The renowned ‘Happiest 5k’ event saw thousands of runners of all ages run, dance, skip and cartwheel – in addition to producing plenty of color carnage – as the cult series returned to Dubai.
The brand new Tropicolor World Tour took the beloved experience that Dubai’s Color Runners already love to the next level of fun with Daman ActiveLife’s all-new Tropicolor Zone.
Participants ran through an array of colors and passed palm trees and arches, with upbeat island-style music playing loudly.
During the Finish Festival, runners also enjoyed interactive fun at the ‘Rainbow Beach’ with dancing, music, an array of activities from the event’s sponsors.
Dr. Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Company – Daman, the presenting sponsor of the event, said: “We are delighted to present this much-loved event for the seventh time in the UAE. It offers motivation and drive for first-time runners and an exciting day out for families and friends, no matter what their fitness level is.”
He continued: “With events such as The Color Run, Daman’s ActiveLife seeks to empower the UAE community to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We’re very pleased to once again support the return of this most anticipated event to Dubai and cannot wait for the next edition.”
Greg Sproule, Managing Director of IMG Middle East, added: “We are thrilled to have welcomed over 14,000 Color Runners! The Color Run has proven to be one of the country’s most popular exercise events with around 70,000 participants taking part throughout the past seven UAE events, and we are looking forward to welcoming even more Color Runners to Abu Dhabi next year.”
Abu Dhabi’s Color Runners are in for a tropical treat as The Color Run, presented by Daman’s ActiveLife, has confirmed it will bring the island-style ‘Tropicolor’ vacation to the capital’s Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday March 25th 2017. Tickets will be available from 140 AED and are on sale now – click here for more details.
More than 100 participants are expected to flock to Dubai’s Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina and you can still join them by registering ahead of this Tuesday’s deadline.
With exciting events for both adults and juniors, there really is something for everyone. Distances include 200m (youth only), 400m and 800m, while those who want to test themselves further can compete in the one mile (1,600m) race.
If you don’t fancy competing individually, you can also compete as a team in the relays. Teams are made up of three swimmers with each member racing 100m.
With Super Sports Events eager to attract families, a discount will be given to fathers, mothers and children, who compete as a group.
“This event has evolved into a real family affair with more and more families entering and for this year, if a family of three or more enter, we are offering them discounted entry fees off their total entry fee, so there is no excuse not to get everyone in the water,” said Warren Van Der Merwe of Super Sports Events.
“This will be an amazing morning for families and there is a distance for all abilities. Parents are even allowed to swim with their kids in the 200m which allows them to feel more secure and therefore relax a bit more and enjoy the swim.”
Maureen Hall, managing director of COÉGA, said: “This will be our third season as the title sponsor for this race series and having seen all the fun and excitement we are proud to be associated with this race series again.
“It was great to see so many youngsters and families in the water and on the beach enjoying all the action last season.”
With the series now in its 11th edition, the event, sanctioned by Dubai Sports Council, has gone from strength to strength and Van Der Merwe, expects 2016-17 to be another thrilling season.
“COÉGA are a passionate brand when it comes to being out in the sun and in the water. Last season, it was great working with them and I’m looking forward to the upcoming races,” he said.
Entry costs Dh150 for adults and Dh100 for juniors (under 18s). All participants will receive a medal, electronic chip timing, certificate and goodies from GO SPORTS and COÉGA.
Gilles Chiorri, of Yachts Consulting, arrived in Dubai on Wednesday as he and Rottee Guillaume prepared for the skippers briefing and yacht inspections prior to the launch of the Dubai to Muscat 25th Anniversary Yacht race on Thursday November 10.
Yachts Consulting are the international race managers of many high-profile sailing races, including the MOD 70, Route Du Rum, and the Figaro as well as the Transat Bakerly from Plymouth to New York. They are also five-time managers of the Sail Arabia The Tour with Oman Sail.
Joining Chiorri for the race was Rottee Guillaume, the French national coach for extreme sailing who will be acting as race officer alongside Gilles, as well as David Worrall, technical co-ordinator of the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, and skipper Craig Turner of Bobbie, who placed third in last year’s race.
The race is a milestone for the Middle East event and challenging because of the changing winds and thermal effects from the desert blowing day and night. On the east side of Musandam the wind may change completely due to the relief of the mountains.
After Musandam, the yachts enter relatively open waters and the wind can build up much more freely. Strategically there are lots of directions to sail, whether to go deep into open waters or hug the coast.
Guillaume, in Dubai for the first time, said: “I am very happy to be here and work again with Gilles. The facilities and Dubai Offshore Sailing Club are beautiful. I am excited to meet so many new people and experience the Middle East.”
Dubai Customs, who became the principal sponsor this year after first sponsoring in 2015, will host a four-day Race Village at the Umm Suqueim 1 Fishing Harbour. The Race Village will, from November 10-13, include Try Sailing, marine safety demonstrations, a dhow, many children’s activities, food trucks and is free to enter.
The Race Village will also be the centre of activity for the children of GEMS Education who have taken part in the Sohar Education Programme. Each sponsor has taught the children elements of their own expertise.