A DETAILED COMPILATION OF THE MOST EXCITING GROUP FITNESS EVENTS HAPPENING IN DUBAI OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS
In our previous blog post we brought you a detailed list of all the big group fitness events that happened within the UAE over the last 12 months. This time (so you don’t miss out) we present you with the biggest and baddest events Dubai has to offer over the coming year; ranging from basic fun runs for all standards, to extreme fitness challenges to test even the toughest of athletes. These are the most exciting big group fitness events happening this year, so strap on your running shoes, tighten your laces and bring your ‘A’ game!
Obstacle Courses & Team Challenges
Take part in one of the toughest fitness events this year in the form of the Ice Warrior Challenge. Competitors will have to overcome and test their wits against a total of 15 Commando themed obstacles in the ice and snow of Ski Dubai. Amongst the most intimidating of these obstacles are: Cargo net crawls, Zorb ball maze, Black run climb and the Monkey bars. The Ice Warrior challenge is open for both individuals and groups, so you can either go it alone or form a group with your buddies to take on this ice cold fitness challenge. Brrrrr!
Desert Warrior Challenge is fun and challenging obstacle course race, designed to test your physical power, mental strength, team-work and over all fitness as a competing warrior. Competitors need to be ready to run, jump, crawl, climb, carry and slide your way through a course designed to test even the most hardcore of athletes. This October the DWC brings us 4 different events: Ultimate Warrior, Desert Warrior, Fearless Warrior and Junior Warrior. The Ultimate Warrior being the most hardcore is designed for serious competitors only, while Desert Warrior is the main event, Fearless Warrior for warriors in training, and Junior Warrior for warriors of the future. Competitors can expect to face some serious obstacles including: Twin Peaks, Brain Freeze, Nut Cracker, Monkey Business and the aptly named MONSTER! Registration is open now for both teams and individuals and places are filling up fast, so Nutrition Souq encourages you to take the plunge and commit to this one of a kind challenge.
Reebok Spartan Race is a worldwide celebrated racing event that organizes three distinct types of races: Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super and Spartan Beast. On the 6th November they will be bringing us two races in the form of Spartan Sprint and Spartan Super together. Spartan Sprint participants will encounter 15 exhilarating obstacles in the space of a 5km run, while Spartan Super participants will have to contend with 25 gruelling obstacles over a 13km distance. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Spartan, then don’t forget to register for the one of the toughest obstacle races available in Dubai. SPARTA!!
This intimidating yet fun filled obstacle course race is known as ‘The Sand Pit’. This race is dedicated to making a difference in the world of obstacle course races by increasing the intensity and fun of obstacles incorporated into the race. Over a 10km distance obstacles will need to be tackled with teamwork and cooperation if teams wish to get to the finish line and overcome the might of The Sand Pit. Among the obstacles are: Sub zero, Into the Pit, Barbie and the Stride of Pride. We would like to tell you what these obstacles consist of, but to be honest, that would just spoil the fun. If you and your fitness crew want to put your physical, mental and team working skills to test, then there would be no better way than taking on The Sand Pit.
|Dubai Sports World|
|Event Website: http://www.dubaisportsworld.ae/|
|Date and Time: 21 June - 29 August 2015, 8:00am -1:00am|
|Location: Dubai World Trade Center|
There can be no better venue for sports and fitness enthusiasts than Dubai Sports World. Packed to the rafters with numerous sporting events and designed to cater for every type of sport imaginable, this is truly sporting heaven. The Dubai World Trade Center’s 20,000 m² arena is a massive air-conditioned indoor space that keeps you cool, while your sporting skills are on fire! Over the two and a half month window of Dubai Sports Worlds residency, you can visit with your fitness buddies and team mates to indulge in unlimited sporting action and scratch your summer sporting itch.
The Dubai Fitness Fest is an epic celebration of fitness and this year is set to to be the biggest yet. With it’s engaging and varied sporting events and challenges it’s aimed not only at the fit and healthy but also at people with all levels of fitness and from all walks of life. Expect to see professionals, amateurs, children and women and men alike looking to educate, compete and better themselves through sports and fitness.
