With the new season now in full swing, here’s your chance to be involved in the Wadi Adventure Super Sprint Triathlon next month.
The event returns to Al Ain for the first time in four years on Saturday, October 8 but there’s still time to get your name on the registration list before Friday’s deadline.
The popularity of triathlon in the UAE is growing rapidly and it’s no surprise many community events are held throughout the year, often attracting big numbers. And the Wadi Adventure Super Sprint Triathlon will be no different for Gulf Multi Sport’s season opener.
“This has been in hibernation for the last four years and since then the sport has really been picking up,” said Steve Watson, managing partner at Gulf Multi Sport, organisers of the event.
“With that in mind, we saw it as an opportunity to return to Al Ain and give the people a chance to do a triathlon in their own city instead of travelling far to other emirates.”
Open to ages 10 and over, competitors will swim 375m, followed by a 12km bike ride before a 2.5km run at Wadi Adventure.
If you don’t fancy doing it by yourself, then why not share the work load and compete as a team across all three categories.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Once you complete the course, not only can you enjoy an all inclusive breakfast but also spend the rest of the day inside the park.
“Wadi Adventure Park is a great venue to visit for the family and we’re lucky to be holding our first event of the season there,” said Watson. “There will be no traffic on the course and it will be completely safe for everyone who competes.
“Al Ain is a great city and with it being on Saturday morning, it’s a chance for people to spend the night and make a weekend out of it.”
Entry costs Dh240 for adults and Dh180 for children. With a few days to enter, Watson insists there’s plenty of positives by signing up.
“I took part in the last one and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Hopefully, people who were there four years ago will return next month,” he said. “The Super Sprint is not as difficult as what people may think. It’s a great opportunity to get active and make the transition of running, cycling and swimming.
“It’s a great introduction to triathlon and can be the first step to build up their distances if they want to push themselves in the future.”
Those who are brave enough to tackle homegrown event, which was established in the UAE in 2014, can sign up for one of the four courses available on Friday, October 21 at Dubai’s Al Rawia Training Field.
Fun, but demanding obstacles, combined with a social and team-working environment, make Desert Warrior Challenge a great to supplement your fitness regime and build camaraderie at the same time.
Participants can range from young children to fit athletes looking for their next challenge.
Kids aged six to 15 can take on the 1km-2km Junior Warriors, while anyone aged over 16 can choose between the 5km Fearless Warrior, 10km Ultimate Warrior and the new 20km Extreme Warrior.
The latter is being introduced as the first 20km obstacle race to be run in the Middle East and will feature 30 hardcore obstacles in total.
Whatever course you choose, however, you’ll encounter obstacles such as the 1/4 Pipe, the Cargo Net, Boot Camp circuit and Monkey Business rings and bars to name a few.
There will also be team-focused obstacles, including Stacks On, Twin Peaks, Bell Climb and Brain Freeze.
Managing director for Desert Warrior Challenge, Troy Gillham, said: “This year we have decided to take the challenge to a whole new level by introducing the Extreme Warrior, the region’s first 20km GMC Desert Warrior Challenge obstacle course.
“The whole idea behind DWC is to not only provide a platform for the community to enjoy an engaging and fun form of exercise, but to also challenge them to be the better version of themselves.
“We want our Warriors to band together and motivate each other to get fitter, live healthier and be part of what we like to call #thewarriormovement.”
All four course will be timed, but Extreme Warrior is the only competitive event as first, second and third-place finishers for male, female and team competitors will be awarded trophies and prizes.
The fastest male and female Emirati finisher will also receive a trophy and prize. If you can’t make it for next month’s event, the Desert Warrior Challenge is also planning to expand regionally to Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in late 2016 and early 2017.
Get ready to hit the shore as the UAE’s largest open water event launches with the first of four events this season.
City Swim, which is approved by the UAE Swimming Federation, will hold its inaugural race at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai on Saturday, October 8.
Over 200 swimmers are expected to take part in the event, which originates from the canals in Amsterdam and New York’s Hudson River.
After the first race in Dubai, the event will move across the Emirates to the Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa in November, Abu Dhabi’s Le Meridien in January and the Ajman Saray in March, with even more locations expected to be added for the 2017 season.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring Michael Phelps or a fish out of water, City Swim is perfect for swimmers of all abilities and ages.
“City Swim UAE is the perfect event for experienced swimmers as well as those that are new to the sport,” said a spokesperson for the event.
“Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for all swimming abilities and partnering with some of the best resorts in the UAE means we have the perfect platform to offer something unique for everyone whether you are taking part or supporting your friends and family.”
Four distances are on offer as participants can tackle the 250m, 500m, 1000m or 2500m individually or in teams of three to five members. The 250m and 500m distances are open to ages five and above, while the 1000m is available to anyone aged 13 and older. Adults aged 16 and above can take part in the 2500m.
Medals will be awarded to all finishers, as well as to the top three competitors in each age and gender category. For teams, rankings will be based on the cumulative time of the three fastest swimmers in each group.
Registration, which closes on Saturday, October 1, costs Dh185 for all swimmers, with a 10 per cent discount offered to those who sign up for all four events.
You can also contribute to the charity Road to Awareness for children in need, so there’s no reason not to take part in what is sure to be a popular community event.
WHAT: City Swim UAE open water race
WHERE: Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, with registration closing on Saturday, October 1
CONTACT: Visit www.city-swim.com for more information and sign up at www.hopasports.com