Dubai’s Top Obstacle Course Races and Running Events

Push yourself to your LIMIT

We’ve done some digging to find the BEST Obstacle Course Races and Running Events Dubai has to offer in the coming months. At Nutrition Souq we love a good physical challenge and we encourage you to find your inner warrior and take on one (or more) of these epic events. Hoorah!

OBSTACLE COURSE RACES:

OBSTACLE COURSE RACE CHEAT SHEET
EVENT LOCATION DATE
ICE WARRIOR CHALLENGE SKI DUBAI, MOE 2/10/15
GMC DESERT WARRIOR CHALLENGE AL RAWIA 23/10/15
SPARTAN RACE JEBEL ALI RACECOURSE 6/11/15
THE SAND PIT RUN AL BARARI 20/11/15

ICE WARRIOR CHALLENGE

EVENT DETAILS:

The only competition which challenges participants to push the boundaries of their physical fitness in -4 degrees

WHERE:

Ski Dubai, Mall of The Emirates, Dubai

WHEN:

Friday 2nd October 2015, 8:00am

COST:

AED 250 Per Participant

REGISTRATION:

https://goo.gl/jWNpEo

PROFITS:

All proceeds, including registration fees, will go to The Dubai Centre for Special Needs

PHONE CONTACT:

T +971 4 6032257 or
M +971 56 216 9286

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"Aligned with our ongoing commitment to giving back to the local community, we have created a challenge where all proceeds are donated to the Dubai Centre for Special Needs. This aims to ensure that children with disabilities receive the highest standards of service in specialized education and therapy.

The event also provides participants with the opportunity to be involved in a one-of-a-kind charitable event in a unique environment that tests the boundaries of physical endurance, mental strength, stamina and overall fitness."

Who is the event for?

"Anyone over the age of 15 is welcome to participate in the Ice Warrior Challenge. We have a large number of fitness enthusiasts signing up every year and, although a certain level of fitness is required for serious competitors, we also encourage individuals and teams to participate simply for the fun and unique experience."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Participants must overcome a diversity of unique challenges and navigate through and around 15 or so obstacles in -4 degrees, all of which are new every year to add an element of surprise. This year’s course will include ice wall hurdles, tangled rope climbs, monkey bars, truck tire navigation and snow shovelling just to name a few."

Event Timetable:

"The event start timings will be sent to all participants 24 hours prior to the event. The first group will begin at 8:00am in 3 minute intervals."

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"It is the only competition which challenges participants to push the boundaries of their physical fitness in -4 degrees. Thanks to our Sponsors, all participants will also receive give-aways and vouchers. The Ice Warrior Challenge will crown one male and one female participant as first place winners. These winning warriors will each receive 3 nights stay at the Cristallo Hotel in Italy, a main sponsor of the event. Thanks to Ski Dubai’s airline sponsor, Air France/KLM, roundtrip economy tickets to the Italian resort will also be included. The first place prize also includes ground transfers to and from the airport as well as Ski Lessons at the resort. There will also be dinner and spa vouchers, gym memberships and various other exciting prizes for runner up participants."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"For this event, the entire facility is transformed into a snowy obstacle course inside of the world’s largest indoor snow park. The unique commando assault course, featuring around 15 obstacles, pushes the boundaries of participants’ physical fitness in -4 degrees, while providing them with the opportunity to contribute towards a great cause and take advantage of a unique experience."

How many events will there be yearly?

"The event is held once annually."

How many events have been held in the past?

"This is the 6th consecutive Ice Warrior Challenge event."

What is the expected size of the event?

"At the moment, we are anticipating around 300 participants, however, we can host up to 400 with a late opening of the facility."

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GMC DESERT WARRIOR CHALLENGE

EVENT DETAILS:

Desert Warrior Challenge is a fun and challenging obstacle course race designed to test physical strength, mental toughness, team-work and overall fitness of each and every warrior.

WHERE:

Dubai Police Training Academy, Al Rawia

WHEN:

Friday 23rd October 2015, 7:00am

COST:

AED 350-AED 477 Per Participant (dependant on category entered)

REGISTRATION:

https://dwcdubai2015.eventbrite.com/

EVENT WEBSITE:

http://www.desertwarriorchallenge.com

PHONE CONTACT:

Contact form on website.

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"The idea of the Desert Warrior Challenge (DWC) is to provide a platform for the community to get involved in a different style of physical activity. We want to see as many people outside and being as active as possible and DWC is the perfect opportunity for people to do that. It's fun, accessible to nearly everyone and is unique."