The fest is 3 day, outdoor event consisting of endurance, fitness and strength competitions (for all abilities), free classes, fitness stands, retail outlets and much, much more. Also, expect to see meet and greets and talks from famous athletes. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a keen amateur, or someone who just wants to learn more about our colourful fitness community, we at Nutrition Souq couldn’t recommend this festival more.
|Dubai Holding Women’s Run|
|Event Website: http://www.dubaiwomensrun.com/2015/|
|Date and Time: Friday, 6th November 2015, 7:00 am|
|Location: Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai|
With a mission of raising health awareness among women in the UAE, this event creates a fun and inspiring environment for women to participate in a great fitness activity with a worthwhile cause. Dubai Holding, an investment holding company, is set to hold ‘Dubai Holding Women’s Run’ for the sixth consecutive time on the 6th November this year. The online registration for this race opens on the 1st of August 2015 and spots will be taken fast, so be sure to book your place. This event is widely anticipated to be one of the hottest group fitness events among not only women, but also among all fitness enthusiasts here in Dubai.
|The Electric Run|
|Event Website: http://electricrun.ae/en/|
|Date and Time: Friday, 6th November 2015|
|Location: Dubai Autodrome, Motor City|
Like each year, the Electric Run is set to come back to Dubai on the 6th November. We urge you not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to get yourselves charged up at this electrifying event. Take part in the Electric Run with all of your friends and explore the electric madness of this fun and quirky run by getting yourselves dressed up in all your electric finery. Participants are encouraged to dress in electric gizmos and gadgets like led lights, glow sticks, face paints and anything your wonderful minds can think of to light up the Dubai Autodrome and the night sky with this truly epic night-time 5k run. ‘Buzzin!’
The Color Run, by ActiveLife, is our city’s happiest 5km run and is back again this year on the 21st November at Dubai Autodrome. This run is less about the competition and more about adding a bit of color to your life. The only must (as ActiveLife put it themselves) is to appear dressed all in white at the start line and be prepared to be covered head to toe in color. If you want to add a bit of color to your life and uphold the spirit of health, fitness and wellbeing, then sign up for this colorful event right away. Nutrition Souq’s top tip: Wear swimming goggles!
|Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon|
|Event Website: http://www.dubaimarathon.org/|
|Link to Join the Event: Registration Opening Soon|
|Date and Time: Friday, 22nd January 2016|
|Location: Dubai Police Academy, Umm Suqeim|
Dubai’s most anticipated running event. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will be back again next year on the 22nd of January 2016. With distances ranging from the full marathon down to 10km and 3km races, there’s something for everyone. The 3km race is open for all; while the other two distances have an age limit restriction (see website for further details). Registration for the event isn’t yet open, however wannabe competitors are encouraged to check back regularly if they wish to guarantee themselves a spot. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has grown from strength to strength and is now seen as one of the leading international marathons hosting world class competitors from all over the globe. Can you go the full distance?
What better way to see the UAE than run through all 7 Emirates?! This 575km run certainly isn’t for the faint hearted with the shortest running leg covering a distance of 42km. Over a 12 day period competitors will cover a total of 575km taking in some breath taking scenery (if you have time to look at it?). The run will start at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, then cross the peninsula to Fujeirah, turn inland towards Masafi, onward to Ras Al Khaimah, before following the coastline south to Dubai. The run takes in cities, deserts, mountains and beaches, over surfaces consisting of paved roads, gravel and sand. The event can be completed as an individual, a team or as relay team. This race certainly isn’t for the beginners and only serious competitors need apply!
Corporate Fitness Events
Specifically designed for the corporate world, this event adds a boost to your life through a cheerful team relay race. Amidst the high tension of our stressful corporate lives, the Dubai Dash promises to add in a bit of fun and relaxation using fitness as its vehicle. You and your colleagues can register for the event and represent your company at the same time as having a fun filled day together. During the race, each team member will run a 1.5km loop before passing the baton on to the next team member who will repeat the process. Each team MUST consist of 10 members to participate. The cherry on top of this fabulous team event is the party which will proceed the race and fire up the excitement level even further. This event truly is about the spirit of teamwork, camaraderie and fitness all rolled into one, and shows us that even amidst our stressful corporate lives, everyone has time for fitness.
|Daman Hercules Trophy|
|Event Website: http://www.herculestrophy.com/|
|Date and Time: Saturday, 6th February 2016|
|Location: The Sevens Stadium, Dubai|
Ancient Hercules had to perform twelve impossible labours. Luckily, he was helped by Hermes and Athena, but at this Corporate team challenge with a little help from your colleagues, you have an excellent chance of succeeding. Each team will pit their wits and fitness against each other in these exciting and challenging labours. The captain of each team must decide which 4 players of his/her 7 strong team will participate in each labour. Challenges change every year, but teams can expect to see a mix of sporting, fitness and skill related labours. This is strictly a corporate challenge and each team MUST consist of 7 members. Registration is open now and teams need to visit the above website link to create a company account to be considered for the challenge.
