Calendars at the ready, there are two new additions to this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) – the Dubai South Ride and Dubai South Run. With registrations now open, these not-to-be-missed new events will give participants the opportunity to get active, explore the vibrant Dubai South Community, and contribute to the city's ongoing drive for health and wellness.
Taking place on Sunday 5 November, the Dubai South Ride will kick off the day's activities, starting at 7:00am. Participants will gather at the Dubai South HQ Building, where they will embark on a thrilling journey along a meticulously designed course, comprising flat and open roads around the area of Al Maktoum International Airport. This unique experience will enable cyclists to experience the modern and vibrant Dubai South Community up close. With two challenging distances to choose from, participants can opt for the 40km route or push their limits with the more demanding 80km course, catering to individuals of diverse fitness levels and preferences. An entry fee of AED95 will apply for all participants. Following the Dubai South Ride, the Dubai South Run will commence at 4:30pm – also from the Dubai South HQ Building – promising a unique experience for runners of all abilities. Perfect for first-time racers or those aiming to set a personal best, the flat and fast course surrounding Dubai South includes a range of distances, including 3km, 5km, and 10km, ensuring that every family member can partake in the festivities and unleash their inner athlete. Entry is AED 50 per person.
Commenting on the announcement, Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: "Guided by the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, DFC aims to promote a healthier future for Dubai residents and visitors by inspiring individuals to embrace a more active lifestyle, fostering a culture of fitness and well-being for all. By creating world-class events with partners such as Dubai South, we aim to empower participants to embark on a journey towards healthier habits, while aligning with Dubai's vision of becoming the world's most active city. Join us as we ride, run, and unite in our pursuit of a vibrant, energetic society, where every step and pedal propel us towards a brighter, fitter tomorrow."
His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, said: “We are pleased to welcome the Dubai South Ride and Dubai South Run events to the Dubai Fitness Challenge calendar, especially as Dubai South has become one of the fastest growing districts, drawing people from various walks of life united by their love of work, pursuit of wellness and passion for fitness. These events give them the opportunity to meet and enjoy memorable experiences with a distinctive community vibe. We are particularly delighted with the diversity of DFC’s events, which span all segments of our diverse community and its 200 nationalities.”
His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, expressed his pride in partnering with the Dubai Fitness Challenge for a series of engaging activities. “Our commitment to this initiative seamlessly aligns with the wise leadership’s vision to grow the reputation of Dubai as one of the most active cities in the world and a great place to live, work and visit. By nurturing collaborations across a spectrum of our vibrant community, we can spark a broader and more passionate embrace of healthy lifestyles towards a future of fulfilment and wellness.”
Everyone taking part in the Dubai South Ride and Run events will receive a Race Pack containing essentials such as a race bib, a stylish T-shirt, a precise timing chip, and a convenient bag drop tag. Finishers will receive medals, certificates, race timings, full results service, photographs and even some tasty after-event snacks in the event village. In addition to the exhilarating events themselves, participants can look forward to a memorable prize-giving ceremony, refreshments, and an exciting atmosphere filled with enthusiasm and support from fellow fitness enthusiasts. Prizes and medals will be awarded to overall top three placings for both male and female categories across both events, as well as placements across the age categories.
Registration is now open for both events, with participants encouraged to secure their spots early to avoid disappointment. To register or find more information about Dubai South Ride and Run, visit www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
The Dubai Fitness Challenge, now in its seventh edition, continues to captivate residents and visitors, encouraging them to participate in 30 minutes of daily physical activity for 30 consecutive days. The Dubai South Run and Ride events contribute to the city's goal of fostering a culture of fitness and well-being to become the world’s most active city, reinforcing Dubai's position as a global hub for sports and recreation.