Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride and other fitness events to look forward to in June

David Cooper 28/05/2019
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Are you competing in any fitness events in June?

Here’s our top three to get involved in!

DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN

Friday, June 7

One of the most popular races in the UAE’s running calendar is back to offer athletes another chance to take part in the Dubai Desert Road Run.

The event will take place on June 7, marking the third time this year it has been held, following previous editions in February and April.

Since its first run back in February 2012, the Dubai Desert Road Run has steadily grown to hold races several times throughout the year, bringing together some of the best in the region’s running community.

From complete beginners and social runners to hardcore competitors, the community run appeals to everyone with a race that can be both challenging and fun.

Three distances are on offer, 10 kilometre, 5km and 3km races that will be run on private roads on a safe, traffic-free course. The race, held at The Sevens, will kick-off at the village area between Pitch 1 and Pitch 8 before concluding between the village area and Pitch 5.

MORE INFORMATION: Dubai Desert Road Run

JABAL AL AKHDAR TRAIL RUN
Friday, June 14

One of the toughest and most enjoyable races in the region, the Jabal Al Akhdar Trail Run, is set to return for another year and will take place in the stunning mountains of Oman on June 14.

The fully supported single-stage race, which features a 3km and 10km distance to entrants, will see you navigate through rocky terrain – with an elevation profile of approximately 2,200 metres in total – and over the spectacular mount passes of Jebel Al Akhdar.

This is a race not to be missed and based on the positive response from last year is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.

MORE INFORMATION: Jabal Al Akhdar Trail Run

SUMMER SOLSTICE CRAZY BONKERS RIDE
Friday, June 21

Cyclists looking to keep up their training during the soaring summer months can ride up to 180 kilometres in one night on June 21.

Taking place at Al Qudra, the Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride is an endurance event but not a race. It is an opportunity to clock up kilometres in the middle of the summer, on what is close to the longest day/shortest night of the year.

The 86 kilometre track, consisting primarily of a 50 km loop, is a pedal power paradise located east out of Dubai, near Studio City and Arabian Ranches.

It starts from 9pm, meaning you’ll be cycling into the early hours of the morning and, whether you’re a first-time or experienced athlete, there are different distances to choose from.

Five categories will be offer from 180km, 160km, 100km, 52km or 38km distances.

MORE INFORMATION: Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride

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Get fight ready with GymNation's BOXiQ class

Hiba Khan 19/05/2019
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Boxing often gets a bad rap for being a violent sport, but reducing the sport to just jabs and punches is barely even scratching the surface of the wealth of technique involved in it, which is what GymNation’s BOXiQ class focuses on.

Mastering the technique of the sport and helping amateur and professional boxers fight smart is the main ethos behind it.

Founder and head coach of BOXiQ, Joe Ackery, used his 14 years of experience in working with beginner, amateur and professional fighters alike to develop the training regime that focuses on enhancing both the brawn and brain of the fighter.

Besides the numerous boxing films I had seen as a child, I had no practical experience with boxing, so just the idea of a boxing session was enough to overwhelm me. But in my honest opinion, I couldn’t have had a better way of easing myself into this grueling sport.

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The class was an hour long and started off with a warm-up by jumping a rope at a slow and brisk pace followed by some shadow boxing to get comfortable with and master the technique associated with the sport.

Following the warm-up, Ackery covered basic boxing combos and footwork drills to create angles and enhance agility. Once you learned the rhythm of it, you get to see a very different side of boxing which is more or less like dancing with someone, minus the romantic element.

The session is open for all levels and even if you are aspiring to break out in to the world of professional boxing, Ackery guarantees that the session will help you learn the rudiments of the sport and get you fight-ready in no time.

Don Chenuka and Kawtar Ahfid have been taking BOXiQ lessons with Ackery for a few months and had nothing but positive things to say about their experience.

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“I have been coming to BOXiQ for about three months now and I really like this class because of Joe’s teaching style,” said Chenuka. “He is very patient with all of us and really takes time to help us learn the technique.”

On the other hand, Ahfid thinks the class stands out because of how beginner-friendly it is.

She said: “I love that the class focuses more on technique and body movements, which is why it is amazing for beginners and it really helps familiarise themselves and get their basics of boxing right.”

You can book yourself in for a BOXiQ session at GymNation, Al Quoz. An individual session is priced at Dh75, whereas you can also avail an unlimited class pass for Dh399 per month.

For more information on BOXiQ click here.

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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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