Wadi Adventure: Time for WAR

Denzil Pinto 25/03/2014
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Fun for everyone: There are six categories for enthusiasts according to their fitness levels.

Wadi Adventure will be hosting its sixth edition of the hugely successful “Wadi Adventure Race” (WAR) series – a gruelling 10km obstacle course, where participants run, crawl, carry, swim, swing and climb their way to the finish line.

Located at the foot of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, you will find Wadi Adventure – the only man-made rafting, kayaking and surfing facility in the Gulf region.

The action takes place on Saturday April 5, which will see WAR hit an all-time high as popularity for the event grows among racers, spectators and event sponsors alike.

It will be the biggest and most exciting edition to date with new course development and obstacles.

With space for 1,000 runners and free entry for spectators arriving before 09:00, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

“It’s awesome to see how much the WAR has grown,” says Sean Kinsella, race creator. “We had 75 racers and a handful of spectators for the first edition. Now, the sixth edition is gearing up to host the most runners of any WAR event where we will have hundreds of spectators and more event sponsors than we’ve ever had.

“It’s becoming an event that’s attracting runners from around the world.”

Nora Hassan, Wild Adventure’s marketing manager, says it’s the perfect opportunity for people to test their fitness abilities.

“This is a great opportunity for the fitness community to come together for a day of excitement, fun and a test of true athletic ability.”

With the popularity of the event growing, organisers are expecting a large turnout and, therefore more categories have been introduced.

There will be six categories with various fitness levels – Elite, A, B, C, D and E.

The Elite category will be for the super fit participants looking to win the race, while category E will be for those who want to challenge themselves and the finish grueling course.

Participants will not know what to expect until they see the obstacles they have to overcome during the course, which adds to the excitement to the race.

The only piece of information they will know before the race will be the route map which will bereleased one week before the event.

The minimum age is 16 and over, and registration fee is Dh225 per person which includes a race shirt, a goodie bag, after-race snacks and all day admission.

If you would like to take part then you must visit www.premieronline.com The closing date for registration is Wednesday, April 2.

What: Wadi Adventure Race (WAR 6)
When: Saturday, April 5
Where: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain
Contact: For registration and more information visit www.premieronline.com

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Abu Dhabi’s Play for Life tournament kicks off

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Health pledge: Sheikh Saif bin Saeed bin Saif Al Nahyan supporting the health lifestyle.

His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Saeed bin Saif Al Nahyan led more than 320 players in a walk around the Main Stadium at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City as Imperial College London Diabetes Centre’s (ICLDC) Play for Life 2014 football tournament kicked off.

His Highness was accompanied in the pre-tournament walk by Bashar Al Ramahi, ICLDC’s CEO, as well as the participating teams representing 16 of Abu Dhabi’s leading organisations.  

The walk was followed by a collaborative pledge in support of a healthy lifestyle, as Mr Al Ramahi addressed the players, all eager to sign the pledge wall and start the tournament, which is now in its seventh year.  

Play for Life is part of ICLDC’s public health awareness campaign, ‘Diabetes-Knowledge-Action’, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.  

His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Saeed bin Saif Al Nahyan endorsed the pledge wall and took the first kick of the five-night tournament as he confirmed his support of the campaign’s healthy lifestyle message.  

“I thank everyone who has joined me tonight as together we place the spotlight on the importance of embracing a healthy lifestyle,” Sheikh Saif said.  

Mr Al Ramahi confirmed that a healthy lifestyle is possible by embracing the smart, simple steps of a balanced diet and regular exercise. He also stressed that it is important to maintain a normal body weight.  

Following the walk, the annual Play for Life tournament got underway with a feast of goals.

The biggest score came from SEHA who netted 12 goals unanswered in their 30-minute match against ICLDC.

Elsewhere, Takreer overcame Abu Dhabi Securities, defeating them with a comprehensive 5-1 victory, while Injazat surprised Cleveland Clinic by cruising to a 4-0 triumph.  