Who is the event for?

"The event is for everyone! We have the 10km timed events for the warrior participants that want to challenge themselves and push themselves to their limit, and then we have the non-timed (5km and 10km) events for the participants that want to be involved, but with no pressure to secure the best time. We also have a junior warrior event, which is great preparation for when they can enter the open warrior category."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Be prepared to have a great time. A lot of participants are initially scared about the idea of the event, but once they are involved and on the course all of those fears seem to be a distant memory. The event is about team work, so you never feel alone when facing the challenging obstacles. There's always a great atmosphere with the music pumping and people all simply enjoying the day out."

Event Timetable:

"The event will kick off at 7am and will finish around 5pm. The main prize giving ceremony will be at 1030am."

http://www.desertwarriorchallenge.com/thebigday/24/DWC-DUBAI-2015

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"The Desert Warrior Challenge is a homegrown event that was the first adventure obstacle course to be held in Dubai. We pride ourselves on making it all about the 'experience' of the event and in particular, our obstacles. Adrenaline obstacles are a big must for us.... we like to get people's hearts pumping and to really challenge them, so at the end of it all they feel that they have really achieved something."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"Obstacles, obstacles, obstacles.... we invest a huge amount into the obstacles and without a doubt it is the thing our Warriors like the most. Add to this the great atmosphere in the base camp, the extensive 8 week ‘Warrior Training program’ we provide and the Warrior after party we organize and hopefully everyone is having a great time."

How many events will there be yearly?

"We will be holding 2-3 events yearly within the UAE, and will soon be launching our first regional event."

How many events have been held in the past?

"This will be the 2nd DWC event in Dubai."

What is the expected size of the event?

"We are expecting to see 2500-3500 Warriors at the GMC DWC 2015, along with 400+ spectators throughout the day."

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SPARTAN RACE

EVENT DETAILS:

Spartan Race is the world's leading obstacle race. With over a million racers in 21 countries - we like to say we know a thing or two about obstacle racing.

WHERE:

Jebel Ali Racecourse, Al Barsha - Behind Tecom

WHEN:

Friday 6th November 2015, (am)

COST:

Upon Registration

REGISTRATION:

http://goo.gl/jKfhrV

EVENT WEBSITE:

Global site: http://www.spartan.com/
local site: http://www.spartanrace.ae/

PHONE CONTACT:

+971(0)569 33 1408

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"It's for ripping people off the couch so they can reinvent themselves"

Who is the event for?

"All ages, sizes, & egos!"

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Expect mud, mud, and more mud, cause we make mud look good!"

Event Timetable:

Visit www.spartanrace.ae

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"Our Spartans make every event special with their dedication and camaraderie"

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"Our signature obstacles, festival area and our mud!"

How many events will there be yearly?

"Twice a year for Dubai."

How many events have been held in the past?

"We have a race EVERY weekend year round somewhere around the world!"

What is the expected size of the event?

"8,000 Spartans and at least 1,500 spectators."

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THE SAND PIT RUN

EVENT DETAILS:

The Sand Pit is a 10 kilometer obstacle run that tests your physical and mental abilities like no other race can.

WHERE:

Al Barari

WHEN:

Friday 20th November 2015, 7:00am

COST:

AED 330 Per Participant

REGISTRATION:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sand-pit-tickets-13939548565

EVENT WEBSITE:

http://www.thesandpitrun.com/

PHONE CONTACT:

050 9293226

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"The Sand Pit is a 10 kilometer obstacle run that tests your physical and mental abilities like no other race can. You will experience what you are truly capable of and how valuable teamwork is to accomplish such daunting challenges. You can expect these three things: fellowship, unleashing your true self and FUN!"

Who is the event for?

"As long as you are above 18, the event is for anyone and everyone. It doesn't matter how fit you are, what shape, nor what size, anyone can be a ‘Pitizen’."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"For ‘Pitizens’, The Sand Pit is not about how fast they overcame our course, but more about letting go, turning inward and finding the strength to meet life's daily challenges, overcome the obstacles and keep charging forward."

