The Blind Mile Run is coming up on Friday, May 27th in Dubai and it has and participants will run or walk while being blindfolded, all while being guided by a partner who is not. The idea of the run is to challenge you in a totally new dimension once confronted with the sudden withdrawal of a key sense. Having to tap into your other senses while moving, we can imagine this to be both totally challenging and exhilarating at the same time!
The run will be over a distance of around 1600 meters as you either walk or run, and partners can alternate between who is running and guiding, giving both the opportunity to experience different roles. As the runner, you need to give up control and trust that your partner has your back, while as the guide you need to make sure your communication is on point.
If you’re wondering why bother running “blind”, other than the mental challenge and tuning into a deeper awareness, the run’s aim is to facilitate social inclusion of blind and disabled people on a global basis and provoke a change of perspective for the participant. This is actually the third edition of the run, so you can expect it grow and become a regular on the local event calendar.
The event is being held on Kite Beach, Dubai starting at 6pm. It is free to enter – simply turn up with a partner or by yourself (you’ll be assigned a partner if coming alone) – and just make sure you bring your own blindfold.
Find out more about the run and their cause on their Facebook event page.
The She Runs Dubai founder was speaking to Gross for the WiSP Sports website about her mission to engage women runners in the UAE and how she fell in love with athletics.
Abdullah, 28, established She Runs Dubai as the first women’s running club in the country and combines her passion with work at DEWA.
You can read the full interview with Abdullah on the WiSP Sports website, here.
Blueberries contain antioxidants, which work to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions. These little powerhouses provide tasty ways of staying healthy.
Low in fat — coming in at about 80 calories per cup and practically fat-free — blueberries are loaded with fiber to keep you fuller longer. Just a handful can satisfy your daily fiber requirement. Plus, blueberries are an excellent source of manganese, which plays an important part in bone development and converting carbohydrates and fats into energy.
Discover how else this little fruit can help your health in big ways, from improving brain health to fighting urinary tract infections to possibly preventing cancer.
Here are five great reasons.
1. Get Your Dose of Vitamin C
Blueberries contain tons of vitamin C; one serving gives you almost 25 percent of your daily value. Vitamin C helps collagen formation and also maintains healthy gums as well as a healthy immune system.
Blueberries pack 14 milligrams of vitamin C per cup. According to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, vitamin C reduces intraocular pressure, decreasing the potential for developing glaucoma, which refers to various eye conditions that damage the optic nerve — the second most common cause of blindness in the United States.
2. Improve Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease is a major public health concern in the United States. Currently, it is the leading cause of death in both men and women. High blood pressure, high blood sugar, and obesity are some of the common conditions that lead to increased risk of heart disease.
A recent study, however, suggests that berries, including strawberries and blueberries, may reduce the risk of heart disease in women, due to their high content of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are part of a sub-class of flavonoids, which may help to counter the buildup of plaque and improve cardiovascular health. According to the study, women who eat three or more servings a week of blueberries or strawberries may reduce their risk of heart disease.
3. Reduce Cancer Risk
Remember anthocyanins? Not only do they give blueberries their blue color and help improve heart health, but they may also help attack cancer-causing free radicals and possibly even block tumor cells from forming, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which focused on the effects of blueberries on prostate cancer.
While research is ongoing, the scientists found evidence to suggest blueberries are a potential therapeutic agent for early stage prostate cancer or a possible means of prostate cancer prevention.