Adventure and fitness lovers can rejoice with two initiatives supported by Lululemon: the Urban-Ultra Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker and the More Than Miles Run Club. Taking place on Friday, March 24, the Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker returns for another iteration of the popular event, created by Urban-Ultra with the support of Lululemon.
Climb your way up the mountain in Ras Al Khaimah before descending 12k per loop. Three distances are on offer, depending on how much you can take on between the 12k, 24k and the new 45k ultra distance.
Those that attempt the 45k can also do so as a team of three, while the distance, if done solo, is worth two points as an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) qualifying race.
Participants can camp with the organisers the night before (Thursday) on top of the mountain, or choose to drive up on the morning and attack the course.
Regardless, the weekend promises to be a great experience for families and friends. Sign up for arguably the toughest foot race in the UAE through www.premieronline.com, with registration closing at midnight on Saturday, March 11.
Goody bags can be collected from Adventure HQ at Times Square on Sheikh Zayed Road from March 20-23, while the race itself starts bright and early at 07:00 on the day.
Those interested in making it a full getaway can check out special rates from Golden Tulip Khatt Springs Resort & Spa through www. urbanultra.com.
Whether you take part in the Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker or not, there’s even more reason to get up and active with the More Than Miles Run Club.
Beginners to seasoned pros can run with Lululemon ambassador Heidi Jones every Saturday from 08:00, beginning from the Lululemon store in Dubai Marina Mall.
Every other week, Jones will also give motivational talks, as well as touch on goal-setting, making time, nutrition and more as part of the regular run routine. The Run Club is free, so just show up in your best sweats and get ready for to rack up the miles.
WHAT: Urban-Ultra Sharbatly Fruit Big Stinker and More Than Miles Run Club
WHERE: Sharbatly Big Stinker in Ras Al Khaimah and the Run Club in Dubai Marina
WHEN: Sharbatly Big Stinker on March 24, with the Run Club every Saturday from 08:00 to 09:00
CONTACT: Visit www.urbanultra.com for more information and www.premieronline.com to sign up.
After a winter hiatus, the popular Giant Duathlon Series returns for its first race of the new year and the fourth race the season.
Taking place on Friday, March 17 at Hamdan Sports Complex, the event, which was originally scheduled to be held on January 20 before being postponed, is another chance for competitors to run and cycle their way to fitness.
The series is perfect for athletes of all ages and abilities, with several categories and distances on offer to take advantage of.
In the individual categories, kids aged up to 12 can take part in the Quarter Distance Duathlon, which features a cycle of 6km, bookended by 750m runs. Kids aged 10 to 16, meanwhile, can do the Tweens and Teens Half Distance Duathlon, comprising of a 1.5km run, a 12km cycle and a 1.5km run to the finish line.
Finally, the longest race available is the Full Distance Duathlon, which expands to a 3km run, 24km cycle and 3km run for ages 14 and above.
Participants can also form all-male, all-female or mixed teams to take part in the longest distance.
The courses are designed to be as safe as possible, held on private roads so competitors won’t have to deal with vehicular traffic.
A Series Grand Prix is running throughout the season, allowing participants to accumulate points within their age group with the chance of reaching the top of the podium at the final race.
Points are awarded after reach to the top 10 male and female finishers in each age group, plus to the top five teams. Trophies will be given to first, second and third place in each category, with a minimum of three races required to be eligible for the Series prizes.
The races will start with the Full Distance at 07:00 on the day, followed by the Tweens and Teens Half Distance at 07:20 and then the Kids Quarter Distance at 08:30.
Race packs, which will be hanging from bike racks, can be collected from one hour before the races start.
The fifth and final race of the Series is scheduled to be held on April 14, so make sure to not miss out on the penultimate event next month.
Starting and finishing in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the incredible Urban-Ultra UTX50 ultra-trail run adventure takes you into the wilderness of the United Arab Emirates.
The fully supported single-stage race will see you transcend through 50km of rocky mountain terrain and over the spectacular sand dunes of the Emirate.
This is a race not to be missed and one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.
Running a longer distance than a marathon (42.195km), over difficult ground and in warm temperatures, it is a challenge not for the faint-hearted or those who haven’t done much training leading up to the race.
But, equally, the run is suitable for first-time desert runners who want to try something different as well as seasoned endurance campaigners.
Most of all, though, the Urban-Ultra is perfect for determined, gutsy and positive individuals. If you think you fit the bill, hurry as you only have until Tuesday February 28 (midnight) to sign up.
As part of the registration, which you will make via Premier Online, each participant will receive a timing chip and t-shirt.
With a 06:00 start, you need to be prepared to run early as your body will be tested to its very core.
Checkpoints, water, fruit and electrolytes are all provided by the event organisers throughout – but runners have to carry their mandatory kit, with full details found in the athlete guide when you sign up.
Back packs, sand gaiters, hats, sunglasses and sun cream are some of the things you will need to carry among your belongings.
At the finish line, every runner will pick up a well-deserved medal and be able to share their race experiences with fellow competitors in the race village, where refreshments will be served.