Event Timetable:

https://www.facebook.com/events/137409823257103/

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"According to our ‘Pitizens’, The Sand Pit is the most organized obstacle run to date. Despite the positive feedback, we still want to set the bar higher and have reached out directly to our ‘Pitizens’ to get their thoughts on where and how we can do more. We will always innovate and always engage with our ‘Pitizens’ throughout the process. We want our ‘Pitizens’ to walk away with the best experience and with a renewed commitment to take on their own daily challenges."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"Beyond our events, we are building a community of ‘Pitizens’. ‘Pitizens’ are more than people who have taken part in The Sand Pit. A ‘Pitizen’ is someone who has taken the decision to treat obstacles in their daily lives as solvable challenges. They also realise that cooperating with their fellow man, versus competing with them, yields more positive outcomes in life. Our ‘Pitizen’ community is rapidly expanding and we continue to engage with them to help them champion their own goals."

How many events will there be yearly?

"2 events per city, per year."

How many events have been held in the past?

"1 event held in the past."

What is the expected size of the event?

"2,000 Participants +."

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RUNNING RACES:

RUNNING RACE CHEAT SHEET
EVENT LOCATION DATE
WE RUN DUBAI - NIKE 10K DOWNTOWN DUBAI 13/11/15
DAMAN ACTIVELIFE ELECTRIC RUN MEYDAN 6/11/15
DAMAN ACTIVELIFE COLOR RUN DUBAI AUTODROME 21/11/15
7 EMIRATES RUN UAE WIDE 21/11/15 - 2/12/15
STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON JUMEIRAH BEACH ROAD 22/1/16

WE RUN DUBAI - NIKE 10KM

EVENT DETAILS:

Nike are taking over Dubai with another epic 10km road race. Burn through the city and beat your personal best.

WHERE:

Emmar Boulevard - Downtown Dubai

WHEN:

Friday 13th November, 7:00am

COST:

AED 100 Per Participant

REGISTRATION:

https://www.nike.com/events-registration/event?id=19455

EVENT WEBSITE:

http://www.nike.com/xm/en_gb/c/running/we-run-dubai

PHONE CONTACT:

N/A

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"We Run Dubai, Nike 10km is a one of it’s kind road race which forms part of the ‘We Run Series’ which encourages being active and running for everyone"

Who is the event for?

"The event is for everyone. The ‘We Run Series’ is designed to bring the community to burn through the city by foot and encourage physical activity."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Try it, you won’t be disappointed. There is a real buzz to the event, starting with a group exercise warm up which leads into a fantastic race. With all the support of runners around you, the motivational element of the run is fantastic. As a competitor you cannot fail to have a good time."

Event Timetable:

N/A

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"The event brings together so many people. It really is a community. This community is one big support mechanism for all runners taking part and it is this which makes the run so special."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"PURE ENJOYMENT! The ‘We Run Series’ really is great fun. No other race in Dubai has such a fantastic route around the centre of the city. The scenery is truly amazing and the people who run alongside you are even better."

How many events will there be yearly?

"1 Annually."

How many events have been held in the past?

"2 events. The will be the third We Run Dubai."

What is the expected size of the event?

"The event has been a huge success. Last year over 8000 runners competed. This year we expect to see that increase significantly."

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DAMAN ACTIVELIFE ELECTRIC RUN

EVENT DETAILS:

Electric Run is the ultimate night time 5k adventure to share with friends, where the participants are an integrated part of the show. Featuring immersive ‘Lands of light’ and sounds that transport the participant into an electric wonderland.

WHERE:

Meydan

WHEN:

Friday 6th November 2015, 5pm

COST:

AED 183 Per Participant

REGISTRATION:

https://goo.gl/j8MSmJ or at Fitness First Clubs throughout the UAE

EVENT WEBSITE:

www.ElectricRun.ae

PHONE CONTACT:

N/A

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"ActiveLife Electric Run is the biggest 5K night run to ever take place in the region. Dubbed as the World’s Brightest 5K run the event combines lights, music and exercise all in one unique experience for people of all ages. This is a first of its kind event which makes its debut in Dubai on 6 November at Meydan before moving on to Abu Dhabi in early 2016."

Who is the event for?

"No matter how old, how fit, or how cool, everyone is welcome to this event. Electric Runners can run, walk or dance their way to the finish line where the race then culminates into an end of race party featuring renowned DJs treating runners to the most unforgettable finish line experience."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Grab your family and friends and get involved. Don’t miss out on one of the region’s most exciting events!"

Event Timetable:

"Doors open at 5pm."

