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Join the Abu Dhabi Dash or Mini Dash to get fit and have fun

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Put your team-building and communication skills to the test to reign supreme.

Here’s your chance to swap the office for the race track as the Abu Dhabi Dash returns for its second edition later this month.

Zayed Sports City will again be the venue for the event on October 24, that will see you put your team-building and communication skills to the test to reign supreme in a friendly competition.

Whether you’re someone who regularly exercises or not, the race provides something for everyone. Racing as a team of no more than 10, each member will run 1.5km around the 15km team distance.

Once you’ve crossed the finish line, the fun doesn’t stop there. There will be an Activity Village with a full programme of live demonstrations and exercises, as well as the after-party.

Last year around 40 teams signed up and Sally Corander, managing director of Interact, organisers of the event, says this month’s edition looks set to be even bigger.

“It was really huge last year,” she said. “The turnout was really good. We had around 40 teams from different organisations. The difference with these kind of events is that it’s accessible for everyone. It encourages people to get active and it’s not just for the sporty types. Even if you’re not a regular athlete, it doesn’t matter, it’s just about doing something for the team in a fun environment. Because of that, we get a lot of corporate people.

“And this year, we have NMC Healthcare on board and they are pushing it as well. We expect to get around 40 to 50 teams signed up, which would see around 500 people competing.”

As many as 40 teams participated in the first edition.

As many as 40 teams participated in the first edition.

The UAE capital will also be the venue for the inaugural Mini Dash, open for children to compete with their friends on November 10.

To be held at Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, it’s for kids aged between five-13 with three age categories and relay distances to choose from, varying from 400m to 1km.

Children can enter individually and be placed into a team or sign up as a group of five. And just like the Abu Dhabi Dash, there will be plenty of entertainment and activities in the Activity Village.

“We realised that from the corporate races that we held, people wanted something for the whole family. It follows our mission of getting kids active as well,” explains Corander.

Among the companies to support the Dashes are NMC, strategic healthcare partner. Prasanth Manghat, CEO of NMC Healthcare, added: “We are delighted to join Abu Dhabi government departments in their quest to build a legacy of a healthier and an active generation.

“We want to lay emphasis on preventive medicine and healthy lifestyle in the community.”

WHAT: Abu Dhabi Dash and Mini Dash
WHERE:
Zayed Sports City (Abu Dhabi Dash) and Umm Al Emarat Park (Mini Dash)
WHEN:
October 24 and November 10
CONTACT:
For more information or to register, visit www.racethedash.com. Registration for Abu Dhabi Dash closes on Thursday. Mini Dash closes on November 2.

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Ski Dubai sensationally break two Guinness World Record attempts

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Over 100 participants took part in two successful Guinness World Record attempts at Ski Dubai on Sunday.

The goal to rewrite the record books were part of the resort’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness for visually impaired and disabled athletes, as well as provide a platform for local UAE and disabled skiers to showcase their talent on the slopes.

In the first record attempt, 12 visually impaired skiers broke the greatest distance skied blind or blindfolded in one hour in an indoor snow centre.

Yves Kilchor and Jonas Pauchard, the two visually impaired skiers from Switzerland, were guided by Andreas Aellen and Gustavo Montero down the slope, skiing 25.1 km.
This activity is another milestone in Ski Dubai’s on-going efforts to promote disabled athletes and ensure that the ski resort can be enjoyed by all.



After achieving the first attempt, Ski Dubai went about trying to break another record – this time for the greatest distance ever skied in an indoor ski resort in under eight hours, covering over 302.3 km.


Students from seven local schools in Dubai participated in the successful record attempt, as well as Ski Dubai’s home-grown Sponsored Athletes Team.

The participants included students from Nord Anglia School, Shouafat, GWA School, GEMS Wellington Primary School, Jumeirah College, North London College and Saffa School Community.

Commenting on the achievement, Mohammad El Etri, General Manager of Ski Dubai said: "We are very proud to have successfully completed two Guinness World Record attempts, as part of our efforts to raise awareness for visually impaired and disabled athletes."

"At Ski Dubai, we want create great moments for everyone, every day and being able to provide state-of-the-art facilities and activities for everyone is essential."


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Dubai bike rider Dana Miskulnig to host Girls Riding workshop in UAE

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Dana Miskulnig.

Dubai biker Dana Miskulnig will be hosting a Girls Riding Workshop at MX-Academy Dubai over the course of the next four weeks.

The workshop will give budding adrenaline junkies the opportunity to learn how to ride a dirt bike and take on challenging terrains.

It is ideal for complete beginners or if you have had limited experience on a motorcycle. Over a one-month period you will learn how to ride a dirt bike and depending on your skill level Miskulnig will get you riding some trails by the end.

The gear and bikes will be provided on site so all participants need to show up in is what they would normally wear to the gym.

Riders should wear socks (ideally longer ones to be worn under the boots), a sports bra and leggings that could be worn under the riding pants if needed.

Miskulnig is a seasoned rider who takes part in the Emirates Desert Championship each season. The Dubai-born Austrian is keen to share her experience with women in the UAE.

“Because it’s a girls workshop, obviously girls have different needs when it comes to learning how to ride a motorcycle, because they just have a different way of taking up that kind of knowledge and they have different needs in terms of how we teach them. So coming from a girl’s perspective, I think that’s really valuable because I understand the things they can struggle with or how to explain certain things to them,” said Miskulnig.

“For example, because maybe some girls haven’t even ridden a bicycle or driven a manual car, so they’re really starting from the bottom up, and I think as a girl, I might have a bit more patience than the other guys.

Workshop details

  • October 14, 21, 28 and November 4.
  • Timings: 7:00-9:00 (please ensure to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start).
  • Cost: Dh2,600
  • Location: MX Academy Dubai (Dubai Motocross Track Jebel Ali).

Because a lot of times I’ve heard about guys just putting a girl on a motorcycle and expecting them to go. You need to teach them how to ride first before you even take them anywhere near sand or anything like that.

“So in terms of what they’ll gain from the experience, they’ll learn how to ride a motorcycle, they’ll learn drills, they’ll learn how to ride a couple of trails to get used to a bit of off-road, obviously depending on how quickly they advance we can team them more.”

The workshop will take place at MX-Academy in Jebel Ali at an open field that has some soft patches to give participants a taste of some tricky terrain. Tougher challenges will be taught depending on rate of progress. Miskulnig and an instructor from MX-Academy will be conducting the workshop together.

“We want to really teach them clutch control, because that’s something that sometimes girls aren’t very used to, especially in this region because a lot of us drive automatic cars, we haven’t been exposed to driving a manual car, so that’ll probably be the biggest thing they’ll have to learn, clutching and changing gears with hands and feet,” explained Miskulnig.

“Some other key skills is getting them used to riding in an off-road area and just being more confident and being able to take on a motorcycle, they don’t think they’re just limited to driving a car their whole life. And being able to break into something that’s male dominated.”

All details are listed above and spaces are limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Visit www.mx-academy.ae for more details on how to register.

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