ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, Wadi Adventure Race 15 and other UAE fitness events to look forward to in February and March

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Are you competing in any fitness events in February and March?

Here’s our top six to get involved in!

URBAN-ULTRA HAJAR 50 & 100

Friday, February 16

Challenge yourself on the beautiful ultra-trail 50km or 100km trail run through the mountain passes, along jeep tracks, through boulder ravines and over spectacular sand dunes of Ras Al Khaimah.

It is a tough challenge and requires training, but generous cut-off times (24hrs overall) allow most physically fit, determined and well-prepared runners to get to the finish.

START TIME: 6.45AM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Hajar 50 & 100

BEACH RUN DXB
Friday, February 23

The Beach Run Series presented by Daman Activelife in association with Dubai Sports Council, returns to Dubai for its third edition and will take place at Sunset Public Beach.

The Beach Run series is an inclusive family-orientated event with 1.8km, 3.6km and 7.2km race distances to cater for runners of various abilities and fitness.

TIME: 8am
MORE INFO: Beach Run

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WADI ADVENTURE RACE
Saturday, February 24  

The popular Wadi Adventure Race returns this month where athletes will be pushed to the limits in a gruelling obstacle course.

Since its debut in 2012, the race has gone from strength to strength, and organisers are expecting another strong turnout this month for what will be the seventh edition overall.

Competitors will have to overcome a 10km obstacle course where they will crawl, run, carry, swim, swing and climb their way to the finish line.

There are six sections to choose from with categories in Elite, A, B, C, D and E, with each catered for different fitness levels and running abilities. For instance, Elite is for super fit while category E is for beginners.

TIME: From 8am
MORE INFO: Wadi Adventure Race

AL WATHBA DUATHLON
Friday, February 24

The second race of the three series will be held at the Al Wathba Cycle Park, bringing athletes of different disciplines onto the same playing field.

Whether you’re a cyclist, duathlete or triathlete, the race is suited to your abilities with a run/bike/run format.

Competitors can take part in either teams of two or solo and you can be in as many of the events as you want.

TIME: 7am
MORE INFO: Al Wathba Duathlon

ITU WORLD TRIATHLON ABU DHABI
Friday, March 3

The Abu Dhabi event features a superb field with some of the world’s top male and female triathletes confirmed for the fourth edition.

With a record-breaking five ITU World Championships to his name, Javier Gomez is a front runner for the title, but will face fierce competition from the Brownlee brothers who are intent on sealing the title in the capital.

Alongside the professional race, there are Sprint, Olympic and Maxi distance events for amateurs. This year also sees the introduction of the Junior Aquathlon, where young triathletes (some aged just five!) get their chance to compete.

The event is spectator-friendly and features a large grandstand to take in the spectacle, while refreshment kiosks make this venue the perfect family day out.

TIME: From 7am
MORE INFO: ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi

JEBEL HAFEET CHALLENGE
Friday, March 23  

Test your endurance and mental strength with an epic 12.5km run up the iconic Jabel Hafeet in Al Ain.

For those who want a real challenge, you have the option to run back down also, bringing the total distance to 25km.

TIME: From 6am
MORE INFO: Jebel Hafeet Challenge

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Nearly 800 runners complete gruelling 50km and 74km Wadi Bih runs

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Challenging: The 74km run

One of the UAE’s most challenging races saw 781 runners, of all levels, cross the finish line over the weekend.

The 72km Reebok Wadi Bih Run, one of the highlights in the Middle East’s running calendar, saw participants tackle the mountainous terrain in Dibba, Oman. Jeremy Curran and Lisa Van Gisbergen claimed first place in the men’s and women’s 72km solo races with times of 5.30.43 and 8.44.25 respectively.

Taking part alongside the solo runners were 132 teams of five runners, who took it in turns to take on legs across the 50km and 72km routes. One of those was ‘Team Coach Mike’, appropriately named after the well-known French fitness coach living in the UAE.

Speaking after the race he said: “That was an epic run, a true and very real challenge for all of us. The road is a long one, filled with brutal hills, twists and turns and the only way we got through was to work together and push other limits. It was the camaraderie between us that made this day so memorable.”

Wadi Bih Run Race Director, Neil Young, was delighted on the success of the 26th edition. He said: “The Reebok Wadi Bih Run is truly special as it’s a run of perseverance and pleasure, welcoming all runners to test themselves in one of nature’s most beautiful settings. We are excited to build on this for the next edition and look forward to welcoming everyone back again for the 27th year.”

The Reebok Wadi Bih Run saw five race categories set off from the Dibba coastline, through Wadi Khabb Shamsi to the high point of the Hajjar Mountains with its spectacular view into Wadi Bih.

 The original race, first run 26 years ago by a large group of families and friends, was a 72km relay race of five team members. Throughout its long history, and due to popular demand, the event now has five categories: Team 72km & 50km, Solo 72km, 50km & 30km.

The full list of finishers can be seen HERE

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Yoga retreat in Al Marmoom awakens participants

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The Live Awake Sound Healing and Motivational Yoga Retreat, organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), under the Dubai Government’s Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve initiative, proved a great success with participants from far and wide taking part.

Inspired by Sarah Blondin’s Live Awake Project, the retreat helped participants reconnect with themselves through the use of sound and meditation in the sprawling desert.

HE Saeed Hareb, the Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, was in attendance, along with Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of DSC, and Ghazi Al Madani, Director of Sports Tourism at DSC.

Speaking at the event Hareb said, “Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is one of the best places to practise yoga, given its tranquillity and idyllic setting. It is one of the largest natural reserves in the region with an area of 40,000 hectares, which is about 10 per cent of Dubai’s total area.

He continued, “The Dubai Sports Council is working to organise a number of sports activities in Al Marmoom. This Yoga Retreat is the start and will be followed by the Dubai Tour, which passes through this area. We will continue to organise events in Al Marmoom throughout the year to promote sports tourism in the area and put the Reserve on the sporting map of the region.”

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“Our plan is to organise more than 20 different sports events in Al Marmoom, ranging from cycling to running and yoga,” added Al Rahma. “There will also be a weekly training course for cyclists, which is open to all segments of the society, the young, old, men and women.”

Training sessions will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, from 7am to 9am, with 200 people expected to take part, along with classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 6pm to 9pm, which are likely to attract 150 people.

The Yoga Retreat opened with a sound meditation activity, based on Blondin’s “Loving and Listening to Yourself”. An energising yoga session, focused on heart-opening, before the participants got lost in the beats of Tibetan sound healing meditation. Renown yoga instructor Neha Duseja led the session.

“Personally, Sarah Blondin’s Live Awake Project has had a significant positive impact on me,” said Elisa Fausto, the woman behind the initiative and founder of Inspire Yoga, Pilates and Fitness. “It’s about living awake – not just going through the motions and realising that there is no emptiness in your life.

“I think the reason an individual feels empty is because they haven’t been listening their inner voice. Our aim, through this retreat, is to help each and every one to tune in with themselves and find contentment.”

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