Hatta will come alive on November 10 with the cries of more than 5,000 Spartans as they take to the rugged hills, testing their resilience in the XDubai Spartan Race.
Organised by Spartan Arabia and Dubai Sports Council (DSC), and sponsored by XDubai and Dubai Holdings, this will be the first Spartan Middle East Championship with more than Dh183,000 on offer in prize money.
Hatta has been chosen as the venue not just for its challenging and diverse terrain, but also to promote the region as per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who announced a Dh1.3 billion comprehensive development plan for Hatta in November to enhance the social and economic capabilities of the region, and to boost its attractiveness as a sporting and tourist destination.
“We have enjoyed a long and solid relationship with Spartan Arabia, dating back to 2015 with the very first Spartan Race in the region, which took place here in Dubai at the Jebel Ali Race Course,” said Abdulla Binhabtoor, general manager of XDubai.
“Since that time, working closely together we have built a strong proposition through the XDubai Spartan Race, widely recognised amongst athletes of all abilities, all across the region.
“Now, thanks to the support of Dubai Holding, we are looking forward to elevating the Spartan Race even further this November with the first Middle Eastern Championship, and the first race of its kind to be held in Hatta.
“As a race of firsts, it will also fittingly take place during the very first Dubai Fitness Challenge, allowing both elite and amateur athletes alike to challenge themselves to achieve their very best during this very important Emirate-wide initiative.”
There will be six races on the day, with the Championship Beast male and Championship Beast female races kicking-off the proceedings at 7.30am.
The Spartan Beast involves negotiating a challenging 23km terrain with about 35 obstacles along the way. Obstacles typically include climbing seven-foot walls and rope ladders, crawling under barbed wire, running with weights and jumping across fire pits.
The Championship Beast races are only open to Spartans who have finished in the Top 20 of an Elite Race in the past and there is a prize purse of Dh 183,000 on offer in this category, with the winners of the male and female races taking home Dh 18,000 each.
While there will be no cash prizes on offer in the Elite and Open categories of the Spartan Sprint races, there will be plenty of goodies, like Finisher Medal and Finisher T-Shirt on offer, and, of course, bragging rights will be at stake as well.
The Spartan Sprint is open to racers of any fitness levels, shape and sizes. Newbies can opt for the open races, while the more advanced Spartans can try the Elite race, which is a 5km to 7km race with around 23 obstacles on the course.
There will be a Spartan Junior race as well – a 1.5km run in the mud for 4-14 years old, with around 14 obstacles on the course.
“Spartan Arabia has, to date, enjoyed three thrilling seasons in Dubai and the Middle East with the ongoing support of our regional title sponsor XDubai, as well as Reebok – the Global Outfitter of Spartans,” said Bader Khalaf the Regional Operations Manager of Spartan Arabia. “And for the Hatta race, special thanks to Dubai Holding for sponsoring this event.
“We also have to send our regards to all the governmental agencies, especially Dubai Sports Council as they have always shown their support for all the sports activities in the community.
“We are now getting ready for the first-ever Middle East Championship and it will indeed be an epic race as Hatta offers outstanding scenery and different terrains, which give this race its unique character and makes it challenging, and yet equally rewarding for our participants, who will be travelling from near and far to visit Hatta onNovember 10.”
To sign up for the challenge, visit the www.spartanarabia.com website. On the day of the race, participants need to arrive at least an hour in advance to complete the pre-race formalities and carry their Emirates ID with them as it will be required for the Liability Certificate that needs to be submitted by every participant before the start of the race.
The much-awaited Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off at Safa Park this weekend with an incredible two days of celebrity appearances, fun activities, team and individual sports, stage acts and a host of events to keep the adults, kids and entire families energised.
Former England football captain and Manchester United player, Rio Ferdinand, will be in attendance to lead the festivities and encourage both children and adults to embrace an active lifestyle.
The opening weekend carnival kicks off the 30-day, first of its kind challenge aiming to make Dubai one of the most active cities in the world. Commencing at 1 pm until 9pm Friday October 20, join Dubai’s residents as they get their #Dubai30X30 goals off to a flying start.
With all the action starting this week, make sure the Opening Weekend event is in your diary. Playing host to an amazing line-up of celebrity training sessions, live shows and the opportunity to try over 40 exciting sports and activities, all ages and fitness levels will find exciting new activities to experience and get active.