Three of the evening’s eight matches ended in a draw, including the Yashat v ActiveLife, which ended in a 2-2 draw after Yashat scored a dramatic equaliser with just 18 seconds remaining.  

Meanwhile, tournament first-timers, twofour54 battled hard against IRENA but failed to score, with IRENA running out 2-0 winners.  

With three points on offer to the victors, the leaders over nights one and two will compete in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.  

The teams will be arranged into four groups of four teams, playing matches of 15 minutes each way, with a FIFA-certified coordinator overseeing the tournament.  

There are five trophies waiting to be taken home – one for the tournament winner, and one each for best goal scorer, best goalkeeper, man of the tournament and fair play.

The 60 players representing the three final teams will also each receive a Play for Life medal.  

ICLDC’s Marketing, Communications and Campaign Manager, Carol Sansour Dabdoub said that since Play for Life’s football tournament kicked off in 2008, more than 1,400 players and in excess of 7,000 spectators have taken part, helping to spread the ‘healthy lifestyle’ message.  

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Bodybuilding the latest sport to strong-arm its way into UAE psyche

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Strong support: The UAE is building on its burgeoning bodybuilding following.

America may be the modern home of bodybuilding but the UAE, just like in many other sports, is attempting to make its own mark and become a home for future competitions.

Just last month, nearly 200,000 athletes and fitness fanatics from across the globe flocked to the States to participate in the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, named after Hollywood icon and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The athleticism and stellar physiques of these top athletes have inspired many fans to get fit here in the UAE, so much so that organisers have created two new bodybuilding and strength competitions for fitness enthusiasts to compete in this year.

The Arnold Sports Festival and Expo sets the bar in this respect. It is the world’s largest multi-sport event and involves over 45 professional and amateur sports — including bodybuilding, Olympic power lifting, and Strongman. The highlight of the weekend was the International Fitness and Bodybuilding (IFBB) Arnold Classic and Fitness International – the men’s bodybuilding and women’s fitness competition for professional athletes.

This year’s competition featured 23 bodybuilders and 11 fitness athletes and the professional competition draws a large crowd of spectators as well as hosting 10 of the world’s strongest men.

Schwarzenegger crowned America’s Dennis Wolf this yaer's Mr. Arnold Classic and Oksana Grishana of Russia claimed the Ms. Fitness International title. The Fitness International competition involves a physique round and a dance routine round where the ladies showcase strength moves and flexibility.

Lithuania's Zydrunas 'Big Z' Savickas, three-time World's Strongest Man and legend of the sport, won the Arnold Strongman Classic.

Inspired by what has been happening across the Atlantic for decades, the Emirates Bodybuilding Federation (EBBF) will host the Dubai Stars International Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Championships in May. Amateur athletes can put their fitness skills to the test and partake in one of three events – bodybuilding, classic physique, or bench press.

There are three weight classes for each division and a total purse prize of Dh135,000, with Dh15,000 for first place. The competition will take place May 16-17 but if May is too early to get in contest shape, there is a second bodybuilding competition later this year.

This October, Events121 brings the Middle East’s first professional IFBB sanctioned open bodybuilding and strength contest to Dubai. The Dubai Health and Fitness will be similar to the Arnold Fitness Expo, consisting of IFBB men’s bodybuilding, IFBB women’s fitness, Arabian Strongman contest, and Arabian powerlifting contests.

Some of the world’s top IFBB professional athletes will compete in this competition, and Mr. Olympia is expected to make an appearance.

There will also be a fitness expo where spectators can attend free education seminars to gain tips on strength training and healthy nutrition.

USA Olympic trainers and other top professionals in the fitness industry will lead the seminars; attendees might even get to grab a photo with their favourite pro athlete.

What:
Dubai Stars International Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Championships
When:
May 16-17
Contact & info:
[email protected] com | 052 7521555

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