For runners, it's time to hit the track for the Super Sports Run Series

Denzil Pinto 11/02/2018
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Runners can lace up their trainers and hit the road for the fourth race of the 16km Super Sports Run Series later this month in Dubai with registration still open.

Taking place on Friday, February 23, at The Track Golf Club at Meydan, entry numbers have already been impressive and with registration closing next Tuesday there’s still time to join.

The community orientated event, sanctioned by the Dubai Sports Council and organised by Super Sports Events, is open to adults and juniors of all ages and abilities with distances varying from three, five, 10 and 16km.

There’s even more reason to enter considering all athletes finishing the race will have a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Thanyapura in Phuket, Thailand – Asia’s top sport’s training and leisure resort.

Previous races from the series this season have proved to be a massive success and Warren van der Merwe, race director of Super Sports Events, is confident their next one will be no different.

“It will be a cool and fresh start for race four which is the penultimate race in the series,” he said. “We have had great feedback and response from all runners especially that they only have to do one loop in the three, five and 10k routes and 1.5 loops in the 16k.”

“With the closed off roads it makes for a safe, fun and exciting morning of running. The Track have also been amazing in opening their doors for all runners on race days and makes for the perfect host venue with all amenities and facilities on hand.”

Ages for the 16km and 10km will include male and female categories for under 30 years, 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years and 50 years and over.

The 5km run is for under-19 years, 19 to 29 years, 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years and 50 years and over.

On top of that, the 3km caters for all novice and junior runners with categories starting from under-9 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 18 years and adults 19 years and over.

Entry fee for adults is Dh175 and Dh125 for juniors. As part of Super Sports Events’ aim in making it more a family friendly event, they are offering a discount to families of three or more.

Included in the fee is an electronic chip timer, custom made finisher’s medal, t-shirt, downloadable race certificates, photographs of them finishing the race as well as fruit, muffins and other refreshments.

What: Super Sports Run Series, Race Four

Where: The Track, Meydan, Dubai

When: February 23 from 07:00

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

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Go head-to-head with Fabian Cancellara at TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife

David Cooper 10/02/2018
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Cyclists and cycling fans alike are being given a unique opportunity to go head-to-head with one of the sporting greats on Tuesday 20th March as part of Yas Marina Circuit’s weekly TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife.

Former Swiss professional road bicycle racer Fabian “Spartacus” Cancellara will be putting local cyclists through their paces as part of the special “Chasing Cancellara” event.

Teams of two will complete two laps of Yas Marina Circuit’s iconic Formula One track in the fastest time possible (time trial format) with the aim of beating the time set by the world champion. The fastest three teams, plus category winners in qualification will then advance to the final.

Following the qualification stages the fastest three teams, plus each category winner, will all line up at the start and take off at the same time. The four-time TT World Champion will then set off a few seconds later in pursuit of the challengers.

Whoever crosses the line first is the winner; do you think you can chase Cancellara?

Swiss on a roll: Fabian Cancellara wiill be chasing competitors down.

Swiss on a roll: Fabian Cancellara wiill be chasing competitors down.

The 36-year-old retired from cycling in 2016 after a stellar career that saw him win two time trial Olympic gold medals and eight stages at the Tour De France among many other accomplishments.

So gear up for the ultimate challenge and experience what it is like to have a cycling legend hot on your heels.

Registration is now open, for this event not to be missed, however places are limited and entrants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

The price is Dh950, including VAT, for a team of two people and will take place between 9pm and 11pm on the day.

Included is a Chasing Cancellara cycling bib, a Chasing Cancellara T-shirt, two bidons, one finisher’s medal and a finisher’s certificate if you manage to beat the main man.

Where: Yas Marina Circuit

When: Tuesday 20th March @ TrainYAS

How to register: Register now at https://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/products/whats-on-track/chasing-cancellara-trainyas/

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Don't miss the boat for the Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race

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The Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race – the longest offshore race in the region for modern keelboats is back for their 26th edition next month and sailors can still be part of the event with registration now open.

Covering more than 360 miles around the Musandam Peninsula, the race will leave from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on March 8 for their journey to Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Muscat, which will end on March 13.

Sailors can expect to spend from three to five days at sea, racing 24 hours a day in a variety of weather conditions.

Following a successful 25th Silver Anniversary race in 2017, organisers are expecting over 25 yachts to participate with 150 sailors from the UAE, the region and around the world.

“Since 1991 when the first race was held, the event has grown massively,” said David Worrall, race organiser. “At that time, five or six boats would be competing but now it’s a completely different event to what it was in those early years.”

The new March start date allows the race to become part of the prestigious Asian Keelboat Championship, which will eventually attract entrants from across the Asian region.

In addition, the introduction of a double-handed class will allow veterans of the race to seek a new challenge with just two sailors on board where they may have raced the course previously with six to 10 crew.

A new feature for the race this year is that spectators who are not participating, and who cannot sail themselves, or cannot afford the time, can participate in the challenge by entering the online racing game at: http://virtualregatta.com/en.

Using the online game, enthusiasts can sail their own virtual modern keelboat around the same course, using the actual weather seen by the real boats, and with their virtual boat having the same performance as several of the actual boats taking part.

Although registration has just opened, Worrall believes it’s an opportunity not to be missed for sailors.

“It’s like an adventure like no other,” he said. “Sailors will race continuously for three or four days, not only is it a technical challenge to sail a boat but it’s an endurance marathon. You have to sleep while people are sailing the boat and it’s your turn to race the boat when they sleep. With it going for three to four days, if you want to win you have to keep yourself going at a very high standard of a performance. It’s a real challenge and adventure.”

What: Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race

Where: Dubai and Muscat

When: March 8 to March 13

Contact: For more information or to register, visit http://dubaitomuscatrace.com/

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