Committing to a healthy lifestyle has never been easier, especially with the host of community engagement and family friendly programmes.
Rio Ferdinand, who played 81 times for England and is the winner of six Premier League titles and one Champions League medal with Man United, said: “I am massively into my fitness and it has always been a big part of my life.
“The Dubai Fitness Challenge is really exciting for me and I’m happy to be involved. I train regularly not just for myself physically, but also for my mind, for 30 minutes it can be the most chilled out time of your day mentally.
“I believe that regardless of whatever age we are, we need to be more active, more motivated and influenced by people to understand that being active, being fit and generally just moving should be part of our lifestyle. I look forward to being in the great city of Dubai soon and getting involved; see you there.”
Celebrity Virgin Radio RJ’s, Kris Fade, Big Rossi and James Everton will be on stage and working the crowds, taking part in their own fitness challenges and giving out a host of sporting prizes to lucky participants.
One of the weekend highlights will be the free Global Mala – or “mala around the earth” – hosted by YogaFest Dubai and expected to draw a massive crowd. This event is part of a worldwide effort to unite people through positivity, intention and mindfulness.
Inspired by traditional mala beads – or a 108-bead strand used by yogis to aid in meditation, salutations and more – the Global Mala Project’s “mala around the earth” is a gathering aimed at yoga, service and collective action. At Dubai’s Global Mala, five qualified instructors will lead the two-hour yogathon, which will comprise 108 sun salutations of classical hatha yoga.
Build a healthier you and experience the meaning of true community spirit at the Global Mala, welcoming all levels of yoga practitioners who are 16 years and above.
Highlights on the Main Stage at the Safa Park Weekend Fitness Carnival include:
Just some of the sports at the Come and Try Fitness Zone include American Football, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Plyo Box Vertical Jump, Strength Training, Suspension Training, Touch Rugby and Volleyball.
Meanwhile, the Children’s Fun and Fitness Zone includes bubble soccer, a climbing wall, trampolines, an inflatable assault course, Horse Hoppers in addition to football skills, drills, training and games on small pitches. Budding footballers can come and tackle a ball control parkour challenge plus try their luck at penalty shootout competitions, a dribbling slalom, freekicks and even the best goal celebration. Also inspiring kids to get more active will be Les Mills Born to Move classes, designed to set young people up with a lifelong love of physical activity.
Extreme and action sports specialists XDubai will perform a signature stunt with the X-factor to mark the official opening of Dubai Fitness Challenge, expect the unexpected from the team who aim to make Dubai the adrenaline capital of the world. Additionally, performers from the spectacular La Perle, Dubai’s very first state-of-the-art resident show, will descend on the Opening Weekend Carnival to demonstrate how they keep fit for their thrilling action-packed performances
As the city takes the Dubai Fitness Challenge of 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days from 20 October – 18 November, everyone is encouraged to take this opportunity to make a fitness a lifestyle choice not just for themselves but also for their family and friends. Make sure you are registered and ready to take the Dubai Fitness Challenge, so come along on 20 and 21 October and make a real change to your lifestyle.
Dubai Fitness Challenge has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days. Running from October 20 to November 18, 2017, the challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling, football to paddle-boarding, team sports, walking and yoga and everything in between.
All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate on their own or with friends, family and colleagues and enjoy new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels. Participants should simply track their performance on the Dubai Fitness Challenge app once the challenge starts.
For more information see www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
Located along The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club offers more than just a regular gym membership.
Members of Bodylines get the chance to work out and maintain their fitness in a gym with state-of-the-art equipment alongside fitness instructors who can ensure their goals are reached.
The club features a fully-equipped gymnasium with Technogym’s cardiovascular and weight training equipment as well as a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Apart from the gym, fitness enthusiasts can also benefit from discounts in the hotel’s numerous restaurants offering Japanese, Italian, British and International cuisine.
To ease tired muscles, members can also receive discounts on the club’s spa menu consisting of treatments such as Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Balinese and Thai Massages as well as reflexology and facials.
There are various membership packages, some of which also include complimentary sessions of personal training and massages.
WHAT: Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club
WHERE: Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence
CONTACT: For more information call +971 (0)4 428 2000 or email [email protected]