Are you competing in any fitness events in October and November?
Here’s our top six to get involved in!
ROY NASR MEMORIAL TRIATHLON
Saturday, October 12
The Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon is now in its seventh year and the event has gone from strength strength with more than 1,000 participants set to take part on Saturday.
So far about 800 people have signed up for the event at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Hotel in Dubai, to honour the life of the Lebanese.
Open to 11-year-olds and above, there are different categories for adults and juniors, no matter what your background experience and ability are.
Super Sprint consists of a 375km swim, 10km bike ride followed by a 2.5km run. For those who are more advanced, then the Sprint options are available, swimming for 750m, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
MORE INFO: Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon
MAI CITY HALF MARATHON
Friday, October 25
Registration is open for the first-ever City Half Marathon taking place in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre later this year.
This new, ultra-modern route around one of the most photographed financial districts in the world is a first for Dubai, providing a unique opportunity for participants to run in the shadows of the iconic skyline and experience the beat of the inner city.
The route features breathtaking views of the city’s well-known, architectural marvels, which organisers expect will attract thousands of runners and spectators from across the globe.
The City Half Marathon is open to participants aged 16 and over and will feature 5km, 10km and 21km race categories.
MORE INFO: City Half Marathon
JEBEL HAFEET CHALLENGE
Friday, October 25
Runners will scale 1,240 metres to climb to the top of the UAE’s highest peak (12.5kms in total).
The race, which begins at 6AM, starts at Green Mubazarrah Park – situated at the base of the mountain – and runs up Jebel Hafeet Road and all the way to the summit.
Water stations will be available every 2kms as riders cycle on the hard shoulder of the winding road.
Shuttles transport participants to and from the starting and finishing points, with a post-race presentation being held at the Mercure Hotel.
TIME: From 06:00*
MORE INFO: Jebel Hafeet Challenge
Friday, October 25
The single stage trail run adventure (5k, 10k or 15k) will start and finish at the beautiful Wadi Showka.
Including a 5k Junior event for your kids, this is a great event for the whole family.
TIME: From 07:00*
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Rockrunner
WADI BIH HATTA
Friday, November 15
Back by popular demand, the Reebok Wadi Bih Run returns to the UAE event scene, but this time the Hatta hills will play host to hundreds of keen athletes, corporate teams and fitness fans.
With a majestic mountain backdrop and brand-new routes, the race – held on Friday, November 9 – promises to be a run calendar highlight as participants tackle distances of up to 70km in a team relay or as an individual.
This special edition marks the addition of another beautiful UAE location and Wadi Bih’s second outdoor running event of the year – the first being the famous 72km run held in Dibba in February.
The exciting new Hatta course offers 35km, 20km and 10km distances, welcoming all abilities and levels.
TIME: From 06:15*
MORE INFO: Wadi Bih Run
URBAN ULTRA UTX50
Friday, November 29
Starting and finishing in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the incredible Urban-Ultra UTX50 ultra-trail run adventure takes you into the wilderness of the United Arab Emirates.
The fully supported single-stage race will see you transcend through 50km of rocky mountain terrain and over the spectacular sand dunes of the Emirate.
This is a race not to be missed and one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.
TIME: From 04:30*
MORE INFO: Urban Ultra XT50
Are you competing in any fitness events in August and September?
Here’s our top three to get involved in!
GRIT+TONIC NIGHT REBEL
Friday, September 20
If you are ready for a serious challenge then this may well be the event for you.
Described as one of the toughest solo night footraces in the UAE, the Grit+Tonic Night Rebel has three distances available for competitors – 10km, 20km and 30km.
Wanting to test your fitness before the season kicks into gear – then this is a must.
START TIME: 7PM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Night Rebel
Friday, September 27
Another new adventure is headed to Dubai with the Rush-A-Way Challenge, set to physically and mentally test participating teams in a variety of ways.
Each challenge will offer a different test, with aspects like teamwork, stamina, strategy, communication skills, quick thinking and speed required.
With it being summer and the heat ratcheted up, this edition will take place at indoor locations, meaning there’s nothing to sweat as you zoom through the challenge.
Teams will earn points based on how fast they complete each challenge, and those that don’t finish in the given time will receive a penalty.
TIME: From 8am*
MORE INFO: Rush-A-Way Challenge
WADI ADVENTURE RACE
Saturday, September 28
The popular Wadi Adventure Race returns this month where athletes will be pushed to the limits in a gruelling obstacle course.
Since its debut in 2012, the race has gone from strength to strength, and organisers are expecting another strong turnout this month for what will be the seventh edition overall.
Competitors will have to overcome a 5k, 10k and 15k obstacle course where they will crawl, run, carry, swim, swing and climb their way to the finish line.
TIME: From 6am
MORE INFO: Wadi Adventure Race
The world of fitness has left no stones unturned in its quest to find the most holistic workout regime and now the spotlight is on the Ballerinas.
The perfectly sculpted physiques of ballet dancers are the product of hours of grueling training regimes and part of their workout involves the use of Barre, a horizontal wooden bar that helps dancers to fix their alignment, improve stability and basically warm up.
When Barre workout emerged as the latest trend in the industry, it naturally underwent numerous tweaks to become the sweat fest it is today. Combining basic ballet moves, yoga, Pilates and weight training, Barre aims to condition and strengthen the whole body.
We caught up with senior instructor and general manager of Define Body and Mind Dubai, Ivy Scott, to give us an insight into the regime and the overall effects of the exercise on the body.
“Barre is a 60-minute rhythm-based, high intensity, low impact workout. It is designed to target all major muscle groups to create leaner and longer muscles. Each instructor will focus on developing proper alignment and form to help the client improve strength and flexibility,” she said.
The exercises make the body suppler and expands the range of movements. Barre exercises helps achieve good levels of flexibility and nimbleness that protects the body from any pulls or tears, and the stretch reflex prevents and alleviates various muscular pains as well.
Barre workouts are designed to enhance one’s balance and body awareness that are often overlooked in high-impact workouts. The improved balance and muscle awareness in turn prepare the body for more explosive movements and gets it to perform efficiently.
Given the nature of the workout, the exercises are often heavily associated and marketed as being exclusively for women, but that is definitely not so and Scott insists that the workouts are in fact suited for all genders.
She said: “We encourage men to take at least one Barre class in their lifetime. No-one should underestimate the burn that you will feel in their thighs during the workout.
“There is no other workout like it and no other method will sculpt your body the way Barre does. It’s 60 minutes of intense, sweaty FUN.”
Define Body and Mind offers daily Barre classes that you can easily book online. For more information on the classes, log on to www.dubai.definebody.com.
What: Barre classes
Where: Define Mind and Body, Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina
Contact: 04 421 6377