#LifeHappensOutdoors: Top fitness events coming up in Dubai

Dubai has had its fair share of fun runs… The Color Run, Contagion Run (yup, the one involving zombies)…etc. Now the latest craze to hit the emirate is the BIG Bubble Run. (Shutterstock)

Did you stick to your New Year’s fitness goals? If yes, well done – keep going! If not, then today’s better late than never. With the summer months fast approaching, it will soon be near impossible to go for a run or swim in the scorching heat. So take advantage of the cool weather and sign up for one – or more – of the following fitness events coming up in Dubai.

Best of all? You’ve still got time to train for them.

Desert Road Runners 10k
When? 12 March 2016
Where? Dubai Autodrome
If you’re already quite good at running, then why not sign up for one of the many 10k events that happen in the emirate? One of the most popular is that of the Desert Road Runners, which happens once a month. March’s route takes place on the car-racing track of the Dubai Autodrome.

Fidelity Fitness Club Challenge Run
When? 26 March 2016
Where? Almas Tower Lake
Participants have the choice between a basic 3km run around the lake, or three sets of circuit exercises along with a 3km run. A number of prizes, including medals, are up for grabs. Contact marketing@fidelityfitnessclub.com for more information.

BIG Bubble Run
When? 8 April 2016
Where? Dubai Autodrome
Dubai has had its fair share of fun runs… The Color Run, Contagion Run (yup, the one involving zombies)…etc. Now the latest craze to hit the emirate is the BIG Bubble Run. This 5k non-competitive event involves bubbles and lots of them. So whether you choose to walk, jog or run the route is totally up to you; just don’t forget to enjoy this massive foam party.

Dubai Holding SkyRun
When? 8 April 2016
Where? Jumeirah Emirates Towers Offices
A word of warning – this event is for the immensely brave only! The Dubai Holding SkyRun is an annual charitable vertical marathon that involves running up the 52 floors of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Offices. That’s 265 metres – or 1334 steps.
This race is recognised by the Vertical World Circuit as the fifth highest race in its circuit that also includes London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. Proceeds from the event will go to Al Jalila Foundation to support obesity research in the UAE.

Talise Sandstorm 7
When? 29 April 2016
Where? Talise Fitness, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
For something a little more adventurous, this strictly team event – set against the backdrop of the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel – involves running, crawling, climbing and jumping through a series of fun yet challenging obstacles over a 4km course. Teams can choose from three race options – competitive, intermediate or casual.

Super Sports Aquathlon
When? 30 April 2016
Where? Fairmont, The Palm Jumeirah
Swimming? Check. Running? Check. Fabulous location. Check. The Super Sports Aquathlon offers races for individuals of varying levels of fitness; so if you’re new to the game, then start off with the basic ‘Super Sprint’ of a 375m swim, followed by a 2.5km run. There are also two other options – the ‘Sprint’ (750m swim and 5km run) or ‘Olympic’ (1.5km swim and 10km run). Apart from medals for finishers, all entrants stand a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip to the French Alps.

Wings for Life World Run 2016
When? 8 May 2016
Where? Dubai Autodrome
This running event is truly global – 1,000 participants in Dubai will be taking part in the 2016 Wings for Life World Run at exactly the same time as other cities around the world. The main objective of the run is to support the international not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation of the same name. In fact, according to organisers, 100% of the entry fees go directly to spinal cord research.

Anyone can enter the race – from beginners to elite athletes. But they must stay ahead in order not to get caught by the ‘Catcher Car’, which will be chasing everyone from behind.

8th Dubai Tango Festival
When? 18-21 May 2016
Where? The Meydan
If your preferred method of fitness is through dance, then why not pick up some new moves at the upcoming Tango Dubai Festival. This event promises to bring tango lovers from across the globe for four days of workshops, classes and performances. Tickets start from AED 350.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48