With the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) entering its final stretch, UAE residents continue to enjoy the plethora of activities being organised all over the city.
The Challenge aims to get residents active for 30 minutes every day, for 30 days – helping boost not just physical health and fitness but also mental well-being.
The Challenge has something for everyone and if you have children aged between five and 15, then you will love the unique offering being presented by Walt Disney.
The first-of-its-kind partnership between DFC and the Walt Disney is keeping the youth in Dubai active and engaged with the help of an exclusive 30-minute workout video featuring some of the world’s best loved Disney, Disney-Pixar and Marvel characters.
Children in the specific category can head down to one of four DFC Fitness Villages across the city to access the exclusive video which is also available on Youtube.
The exclusive ‘30×30 with Disney’ video brings the worlds of Disney, Marvel Studios and Disney-Pixar together in a fun, free and easy-to-follow workout format, which allows kids to be experimental and try various twists and turns without constraints as they create their own versions of their favourite character’s signature dance moves.
The video is inspired by moves from well-known Disney and Disney-Pixar characters from animated movies like ‘Aladdin’, ‘Mulan’, ‘Frozen’ and ‘Monsters Inc.’, as well as everyone’s favourite superheroes The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Black Panther from the much-loved Marvel Universe.
Set to dynamic and immensely popular soundtracks from Shakira’s Try Everything from Zootopia to We Belong Together by Randy Newman from Toy Story 3 and the theme from Marvel’s The Avengers, the series is structured in three-parts of 10-minute segments each so kids have a familiar and upbeat way to get dancing, skipping and jumping their way to fitness.
By the end of the 30-minutes, kids can feel a sense of achievement and understand that fitness can be both magical and fun.
Schools across Dubai will also be using the ‘30×30 Disney’ video to get their students active and involved in the Dubai Fitness Challenge, thanks to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and Ministry of Education.
The exclusive video is already proving to be a great hit with kids as they get to work out with some of their favourite characters. And in the spirit of DFC, it is all free. So if you have children aged between five and 15 and are looking for a fun activity to get them more fitter and active, the time to sign up is now! The Dubai Fitness Challenge is running until November 24.
WHAT: 30×30 with Disney at Dubai Fitness Challenge
WHERE: DFC Fitness Villages across Dubai
WHEN: Daily until November 24
With a little more than three weeks to go, excitement is building ahead of ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon which takes place on December 7.
The race is open for all categories and will be held over a 42.195-kilometre course that will showcase the landmarks of the capital to a global audience.
In recognition of the Year of Zayed, 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.
The stellar field will include the new world half marathon record holder, Abraham Kiptum from Kenya, as well as Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka, the world champion at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
Also in the elite men’s section will be compatriot Stanley Biwott, winner of the world-renowned 2015 New York City marathon. The 26-year-old earned his first major marathon victory that year, crossing the line in 2:10:32.
Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of General Authority for Sports, said the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of international sporting events to arrive in Abu Dhabi.
“It may be the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, but it will be second to none among established international marathons around the world,” he said. “We expect a world-class elite field and participation of thousands of runners at various levels.”
His Excellency Aref Al Awani, the general secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, added: “The UAE is proud to welcome elite athletes from across the globe to join us for the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon.
“These athletes are at the top of their game and we hope it will inspire the wider community to take part in the different race categories.”
Participants will begin the marathon outside the ADNOC Headquarters, on Abu Dhabi’s famed Corniche, and follow a route towards the Emirates Heritage Village.
They then make their way around Marina Mall, along King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud street, and on to Qasr Al Hosn, one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest and most beautifully maintained stone buildings.
The final stretch of the race runs through Mina Zayed, before returning to ADNOC HQ.
The full line-up of runners will be announced at a press conference on December 6 and will be attended by the athletes.
There is still time to join in and take part in the various race categories. For more information visit www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com.
What: ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon
Where: Abu Dhabi
When: Friday, December 7
Contact: For more information or to register visit www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com
It’s time to lace up your trainers and hit the track for the second race of Super Sports Run Series later this month.
More than 800 runners are expected to flock to the Track Golf Club at Meydan, Dubai on Friday November 30 and you can still join them ahead of the deadline on Tuesday November 27.
Whatever your ability, there are various distances to choose from, ranging from 3km to 10km.
For those who want to test themselves even further they can compete in the 10 Miler, a new category, which will see them run for 16km.
Age categories for the 16km and 10km are under 30, 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years, 50 years and over. The 5km is for under 19, 19 to 29 years, 30 to 39 years and 40 to 49 years and 50 years and over.
The 3km is aimed for junior runners with categories including under 9 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years, 16 years and over.
There’s even more reason to sign up considering the Super Sports Run Series allows all athletes finishing the race a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip to Thanyapura in Phuket, Thailand.
Previous editions of the community event, sanctioned by Dubai Sports Council, have proven to be a massive hit and Warren van der Merwe, race director of Super Sports Events, organisers of the run, is confident there will be a big turn-out this month.
“Race 1 attracted over 870 runners despite the hot and humid conditions so we are hoping for a similar number of runners to join us now that the mornings are becoming a bit cooler” he said.
“As it is National Day weekend we are celebrating living and running in the UAE by encouraging everyone to pin UAE flags to their running gear, caps or even face paint it on their bodies with prizes for the best dressed runner on the day” he added.
Entry costs Dh175 for adults and Dh125 ( juniors), while there will be a discount for families of three or more. Included in the fee is a finishers’ medal, T-shirt, photographs, electronic chip timer and refreshments.
WHAT: Super Sports Run Series Race One
WHERE: The Track Golf Club, Meydan, Dubai
WHEN: Friday, November 30 from 06:00
CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.supersportsuae.com