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"One of the greatest things about this event is its ability to attract people of all ages and fitness abilities wherever it goes. Electric Runners have the chance to showcase their neon creations and become part of the show which is more than just a running event. People can walk, run or dance their way to the finish line which makes this event attainable for everyone."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"ActiveLife Electric Run is a unique 5K night run set to treat participants to an ethereal wonderland featuring seven unique course lands weaving through the course. Electric Run skyrocketed in popularity since 2013 and has electrified London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney and New York. It has reached millions of Electric Runners worldwide and has been a great success and a ‘must-do’ event all around the world."

How many events will there be yearly?

"Currently, ActiveLife Electric Run is confirmed to take place in Dubai on 6 November in Meydan and in Abu Dhabi in early 2016. With the growing popularity of the event across the world and hopefully in the UAE we might look at bringing it back next year.
More details on the Abu Dhabi event will be shared soon. We encourage Electric Run fans to sign up on our website www.ElectricRun.ae to receive all the latest news and updates on our upcoming events."

How many events have been held in the past?

"This will be the Electric Run’s debut."

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THE COLOR RUN™ PRESENTED BY DAMAN’S ACTIVELIFE

EVENT DETAILS:

The happiest 5k on the planet

WHERE:

Dubai Autodrome, Motor City

WHEN:

Saturday 21st November 2015, 7:15am

COST:

AED 160 Per Participant + AED25 delivery fee

REGISTRATION:

https://goo.gl/CRlbme

EVENT WEBSITE:

http://thecolorrun.ae/dubai | www.facebook.com/thecolorrunUAE

PHONE CONTACT:

Via website

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"The Color Run™, presented by the National Health Insurance Company – Daman through its ActiveLife initiative, is a unique celebration of health, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community. The untimed 5km fun run, dubbed the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, aims to inspire and encourage an active lifestyle across the UAE."

Who is the event for?

"Anyone can be a Color Runner -whether you’re a casual mall-walker, a mom with a stroller or an Olympic athlete! The Color Run™ presented by Daman’s ActiveLife is perfect for people of all ages, sizes and fitness levels."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run™ is a five-kilometer, un-timed fun run where thousands of ‘Color Runners’ are doused head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

1. Arrive dressed in pristine white

2. Cross the finish line covered from head-to-toe in colored powder, sparkles and confetti!

The fun doesn’t end at the Finish Line – Color Runners will be greeted by a larger-than-life party, full of music, dancing, color throws and glitter. Trust us – this is the best post-5k party on the planet."

Event Timetable:

7.15 am: Festival site opens. Follow the directions of our friendly volunteers.

8.15 am: Color Runners line up at the start line wearing white.

8.30 am: Start waves begin – Waves will go every 3-6 minutes.

8.45 am: Finish Festival begins – Color throws will take place every 15-20 happy minutes.

9.15 am: Start Line closes. If you are not at the start line before 9.15am you will not get to run.

11.30 am: Finish Festival ends.

12 noon: Event concludes – Have a great day Color Runners!

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"The atmosphere at The Color Run™ is simply incomparable! Dubai Autodrome will burst into a kaleidoscope of color on 21 November as thousands of participants are covered in colored powder, sparkles and confetti whilst they walk, jog, dance and cartwheel their way round the five kilometre course.

The venue will be filled with music to add to the incredible atmosphere and the festivities will be led by Runicorn, The Color Run’s official mascot.

This year’s event will bring The Shine Tour to Dubai for first time with a revamped Finish Festival pumping fluorescent color and glitter into the fun-loving crowds."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"The Color Run™ presented by Daman’s ActiveLife offers a captivating atmosphere where friendsand family enjoy being active together as they are showered with color, confetti and sparkles.

The event is unique in that people of any age, size and fitness level can take part and equally enjoy the experience. From first-time runners looking to ease into a healthier lifestyle to experienced athletes eager to put some ‘color’ back into their exercise routine."

How many events will there be yearly?

"The Color Run™ presented by Daman’s ActiveLife is held annually in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is the third time we have brought the event to Dubai due to popular demand…it just keeps getting better and better!"

How many events have been held in the past?

"The Color Run™ has proved hugely popular across the UAE, with each event selling out weeks in advance. A sell-out capacity of 12,000 Color Runners took part in the 2014 event and organisers expect another sell out event in 2015. With the ‘early bird’ promotion having sold out over the summer, organisers are urging aspiring Color Runners to sign up as early as possible to avoid disappointment via www.thecolorrun.ae or heading to an Adventure HQ store in Times Square or JBR in Dubai or Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi."

