PINK is PUNK Swim:Run 2015

Swim and Run with Ignite Fitness & wellness to raise proceeds for the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer awareness campaign.

Event Name: PINK IS PUNK 2015

Event Description: Raising awareness for Breast Cancer

Event Time & Date: Friday 9th October 2015 - 6:00am onwards




Pink is Punk is a breast cancer awareness campaign created by Ignite wellness & fitness in 2008 to raise funds in support of the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer Awareness program. It started by collecting funds from group classes supporting breast cancer awareness and selling Pink is Punk t-shirts. The sports event came to life in 2010 and since then takes place every year in October, the month that celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness worldwide. The initiative includes the Swim:Run race, as the anchor for the event. Participants are challenged to do a swimming and running race according to their current level of fitness. Those who are not into sports but want to attend the event to support their family members, friends or the cause are also welcomed. This year, there will also be a moonlight yoga session, on the 13th of October. Both initiatives will be held in Anantara The Palm Resort & Spa

Who is the race for?

Pink is Punk Swim:Run is an event open to everyone. Women, men and children alike and with all fitness levels can participate in the races. Those who don’t fancy exercise can go for the fun of it and to support the cause. If nothing else, the goodie bags are always a great reason to register!

What is the objective of PINK IS PUNK?

The Ignite fitness & wellness Pink is Punk campaign’s main goal is to raise funds to support the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Program. Organizers also want to encourage healthy lifestyle habits and make people exercise by creating fun sporting events for all the community, whilst simultaneously raising awareness and proceeds for a noble cause.

What are the race categories and distances?

The course difficulty is moderate. There are options for those who are more competitive, those who just want to have fun, and for the little ones. Participants can also enter as teams of two (male/male, female/female, mixed) with each team member taking on a different discipline (not applicable to the Fun Run).


Open: 600m Swim / 3km Beach and pavement run (new distance)
Sprint: 400m Swim / 1.6km Beach and pavement run
Junior: 200m Swim / 800m Beach Run (new distance)
Fun Run: 3km Beach and pavement run (new distance)

Prizes Available:

Junior A (under 12 yrs) – Mixed boys and girls
Junior B (under 16 yrs) – Mixed boys and girls
Sprint – Men / Women / Teams
Fun Run – Men /Women
Best Dressed

What is the race start time?

Open and Sprint race pack collection runs from 6:00am to 7:00am. Fun Run and Junior race pack collection runs from 7:15am to 7:50am.

Race start times:

Race Category Race Start Time
Open 7:15am
Sprint 7:35am
Fun Run 7:45 am
Junior 8.00am

What is the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign?

Safe & Sound campaign is one of the largest breast cancer awareness campaigns in the Middle East, launched in 1997 by BurJuman. Through numerous in-mall and external events along with outreach initiatives, Safe & Sound has encouraged families in the UAE to pro-actively take charge of their health, helping to increase understanding and empower women in the fight against breast cancer. Safe & Sound is also privileged to have the support of major blue chip corporate companies from varied industry sectors, including Ignite fitness & wellness. All proceeds from fund raising initiatives are monitored by The UAE Red Crescent Society and go towards generating further awareness and supporting patient care.

What are the entry fees for the race?

Entry fees (pre-registration online/on the day):

Category/Event Price Online Price On The Day
Open 150 170
Sprint 150 170
Junior 70 70
Teams 250 270
Fun Run 100 100
Supporter 150 150
Moonlight yoga 100 100

Entry fee includes chip timing (that can be used in all Premier Marathons), Pink is Punk Dry Fit Singlet, water, goodie bag, prizes, medals for juniors. A breakfast package (croissant and a choice of one coffee or one juice) will be available for AED 40 and Pink is Punk Dry Fit Singlets will be on sale at AED 50. 100% of the funds taken go towards Safe & Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Program. No refunds of entry fee will be allowed.

Who are Ignite Group?

Ignite fitness & wellness is a sports and health company that provides a suite of services, including group exercise, personal training, and facility management. Ignite brought the military style bootcamps to the UAE and today is the leading provider of Military bootcamp and Corporate Wellness Programs.


Author: Alex Pascoe
Author Bio: Alex is the head of operations and head trainer of Nutrition Souq ( 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