Thousands of people gathered at Kite Beach Dubai this weekend to participate in the Dubai Fitness Challenge second weekend carnival. Friends and families enjoyed over 1.5km of beach dedicated sand and sea activities such as paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking, beach cricket, Ultimate Frisbee and Beach Bootcamp.
Moreover, the carnival played host to celebrity training sessions, team and individual sports, stage acts and over 40 exciting sports and activities including the much-awaited Dubai City Swim.
Award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur and online personality Cassey Ho flew in from Los Angeles especially for Dubai residents and led the festivities with her unique POP Pilates class, and participants also joined renowned trainer Parveez Saligh for the ‘Animal Flow’ class.
The second Weekend Fitness Carnival brought Dubai one step closer to becoming one of the most active cities in the world, and encouraged participants to make a positive step towards a healthy lifestyle.
It will be followed by an adrenaline-packed carnival next weekend at Skydive Dubai featuring the city’s first ever Superhero Walkathon, a variety of extreme and adventure sports and a range of Determination Sports including wheelchair assault course, boccia, sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby.
For more information visit www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
The Dubai Sports Council has welcomed His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s launch of the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) as their vision to set up a distinguished and happy sporting community in Dubai is in line and overlaps with the month-long fitness event’s aim of making Dubai one of the most active cities in the world.
Tasked with developing and improving sports in Dubai, creating a comprehensive sports environment that meets the city’s requirements, and paving the way for youth to cultivate their sporting and cultural talents and aptitudes in a way that leads them to achieve tangible results, Dubai Sports Council supports the city-wide fitness initiative as a way to effect positive change and highlight Dubai’s year-round sports facilities, clubs and events.
It is thanks to the city’s world-class sports infrastructure that residents are assured that the steps they take towards a healthier and happier lifestyle during DFC will be fully supported far beyond the month-long event, enabling them to permanently integrate exercise and activity into their daily routines.
There are a number of top-class sports facilities like the Hamdan Sports Complex available in Dubai, catering to many different sports and these facilities can be accessed year-round. Dubai also has a number of sports clubs like Al Nasr, Al Wasl, Al Ahli Shabab – Dubai, Hatta Sports Club, Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Club for People of Determination and Dubai Chess and Culture Club, while in terms of sports events, Dubai boasts a packed schedule. Some of the calendar highlight events are taking place during DFC – such as The Color Run, Dubai Women’s Triathlon, Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, Fitness Expo Dubai, and Saucony Time Trial Run – and several others are organised throughout the year.
HE Saeed Hareb, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council, said: “We at Dubai Sports Council are proud to partner with Dubai Fitness Challenge to help achieve the lofty goals of Dubai as a city of sport, happiness, physical activity and positive energy. We are the official body responsible for sport in Dubai and we organise and support more than 400 international, national and community-level events. And these 400-plus events are spread out across 60 different sports, reflecting the diversity of a city that’s home to more than 200 nationalities. We embrace this diversity and try to provide something for everyone.”
DFC has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.
The Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from walking, team sports, paddle-boarding and yoga, to cycling, football, beach cricket, Zumba and everything in between. To take part, participants simply have to register and then track their performance on the DFC app.
The Terry Fox Run will return to Abu Dhabi on Friday January 19 2018.
The annual fundraising run is a must-attend on the sporting calendar for families, sport enthusiasts, philanthropists and UAE residents.
The run fuels charitable donations for local cancer research and commemorates the indelible mark that Terry Fox left through his fight against cancer, when he ran his famous Marathon of Hope in 1980.
The Canadian, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18, attempted to run across Canada raising money to fund cancer research in the hope that a cure would one day be found.
Fox ran for 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi) but was unable to complete the run due to his condition and lost his life at 22, however he left behind a legacy that has resonated and is cherished worldwide.
The last Run had people and schools participate by running, walking and wheeling along an 8.5KM track on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Since 1981 the Terry Fox Run has contributed significantly towards supporting innovative cancer research and has also created a culture of social responsibility in the UAE.
“Abu Dhabi has the largest number of participants in one location around the world and I am filled with pride and gratitude that my brother’s legacy continues in countries far removed our own. With every Terry Fox Run, more funds are raised for cancer research and we come closer to eradicating a disease that touches the whole global community,” said Judith Fox, Terry’s sister.
The 8.5 Km Run will start and end at the East Plaza on the Abu Dhabi Corniche at Al Sahil Beach and will take the direction towards the Mina Zayed Port. Onsite registration and t-shirt pick up starts at 7:00 A.M. and the run commences at 9:00 A.M.
Donations are encouraged (either through t-shirt purchases or monetary donations) and the Foundation also promotes corporate participation. Companies are requested to register online or by emailing [email protected]
There is no charge to participate in the Run – pre-registration is open now to take part, click here.