Challenge: Mild What: 5km run Where: Dubai Autodrome Recommended for: Families and groups of friends www.thecolorrun.ae
Dubai Desert Road Run – 3km Fun Run A fun and easy challenge for families. More experienced runners can also sign up to the 10km race, which is broken down into age categories.
Challenge: Easy What: 3km run Where: The Sevens Stadium, Dubai Recommended for: Families www.premieronline.com
Desert Warrior Challenge A tough military-style obstacle course with multiple categories including ‘Ultimate Warrior’ for competitive racers and ‘Desert Warrior’ for teams or individuals to complete at any pace.
Challenge: Moderate What: 10km with 24 obstacles or 5km with 14 obstacles Where: Location varies. Check online for latest information Recommended for: Anyone with a moderate level of fitness looking for a fun and challenging obstacle race www.desertwarriorchallenge.com
Wadi Adventure Race No details of this race are released prior to the event except the start time and location. Participants sign up to a category based on fitness level (the six categories range from ‘Low level of fitness’ to ‘Super fit/tri-athletes’), so all abilities can participate.
Challenge: Moderate What: Show up on the day and be surprised Where: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain Recommended for: Anyone who likes surprises www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 8422)
Dubai Spartan Sprint One of the most popular commando-style obstacle races in the world has finally arrived in the region. A basic level of fitness is recommended as anyone who fails to complete an obstacle will have to pay the harsh penalty of 30 burpees.
Challenge: Difficult What: 5km with 15+ obstacles Where: Jebel Ali Racecourse, Dubai Recommended for: Those who work out regularly and have a decent level of fitness Ice Warrior Challenge Go to the other extreme and take on a challenge in sub-zero temperatures. Held in Ski Dubai, obstacles include tyre runs, monkey bars and cargo nets.
Challenge: Difficult What: 20+ obstacles over an assault course Where: Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai Recommended for: Fans of bootcamps who want to step it up a notch www.premieronline.com
Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon This scenic half marathon winds its way up and down the creek and through Old Dubai.
Challenge: Difficult What: 21km run Where: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Recommended for: Regular runners and anyone looking for an enjoyable first half marathon experience
Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon The city’s marathon runs the length of Jumeirah Beach Road and doubles back on itself. This is a long, straight and challenging course for new and experienced marathon runners.
Challenge: Very difficult What: 42km run Where: Dubai Recommended for: Serious runners and half-marathoners who are ready to step up for their next challenge www.dubaimarathon.org (04 433 5669)
Wadi Bih – The Solo 72 The Wadi Bih Race categories include team relay distances of 50km and 72km, or solo distances of 30km and 50km through the area’s mountains and wadis – but serious runners who want to really test their limits can sign up for The Solo 72 and attempt to complete the entire route on their own.
Challenge: Extreme What: 72km run Where: Dibba, Oman Recommended for: Experienced trail runners www.wadibih.com
Urban-Ultra Extreme3 Run 140km in three stages over three days through desert mountains and sand dunes carrying with you everything you need for two nights of camping. An ultimate test of endurance, participants are expected to be completely self-supporting throughout.
Challenge: Very extreme What: 140km over three days: Day 1 – 50km; Day 2 – 40km; Day 3 – 50km Where: Ras Al Khaimah Recommended for: Extremely experienced and well-trained runners www.urbanultra.com
Urban-Ultra Hajar 100 If 140km over three days sounds like a piece of cake, sign up for this single-stage 100km trail run. Tough terrain and hotter weather make this race a challenge even for the experienced runners.
Challenge: Extra extreme What: 100km run Where: Ras Al Khaimah Recommended for: Extremely experienced and well-trained runners www.urbanultra.com
Musandam Adventure Race When it comes to a challenge, this is arguably the toughest in the region. A gruelling 35km sea kayak is followed by a 20km trail run and finished with a whopping 65km mountain bike ride. Not for the faint of heart whether competing as a team or solo.
Challenge: Extra-extreme What: 35km sea kayak, 20km trail run, 65km mountain bike ride Where: Musandam, Oman Recommended for: Extremely experienced and well-trained athletes www.premieronline.com