UAE distance runner and Asian Games gold medallist Alia Mohammed Saeed has given the Dubai Holding Women’s Run a major boost by confirming her participation in this year’s event.
Alia won the 10,000 metres in South Korea last month, taking 40 seconds off her national record in the process.
Over 6,000 participants are expected to make up the field for the fifth staging of the event on Friday, November 7.
Race director Liesa Euton said: “I am excited to see such a large number of registrants and want to encourage more women to join us on November 7.
“Dubai Holding Women’s Run has established itself as a major sports event in the regional calendar, with runners traveling from far and wide to take part.”
Dubai Holding is contributing prize money totalling Dh90,000 annually for the event as part of a five-year Dh5 million agreement with the UAE Athletics Federation to position the race as Dubai’s official women’s international run.
Cedric Betis, Chairman of Dubai Holding Wellness Committee, said: “The Dubai Holding Women’s Run supports the Government’s initiative to encourage healthy living in UAE and our sponsorship demonstrates our commitment to further spreading our ‘wellness’ message’ to the wider community.
"We are proud to be investing in our community by supporting events like this that empower women and enc-ourage them to live an active life.”
Registration will be open until 1 November 2014, and can be completed on the race website: www.dubaiwomensrun.com.
Registration is now open for the second edition of the 7EmiratesRun that begins next month, where your participation will make a huge difference.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the event is in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation.
The 12-day run, which takes place across the seven Emirates, will start on Friday, November 21 in Abu Dhabi and conclude on Tuesday, December 2 in Dubai, covering an overall distance of 575 kilometres.
The event’s main aim is of raising funds to help disadvantaged children in the UAE get back on their feet and you can take part in the run individually or as a team. There are four categories to choose from. In category one, participants can run the entire 575km course; while in category two, you can be part of a seven-member team relay.
Category three is for those who want to run on any individual days; either the full course or partial, while you can also apply to be one of the 43 runners to participate on the UAE National Day marathon.
Last year a total of Dh100,000 was raised for Sharjah toddler Mohammed Ayoub, who was suffering from limb deformities. Today, he is able to walk with prosthetic support thanks to the funds raised. And this year, organisers want to raise Dh777,000 to support more children in the UAE with similar disadvantages.
Race director Wendelin Lauxen, who is also managing director of Dubai Healthcare City-based German Limbtech (which is one of the sponsors) has called for more people to compete.
He said: “The 7EmiratesRun team is back this year with much stronger determination and support. We have expanded the categories and there is something for everyone. Running across the seven Emirates is an incredible feat.
“We will run for the pure joy of running, to promote a healthy lifestyle and to raise awareness for children in need. We are excited to welcome runners for the last leg from Sharjah to Dubai to celebrate the forty-third UAE National Day. The course has been designed to give runners a chance to explore the beauty of the country on foot through its varied landscape. ”
Speaking of the event, Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “The expansion of the 7EmiratesRun and the support we have received reflects the significant impact that government bodies, corporates, foundations and members of the community can have on people’s lives when they all come together.
“Such events help generate the support we depend on to fund our medical education, research and treatment programmes. More importantly, they help cultivate a culture where health is the utmost priority, which in turn, supports our vision to position UAE in the forefront of medical innovation.”
Dr Ahmed Sharif, director general of Dubai Sports Council, is pleased to be supporting the event. He said: “The UAE witnesses hundreds of sporting events throughout the year, and we welcome 7EmiratesRun as a key annual event in the busy sports agenda. We are keen to support the success and continuity of this event, and are delighted to be partners alongside Al Jalila Foundation in this mission.”
To register or for information about fees, visit www.7emiratesrun.com.
What: 7Emirates Run
Where: Across the UAE
When: From Friday, November 21 to Tuesday, December 2.
Excitement is building ahead of the inaugural DUPLAYS GFC Corporate Indoor Cricket League which gets underway next week.
There are already 26 teams signed up but there is still time to register. Hurry though as there are less than 10 spots remaining.
The tournament involves teams with a maximum squad of 10 people playing a minimum of eight games over the next five weeks – all in a 16-over format.
And there will even be cash prizes on offer for individual performances.
Games are played every night from Sunday to Wednesday and also on Saturday evenings, from 19:30.
The league kicks off next Sunday, (October 26) with matches being played at United Pro Sports, the new state-of-the-art indoor sports facility in Al Quoz, Dubai.
The league is divided into four different divisions – Division A, B, C and D – and the teams will split between them based on ability.
In this short but exhilarating format of the game, teams are made up of eight players. Every batsman will play four overs each and within those overs, if you get out you score -5, and have to score runs by only hitting the net.
The league runs over five weeks and each team will play two games per week. Each team will take on the eight opponents in their division, with teams facing off once.
The top two in each then advance to the Cup and the other two will play in the Plate competition in the knockout stages.
The league is organised by DUPLAYS, who are experts in managing sports leagues, events and corporate team-building events in the UAE.
Hussain Badri, the company’s sponsorship and events manager, said: “It’s something we are trying for the first time, and it’s a chance for people to play eight games minimum and twice a week.”
Hussain said DUPLAYS want to do even more to prove that work and play do mix.
“We already have a social cricket competition but we want to attract more corporates to compete in this as it’s a healthy way of promoting their fitness and a good way for teams to do team-building, and strengthen skills that will be useful at work,” he said.
“We have already had a tournament for corporates and we wanted to continue it.
“It’s basically to get them more active into sport and we feel cricket is a good way of doing it, considering the South Asian population is the largest in the UAE, and we want to connect them through cricket.”
Every squad will receive 10 adidas dri-fit jerseys on registering a full team.
The league is sponsored by Gulf Finance, a leading provider of funding solutions for small and medium businesses in the region. The entry fee per team is Dh2,500.