The Best 'Big Group Fitness Events' From the Last year in UAE

MASSIVE GROUP FITNESS EVENTS ARE ALL THE RAGE IN THE UAE – HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED LAST YEAR.

Image source: Original Article appeared on The National, UAE

We humans are social beings. We always like to hang around with each other and we like to do things together. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the BIGGEST group fitness events in the UAE – including obstacle courses, marathons, triathlons and groovy running events.

What is our general idea of a big group fitness event? Big group fitness events are where you and your friends can get a team together and compete in amazing fitness challenges. Massive group fitness events come in many shapes and sizes – from obstacle courses like the Spartan Race to running events like the color run. Amidst this international hype for Big Sport Events, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are some of the most sought after locations in the world for these events.


Here’s a list of some of the amazing events you may have heard about or even joined in over the last 12 months:

Dubai Spartan Race
Date: 20 February 2015

Venue: Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Event Link: http://spartanrace.ae/race-details/?event_id=566/dubai-sprint-uae§ion=results&lang=en
News Links: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/reebok-spartan-race-coming-to-dubai
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/mud-and-sand-order-of-day-as-thousands-take-part-in-uaes-first-spartan-race

Event Overview:

With a total of 15 obstacles and lots of mud the Spartan Sprint took place on the last 20 February, where hundreds of athletes from all over the globe took part with high energy and enthusiasm. It was the first time that this internationally acclaimed race came to UAE and the race was a grand success right away. Along with the main racing event of 5 kilometers sprint, the organizers also had a junior race section for the kids this time that was 1.8 kilometers long and was filled with obstacles. And this year’s one is coming soon!


Desert Warrior Challenge
Date: 17th October 2014 & 24th April 2015

Venue: Jabel Ali, Yas Marina Circuit
Event Link: http://www.desertwarriorchallenge.com/
News Links: http://gulfnews.com/multimedia/gntv/sport/highlights-from-the-desert-warrior-challenge-in-dubai-1.1401034
http://www.timeoutdubai.com/sportandoutdoor/features/64357-desert-warrior-challenge-returns-to-dubai

Event Overview:

Desert Warrior Challenge surely is one of the hardest obstacle races held here in UAE. It is designed with 22 high intensity obstacles and to overcome these you need physical strength along with mental and emotional strength. Besides, teamwork and camaraderie is also essential for successfully completing the obstacles. The Desert Warrior challenge occurred two times till now and the third one is due to set pretty soon. The last two events were very successful and saw almost 2000 participants taking part in both the events. So, if you do not want to miss the next one go to the above mentioned event link right away.

Another Such Event With Opposite Setting:


The Sand Pit Race
Date: 17 April 2015

Venue: Al Barari, Dubai
Event Link: http://thesandpitrun.com/events
News Links: http://whatson.ae/dubai/knowledge/24384/the-sand-pit-race-2015-announced/

Event Overview:

Another fierce obstacle course run like the Desert Warrior Challenge and the Spartan Race is The Sand Pit Race. This was the first time the Sand Pit Race was held here at Dubai and was a grand success, because obstacle races are in vogue now with us Dubaians. With Sand Pit Race the participants had another extreme experience of overcoming real-time obstacles - a total of 15 in number within a race of 10k. The registration is on for the next event.

Other Such Events:


The Color Run
Date: 29 November 2014

Event Overview:

Another fun filled 5K run here in Dubai is The Color Run presented by Active Life. This fun run is popular all over the world and in Dubai too it was no exception. This event was sold out in just two weeks of registration and thousands took part for having a colorful day at the Dubai Autodrome. The event will be coming back this year again. So, keep your eyes on the website.


Neo Run
Date: 10 April 2015

Venue: Dubai Autodrome
Event Link: http://neorun.com/
News Links: http://sport360.com/article/more-sports/35184/join-3000-runners-neorun-brings-colour-dubai-autodrome

Event Overview:

A different sort of an event was Dubai Neo Run. It was the first ever UV paint run in Dubai for upholding fun, health, fitness and wellbeing. During the event over 3000 participants came to take part and colored the Dubai Autodrome race track. Being a fun run it was more about enjoying the huge get together along with all the colors and sound than actually winning the race.


Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2015
Date: 23 January 2015

Venue: Dubai Police Academy, Umm Suqeim
Event Link: http://www.dubaimarathon.org/
News Links: http://www.dubaimarathon.org/news/ethiopian-clean-sweep-at-standard-chartered-dubai-marathon/

Event Overview:

Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is one of the biggest and most prestigious marathons of the world where the best athletes from all over the globe take part. Offering a fabulous prize money of AED 200000 for the first place holder the race starts the Madinat Jumeirah end of Umm Suqeim Road and finishes at Dubai Police academy. Last year’s 1st prize was snatched away by the young Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu Hayle. The marathon recurs each year, so if you have missed the previous years’ race, then make it sure to follow up with the website.


Dubai Desert Triathlon 2015
Date: 13 March 2015

Event Overview:

One of the most exciting big group fitness events category is triathlons and among all the triathlons held at UAE Dubai Desert Triathlon is surely the most successful and popular to us Dubaians. That time the event attracted almost 300 participants. This was the third edition of this epic triathlon that was held at this march and the event is likely to take place again the next year. So, keep your eyes open. The triathlon includes traditional Horse riding, cycling and running within its disciplines.

Some Other Triathlons

Triathlons are fitness events where three distinct type of physical activities are combined together for making up a single racing event. Most of the time the three events selected for the triathlons are swimming, cycling and running. Triathlons are very popular in terms of big group fitness events here in UAE and many triathlons have occurred throughout the span of the last year here are some of the biggest one that you may have missed. But make it sure not to miss the upcoming ones from the organizers.