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7 EMIRATES RUN

EVENT DETAILS:

Enhancing the unity of the seven emirates by completing an ultra marathon that touches and crosses each of the 7 emirates of the UAE.

WHERE:

UAE Wide - Starting in Abu Dhabi

WHEN:

Saturday 21st November - Wednesday 2nd December 2015

COST:

Varies according to category: AED 77 (10km), AED 177 (full day), AED 777 (relay team), AED 1,777 (575km full course)

REGISTRATION:

www.hopasports.com/7er

EVENT WEBSITE:

http://www.7emiratesrun.com/en/

PHONE CONTACT:

N/A

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"7EmiratesRun in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation is a community and charity sports event with the mission Run for Help. Run for Health. Run for Fun."

Who is the event for?

"No other mode of transportation will be used other than your own two feet. So a good level of fitness in needed.

It is gauged that the longest day will be around 9hrs on the feet (56km); but this is the limit for any day during the Run.
There are no rest days; running will take place on consecutive days."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Our running event is for charity and we believe our event encompasses these three key factors:"

HELP by raising funds for children who are unable to walk

HEALTH by showcasing our run as part of a healthy lifestyle

FUN by enjoying time together as a team and discovering the UAE on foot

Event Timetable:

http://www.7emiratesrun.com/en/OUR_ROUTE.html

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"We give back to the community by helping children get back on their feet. It is an ultra marathon with a difference that touches and crosses each of the 7 emirates of the UAE."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"7EmiratesRun is a real challenge with a difference.There is no other event where you get to see the beauty of each Emirate by foot."

How many events will there be yearly?

"1 Annually."

How many events have been held in the past?

"3 events. The event has run in the following years: 2010, 2013, 2014."

What is the expected size of the event?

"Approximately 77 people are expected to complete the last day on the occasion of UAE National Day, but many more will join for shorter legs from 10km up to 1 full days running."

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STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON

EVENT DETAILS:

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is an annual event that has, over the past 16 years, grown to become the biggest mass participation event in the Middle East

WHERE:

Umm Suqeim Road opposite the Madinat Jumeirah

WHEN:

Friday January 22nd , 2016, Time - TBC

COST:

120USD/AED440

REGISTRATION:

http://www.dubaimarathon.org/race-info/how-to-register/

EVENT WEBSITE:

WWW.DUBAIMARATHON.ORG

PHONE CONTACT:

+971 (0)4 4335669

General Questions:

What is the event for?

"The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is an annual event that has, over the past 16 years, grown to become the biggest mass participation event in the Middle East. With three races - a 4km Fun Run, 10km Road Race and the full Marathon itself - the day offers athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to compete alongside thousands of other runners."

Who is the event for?

"Certified as a Gold Label event by the IAAF, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon attracts world class elites as well as weekend joggers in a field of more around 25,000."

What would you tell someone who has never attended the event?

"Now recognised as one of the best marathons in the world of athletics, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon continues to excel as the region’s premier mass participation event with more than 25,000 participants expected on the start line in just over four months' time. With a flat route and benign January weather, runners can choose the distance they think best suits their abilities and register for one of the biggest and best social/sporting days on the calendar."

Event Timetable:

TBC

Event Specific Questions:

What makes your event Special?

"In 2011, the event became the first Middle East running event to gain IAAF Gold Label status, an award determined by a number of criteria including global media and TV coverage, the variety of international competitors and the quality of previous race times. Today, the event is the richest marathon in the world with a winners' cheques of $200,000 going to both the men and women’s marathon champion."

What does the event offer that no other event does?

"Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, the 2016 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will again see runners compete in the full Marathon, the 10km Road Race and the 4km Fun Run. No other running race in Dubai sees such a plethora of international running talent all congregate in one place.

In recent years, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has underlined its reputation for offering a super-flat course that is perfect for fast times - indeed, the race has now seen an unprecedented ELEVEN athletes break the 2h:05m barrier with ten of these times achieved over the past four years. Among the superstars to have competed over Dubai’s flat and fast course are three-time winner and running legend Haile Gebrselassie and fellow Ethiopian countryman Kenenisa Bekele."

How many events will there be yearly?

"1 Annually."

How many events have been held in the past?

"15. The event started in 2000 and this will be the 16th year this year. Standard Chartered have been the official event sponsors since 2005"

What is the expected size of the event?

"25,000 competitors plus"

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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