Extreme fitness events to look forward to

Want to kick it up a notch from your normal fitness routine? Here’s a round up of the extreme fitness events happening in the UAE.

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Ice Warrior Charity Challenge

Dubai – October, date TBC

The UAE’s coolest obstacle challenge is held at Ski Dubai each year and it is not for the faint-hearted. The assault course changes each year, but previous editions have included a run up the black slope, cargo net crawl, ball maze and more. Expect to navigate at least 15 obstacles. Registration is usually through www.premieronline.com

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Desert Warrior Challenge

Dubai – October 21

Although there are shorter distances (5km and 10km), the Desert Warrior Challenge in Dubai has launched a 20km category for the first time this year. It features more than 30 obstacles and promises to challenge even the toughest warriors. Entry costs Dh550 for the extreme category (less for shorter distances). Register at www.desertwarriorchallenge.com.

Get serious: Registered participants can train for free once a week at The Warehouse Gym in Al Quoz, Dubai.

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Dubai International Triathlon

Dubai – November 12

With a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run, this half-iron distance is only for the fittest. Entrants will compete in age categories in this event, which is part of the Trifest/DIT weekend. Start time is 6.30am, entry costs Dh900. Register at www.premieronline.com.

Get serious: Train.Me, a division of Race.Me, offers group training packages specialising in triathlons. A monthly plan costs Dh750. Visit www.race-me-events.com/training

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Coast to Coast Challenge

Dubai – November 18

Cycle from Dubai, through Sharjah and across the Hajar Mountains to Kalba and then up to Fujairah – a total of 220km with a maximum elevation of 1,300 metres. While the roads are smooth, the mountains will push entrants’ limits. Entry costs Dh550, which includes a barbecue and cycle jersey. Visit www.urbanultra.com

Get serious: Bespoke Ride in Dubai has coaching for all levels. A drop-in class costs Dh120 and packages are available. Visit www.bespoke-ride.com

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Dubai Marathon

Dubai – January 20

Another major event on the UAE fitness calendar, the Dubai Marathon attracts runners from around the world. As well as the 42.2km distance, entrants can compete in a half-marathon, 10km and 4km fun run. The fairly flat course makes it one of the fastest marathons in the world. Prices very depending on race distance. Visit www.dubaimarathon.org for registration details.

Get serious: Urban Energy runs the Reebok Run Club in different locations around Dubai and helps entrants prepare for the Dubai Marathon and RAK Half Marathon. Visit www.urbanenergyfitness.com

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Wadi Bih Run

Oman – February, date TBC

Enter as a team of five or take on the full 72km on your own. This challenging run along the Khasab Road in Dibba, Oman, reaches a peak of 1,000m, but while difficult, some runners dress up in costume and there is a fun atmosphere. Registration will open towards the end of the year on www.premieronline.com.

Published: September 14, 2016 04:00 AM

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