Grab a team-mate and challenge yourself at the Rush-A-Way adventure race

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Icy test: Contestants chip away at an ice block to unravel the next clue.

If you ever wanted to be on the popular television game show ‘The Amazing Race’, here’s your chance for adventure in a scaled-down version called Rush-A-Way.

Inspired by ‘The Amazing Race’, Rush-A-Way is an adventure race which will have teams travelling throughout Dubai to complete challenges that will test their mental, physical and navigational skills.

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The race will be held on Friday, April 17 and there’s still time to register your team before the Tuesday, April 14 deadline.

Rush-A-Way is the brainchild of organiser Hitesh Sharma, who is a big fan of ‘The Amazing Race’ and has watched all of the seasons. 

Sharma wanted to make the concept accessible to as many people as possible, while staying true to the idea of a challenging and fun race.

Teams will consist of two people, who will go from challenge to challenge to collect clues for the next task location. The team that crosses the finish line first will win, so communication will be key.

Teamwork: This couple stack watermelons in one of several tasks in The Amazing Race.

The tasks will vary in genre, with skills challenges to test accuracy, physical challenges to test speed and strength and mental challenges to test brainpower and logic.

It is recommended that each team use their own car and while GPS is allowed, navigational skills will be important to get around.

The team that crosses first and wins will receive a grand prize combination of cash, goodies and vouchers valued at Dh12,000. Second place will earn prizes worth Dh7,000, while third place will walk away with Dh4,000 in prizes. 

Tickets for each team are priced at Dh250 and can be purchased at fitnesslink.me/events/516/rush-a-way or rushaway.centraltickets.com/rushaway. 

What: Rush-A-Way adventure race
Where: South Dubai
When: Friday, April 17 from 11:00 to 18:00, with registrations closing on Tuesday, April 14
Contact: Register at fitnesslink.me/events/516/rush-a-way or rushaway.centraltickets.com/rushaway and visit www.facebook.com/rushawayuae for more info.

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The GCC countries celebrate at the end of the football.

UAE mustered enough medals to finish in third place as Oman came out on top in the battle of the second GCC Beach Games after a week of intense competition. 

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Oman finished with a total of 12 medals, 7 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. Qatar was a close second with six medals, 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal, while the UAE finished third with 10 medals in total, 1 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze. 

The Games took place from the April 2 – 9 April and saw top athletes from the GCC take part in the fierce competitions, hosted in Al-Gharafa Club and Katara Cultural Village.

Qatar’s handball team had an undefeated run in the Games, demolishing the competition to win the gold after defeating Bahrain in a final that was played in an electrifying atmosphere to the drums of Qatari fans. The Omani handball team took the silver medal while Bahrain settled for bronze.

Team Qatar’s volleyball team was also victorious in the Games, after winning both sets of the final match and defeating the Omani team 2-0.  Qatar’s volleyball team took home the gold medal while Oman’s team B and A took silver and bronze respectively.

Speaking after the final medals ceremony, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee and President of the Organizing Committee, His Excellency Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said:

“We are honored to have hosted the 2nd GCC Beach Games and we are confident that this edition has set a new standard for the hosting of future GCC Beach Games and raised the profile of beach sports across the whole of the GCC. 

“We are very proud of the performance of all our athletes and we hope that the high-level competition has inspired young people across our nation and our region and fostered their passion for sport.”

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Meanwhile, Oman topped the points table and took home the gold medal after an intense run in the football competition with the UAE, who took the silver medal while Kuwait won bronze. The football competition was especially close, with the UAE and Oman a mere point away from each other throughout the Games.

The Closing Ceremony of the Games saw His Excellency Sheikh Saoud award Qatar the gold medal in the 3×3 Basketball event while the UAE won the silver medal and Kuwait claimed bronze – after a stunning final that brought the crowd to their feet, ending the second GCC Beach Games on a high.

The Beach Games are exemplary of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s commitment to sport in general, and beach games in particular, which have recently grown to become a major focus for international sport.

GCC National Olympic Committees, during an Executive Board meeting of the GCC Beach Games earlier on Thursday, reaffirmed their commitment to the GCC Beach Games which offers invaluable experience for athletes, officials and hosts alike.

Attending the Executive Board Meeting were Secretary General of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Abdulrahman Askar, and Taha al-Kethairi, Secretary General of the Oman Olympic Committee, who praised Qatar’s hosting of the Games, emphasizing that Qatar has once again set a new standard by hosting a unique and innovative edition.

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