5 Races You Can Sign Up For That Will Give You Fitness Goals Before It Gets Too Hot


The Dubai fitness season runs from October to late April, with some events in early May. The Premier Sport website is the perfect place to see what’s going on. The annual RAK half-marathon was today, so was the first Sandstorm DXB event, and last week there was the Wadi-Bih adventure run, with the IRON MAN 70.3 the week before. If you have done any of those and want to keep your fitness up, or if you want to set your self a fitness goal while the weather is good…

… here are 5 events that are coming up in the next few months

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1. TriYAS 2017, Yas Marina Circuit – 17th February

The event will take place exclusively on the F1 circuit, venues for the non professional athlete don’t get much better than this. Registration closes on the 12th of February. KidsTri fee is 75 AED, while the Sprint and Olympic distances are 375 AED and 600 AED for team entries. 

2. Saucony Time Trial Run – Hamdan Sports Complex 24th February

This is a new event by the running show specialist and they’ve got two distances, 5km or 10km race at one of the world’s largest multi-purpose facilities. Entry fee is from AED 100 to AED 150 depending on your age, and registration is open until the 20th. The race starts at 7:00am with race pack collection on the day from 5:30am. This is one of two in a series so it’s a good chance to bench mark you times. 

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3. ITU World Triathlon in Abu Dhabi – 3rd March 

This is one of the premier triathlons in the UAE circuit with top athletes coming to compete from around the world. They have move location this year from Abu Dhabi to YAS Island but it promises to be a great event. It starts at 7:30 am and has the usual options of distances; sprint, olympic and maxi individual (just short of a half IRON MAN distance). Entry fees range from 150 AED to 750 AED.

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4. Sharbally Fruit Big Stinker – 24th March 

This is a mountain or tail running event in Ras Al Khaimah. Choose from a 12k, 24k or the new and exciting 45k ultra distance. It kicks off at 7am and entry fees at 275 AED. 

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4. Dubai Holding Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Swim – 31st March

There are 1600m or 800m options, and it takes place at 8am with the iconic Burj Al Aran as your view. Entry fees for both are 250 AED. 

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5. Nike – We Run Dxb

This increasingly popular 10k run didn’t happen in 2016, however it was a huge success the previous two years in Downtown Dubai. Lovin Dubai has learned that the race is still going ahead with details of a new location to be announced very shortly. Just incase this doesn’t happen for what ever reason, there is another Desert Road Run on 26th of May at the Sevens Stadium, with 10km or 3km options. It will be hot then, a nice way to end the season of sporting events. 

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