Dubai’s thrilling adventure race, the Mercedes-Benz Challenge presented by Gargash, will be back this November and is gearing up to be more intense and exciting then ever.
Gargash Enterprises has partnered with Rush-A-Way to create a thrilling and adrenaline-fueled adventure around Dubai, where 100 competing teams will attempt to overcome seven exhilarating challenges set up in various corners of the city to win the grand prize – a Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV.
This event, which takes places on Friday, November 2, is the perfect weekend activity to get out, take on unique adventures with friends and discover new experiences and locations in Dubai.
It promises to be a day of high energy and great emotions, as participants will face seven challenges that will test speed, logic, fitness, accuracy, perseverance, patience and navigation. Teams will have no prior details of what are the challenges or where they are located and hence need to work as a team to strategise for each challenge, in order to complete them at their best speed.
A hundred teams comprising of two to four members will compete with other participating teams to tackle specially-crafted challenges set up around Dubai. For each challenge, teams will earn points based on how quickly they complete it. After completing each challenge, teams will receive location details for their next challenge. The team with the highest score at the finish line wins the grand prize.
Challenges from previous seasons involved paddleboarding at Jebel Ali Beach Resort, tackling an obstacle course, getting through an Escape Game in Al Barsha, hitting targets in an archery arcade in Al Quoz, speeding on go-karting circuits in Oud Metha, carrying vegetables sacks at Al Aweer vegetable market and making deliveries on bikes in JLT.
To sign up your team, visit rushawayuae.com/event/gargash. The registration fee is Dh300 per person and is inclusive of lunch and entertainment at a five-star property, breakfast and a welcome kit.
Participating teams need a Mercedes-Benz during the event to travel between challenge locations. If you don’t have one or can’t borrow one for the day, organisers have tied up with SIXT to offer special rental rates for the event.
What: Rush-A-Way Mercedes-Benz Challenge
Where: Across Dubai
When: Friday, November 2 from 08:00 to 15:30
Contact: Visit rushawayuae.com/event/gargash to sign up and for more information
With the weather cooling down, here’s your chance to compete in the opening race of the Mushrif Park Cross Country Run.
Taking place on Friday, November 2, participants can enjoy nature at its pre-dawn best as you head off road through Mushrif Park in Dubai.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete, there are different distances to choose from with 1.5, 3, 5, 10 and 15km courses on the agenda.
It promises to be a challenging but thrilling event considering you will find yourself running on tree lined sandy roads and tracks and grass lawns. On top of that, you will also navigate your way along the tarred, sandy, pebbled and grass tacks while also enjoying the perfect surroundings of Mushrif Park.
Warren Van Der Merwe from Super Sports Events, organisers of the run, is optimistic of attracting big numbers in the second edition.
“Now in its second season, Super Sports is looking at growing the numbers to over 1500 runners over the three races,” said Van Der Merwe.
Entry costs Dh175 for adults and Dh125 for juniors. As part of Super Sports Events’ vision in promoting a healthy lifestyle, they are also giving a discount for families.
“We have also included a new distance for the younger runners, the 1.5km which is specifically for the Under-12’s and will encourage them to participate by starting them on a shorter distance,” he added. “There are also family discounts on offer, for parents and children in order to make it more financially viable for the whole family to join in the fun.”
All finishers will receive a shirt, medals, refreshments and a downloadable certificate. Once the race is finished, you can even stay behind and enjoy the park facilities.
“We also encourage everyone to make a morning of it and bring swim costumes and picnic baskets and take advantage of all that Mushrif Park has to offer,” said Van der Merwe. “It has some fantastic internal facilities of male and female swimming pools, equestrian centre, rope course, restaurants and picnic facilities for you to enjoy.”
What: Cross Country Run
Where: Mushrif Park
When: November 2
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.supersportsuae.com
Now in its 12th year, Walk 2018 welcomes families and friends of all ages to join a 5km wellness walk encouraging more regular physical activity by residents of the UAE.
Under the continued patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre’s (ICLDC) hopes to engage more than 20,000 participants in its Walk 2018, the annual wellness event which highlights the benefits of healthier lifestyle choices across the Emirates, supported by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) and Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC).
ICLDC, in collaboration with other members of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers including Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Healthpoint, will encourage the thousands of anticipated participants to join in range of dynamic activations, including Zumba demonstrations, trampolines, bubble football, gladiator challenges, badminton and fitness sessions at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday, November 16.
“Walk 2018 harnesses the power of the Abu Dhabi community to proactively address the increasing incidence of diabetes in the UAE, taking positive steps together to embrace wellbeing through active lifestyle choices,” said Lawrence Patrick, chief executive officer at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC).
“Attracting a wider and more engaged audience every year, Walk 2018 is the most visible and engaging element of ICLDC’s efforts to build awareness on prevention and management of diabetes, including the need for regular physical activity, balanced diet choices, and healthy weight management – we look forward to welcoming you to Walk 2018 on Friday, 16 November.”
As the UAE’s best-attended annual walkathon event, Walk 2018 is the cornerstone of ICLDC’s Diabetes.Knowledge.Action platform for increasing diabetes awareness in the UAE community. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), more than one million people in the Emirates live with diabetes, and the prevalence of diabetes in the UAE is increasing faster than in the other Gulf states and worldwide. Authorities anticipate that the number of people with diabetes in the UAE will double to 2.2 million by 2040.
“Our collaboration with ICLDC on Walk 2018 underscores our commitment towards achieving our vision of a “healthier Abu Dhabi”, we are proud to work alongside ICLDC to further develop a sustainably healthy and engaged community in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi; one that takes responsibility for positive lifestyle choices such as regular physical activity and balanced diet choices. Together, we can take steps toward a future with fewer of the social and economic challenges caused by chronic diseases, including diabetes,” HE Mohamed Al Hameli, undersecretary of Department of Health Abu Dhabi.
“Awareness and action are among the most powerful tools to address the public health challenge posed by diabetes, and we are resolute supporters of Walk 2018 as a platform which delivers both of these beneficial outcomes for the UAE community,” said HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Register today for Walk 2018 at www.premieronline.com/event/walkon2018 – entry is Dh10 for participants aged 16 and above.