Unleash your inner warrior in the XDubai Spartan Women's Race

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Action sports brand XDubai, together with Spartan Arabia and supporting partner Dubai Sports Council, are bringing back the XDubai Spartan Women’s Race during the second annual Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Open to women aged 15 and above, the event, which will be held on Saturday, October 27 at Jebel Ali Racecourse, builds on the region’s first Spartan Race and will include not one, but two new race lengths, as well as a Spartan Kids’ Race designed specifically for the next generation of Spartans.

With approximately 2,000 women expected, the event will feature a 5+ km Sprint that packs more than 20 signature Spartan obstacles, and a 13+ km Super with over 25 signature Spartan obstacles, as well as a tougher and more rugged terrain.

Both Sprint and Super lengths will also feature Elite and age group category options for those wanting to test their mettle against fellow competitive athletes, while giving the top Elite racers a chance at glory and cash prizes.

Distances for the Spartan Kids’ Race, which is open to both girls and boys, range from 800m for kids aged 4-6, 1.6km for kids aged 7-9, and 3.2km for those aged 10-14.

Along with being held during the second annual Dubai Fitness Challenge, the event will take place during Breast Cancer Awareness month. In keeping with the spirit and importance of the month, Spartan Arabia has pledged to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the event to the Al Jalila Foundation in partnership with Brest Friends, as well as give participants an easy option to donate when registering for, or competing in, the event. Funds donated will be used to support breast cancer patients and fund ongoing research.

With tickets available now, the Sprint and Super races are exclusively open for female participants, but the fun and interactive festival area will be open to both women and men to cheer on their mothers, wives, friends and colleagues who will be competing in the race.

Mohammed Javad, general manager of XDubai said: “Last year was a monumental year for the XDubai Spartan Race with a series of firsts, including the first women’s Spartan Race to be held in the Middle East and Africa region.

“The feedback from women who participated in that race – many participating in a Spartan Race for the first time – was nothing short of incredible.

“2018 has been an exciting year for women in the region so far and as a brand that inspires people to defy their limits, we’re looking forward to what promises to be a very inspiring event.”

The region’s first Spartan Women’s Race was held in December 2017 at Jebel Ali Racecourse. The 2017 event saw approximately 1,000 women from across the UAE and the region compete in an Open Sprint Race category comprising of 5+ km and approximately 20 obstacles.

With registration open online through www.SpartanArabia.com, and tickets to the race expected to sell out fast, organisers are encouraging all Spartans to sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What: XDubai Spartan Women’s Race
Where: Jebel Ali Racecourse, Dubai
When: Saturday, October 27
Contact: Visit www.SpartanArabia.com to sign up and for more information

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Get moving and grooving with Core Beats' beach yoga and fitness concert

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Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah is hosting renowned handpan musician Sherif El Moghazy at the fourth edition of Core Beats, the immensely popular, free-to-attend beach yoga and fitness concert on Saturday, where participants can enjoy trance music-themed workouts and great deals on healthy menus.

Set on the beach offering spectacular views, Core Beats will feature yoga flowing to the beat of handpan trance music, followed by a heart-thumping HIIT workout with DJ Sara G on the decks.

Participants can also enjoy a variety of dining offers at selected Club Vista Mare restaurants to help refuel after the workout sessions. Breeze Beach Grill is offering 15 per cent off all food and drink, while Aji is offering an exclusive post-workout drink on the house, and a 20 per cent discount on food.

The Tap House has 25 per cent off all healthy cuisines; Abyat is offering guests 15 per cent off the total dining bill; Simply Italian has a selection of drinks at Dh27 each and 15 per cent discount on special items on their menu.

Core Beats is held in collaboration with Dubai’s leading yoga studio, Yoga La Vie, to create an unforgettable workout for concert attendees guided by a line-up of prominent yogis and fitness instructors.

The timings are 18:00 for Yoga Beats and 19:30 for Fitness Beats. Participants must bring a personal yoga mat or beach towel, and a water bottle.

Trance music-inspired Yoga Beats will feature a hypnotic Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga flow that focuses on synchronising movement with breath from one pose to the next. Guided by three of Dubai’s top yoga practitioners – Nitai Krishna (@nitaiyoga), Vanessa Roux (@yogagypsywarrior), and Lea Daaboul (@lea_daaboul) – attendees will experience entrancing asanas to keep them vitilased, awake and anchored to their inner self.

Fitness Beats is a 60-minute body weight, high-intensity interval training session that increases strength, muscle and cardio endurance, releases endorphins and can burn up to 1,000 calories per class and extra calories for up to 24 hours post workout.

Designed for fitness enthusiasts, the workouts are provided by three of Dubai’s fitness rock stars: Clifford Tindell (@inspiringmovement), Taylor Walsh (@taylorwalsh406), and Patricia Kallidis (@YogabyPatty).

The last three Core Beats sessions at Club Vista Mare saw more than 800 participants in total. Future events are scheduled for November 24 and December 14.

Head down today to end your weekend on the right note.

What: Core Beats beach yoga and fitness concert
Where: Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
When: Saturday, September 29, with Yoga Beats at 18:00 and Fitness Beats at 19:30
Contact: Visit the Facebook pages of Yoga Beats – My Yoga Trance and Fitness Beats – DXB’S Greatest HIITS for more information

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Popular Pink is Punk breast cancer awareness event set to IGNITE Dubai

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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.

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“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

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