Ramadan Duathlon Challenge and other fitness events to look forward to in May

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Are you competing in any fitness events in May?

Here’s our top three to get involved in!

RAMADAN DUATHLON CHALLENGE

Thursday, May 9

Held at Dubai Autodrome on May 9, the race will be conducted in a run/bike/run format on a closed-off course to ensure safety and no traffic.

Athletes of all ages and abilities can take part. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced athlete who has been competing all season or simply a beginner, the event is sure to match your level.

You can compete either as an individual or in teams of two or three.

Kids aged 12-17 can run 2.5km, bike 10km and run 2.5km.

The full distance of a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run will be for ages 18 and above, as well as all team categories for ages 12 and above.

Teams can consist of all-male, all-female participants or be mixed.

The event will take place at 21:00, with race pack collection from 19:00.

MORE INFO: www.hopasports.com

RUN THE TRACK RAMADAN NIGHT RUN
Friday, May 10

Now in its third year, the Run The Track Ramadan Night Run has become a fixture of Dubai’s annual running events.

Taking place on the floodlit club circuit at Dubai Autodrome, participants have the opportunity to be part of a unique event racing each other over three varying distances – 3km, 5km, and 10km on a real racetrack.

With the finish line under the official chequered flag, and the running circuit following the actual lines of cars on the track, runners enjoy a unique spectacle.

The Ramadan Night Run is suitable for runners of all abilities, and sees a diverse mix of ages, nationalities and abilities – from novice and first-time runners, to some of the best athletes in the UAE.

This year’s Run The Track Ramadan Night Run is on May 10 with an official start time is 19:45 for the 5km/10km, with the 3km starting five minutes later at 19:50.

Fees for participation are 3km Dh105; 5km Dh126; 10km Dh147

MORE INFO: www.premieronline.com

ULTIMATE ATHLETICS RACE NIGHT
Thursday, May 23

The season finale of Ultimate Athletics Racenight is upon us as athletes prepare to take to the track one last time.

The league points, taken from the first five Racenights, have been tallied and the season’s top performers will battle it out at the grand finale on May 23 in Dubai.

League winner Yannick Kraus (U13) cemented his spot with a narrow win over Angus Bharucha to secure his fourth Racenight League success since the series began in 2016. Jayson Castillo also secured his third Racenight League win since the Masters category began in 2017.

One to watch out for is current 100m senior record-holder Omari Barton-Ellington, who will be looking to protect his impressive 10.34 seconds record.

Also in action is 100m and 200m champion Kimbely Baptiste. Baptiste’s records of 11.77 seconds in 100m and 23.66 seconds in 200m are expected to remain intact.

MORE INFO: www.ultimateathletics-uae.com

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Staying healthy and active this Ramadan with the help of your Apple Watch

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Keep a track of your progress with the Apple Watch.

Ramadan comes every year with a range of activities, whether its Iftar, late night shopping or sleepless nights with family and friends, this usually results in the consumption of more food and a break in your fitness routine.

Studies actually show that fasting, when done correctly, improves insulin sensitivity, reduces disease risk and supports weight loss. Hence the importance of staying healthy & active.

Maintaining an active lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym daily, but rather be aware of the small activities throughout the day that can make a difference. You don’t have to be an athlete to move and get motivated. You can use Apple Watch Series 4 to be your ultimate fitness companion to keep track of all your efforts and movements. Whether you are getting your groceries or participating in a marathon, your Apple Watch knows your movements and will inform you accordingly.

We have put together a guide with few tips to keep you energized, fit and encourage you to achieve new milestones while not missing anything out there.

For those who want to track their daily activities

During Ramadan, you will need all your energy to maintain focus.

At work or at home, do quick gentle stretching to avoid extreme fatigue during the day. Apple Watch series 4 is aimed to be your active partner and offer features that will remind you to take a breath, walk or simply stand up if you been inactive for too long. If you want to make it more fun, try to download Wakeout from the App Store, for a chance to access 600+ fun exercises to be done exactly where you are right now.

While enjoying the Ramadan night markets or just shopping in-malls, the activity app in your Apple Watch will count your total steps , distance and calories. Make it a regular practice during the week and track your progress. It can only motivate you to score more everyday, you’d be surprise by the results.

Spend that extra time you have until Iftar to refocus on yourself and relieve accumulated stress with meditation. We all know how difficult it can be to concentrate on an empty stomach but as your body needs to remain active so needs your brain. Choose the yoga workout in the Apple Watch to trace all types of yoga sessions from restorative to power vinyasa flow. You might also want to download Calm from the App Store your go-to solution for meditation and conscientiousness. Listen to stories, music or instructions to relax from the convenience of your AirPods and free yourself for mindful movements.

