Going Out: Get on your bike and take on Ride Ajman

Jay Asser 28/03/2017
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Cyclists can rejoice with the return of Ride Ajman, back for a second year with a new and improved edition.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) & Department of Lands and Properties, the event will take place at the beautiful Ajman Corniche on Friday, April 7.

Following a successful inaugural edition, the community cycle has expanded this year to a 104km route with full road closures beginning from Ajman Corniche and running through the emirate.

In addition to the longer route, the second Ride Ajman will also feature a dedicated 52km UAE National Development Race for UAE nationals to spark interest and participation, while a 7km charity ride is open to all, with the proceeds donated to Al Jalila Foundation – Ride Ajman’s charity partner.

There are even cash prizes for the winners in the various race categories, totalling Dh138,000. First, second and third place for male (19-49), female (19-49), junior (16-18), senior male (50+) and senior female (50+) in the 104km Open will earn Dh10,000, Dh8,000 and Dh5,000. respectively.

Along with the cash prizes, trophies will be awarded to the winners in an awards ceremony and celebratory breakfast following the end of the races.

Faisal Al Nuaimi, general manager of ATDD, said: “We are continuously looking at innovative ways to promote Ajman as the ideal venue for sports as well as the perfect location for tourists from within the UAE and abroad.

“This is the second year we will be hosting this fantastic event with full support from the authorities and we will be building on last year’s success to offer a unique race for all cyclists.”

For those wanting to make a weekend of it and experience Ajman to the fullest, there are weekend room rates provided by the six sponsoring hotels of the event – Fairmont Ajman, Ajman Saray, Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman, Kempinski Hotel Ajman, The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah and The Ajman Palace.

Registration costs Dh250 for the 104km, Dh200 for the 52km and Dh50 for the 7km, and can be done through www.hopasports.com ahead of this Friday’s deadline.

Race packs can be collected from noon to 19:00 on April 4-5 from Revolution Cycles Dubai, and from 10:00 to 22:00 on April 6 from Fairmont Ajman.

Get on your bike and cycle to glory while enjoying the scenery of the smallest emirate in the UAE at Ride Ajman.

WHAT: Ride Ajman
WHERE: Ajman Corniche
WHEN: Friday, April 7, with registration closing on Friday, March 31
CONTACT: Visit www.hopasports.com for info and registration

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Rush-A-Way Corporate event will see you escape the office

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Teamwork is key to tackling the various challenges next month.

Rush-A-Way are known for their adventure races and now they’re adding a corporate twist to their experience with their Corporate Challenge.

To be held on Saturday, April 22 at a venue that will be revealed two weeks prior, the event is set to pit corporate teams against each other as participants battle for the title.

The Corporate Challenge is open to 100 teams comprised of two to four members, who will navigate through eight different challenges.

Each challenge is set up at different locations around Dubai, which competitors will get to by use of a car. The location details of the next challenge will be given when teams complete the previous challenge.

As always, the team with the highest score in the end will earn bragging rights and the grand prize, making this less of a race and more of a competition based on the results throughout.

If you’ve never taken part in a Rush-A-Way challenge before, here’s what you can expect from the various challenges on the course.

For one, they are designed to test teams’ skillsets across the board, which will allow different members to shine.

The tests will require a range of different skills to be successfully completed.

If you’re a jack of all trades, you’ll have a better chance of completing the challenges as they’ll range from testing speed, logic, fitness, accuracy, perseverance and navigational skills. Most of all though, the challenges will force teams to work together to build teamwork and camaraderie – key factors in the workplace.

Following the conclusion of the event, medals and trophies will be given to the teams who finish in first, second and third place, while an Excellence Award will be presented to the organisation with the most entries and a Best Performing Company Award handed to the organisation whose top three teams accumulated the most points.

Teams can sign up now through www.rushawayuae.com and receive an early bird discount until April 8, before the regular registration fee applies from April 9 onwards. Included in the entry fee is a branded t-shirt with company name and logo, along with a goody bag.

Team members must represent their company and be aged 18 or older, while one person on the team must have a valid UAE driving license and one smartphone with 3G/4G internet to access the Rush-A-Way web application, which will give all the relevant information during the event.

Build teamwork outside of the office and go on an adventure with your colleagues in the Rush-A-Way Corporate Challenge.

WHAT: Rush-A-Way Corporate Challenge
WHERE: Dubai, TBA
WHEN: Saturday, April 22
CONTACT: www.rushawayuae.com

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Going Out: Barry's Bootcamp

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Dubai is never short on ways to exercise and now the emirate has another workout experience that’s sure to be a hit in Barry’s Bootcamp.

The original boutique lifestyle brand has opened its first Middle East location at Central Park Towers in DIFC, with the studio marking the 13th Barry’s Bootcamp location globally.

The space is custom-designed to accommodate a studio with a 50-person capacity, while also featuring their signature Fuel Bar, serving up Barry’s own recipes, healthy smoothies and snacks, along with a clothing boutique selling Barry’s original workout apparel. Other amenities include a men’s and women’s locker room and a selfie station.

As far as what fitness fanatics can expect, Barry’s is a one-stop signature class to a leaner and harder body, with the workout results driven to push participants to their physical and mental limits.

Barry’s signature method utilises the most effective combination of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) by incorporating 25-30 minutes of interval-based cardio-vascular routines on treadmills with 25-30 minutes of strength training using free weights, resistance bands, and more. A one-hour class incinerates fat, burns up to 1,000 calories, and releases stress.

The studio calendar is uniquely customised to focus on a different body part each day of the week, offering participants a complete, full-body fitness regime. No class is ever supposed to be the same so participants never plateau.

Do arms and abs on Monday, legs on Tuesday, chest, back and abs on Wednesday, hard core abs on Thursday and a full body workout on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to round out the week.

Barry’s classes are also held in dim lit, red studios to motivating playlists. The room adds an element of excitement to the workout while enabling participants to dig deeper and lose themselves in the physical moment. The instructors coach and motivate the group to run and work harder so partici-
pants can maximise their results.

You can check out the Barry’s Bootcamp experience for yourself in Dubai, with introductory sessions priced at Dh80, while class packages and memberships are also available.

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