Lace up your trainers and get ready for the running season in Dubai
Many a fitness coach will tell you that it’s important to set goals, so as the athletics calendar starts to fill up with races for September and beyond, now’s your chance to get signed up for one of the city’s best.
Dubai Desert Road Run One of the first runs of the season, this is a series of monthly races for experienced and amateur athletes. The event consists a of 10km flat road run and a 3km fun run for newbies juniors. This event offers a great way for unseasoned and returning runners to get back into their stride, and if you don’t get a medal this time, you can try again next month. Registration closes Monday September 21. Dhs120 (10km), Dhs80 (3km fun run and children under 13). September 26, 6.30am. The Sevens Village area, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.premieronline.com (050 624 5095).
Ice Warrior Charity Challenge VI
Promising the ‘toughest commando assault course on snow’, this sub-zero race will get athletes powering through up to 15 different obstacles on the slopes of Ski Dubai. Challengers will face an assortment of obstacles, including a cargo net crawl, Zorb ball maze and monkey bars. Athletes need to be moderately fit to get through the course and can also enter as a team. The proceeds of this year’s event go towards supporting Dubai Centre for Special Needs. To get involved, sign up by Sunday September 27. Dhs250. October 2, 8am. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.facebook.com/skidxb (04 409 925).
JLL Roy Nasr Memorial triathlon 2015 This race honours local triathlete Roy Nasr who was tragically killed in a road accident while riding his bike in 2013. This year, competitors can enter the ‘super sprint’ (375m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run) and ‘sprint’ (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) distances. The event will be held on the grounds of JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Seasoned athletes and first-timers can expect a welcoming atmosphere, and as the first major triathlon of the season, this is a good event at which to test your training. Register before Saturday October 10. Dhs350 (adults), Dhs300 (under 18s). October 17, 6.45am. JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali, www.race-me-events.com (052 712 8950).
GMC Desert Warrior Challenge
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s Desert Warrior Challenge promises to be just as tough and as fun. The obstacles have been overhauled and promise to offer a mental and physical challenge to athletes of all abilities. Adults can choose to enter the 5km ‘Fearless’ event, which has 12 obstacles and is non-timed, the 10km ‘Desert’ non-timed event or the ‘Ultimate’ course, which is a 10km timed event with more than 20 obstacles. New for this year is a Junior Warrior Challenge – a 1.5km non-timed event. Sign up before Friday August 28 for early-bird discounts. Registration closes Tuesday October 20. Dhs125-170 (juniors), Dhs315-570 (adults). October 23, 7am. Dubai Police Training Facility, Al Rawia, www.desertwarriorchallenge.com (no number).
Dubai Spartan Race This is another obstacle race that’s back for a second year. The Spartan Sprint and Super races will throw everything at its participants – mud, water, signature obstacles – all designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. The ‘Sprint’ is a 5km run with 15 obstacles and the ‘Super’ is a 13km race with 20 obstacles. It’s designed to really test those who dare to take it on. Pre-register online to get discounted entry fees. November 6, 6am. Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha, www.spartanrace.ae (no number).
Electric Run Dubai Run alongside British Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes at this night run, which is on its way to Dubai for the first time. The event is billed as the brightest 5km run around, and is sponsored by Daman’s health and wellness initiative ActiveLife. The Electric Run is un-timed, so all abilities and ages can get involved and take the course at their own pace. Participants will run and dance through ‘wonderlands of light and music’, and the organisers plan to round off the event with a concert featuring some of the UAE’s top DJs. Dhs165 (team of four when registered before September 6), Dhs185 (individuals before September 6). November 6. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.electricrun.ae (no number).
Dubai International Triathlon This half-iron distance triathlon features a 1.9km open water swim in the sea near Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, a 90km bike ride from there through the Al Qudra Cycle Path to Emirates International Endurance Village and a 21.1km run between Al Qudra Cycle Path and Bab Al Shams.Last year’s inaugural event was popular, so triathletes should book in for this one early. Registration closes Wednesday November 4. Dhs950 (individuals), Dhs1,200 (teams). November 14, 6.30am. www.dubai-tri.com (no number).
The Color Run Saturday November 21 may be a long way off, but the so-called ‘happiest 5K on the planet’ tends to sell out wherever it’s held in the world, so to avoid the scramble for a race pack and for early-bird discounts, sign up and get your entries in before Sunday October 18. Dhs140, plus Dhs21 courier fee (early-bird tickets). November 21. www.thecolorrun.ae (no number).