For those who want to monitor their workouts

In addition to keeping track of your daily activities, your Apple Watch will help monitor your workouts.

Fasting is not an excuse to become couch potato or give-up your training; instead adapt your workout routine accordingly. Exercise one hour before Iftar rather than morning sessions to avoid dehydration and lack of energy during the day. It’s also a good way to distract your mind until you break your fast, as the last hours are known to be the most difficult.

Given the weather in Dubai at this period, you might consider to train indoors. Your Apple Watch will automatically detect most popular sports while you move; like running, cycling, swimming and many more, alerting you to start the dedicated workout app to screen your efforts, if you haven’t done so.

Always listen to your body! Avoid long periods of cardio if you feel dehydrated. Set up clear target and map your run thanks to the Pace alert on your wrist that will notify you if you are behind or ahead of your objective. Don’t overdo it as your recovery time may suffer, alternatively use the Cadence feature on your Apple Watch; it will keep you safe from injuries by sending you information about your steps per minute, allowing you to adjust your running technique.

Use GymKit workout equipment with your Apple Watch to experience a complete digital fitness solution. GymKit offers two-way synchronization between Apple Watch and gym equipment for more accurate distance, pace and energy burn metrics such as speed, calories and heart rate.

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The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% has been revamped - and it's a bit special

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The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

A running favourite is back – and is set to high the right notes with both pros and less serious runners alike.

Aside from its updated name, the marathon-dominating Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% has been revamped from toe to heel to incorporate key feedback from Nike’s world champion runners.

Its second iteration dazzles with an improved upper (largely thanks to athletes including Shalan Flanagan who gave feedback after water weighed her down in Boston), a re-tooled midsole (a Nike Sport Research Lab solution that combined feedback from many of Nike’s elites) and a redesigned traction pattern (this was a major ask from Eliud Kipchoge after he ran a very wet race in Berlin).

“This shoe is truly the result of our athletes, sport scientists, engineers and designers closely collaborating throughout the entire process of design, testing and manufacturing,” says Brett Holts,

Nike VP of Running Footwear. “We are all so excited to see the NEXT% continue to push the limits of human performance on marathon courses around the world.”

Why NEXT%?

When Nike launched the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, the shoe delivered an average of 4 percent improved running economy over Nike’s previous fastest marathon shoe, the Nike Zoom Streak 6.

The upgrade to NEXT% represents looking forward to each new race day as a chance to cross the line faster. Because as Mo Farah recently said, “As an athlete, you’re always looking for that next percent.”

Together, these technical upgrades make the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% Nike’s fastest shoe ever.

4 Reasons Elite Athletes are Excited About the NEXT%:

1. “With the plate, they get you on our toes, get you moving forward as fast as you can.” — Mo Farah

2. “They fit me better, especially around the shoelaces.” — Suguru Osako

3. “The added foam in the forefoot feels like it’s giving me more energy return in the final moment of my stride. I just ran my fastest-ever training run while testing them!” — Roza Dereje

4. “Traction is very important to give you the freedom and confidence to run without limits.” — Geoffrey Kirui

What’s new:

Vaporweave, a material construction debuting on the upper, is lighter than Nike Flyknit, breathable and — critically — absorbs far less water from sweat or rain, so it stays airy and dry over the course of a marathon.

The laces are slightly offset to alleviate pressure along the sensitive part of the foot. (It’s a look Mo Farah said he was very into).

A thin foam pod inside the heel keeps the Achilles happy as the miles add up.

There’s more Nike ZoomX foam in the midsole, which has been scientifically proven in Nike’s Sport Research Lab to further increase energy return.

That foam has been redistributed to decrease the offset from 11mm to 8mm to provide a more stable feeling and help maximize energy return at the critical toe-off.

Designers merged Kirui, Kipchoge and Farah’s custom traction patterns to improve the forefoot grip so the shoe handles better in wet weather.

Contoured treads with deep grooves on the outsole facilitate smoother movement during turns.

What’s returning?

Still embedded within the foam is a full-length curved carbon fiber plate that increases stiffness to provide a sensation of propulsion.

The shoe’s weight stays the same — even with 15 percent more foam.

When will it be available?

The product will be available in Nike retail stores in Dubai starting from July 2019, retailing at AED 1299.

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