Go the distance in the ultimate endurance test with the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon

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Dubai will make endurance history this December when it hosts the world’s longest desert ultramarathon in the spectacular Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.

Being held under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council from December 11-15, the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon will be the ultimate measure of athletic endurance, testing physical strength and mental stamina as runners cross 270km of desert landscape in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.

The prize value totals US $80,000 in cash, trophies and medals, making it the biggest purse in the world for an ultramarathon. All finishers will be awarded certificates and medals.

“We are happy to support this event, which is the longest desert ultramarathon in the world,” said His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, at Wednesday’s press conference. “It will test the endurance of the athletes, but what excites us even more is that this is an environment-friendly event which will showcase the fascinating beauty of Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve across five days.”

The Al Marmoom Ultramarathon offers a choice of three distances: the world’s longest desert ultra-run of 270km that will take place across 5 days, as well as continuous 100km and 50km ultra runs. All three distances are self-sufficient, across mixed desert terrain.

Base camp will be situated beside the lakes in Al Marmoom and will include tents, medical assistance, water and basic refreshments. The routes will include regular check points where there will be water, time keeping, medical and race crew.

International elite ultra-runners will take on the Al Marmoom Ultramarathon 270km route, which is divided into four segments: two 50kms runs, plus continuous 70km and 100km runs. The two additional ultra runs taking place at the same time will be over 100km and 50km distances.

Participants will follow specific routes and the course will be marked every 500 metres.

Al Marmoom Ultramarathon is open to ultra-runners over 18 years who provide a medical certificate attesting to their ability to participate in a race of this type as well as an ECG print-out dated less than 30days prior to the race.

The race includes male and female athletes with race rankings for Top 3 male and female runners for each distance and teams. There will be special recognition awards for Emirati male and female competitors and male and female veterans (over 50) as well as individual stage rankings.

Registrations are open and can be done online at www.ultramarathon.ae.

What: Al Marmoom Ultramarathon
Where: Al Marmoom Desert Conservation
When: December 11-15
Contact: Visit www.ultramarathon.ae to register and for more information

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Head to Khalifa International Bowling Centre and see if you can strike it lucky

Denzil Pinto 19/07/2018
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Get your friends and family together and see if you can strike it lucky in a game of bowling at Zayed Sports City this summer.

Their Khalifa International Bowling Centre continues to be popular all-year round and with the temperatures rising in the UAE, it’s the perfect activity to beat the heat and have plenty of fun.

Since opening in 1999, it has attracted thousands of visitors all year round and with summer upon us, you can see for yourself why it’s highly rated.

Whether you want to play in the morning or late at night, the venue is open daily from 09:00 to 01:00 with fees starting from Dh16 per game.

“The Khalifa International Bowling Centre is busy year round, with more than 350,000 games played annually, and summer is actually our busiest time of year,” said Tony Kouris, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“We continue to welcome leagues, corporate groups, families and camps throughout the day and into the night. People are making the choice to stay active and escape the soaring temperatures outside through bowling which is great to see.”

The centre is popular for families all year round

The centre is popular for families all year round.

The 40-lane centre has hosted some of the largest events in the region, as well as the World Bowling Championships in 2009, 2014 and 2015.

With automatic scoring systems and laneside restaurant service, Kouris believes people won’t go home disappointed.

“The 40 bowling lanes provide a place to stay active while also escaping the outdoor heat and humidity, but this is not the only reason to come out and play this summer,” he said.

“Bowling is an incredibly inclusive sport in many ways. We provide all of the gear to get started and there is no prerequisite level of fitness for someone to feel comfortable participating.

“Everyone can play together at Zayed Sports City too, because we have equipment to make adjustments for people with special needs, plus families of all ages play together on the same lane and it is one of the most affordable sports around. It’s important that every member of the community incorporate activity into their lifestyle, and bowling is certainly a great option offered at ZSC.”

What: Bowling
Where: Khalifa International Bowling Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
When: On-going. Open from 09:00 to 01:00
Contact: For more information, visit www.zsc.ae

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Tackle the Hatta mountains with the Wadi Bih Run later this year

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Compete as an individual or as part of a team.

One of the toughest and most famous running events in the region, the Wadi Bih Run, is set to return for a second time in 2018 as organisers launch a new edition of the race that will take place in the stunning mountains of Hatta on November 9.

Complimenting the traditional Wadi Bih Run, which takes place annually at the start of the year in Dibba, Oman, the UAE version will be organised by the same event organisers in partnership with global fitness brand Reebok and will feature familiar race categories.

Participants can choose from the Team 70km, Team 35km, Solo 70km, Solo 35km, Solo 20km along with a special 2.5km run exclusively for children.

Responding to popular demand of runners to offer another Wadi Bih style race in the annual running calendar, organisers will replicate many elements of the much-loved event in the similar surroundings of Hatta, while removing the need for runners to cross the border into Oman.

A camping area will be prepared at the start, within Hatta Fort Hotel’s grounds, that will be open to participants in the event the night before race day and a small recreational village will be set up at the venue, which will include a lunch area, an activation zone, pool access, Reebok rest and recovery areas and more.

Commenting on the new event, race director Neil Young said: “The Reebok Wadi Bih Run grows in popularity every year and is now firmly established as the premier long distance running challenge in the region. We hope that by launching a second November event in Hatta we will be able to inspire new runners to take part, whilst giving those who love the Wadi Bih Run an opportunity for another test in the annual running calendar”

Speaking on Reebok’s support for the Wadi Bih Run Hatta, Head of Brand Activations MENA, Nathalie Khouri, said the key focus for the brand was to continue supporting the ambitions of the regions running and fitness community.

“Our goal is to support every runner and fitness enthusiast, no matter what their ability, to get outside and get active,” said Khouri. “This is why we have come together with the Wadi Bih team to create a second Wadi Bih event in the UAE that will see more runners, more beautiful scenery and more fun! We can’t wait to help participants achieve their goals, whether that means setting a new personal best time or just getting to the finish line.”

What: Wadi Bih Run
Where: Starting from Hatta Fort Hotel
When: Friday, November 9
Contact: Visit www.wadibih.com for more information and www.premieronline.com to register

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