Lisa Campbell, founder of Ultimate Athletics, was impressed with the turn-out and the quality she saw during the six rounds of the Race Night season.
Thursday’s event at Dubai Sports City brought an end to a successful 2017/18 season in which youths and adults took to the track and field and competed across various disciplines.
“It’s been a really good season,” said Campbell. “We have had a lot of new faces and people who don’t train with Ultimate Athletics heard about us and wanted to start running again and give them an opportunity to see how they fare against other athletes who train.
“We have had regular athletes who compete in Abu Dhabi and we had a lot of support from Desert Cubs. Schools have sent their athletes in abundance – Dubai College, American Community School, Jebel Ali Primary School and JESS Ranches all had big numbers, so hopefully it has improve the school athletics as well.”
She added: “Well tonight, you always get good standards because it’s the last race of the season. That means people know what the records are and they come because they want to beat the record. The last night tends to be a good number of athletes and a lot really impressed. There were some records broken even though it wasn’t the best weather as it was a bit humid and dusty but we still managed to get some good performances.”
She added: “I would also like to thank New Balance and Valiant Clinic for their support this season.”
Dannish Walker-Khan, who was part of Great Britain’s Under-23 4×100 relay European triumph in 2013, handed out the medals to winners and the 25-year-old believes Ultimate Athletics is a great competition.
“It’s really well organised and although I’ve not been to the track too many times, I just love how many kids are competing,” said Walker-Khan, who moved to Dubai less than a month ago.
The inaugural edition of the Cigna Park Run, a community outreach event aimed at promoting an active lifestyle, received an overwhelming response from Dubai’s health and fitness enthusiasts with 465 participants convening at Zabeel Park to join the 2.5 km and 5 km courses.
Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI), the global health services company, organised the sporting event as part of its world-class health proposition, reinforcing the company’s commitment to the well-being of its customers.
Besides a free-timed run, the participants also benefited from a wide variety of allied health activities at the venue.
Qualified personal trainers offered lifestyle advice at dedicated health and fitness stations, and instructors demonstrated warm-up techniques prior to the run.
Visitors to the well-being station tried out the newly launched Cigna Wellbeing app which performs general health assessments to generate personalised health management plans for end users.
The event featured several competitions, including the Spin Wheel challenge which rewarded contestants with fitness gifts for performing certain exercises.
In addition, the organisers invited the participants to snap pictures of their best running poses at the ball pit and share them on Facebook for a chance to win an Apple Watch. An Apple iPhone was also up for grabs for completing a feedback survey.
Art Cozad, CEO of Cigna Insurance Middle East, said: “We are proud that the first-ever Cigna Park Run in Dubai witnessed such a strong uptake. In line with our dedication to creating healthy and inclusive communities, the event brought together people of all ages for a morning of fun physical activity. We are happy to play our part in motivating Dubai’s citizens and residents to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle, and look forward to hosting many more such runs.”
The Cigna Park Run is open to all. A one-time registration fee of AED100 covers entry to all the subsequent events for the year. The next run will take place on October 6, 2018.
The Gov Games have revealed the impressive numbers behind the obstacles that will await more than 150 teams competing in the world’s first edition of the event.
The Gov Games will be held from 9th until 12th May on Kite Beach in Dubai, with teams competing for prizes totalling two million dirhams.
While the full course details remain under wraps, the names of the obstacles that await the teams have been revealed, as anticipation around the initiative, which has been launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, continues to grow, with news that a team will be representing His Highness elevating excitement levels.
Participating teams will take on a series of obstacles that will test their physical, mental and teamwork capacities. Obstacles include:
– Stabilizer: This obstacle will have teams deciding between zipping through individually or using a paced team-approach
The six top performing teams of the men’s and women’s qualifying rounds will progress to the final day, which will be held on 12th May, where they will face the tenth obstacle – Storm.
Here they will have to push themselves and their teammates to perform and achieve more than they ever thought possible; climbing to heights of over eight meters and travelling more than 1.5 kilometers together as a unified team in just part of the formidable final obstacle set-up.
The obstacles are sponsored by several government entities and private sector partners including Dubai Municipality, Dubai Land Department, Dubai Health Authority, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Al Sankari Investments.
More than 35 tons of fabricated steel have been welded and shaped to form the ten obstacles that make up the 40,000 square meter course, and 840,000 liters of water have been used for the obstacles.
Teams will collectively have to carry around 75,000 kilograms of weight and travel more than 1 million meters, as well as climb heights exceeding 75,000 meters. The unique obstacle course will be a true test for teams’ mental and physical strength and agility.
The winning men’s and women’s team will each be presented with a special Gov Games cup and a team prize of AED 1 million, to be distributed equally between the participants.