Popular breast cancer awareness and fundraising run and swim event IGNITE Pink is Punk is returning to Dubai.
The event takes place on Friday, October 5, at the beautiful Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, and it will be bigger, better and more ambitious than ever.
Returning for its seventh consecutive year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with registration now open – the popular run and swim event raises awareness and funds for Brest Friends in association with the Al Jalila Foundation, with 100 per cent of the proceeds of the event going to support breast cancer patients, support groups and ongoing research and treatment.
Organised by UAE-based group IGNITE, this year’s event will be more inclusive than ever before with a 3km fun run category added to complement the traditional run:swim format.
Open to participants of all ages, the event attracts people of all levels with many participants dressing up in pink fancy dress and super hero costumes to show their support with a wide variety of spot prizes up for grabs.
In addition, an October 8 Pink Moonlight Yoga event is also being held at host venue Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.
Organisers are also hoping that 2018’s event will break attendance and fundraising records for Brest Friends – and the Al Jalila Foundation – with a goal of doubling funds raised in 2017 and enlisting over 700 participants.
“In seven short years and thanks to the wonderful support of the Dubai community, IGNITE Pink is Punk has grown from a small grassroots event to what is now a festival of fun, fitness and fundraising – all in support of a truly great cause,” said Guillaume Mariole, co-founder and CEO of the IGNITE Group.
“This year, we’re expecting more participants with a more inclusive programme and we’re encouraging all members of the community to join us in our quest to raise more money for breast cancer patients and research, than we ever have before.”
Sulaiman Baharoun, of the Al Jalila Foundation, added: “Sports events have the power to bring communities together to raise awareness and funds for charitable causes. Al Jalila Foundation is proud to be the charity partner of IGNITE Pink is Punk Run:Swim event for the fourth consecutive year.
“The event, which has become a regular fixture in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a perfect example of how organisations use community events as a platform to advocate for causes that touch many lives.
“We are proud of our partnership with IGNITE and grateful for the continued support to ‘Brest Friends’. Together, we are empowered to improving breast cancer patients’ lives across the UAE.”
Would-be participants can register online in five categories: an Open swim and run, (600m swim/3km beach and pavement run); a Sprint swim and run, (400m swim/1.6km beach and pavement run); two junior categories for participants aged 12-years-old and under, and 16-years-old and under (200m swim/800m beach run) and the Fun Run, (a 3km beach and pavement run).
Teams of two can register in either the Open or Sprint Swim/Run categories.
Entry fees for the October 5 event start at Dh70 for juniors and go up to Dh150 for adults, Dh250 for teams.
Spectators can attend free of charge, or if they wish, contribute with a voluntary Dh150 contribution which will get them a dry fit singlet and a goodie bag.
All participants will receive a race kit complete with goodie bag with everyone participating eligible to receive one of many exciting spot prizes thanks to this year’s line-up of sponsors across a variety of sectors including hospitality, food and beverage, spas, athletic wear and health care.
Among the large-scale sponsors is leading global contractor, Multiplex.
“The work that the Al Jalila Foundation and Brest Friends have been undertaking in the support of medical research, education, raising awareness on the importance of early detection of breast cancer and furthering patient support with medical treatment is a true testament to these amazing organisations and the people within it,” said Petar Mladenovic, executive director of Multiplex LLC.
Doors to the event open at 06:00 on October 5 for pack collection and races start at 07:10.
What: IGNITE Pink is Punk swim and run event
When: Friday, October 5
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Contact: Register now at https://www.premieronline.com/event/ignite_pink_is_punk_swim_run_2018_3644
The Super Sports Run Series returns for a new season and if you want to see why it’s one of the best community events in the UAE, you still have time to sign up.
More than 700 runners of different ages and abilities will flock to The Track Golf Club at Meydan on Friday, October 12 with a variety of distances to choose from.
There are 3, 5, 10 and 16km courses on the agenda with each consisting of different age group categories. The 3km is open for juniors with under 9 years, 9 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 and over among the group, while the 5km distance is for under 19 years, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50 and over.
For those that that want to test themselves the 16km and 10km will include male and female categories for under 30 years, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 years and over.
“The Track at Meydan will once again offer some exciting races throughout the season. The newly introduced 10 Miler (16km) from last season will continue to headline the four different distances on offer along with the 3, 5 and 10km,” said Warren van der Merwe, race director from Super Sports Events.
Entry for adults costs Dh175 while it’s Dh125 for juniors. On top of that, as part of Super Sports Events’ vision in promoting a healthy lifestyle, they are also offering a discount to families of three or more.
Included in the price is an electronic chip timing, custom made finishers medal, t-shirt, downloadable race certificates and photographs as well as fruit and refreshments.
With attractive prizes up for grabs on the day, there is even more reason to sign up considering all athletes who finish the race have the chance of winning an all expenses paid trip to Thanyapura in Phuket, Thailand.
Van der Merwe added: “The Track have been amazing in supporting this event over the years and Meydan Hotel have also offered some great prizes for competitors which include restaurant vouchers to the Hotel and Qube Sports Bar. Runderwear have also come on board for this season and will be offering age group winners prizes. The race will start and finish at The Track Golf Clubhouse and will run along the internal roads of Meydan and Nad Al Sheba.”
What: Super Sports Run Series Race 1
Where: The Track Golf Club, Dubai
When: Friday, October 12
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.supersportsuae.com.
With the new football season underway, the Mubadala Community Football League returns again with registration still open for 2018-19.
Entering its third edition, the event in partnership with Mubadala Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council once again gives football fans the chance to take the field and brings them closer to the game they love.
Aimed at fostering community engagement and encouraging youth to participate in sports and embrace healthy lifestyles, the new season sees the expansion of the Mubadala Community Football League to three different locations; Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra. Each will have its own competition and crowning of a team of champions. There will be 30 teams where 20 of them will play their matches in Al Ain while 10 will battle it out in Al Dhafra.
For Abu Dhabi, 28 teams from the previous edition will be promoted to the the four groups of the Abu Dhabi tournament. Prior to this step, 120 new teams will compete to qualify.
The league will continue until the top four teams of each group make it to the knockout stages. Al Ain’s league will have two groups, in which the leading four teams of each group will compete in the knockout stages to announce the winner. Al Dhafra will have one group and the winner.
Those who reach the final matches in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain can look forward to playing at the National Stadium in Zayed Sports City with the winners of all three locations awarded on the day.
Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate and Human Capital Officer at Mubadala Investment Company said: “We are proud of the continuous successes the league has achieved in inspiring and empowering the young people in our communities to come together and develop their interest and participation in football, while living healthier lives. This positive impact has extended well beyond the playing field and we are now excited to offer more opportunities to youth to get involved in the sport and have fun, while being active today and in years to come.”
Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, added: “We are delighted to partner Mubadala in this exciting venture for the third season. This is a very important community football league and held annually within our partnership agreement with Mubadala. Our objectives are to have a dynamic and healthy community through various games and community events, and this football league is popular and well patronized by everyone involved. We at Abu Dhabi Sports Council will do our utmost to support this league which will contribute very strongly to developing friendly ties amongst all competing teams and players.”
What: Mubadala Community Football League
Where: Various locations
When: From October
Contact: For more information to register, visit www.mubadala.com/mcfl