Dubai Marina is one of the emirate’s most popular areas for runners in the UAE, and this weekend the spot hosts an organised event with a difference.
Two hundred participants have signed up for the On Art Run, taking in the scenic route around the Marina, starting at the Xclusive Yachts mooring. Runners will gather together for a 5km run around the Marina, which will then be followed by a buffet dinner on a special two-hour boat cruise.
The art-inspired evening has two of Dubai’s best upcoming artists involved, including South African-born Mariska Nel. Nel will be on board the cruise showcasing works of art, as well as painting runners’ shoes with unique designs. Also on board will be a live DJ spinning the decks for the duration of the cruise and competition prizes will be given away too.
Runners will get to see the whole of Dubai Marina as the track loops around the iconic skyscrapers. The cruise is scheduled to leave the Marina dock at 19:30 and return around 21:30.
Participants have the chance to mingle with fellow race-goers and art fans on the yacht, building on bringing together like-minded people using exercise and creative minds, a concept which was successful when rolled out in the United States.
The On Art Run originated in downtown Los Angeles, which is home to some of the world’s best street art and graffiti artists. Speaking at the event, David Allemann, the On co-founder, said: “On is a running shoe brand, originally out of Switzerland, we’re not just designing a shoe but a running experience.” Over 400 people registered for the LA run contributing to the $4,000 that was raised for LA charities promoting arts and culture.
As for the new On Cloud running shoes, they’re specially designed so that when your foot hits the ground the highly adaptive rubber elements cushion both vertical and horizontal forces for a softer landing.
The ‘clouds’ lock firm to provide a solid foundation for a natural and powerful takeoff and on the sole they act like tiny stability balls, responding to every movement of your foot. They activate postural muscles and enable you to stabilize your foot without artificial support
Prices for the event start at Dh295 and participants will each receive a goody bag and t-shirt along with the food and drink on the boat cruise.
What: On Art Run
When: Friday, March 9 from17:30
Where: Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina
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