GOING OUT: A spring camp full of adventure in Dubai

Denzil Pinto 14/03/2017
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Al Quoz will become a hub for adventure sport.

To be held at United Pro Sports, Al Quoz, from March 26-30, the new partnership will see children, aged between 7 to 13, look forward to a wide range of activities, including tackling a 7.9m climbing wall and a  rope quest course.

If that’s not enough, they can enhance their athletic abilities by playing football, dodgeball, rugby and basketball games.

For United Pro Sports, this month’s event will be the first time they will host a camp for nearly three years and their consultant Manish Kishore insists it will be a memorable time.

“This camp is going to be exciting for all the youths who sign up,” he said.

“The emphasis is on fun which is why it’s called the Funventure.

“This is a unique active adventure camp that will see them do a variety of activities throughout the week, which will keep them active.

“For example, there will be a series of Adventure HQ products such as the 7.9m climbing wall, as well as the six-level rope quest course. There is also a specially designed pump track that will help them improve the skills and abilities on bikes and skateboards.

How to get involved

  • What: Funventure Spring Camp
  • Where: United Pro Sports, Al Quoz
  • When: March 26-30 from 08:30 to 13:00
  • Contact: [email protected]

“In addition, there will by opportunities for them to play football, dodgeball, basketball and rugby games.”

Children will be split into teams, which will change on a daily basis, allowing them to make new friends.

The camp will run from 08:30 to 13:30 and while they will get to enjoy each activity for half an hour, they will be under the guidance of fully-qualified instructors.

Already there’s been a lot of interest and Kishore insists there’s plenty of reasons for parents should enroll their kids.

“This is a camp that will see them do more activities that consists more sports and adventure stuff,” he said.

“It will keep them moving and active all the time and it’s a chance for people to make new friends.

“The brand we want to create is Funventure, which is something we want to build over a period of time and we’re sure it will be a big success. When it’s the summer, we will subsitute some activities with new ones which will add more excitement for the kids who sign up after this.”

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GOING OUT: Dubai's 2XU Triathlon Championship Finale

Jay Asser 11/03/2017
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End in sight: Next Friday’s event is the final 2XU Triathlon Championship race of the season.

Swim, bike and run your way to glory in the third and final race of the 2XU Triathlon Championship season.

Taking place at Mamzar in Dubai on Friday, March 17, the popular event, organised by Super Sports UAE, will bring an end to the race series which kicked off in October last year.

Whether you’re an advanced triathlete who has competed in the previous two races, or a beginner who wants to get their feet wet, there’s still time to enjoy a jam-packed morning of fitness in the calm water of the lagoon and closed-road track.

Various distances are on offer for the age groups. The Junior Super Sprint, for youngsters aged under 13, will feature a 180m swim, 8km cycle and 1.25km run.

The Super Sprint, meanwhile, will be a step up with a 375m swim, 8km cycle and 2.5km run, followed by the Sprint, a 750m swim, 24km cycle and 5km run.

Finally, the longest distance available for competitors, the Olympic, will have a challenging course consisting of a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

For those wanting to compete in relays, teams can be made up of two or three different athletes and will involve tagging in team-mates in the transition area following the swim and cycle.

How to get involved

  • WHAT: 2XU Triathlon Championships
  • WHERE: Mamzar, Dubai
  • WHEN: Friday, March 17
  • CONTACT: www.supersportsuae.com www.premieronline.com

Following the races, a prize-giving ceremony will be held in which first, second and third-place finishers in each age group receive medals.

With this race being the final of the series, overall series winners, determined by the athletes with the most accumulated points per category, will also be awarded trophies and prizes from sponsors.

Register for the event through www.premieronline.com, with entries still open until Tuesday, March 14. Make sure to pick up your race pack from GO Sport in Mall of the Emirates from Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 to 20:00, in the days leading up to the race.

Don’t miss out on the last chance to challenge yourself in all three disciplines as the 2XU Triathlon Championships season comes to an end.

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Going Out: Etisalat Cycling Festival set for Abu Dhabi

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Promote wellness and a healthier lifestyle by jumping on your bike and joining the community at the Etisalat Cycling Festival.

The free recreational cycling event, which will take place on Friday, March 17 at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, is a non-competitive, non-timed family day out.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider, a novice or someone who wants to experience cycling as part of a group, the unique initiative is perfect for all as it’s not a race, but a community-centric event to get people up and active.

The Etisalat Cycling Festival is organised by Sport360 and supported by Etisalat, ActiveLife by Daman, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Roads & Transport Authority, National Ambulance and Costa Coffee.

In addition to the cycling on offer, the event will have various interactive zones along the route, along with as a family festival village that will feature activities, chill out zones, cycling proficiency tests, a health zone, kids play area, a BMX ramp, a bike part display, as well as food and beverages.

Two different cycling routes will be open on the day, depending on the time. Those cycling between 08:30 and 11:30 can use Corniche Road, while those taking part from 11:30 onward will have unlimited use of Corniche Bike Track.

How to get involved

  • What: Etisalat Cycling Festival
  • Where: Corniche Road and Corniche Bike Track, Abu Dhabi
  • When: Friday, March 17 from 08:00 to 19:00
  • Contact: www.etisalatcyclingfestival.sport360.com

Anyone who doesn’t own a bicycle of their own can rent one for Dh45 when registering (for ages 15 and above), but the bike rentals are limited so make sure to sign up and grab one as soon as possible.

Helmets, which are mandatory, can also be purchased at the village for Dh50.

Registration is free, open to all ages and can be done online through etisalatcyclingfestival.sport360.com.

By signing up, you’ll receive a complimentary Cycling Festival t-shirt, which can be picked up along with the rest of the event pack at GO Sport, Yas Mall Abu Dhabi between noon and 20:00 on Thursday, March 16.

Come out for a fun day and help get the community behind a worthy cause at the Etisalat Cycling Festival.

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