Dubai’s Victory Team will feature a strong two-boat, four-driver debut at this week’s Super Boat International (SBI) race in Clearwater, Florida, as well as the Key West World Championships, to be held between November 4-11.
Having been held for more than three decades, the SBI Championship is considered one of the most challenging races for dual-engine powerboats.
Victory Team has decided to send two boats for the annual competition.
In the first boat will be reigning class one world champions Salem Al Adidi and Gary Ballough, while the Emirati world champion Eisa Al Ali will be paired with John Tomilson.
The SBI Championship is the leading North American professional powerboat organisation for class one powerboats.
Teams from all around the world have confirmed their participation for the series of races held from May through to October in the National Series Points races.
The concluding round is the now famous Key West World Championships.
His Excellency Huraiz Bin Huraiz, chairman of Victory Team, spelt out the motives behind their first-time participation in Clearwater.
“Firstly, we need to know where we stand in the tough and demanding world of powerboat racing,” Huraiz said before the team left for the US earlier this week.
“Victory Team has been world champions in class one powerboating on several occasions, but we felt that we needed to step it up and step out of our comfort zone and see where we stand in a totally different set-up.
“No doubt this is a challenge that we feel we can face up to, especially given the talent pool of home-bred drivers and crew.
“Our leadership has always been clear on accepting bigger challenges and we feel that with our participation in Clearwater, Dubai will have yet another unique opportunity to shine on a truly world stage.”
Victory Team have already shipped two of their best boats across to Florida along with their mechanical crew.
Victory Team will first compete in the final round of the national championship this weekend (September 28-30) and then in the season-finale in Key West.
“Now is the time for the men in blue to set foot on distant lands along with their dreams,” added Huraiz.
“I am confident that our drivers and crew will be up to the challenge of contesting for the title among the best drivers and boats in the world.”
How do you fancy running up 36 flights of stairs? That’s the challenge on offer as the popular Hilton Tower Race returns for a seventh year this month.
The annual fundraising challenge will take place on October 20th to raise awareness for the ‘Rashid Centre For Disabled’.
Hilton Dubai The Walk together with Race ME will be hosting the event as contestants run up 730 steps of the JBR The Walk based building, crossing the finish line on the 35th floor.
Those who complete the challenge are met with unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf and a post-event celebration at the hotel’s well-known rooftop bar and dining venue, Pure Sky Lounge.
As an initiative introduced to raise awareness and funds for charities and causes in need, the Hilton team is working with the ‘Rashid Centre for Disabled’ for the second year in a row, providing much-needed services and support to children within the local community.
Created in 1994, Rashid Centre for Disabled serves the purpose of developing children’s abilities to function and learn within their environments, and to develop maximum independence.
The race is open to the public, with residents, local businesses and tourists encouraged to participate. Last year’s winning time to beat is three minutes and 46 seconds. The event kicks off at 7:30am and is followed by a healthy breakfast on the 35th floor, once the participants have completed the challenge.
Alexander Musch, Hotel Manager of Hilton Dubai The Walk, said: “The event has been extremely successful over the last couple of years, and we hope that this year, it will be even better. Hilton has a long history of giving back to the local community and we thank all those who are joining us in our efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Rashid Center for Disabled.”
The race has a number of sponsors onboard who have been supporting the initiative for years. They include: GreenParking, the only parking company in the Middle East that represents a one-stop-shop for all parking oriented products, services and solutions; Precor, a worldwide industry leader in exercise equipment, providing state-of-the-art fitness gear to health clubs, hotels, spas, fitness centers, and private homes all over the world; AIG, one of the leading insurance companies in the world; AGMC, the official BMW Group importer for Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates; and TEC, one of the top event management company and event planning agencies in the region.
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The inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon will take place on December 7 this year, with details of the race route officially unveiled on Wednesday.
Co-organisers the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) revealed Emporio Armani EA7 as the official technical sponsor as well as details of the prize fund for the race.
The 42.195-kilometer marathon and the 10km race will both be timed and will see the participation of serious runners from different age groups and skill levels, while the 5km race and 2.5km ‘fun run’ will give participants of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get involved in the event.
The $379,000 prize fund will be spread across all the race categories, with $100,000 awarded to each of the male and female winners of the full-distance race, $25,000 for runners-up in each, and $15,000 for third place.
A $3,150 cash prize will also be awarded to the male and female winners of the wheelchair category.
Paul Tergat, the Kenyan former marathon world record holder, designed the route and expressed his pride in doing so.
“Designing the route was an interesting yet challenging task,” said the 49-year-old, who also won silver in the 10,000 metres at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
“We wanted participants to run by the capital city’s greatest landmarks and enjoy the scenery in an interesting way.
“The route is a mixture of modern stations and some of UAE’s oldest and most-respected landmarks, providing a great opportunity for participants and supporters to experience new adventures and visit new places.”
Participants will begin the marathon outside the ADNOC Headquarters, on Abu Dhabi’s famed Corniche, and follow a route towards the Emirates Heritage Village.
They then make their way around Marina Mall, along King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud street, and on to Qasr Al Hosn, one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest and most beautifully maintained stone buildings.
The final stretch of the race runs through Mina Zayed, before returning to ADNOC HQ.
Speaking at ADNOC Headquarters, Aref Al Awani, general secretary of the ADSC, said: “Securing our partnership with Emporio Armani EA7 and unveiling the prize fund of the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is a significant milestone in cementing the marathon as a world-class event and supports the sports council’s vision in promoting health and wellness.
“This event offers a great opportunity for participants to tour Abu Dhabi and see its amazing wonders.
“I would like to express my gratitude to our technical sponsor, Emporio Armani EA7, for supporting this event and working with us, hand-in-hand, to promote this vision in Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole.”
Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, executive office director at ADNOC, added: “The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon serves as testament to Abu Dhabi’s global reputation as host of some of the world’s most iconic events, reinforcing its position on the international sporting map.
“ADNOC is proud to bring this great event to the UAE’s capital city, and we encourage everyone, in the UAE and beyond, to get involved – whether competing, volunteering or cheering on friends and family.”
In preparation for the marathon, a weekly community training camp initiative will take place every Monday at Zayed Sports City.
Participants have just under three months to physically prepare, sharpen their skills and mindset and lift their spirits before tackling one of the several races taking place.
To find out more about the training camps or races – or for details on how to sign up – visit www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com.