Trek the Hatta hills in the latest edition of the Reebok Wadi Bih Run

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Back by popular demand, the Reebok Wadi Bih Run returns to the UAE event scene, but this time the Hatta hills will play host to hundreds of keen athletes, corporate teams and fitness fans.

With a majestic mountain backdrop and brand-new routes, the race – held on Friday, November 9 – promises to be a run calendar highlight as participants tackle distances of up to 70km in a team relay or as an individual.

This special edition marks the addition of another beautiful UAE location and Wadi Bih’s second outdoor running event of the year – the first being the famous 72km run held in Dibba in February.

The exciting new Hatta loop course offers 70km (two loops), 35km (one loop), 20km and 2.5km distances, welcoming all abilities and levels.

Hatta is just a short 90-minute drive from Dubai and since this race is being held in the Emirates, no passports are required.

Despite not being held in Wadi Bih, the name remains as the brand is synonymous with escaping into the UAE countryside to create epic trail running races for teams and individuals, challenging their commitment, determination and stamina.

The location will always change as the organisers go in search of inspiring new routes and Hatta is their latest discovery.

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If you are looking to boost employee morale then each Reebok Wadi Bih Run is a great team-building event that encourages people to have fun and live more active lifestyles, not to mention bond on the move as they find their running groove covering either 70km or 35km together as a relay team of five.

These fun and engaging races help strengthen communication skills and build people’s confidence as well as their ability to shine under pressure. With a maximum elevation of up to 620m and an average of 194m, just imagine the sensational mountain views and magical moments you will share throughout the run.

Come race day, runners will find themselves running through plantations, villages and over undulating gravelly terrain. The route starts from the JA Hatta Fort Hotel and goes uphill, along the border and towards the Hatta Dam – aesthetically pleasing and picturesque to help the miles flyby.

There are seven checkpoints in total and each one provides support stations for the solo runners or
marks the spot for a quick team transition and tactical talk.

So why not challenge your colleagues or departments to put a relay team together and participate?

Be creative with your name and you could also win a bonus prize.

There is still plenty of time left to train and all the races take place on the same day, making it an action-packed event. The new 2.5km category for kids means you can also make it a full-on family affair, enjoying the race village and hotel facilities to freshen up, refuel and recover.

Food and refreshments will be served after the race for both runners and spectators who register.

Registration is open through www.premieronline.com.

What: Reebok Wadi Bih Run
Where: Beginning from JA Hatta Fort Hotel
When: Friday, November 9
Contact: Visit www.premieronline.com to sign up and www.wadibih.com for more information

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Get ready for first ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon with free Community Training Programmes

David Cooper 11/09/2018
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In the lead up to the first-ever ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, and as part of a continuous effort to promote healthy and active living in the capital, ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon has launched a series of free Community Training Programmes.

Taking place every Monday at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, the new programme, driven by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will take place from 19:45 to 21:15, running until November 26.

Participants will be able to hone their running skills through intensive workouts with renowned coach Youssef Rochdi, a member of USA Track & Field Association (USATF) and multiple winner of USATF long distance championships.

All coaches will work closely with participants to help them build general strength, increase their weekly mileage, and provide advice on workouts which they can do on their own between the weekly sessions.

H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said: “As we launch the Community Training Programme, we reaffirm our commitment towards encouraging a healthy lifestyle amongst residents and visitors.

“The new programme is designed for both novices and professional athletes of all ages and backgrounds to get together, participate in diverse sport and fitness activities, and prepare themselves for the big day in December.”

The running schedule of the weekly sessions will comprise a wide-range of workouts, including general physical workouts, fartlek, easy runs, intervals, long runs, tempo runs and up-hill workouts.

The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is a new global sporting event for the Emirate and strengthens the capital’s positions as a leader in spearheading the sporting scene in the region.

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The race is open for all categories and will be held over a 42.195-kilometre (26 miles, 385 yards) course that will showcase the landmarks of the capital to a global audience. The race will bring together professional athletes, novice runners and thousands of people under one umbrella, offering them a chance to participate in a series of events from 2.5km and 5km fun runs, to the 10km and full-distance marathon.

To find out more, visit the website: www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com. Athletes can also follow and interact with ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on a variety of social media platforms.

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

What: Free Community Training Programmes for ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon

Where: International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City

When: Started September 10, ends November 26

Contact: Visit www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com

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Registration now open for 2018 du Tough Mudder in Dubai

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The world-renowned obstacle course challenge – the du Tough Mudder, will return to the UAE later this year with registration still open.

Hamdan Sports Complex will be the venue on December 7 and 8 for the third edition of the du Tough Mudder and du Mini Mudder as individuals come together on a life-changing adventure and face the ultimate challenge of physical strength, stamina and mental grit.

Over the coming weeks, du Tough Mudder will reveal brand new and exciting obstacles while the most popular ones from 2016 and 2017 will return. Among those are Everest 2.0 – where it will be the fastest you’ll ever summit this mighty mountain, but the fall is just as quick. Fun and challenging obstacles –  Electroshock Therapy and the Blockness Monster also return – where mudders will have to push, pull and roll their way through 60ft of slick, rotating barriers.

This year’s edition will also include a 10k course with more obstacles and more mud than ever before, while the du Mini Mudder will challenge children aged between 7-13 with a fun and engaging 1.5k obstacle mud run on a newly designed course.

In order to ensure you are ready for the event, organisers have appointed The Warehouse Gym as its Official Training Partner and is working closely with the brand to create a series of training plans to get participants ready for their challenge. These plans are available for download at www.toughmudder.ae/training-plans/.

Since making its debut in 2016, the event has gone from strength to strength and Christian Moufarrej, event director for du Tough Mudder is convinced 2018 will be another massive hit.

“The Tough Mudder brand has continued to grow from strength year on year since launching in Dubai in 2016,” he said. “The thrilling obstacle challenge prides itself on delivering the best in class obstacles that you can’t find anywhere else and we are constantly working to further enhance the participant experience. We anticipate the 2018 edition of du Tough Mudder to be another huge success across the UAE and not disappoint our Mudders”.

Abdulwahed Juma, executive vice-president – Brand and Communications, du, added: “We are delighted to bring du Tough Mudder back in Dubai for the third consecutive year.  Our motto is to add life to life to people, and this event is a physically-daunting, and yet, a challenging way for people to engage in exciting outdoor activities that lead to a healthier lifestyle.

“We have watched Tough Mudder grow from strength to strength, and we look forward to welcoming even more participants this year for an even bigger and better event.”

You can register now at www.toughmudder.ae with prices costing Dh360 for the du Tough Mudder course and Dh55 for du Mini Mudder.

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