-the-art equipment and elite level instructors, the school offers a variety of options for golfers on all levels. Apart from golfing facilities, there are a variety of award-winning food and beverage offerings.

Named after Ernie Els’ record-breaking score at the 2003 Mercedes Championship, the 261 spike bar is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a round of golf, catch some sport or watch Dubai’s spectacular sunsets over the signature course.

Hurry up: There are various membership offers to chose from.

Hurry up: There are various membership offers to chose from.

Speaking about the venue, The Els Club general manager Karl Whitehead said: “Here at The Els Club we pride ourselves on delivering quality across the board. Whether that be the presentation and playability of our course, or with the overall daily experience – our young and dynamic team have huge passion to deliver quality each and every day.

‘’Membership is a big thing for us and is the most advantageous way to enjoy our facility 365 days a year. We are unique in that we are the only golf club in Dubai whereby you make a financial return on your membership via our unique transferable initiation fee model.

“We have a variety of options: family, single, full week, midweek and corporate. In addition to this, we offer wide ranging member only benefits like premium cash back tier on all spend, members only lounge, complimentary meeting room usage for business or pleasure, members only section on our range, enrolment into Troon programmes, exclusive extended tee time booking windows, and a wide variety of access to our multiple club partners.

“On top of all this, there has been no better time to join. For a limited time and with limited capacity, we have a very special membership offer to take advantage of.”

While enjoying the facilities at The Els Club, don’t forget to make the most of their loyalty programmes – the premier golf loyalty programme Troon Rewards along with Dubai Sports City’s own SCORE cash back loyalty scheme.

Whitehead added: “Our award winning restaurants are open to the community as well as our membership and again, we pride ourselves on being the best – serving the best quality food, providing the best service and generally being a great place to enjoy time with family and friends.”

For more information about membership, simply contact the Els Club on the number below.

WHAT: The Ernie Els Club, membership registrations

WHERE: Dubai Sports City

WHEN: On-going

CONTACT: For more information, call 044 25 100 or visit www.elsclubdubai.com.

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