Thirty minutes of exercise, every day for 30 days. That’s all it takes, and that’s what the Dubai Fitness Challenge is encouraging residents to step up to. In a bid to become the healthiest city in the world, some huge health and fitness events are coming to Dubai – here are 16 of the biggest events to look out for, and how you can get involved.
Opening weekend carnival
What better way of kicking off the mammoth fitness festival than with a weekend carnival? Expect a fun-packed free weekend of events at Safa Park, with Virgin Radio host Kris Fade introduce a series of fitness demos, as well as dance classes, BodyCombat – Les Mills, plus Latin Dance by Gold’s Gym. There’s also plenty of fun for the little ones, plus come-and-try fitness zones.
Free. Fri Oct 20, 1pm-9pm; Sat Oct 21, 1pm-7pm. Safa Park, Al Wasl, www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com
Push yourself in one of the most physically demanding challenges around. The 2XU Triathlon, while a range of difficulties are available, will also present Olympic-level difficulty and distances. A 1.5 km swim, a 40 km cycle and a 10km run will be the toughest challenge, while shorter options are also available.
Dhs330 (adults), Dhs250 (under 18s). Fri Oct 20, 7am. Mamzar, Dubai, www.supersportsuae.com
Head along to practise your Vinyasa flow at Global Mala, being hosted at Safa Park on Friday October 20. Global Mala is supporting Dubai Cares, and a Dhs50 donation is requested at when you arrive on site at the registration booth.
Dhs50. Fri Oct 20 4.30pm-7pm. Safa Park, Business Bay, www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com
Dubai Desert Warrior Challenge
This home-grown obstacle race is returning for a fourth consecutive year on Friday October 20. Promising to “push boundaries, test limites and challenge even the most prepared warriors,” the various levels of events are bound to be a thorough challenge for all levels. Expect 5 km and 10 km races for adults, and a 1 km and 2 km challenge for juniors up to 15 years.
From Dhs393. Fri Oct 20 7.30am-4pm. Dubai Land, www.desertwarriorchallenge.com
JLT Run 2017
If you’re a fan of the greenery and lakes surrounding JLT, then hitting this 8km road run through the streets of Jumeirah Lakes Towers is for you. It’s the first of its kind and, starting and ending in JLT Park, will end with live entertainment and group exercise classes after the race. Registration closes on October 26.
Dhs125 (adults), Dhs50 (kids). Fri Oct 27 3pm. JLT Park, JLT, www.premieronline.com.
October Saucony Time Trial Run
Test yourself at the 5 km or 10 km time trial run, taking place at the Hamdan Sports Complex. All finishers will receive a t-shirt and participation medal, while a free breakfast will be served during the award ceremony finishing the event. Registration closes on Monday October 23, so get in quick.
From Dhs100. Fri Oct 27 from 5.30am. Hamdan Sports Complex, Opposite Global Village, www.hopasports.com
Pink Ladies Games
A new experience for ladies of all cultures and ages to come together for a series of games, sports, activities and unique challenges. All funds raised will go towards Pink Caravan, the pan-UAE breast cancer awareness initiative – so get into groups of three to five, register online and go have some fun!
Fri Oct 27 7am-noon. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR, www.pinkladiesgames.com.
Dubai City Swim
Held at Kite Beach on Saturday October 28, swimmers can sign up for this mass participation swimming event, picking a challenge distance to suit their fitness level, style and ability. Choose from a 250 m, 500 m, 1 km and 2.5 km open water swim challenge, with prices starting from Dhs185. Registration closes on Wednesday October 25, so get in quick.
From Dhs185. Sat Oct 28. Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.hopasports.com
Super Sports Run Series
Head to Meydan on Friday November 10 and take part in this come-all-ye-welcome running event. While seasoned joggers can push themselves in the 16km run, beginners and intermediate runners can get involved with the 3 km, 5 km and 10 km races. Families and groups can get cheaper entry, which ranges from Dhs125 to Dhs175.
Dhs125 to Dhs175. Fri Nov 10. The Track Golf Clubhouse, Meydan, www.supersportsuae.com
XDubai Spartan Race presented by Dubai Holding
Barbed wire, fire, swamps. The XDubai Spartan isn’t your average 10km park run. Another of the toughest obstacle races in Dubai takes place at Hatta Mountain Bike Trail – so expect some challenging terrain. Did we mention there’s a US$50,000 (Dhs183,650) prize pot up for grabs?
From Dhs364. Fri Nov 10. Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre, www.spartanarabia.com
Dubai International Triathlon 2017
This is one serious triathlon, for the swim, cycle and run fans out there. 1.5 km swimming (which is a lot harder than it sounds, if you’ve not done it before), followed by an 80-km bike ride and a 10km run. You’ll want to hit the training regime fairly sharpish if you’re planning on going into this cold.
Fri Nov 10 from 6.30am. Dubai Waterfront Jebel Ali, www.race-me-events.com
Super Sports Mina Mile Swim Series
Barasti will be the place to be for on Saturday November 11, with the Super Sports Mina Mile Open Water Swim Series taking place. Open to pros and beginners alike, choose to take part in the 200 m, 400 m, 800 m or the mile-long 1.6 km open water race. You can take part in as many races as you’d like, but registration in advance is essential.
Dhs175 (adults), Dhs125 (under 18s). Sat Nov 11 8am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, www.supersportsuae.com.
The Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife
Whether you’re a casual mall walker, or you run like Mo Farah, the Color Run presented by Daman’s ActiveLife is one of the most fun 5 km running events you’ll come across. It’s un-timed, it’s not competitive, and, most of all, it’s colourful. Start in white, and finish doused in every colour under the sun. It’s all followed by a massive after party – The Finish Festival.
Dhs160. Sat Nov 11 8.30am. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, thecolorrun.ae.
Dubai Women’s Run
Dubai Women’s run aims to inspire the women from across the city into health and fitness with this huge event expected to attract more than 10,000 women to Marasi Business Bay. It’s the seventh time the event has been held, and comes in two flavours depending on your level – 5 km and 10 km.
Dhs150 registration fee (plus US$3 bank charge). Fri Nov 17. Marasi Business Bay, www.dubaiwomensrun.com
Fitness Expo Dubai
It’s one of the world’s largest fitness expos, and Fitness Expo Dubai rolls into the Dubai Ice Rink at Dubai Mall on Friday November 17 and Saturday 18. Expedct body building sessions, health and wellness classes, fitness fashion demos, nutrition and supplements advice, seminars and more.
Nov 17-18. Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, www.fitnessexpo.ae.
Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge
All roads point to the Spinneys Dubai 92. This is one of the region’s biggest cycling challenges in which amateurs are welcome, and will take you some time to get race-ready. Thankfully, there are a couple of build-up events left to come in October and November, so hit the road, and get ready for this monster, 92 km race in December.
From Dhs300. Fri Dec 15. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.cyclechallenge.ae.