Shoutout to all the fitness buffs out there! Mark your calendars and get ready with your running shoes and track pants. It’s time to head to Dubai to participate in the biggest citywide run. By Tanvi Jain

 

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The city of Dubai is all set to be converted into a running track on November 27, as Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is bringing the biggest citywide fun run for residents and visitors with Dubai Run, presented by Mai Dubai, in association with Fitbit and Cigna. The fitness movement will be launched by Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

From Jebel Ali to Jumeirah, Downtown to Dubai Creek, the track will be thrown open for people to choose from any community and neighbourhood. And, it’ll be up to them to decide if they want to run, jog or walk along their preferred route, distance, location and starting time with friends and family  

Moreover, in order to help first-time and routine runners, Dubai Run, DFC will also launch six 28-day training programmes, curated by some of the region’s leading professional coaches and athletes, and will be made available on the Dubai Run website. Top coaches will includeManal Rostom, Tania Lolla Kaddoura, Abdullah bin Hajjar, Luke Mathews, Lee Ryan and Luke Gaffney. 

“Dubai Fitness Challenge is a true testament to the city’s ever-growing dedication to physical and mental well-being, pioneering innovative, unique and diverse fitness programmes to inspire a community that is happy and healthy, and among the most physically active in the world,” Saeed Hareb, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council, said. 

 

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Dubai Run will unite every individual in an unbeatable community atmosphere, championing inclusion for people of all abilities and fitness levels — from the young to the young at heart, first-time runners to seasoned pros, and to those achieving personal goals,” Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), added. 

Dubai Run has also partnered with Dubai Cares to support students whose lives have been disrupted by this year’s challenges. While the event remains free-to-enter, participants are invited to support Education Uninterrupted’, a nationwide fundraising campaign that tackles the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the education of children and youth in the UAE. The event will be organised in compliance with all the preventative regulations as issued by the Dubai government, including social distancing.

For registration and further details, you can visit dubairun.com. 

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