Test yourself with a swim, cycle and run at Tri Fest

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The third edition of Tri Fest might well be a month away, but you want to sign up now considering the event looks likely to be sold out in the next few weeks.

Taking place on Friday, November 10, the event is set to so far have around 350 people flock to the Waterfront – Jebel Ali and you can still join them ahead of the November 7 deadline.

It promises to be even bigger given that the Dubai International Triathlon (DIT) is now incorporated, meaning there will be more participants than ever before.

Whether you’re an experienced athlete or just want to try something new, the Tri Fest has you covered. For beginners, the Super Sprint category will see you swim 375m, before a 10km cycle followed by a 2.5km run to the finish line.

Alternatively, the Sprint distance is double that while those who want to push themselves further in the Olympic event will tackle the 1500m, 40km and 10km distance.

Children aged between four-14 can also get involved by signing up for the Tiny and Teeny Tiny Triathlons, while team categories are also available.

In the DIT, it’s an even more sterner test with a 1.5km swim, 80km cycle and 10km run.

The event has the backing of Dubai Sports Council and organisers Race ME are confident next month’s edition will be another success.

“This is another great event for first-timers,” said Paul Venn of organisers Race ME. “We’ve got around around 350 people signed up for Tri Fest already and we do this in partnership with Fitness First, who will have around 200 teams signed up. That means we could have around 1500 people at Tri Fest, which would be an incredible turnout.

“This year, we have incorporated Dubai International Triathlon into the Tri Fest. It’s a new new concept with new distances and there are also kids races making it a day out for the whole family.

“We had around 100 kids in the last Tri Fest in March and I think we’ll have probably around 200 to 250 kids race in November.”

He added: “There are an increasing number of races in this region. In terms of the distances, that people would want to do, there are not that many. Tri Fest is popular because there’s so much opportunity. There are four different race distances plus the kids races and the atmosphere is great.”

WHAT: Tri Fest
WHERE: Water Front – Jebal Ali
WHEN: November 10 from 07:00
CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.premieronline.com

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Have an 'Ice' time at Ski Dubai for the Ice Warrior Challenge

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Here’s your chance to race against each other in freezing conditions for a charitable cause as the annual Ice Warrior Challenge returns this weekend. It might not sound like the most relaxing thing to do but trust us, you don’t want to miss it.

Now running in its eighth consecutive year, the entry numbers for the October 6 event have already been impressive but you can still join and see why it’s highly rated with last-minute registration closing at midnight on Wednesday.

Held at Ski Dubai – the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East – there won’t be any skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or even rolling down in the Giant Ball run, which admittedly are some of their popular attractions.

Instead, participants will be asked to run, climb and roll inside the -4 degree climate.

Specially for the day, the venue will be transformed into the ultimate obstacle course, featuring a cargo net crawl, zorb ball maze, monkey bar swings, tyre course and black run climb, amongst other action-packed ice-capades.

It will be a gruelling challenge that will test your stamina and determination but also a perfect opportunity for those who want to try out something new.

And there’s even more reason to sign up considering a portion of proceeds raised will be donated to Noor Dubai to help raise awareness for the visually impaired.

The Ice Warrior Challenge is open to all abilities for those aged 16 and above with registration costing Dh250 per person. Included in the fee is a certificate, a goody bag and refreshments.

And those who impress stand to win some fantastic prizes from New Balance, the event’s apparel sponsor. On top of that, the winning male and female warrior will also receive 125,000 Emirates Skywards Miles and many other exciting prizes from key sponsors.

Your participation will make a huge difference to somebody’s life.

Over the past seven years, the Ice Warrior Challenge has raised a total of Dh350,000 to date and that number will surely increase come the end of this weekend.

Registration can be done by visiting www.premieronline.com.

So hurry up and join this exciting event while supporting a good cause.

What: Ice Warrior Challenge

Where: Ski Dubai, Mall of Emirates

When: October 6 from 07:30

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.premieronline.com.

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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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