Dubai International Triathlon is a premier quality triathlon that tests the participant’s endurance, stamina and mental toughness to the limit. This international triathlon event includes a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and a 21.1km run seeing competitors cover a total of 113km. Triathlons are events which require a high level of fitness and skill in all three disciplines, and that’s why they are seen as some of the toughest events to be competitive in. If you think you’re an all round athlete who’s got what it takes to take on the heat of Dubai International Triathlon, then register today. Registration is open now for both individuals and groups.
|Event Website: http://goo.gl/9f5bJm|
|Date and Time: February, 2016. (Exact Date will be announced soon)|
|Location: Jumeirah Beach area|
Challenge Dubai is another of Dubai’s premier triathlon events set to quench the thirst of the most hardcore of fitness lovers. Like all triathlons it will involve the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running. Distances to be covered are: 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run. The event will start with the swim from Jumeirah Beach in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, opposite Dubai’s famous World Islands. The bike will be the largest portion of the course which will head out of the city and through the sand dunes of the Nazwa Desert. Finally, the run which will head along the picturesque white sandy coastline of Dubai past the Marina and towards the Palm Jumeirah, before doubling back and finishing in the green oasis of the Jumeirah Beach Park.
Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is one of Dubai’s most widely anticipated and well represented events in the sporting calendar. Our city has a huge community of avid cyclists and this well organised events always sees cyclists and fitness enthusiasts come out in their droves. With police escorts and rolling road closures you’re sure to get the ‘biking buzz’ as you fly through neighbourhoods with residents cheering you on. The Peleton will all start at the same time and competitors can choose to do either the 46km or 92km distance. Cyclists choosing to do the further distance must make it in under the event ‘cut off’ time otherwise will be guided around the 46km course. All finishers irrespective of distance will receive a medal for their valiant efforts. Build up rides are organised on a monthly basis (each one getting further in length) before the big event on Friday 11th so competitors get a chance to build their endurance. Registration for all build up rides and the main event are open now, so follow the link and hit the registration button. We promise you won’t regret it.
|OBSTACLE COURSE & TEAM CHALLENGES||DATES||LOCATION|
|ICE Warrior Challenge||Friday, 2nd October 2015||Ski Dubai|
|GMC Desert Warrior Challenge||Friday, 23rd October 2015||Dubai Police Training Facility, Al Rawia|
|Reebok Spartan Race||Friday, 6th November 2015||Jebel Ali Racecourse|
|The Sand Pit||Friday, 20th November 2015|
|Dubai Sports World||21st June - 29th August 2015||Dubai World Trade Center|
|Dubai Fitness Festival||Thursday, 5th November - Saturday, 7th November 2015||Dubai Autodrome, Motor City|
|Dubai Holding Women’s Run||Friday, 6th November 2015||Al Mamzar Beach Park|
|The Electric Run||Friday, 6th November 2015||Dubai Autodrome, Motor City|
|The Color Run||Saturday, 21st November 2015||Dubai Autodrome, Motor City|
|Dubai Standard Chartered Marathon||Friday, 22nd January 2016||Dubai Police Academy, Umm Suqeim|
|The 7 Emirates Run||Saturday, 21st November - Wednesday, 02nd December 2015||Abu Dhabi, Corniche|
|CORPORATE FITNESS EVENTS||DATES||LOCATION|
|Dubai Dash||Wednesday, 9th December 2015||Dubai Sports City|
|Daman Hercules Trophy||6th February 2016||Dubai Sevens Stadium|
|Dubai International Triathlon||Saturday, 14th November 2015||TBC|
|Dubai Challenge||February, 2016||Jumeirah Beach Area|
|Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge||Friday, 11th December 2015||Dubai Autodrome, Motor City|
Author: Alex Pascoe
Author Bio: Alex is the head of operations and head trainer of Nutrition Souq (www.nutritionsouq.com). He is a certified personal trainer, self confessed fitness nut and entrepreneur, and is on a mission to make the UAE fitter, healthier and happier