Health and Fitness Fun Festival 2015
Date: 11 - 13 March 2015

Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Event Link: http://www.actvet.ac.ae/en/EventsCalendar/Health-Fitness-Fun-Festival.aspx
News Links: http://www.healthfitness.ae/

Event Overview:

Began at 10 in the morning on 11th March, the event was organized by ACTVET. The main purpose of the event was to bring together health and fitness enthusiasts, medical experts, chefs, nutritionists, fitness clubs, organizations and businesses focused on healthy living to promote health and fitness awareness and knowledge. Besides, being a congregation of likeminded people the festival naturally offers lots of fun and pleasurable moments and activities.


Dubai Holding Vertical Marathon 2015
Date: 3 April 2015

Venue: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Event Link:
http://dubaiholding.com/media-centre/press-releases/2015/430-dubai-holding-vertical-marathon-raises-aed-335-000-for-al-jalila-foundation
News Links:
http://www.kv.ae/media-centre/latest-news/528-dubai-holding-vertical-marathon-taking-place-on-03rd-april-2015/

Event Overview:

Dubai Holding Vertical Marathon is the world’s fifth largest vertical marathon event and is proudly sponsored by Dubai Holding, a global investment holding company. Basically it is a fundraiser. This year almost 300 hundred participants took part in the event and the event raised a record amount AED 335000 for the funds. To be exact the marathon experienced 297 participants climbing the 1,334 steps, 265 meters and 52 floors to the top of Jumeirah Emirates Towers this year and is likely to happen the next year again. So, stay tuned.


Dubai Sports World
Date: 11 Jun - 30 Aug 2014

Venue: Sheikh Saeed Hall 1, Sheikh Saeed Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena
Event Link:
http://www.dwtc.com/en/events/Pages/1-July-Dec%202014%20Calendar%20Events/Dubai%20Sports%20World.aspx#.VaVwpvllDIU
News Links: http://sport360.com/event/fitness/17446/dubai-sports-world-2014
Website: http://www.dubaisportsworld.ae/

Event Overview:

With a wide range of sporting facility incorporated into the Sports World’s 28000 sqm area, Dubai Sports World is one of the biggest indoor big group sporting events. You will have there all the fun filled facilities for rugby, football, basketball, tennis, futsal, volleyball, badminton, squash, gym, skate boarding, bmx bike riding, table tennis and many more. Here you can come with your whole group and can play the game of your choice. What is most interesting is that this year’s Dubai Sports World is still going on for you to enjoy.


Dubai Fitness and Performance Classic
Date: 1 – 4 October 2014

Venue: Za'abeel Hall, Dubai World Trade Center
Event Link: http://www.dubaifpc.com/
News Links: http://whatson.ae/dubai/knowledge/16630/dubai-fitness-and-performance-classic-full-details/

Event Overview:

Dubai fitness and Performance classic is one of the premium destinations for all the bodybuilding enthusiasts, clubs, gyms and amateurs. It is a four day long group event comprising of bodybuilding competition for all the levels of bodybuilders along with showcasing new innovations and products in the fitness and sporting industry. This year’s event is coming soon. Keep an eye on their or our websites.


Ashurst Sprint Aquathon
Date: 1 November 2014 | 3 January 2015 | 18 April 2015

Venue: Jabel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai
Event Link: http://www.race-me-events.com/events-1/
News Links: http://sport360.com/article/athletics/30558/ashurst-sprint-aquathlon-starts-its-second-edition-jebel-ali-golf-resort

Event Overview:

Aquathlons are fitness practices involving water, specially swimming in the water. Ashurst Sprint Aquathlon races have been organized by Race Me Events three times till now and they are set for the fourth time real soon. In this aquathlon the participants have to swim 750 m in the sea and then run another 5k to finish the race. Participants from all the fitness level and age can take part in this group event, which is very enjoyable.


Dubai Desert Road Run

Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dubai-Desert-Road-Run/276792465718267?sk=info&tab=page_info

Event Overview:

Dubai Desert Road Run is a big group fitness event consists of a 10km road race, and a 3km fun run. Both are held on safe, traffic free, private roads. It is held three times throughout the year so that the participants can keep track of their gradual progress over the year. These events surely are a superb opportunity for athletes to come together and to assess their fitness and strength.

More Details:

Other Such Events:


Spinneys Build Up Ride

Event Overview:

Spinneys Build Up Ride is a cycling event organized by Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge and has been organized four times till now. It is one of Dubai’s premium cycling group events for fitness enthusiasts of all level.

Here are the details on each of the four events organized till now


Naish UAE N1SCO SUP Race
Date: 19 September 2014

Venue: Yas Marina
Event Link: http://www.kitesurfsup.com/en/
http://www.premieronline.com/event/Naish_UAE_N1SCO_SUP_races_1208#info
News Links: http://sport360.com/event/kayaking/25718/naish-uae-n1sco-sup-races

Event Overview:

Entry for all with no experience needed this could have been you dream sup race. Even if you did not have your own Naish One the organizers themselves would have managed one for you. This was the first among the series of 5 rounds and was of 100m sprint race only. This event was not only fun and exciting for the participants, but also very enjoyable to the spectators as the full race could be viewed by them. Thus it became an event for a whole family to enjoy.

Other Such Events:


 

Author: Damian Brennan
Author Bio: Damian is the founder of Nutrition Souq. He is a gym junkie, sports enthusiast, entrepreneur and totally focused on improving the fitness industry in the Middle East.