Get ready to be pushed to the limits in a gruelling obstacle course as the popular Wadi Adventure Race (W.A.R.) returns for another edition next month.
The race will be held on Saturday, December 16 at Al Ain’s Wadi Adventure and you can see for yourself why it’s rated highly.
Since it was launched in 2012, W.A.R. has gone from strength to strength and next month’s edition will be no different.
“It gives us such contentment that Wadi Adventure Race series is in its 14th edition and the way the race has grown over the past five years,” said Tijo John, sales and marketing manager at Wadi Adventure.
“We started off with around 75 challengers in 2012 and since then the numbers has increased 10 fold in the series that unfolded. Being the pioneer of obstacle races in the UAE and having a natural terrain and largest number of military styled obstacles, W.A.R. has been in the limelight for all levels of fitness minded people.”
The event has three courses – 5k, 10k and 15k distances, depending on your fitness. The 5k is divided into three categories – ‘Above Average Fitness’, ‘Average Fitness’ and ‘Just For Fun’, while the 10k has ‘Above Average Fitness’ and ‘Extremely Fit’ categories.
For those who want to test themselves further, there is the 15k section with ‘The Longest Day’ and ‘Average Fitness’ categories.
Participants can look forward to tackling a course that will see them crawl, jump, climb and swim their way through various obstacles.
You still have time to sign up for the race with registration closing on December 14 but John insists not to wait too long to confirm your participation for the fun event.
“With six different categories to cater for the different fitness levels and running abilities, W.A.R. gives people a choice to go for the win or just complete the course and have fun,” John said.
“It sets up a fantastic atmosphere with many different groups cheering and helping one another complete obstacles and after the race a delicious buffet awaits to refuel the body while mixing with friends and telling tales of the personal adventure they had.”
He added: “On the day, each participant will be given a T-shirt upon arrival and a medal on completing the race which will be followed by a healthy buffet for all. Warm up session will be conducted prior to the race by renowned gym instructors and various sponsors will be present on our beach offering their services to the participants.”
What: Wadi Adventure Race
Where: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain
When: December 16 from 08:30
Contact: For more information or to sign up, visit www.premieronline.com
The du Tough Mudder challenge returns to the UAE next month and with the help of Volvic, the official water partner of the event, and their brand ambassador Marcus Smith, we’ve been giving you some top tips.
Having guided you through nutrition, hydration, strength training and the dynamics of power and endurance running, the obstacles themselves take centre stage in our penultimate episode seven.
When it comes to tackling the many elements of the physically demanding course on December 8 and 9, you need to be at the top of your game.
A positive and no-fear mindset will help you conquer the famed tough mudder hurdles, such as the Liberator, the Block Ness Monster, birth canal and the almighty Everest 2.0 to finish up.
Jumping, crawling, ducking and diving will test your upper and lower body conditioning to the limit but by honing some of Marcus’s techniques as seen in the video, you’ll be in the best possible shape to explode off the start line.
The great thing about du Tough Mudder is that it’s an event with so much variety – meaning you can afford the luxury of mixing up your training and focusing on different areas to contend with the obstacles.
As a result, your motivation and energy levels will be going into overdrive.
Power, stamina, flexibility, movement and strength themed-exercises in the gym, or outdoors, will really help you prepare for those tricky rope climbs, low crawls and explosive jumps.
So, check out Marcus’ handy hint above and don’t forget, for your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture or video on social media of you completing a run and hashtag #FindYourVolcano.
UAE’s Alia Saeed Mohammed aced the 10km race and Ethiopia’s Zenebu Checkole came first in the 5km race at the 7th Annual Dubai Women’s Run (DWR) held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of National Olympics Committee.
The Run took place at Marasi Business Bay, Dubai.
The 10km winner, Alia Saeed finished ahead of Megertu Ifa and Birhane Aregawe, both from Ethiopia, in 35 minutes 05 seconds, and the 5km race was clocked at 16:29 by Zenebu ahead of Olivera Jevtic from Serbia and Alem Gerezhare from Ethiopia.
The UAE Athletics Federation, the Dubai Sports Council and the race organizers, Plan b Group, expressed their delight about the event turnout and support received from Alpro and Zomato as Sponsors and the Run’s host Dubai Properties.
This edition of DWR had Sonu Sood, Lamia Tariq Malallah AlFarsi, Dareen Barbar and Sana Khan as its brand ambassadors, and Dubai Foundation for Women Children (DFWAC) was on board as the ‘Soul of the Run’.
Ahmad Al Kamali, IAAF Council member, President of the UAE Athletic Federation, Founder and President DWR said: “I am delighted to see the wonderful track performance showcased by the athletes today. This edition of DWR has been able to tap into a wider segment of residents in the UAE this year, and I am confident that we will see a bigger and better event next year.”
Harmeek Singh, Founder and Chairman Plan b Group, and Race Chairman DWR said: “Heartiest congratulations to the winners of today’s race as well as all the participants. Besides having top runners take on the track today we have witnessed some true spirit of women from various walks of life. Differently abled participants, first time runners, women in sarees, mothers to be and mums with babies all stole the show this morning. It has been an honor and delight to organize this edition of DWR, and Plan b looks forward to returning with a grander and more inclusive Run in 2018.”