What’s On announces date for Electric Run Dubai as November 6 at Meydan with celebrity runner Dame Kelly Holmes in attendance.  

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One of the planet’s most popular fun runs has announced it is coming to Dubai this autumn… and bringing with it, one of Britain’s most accomplished sportswomen.

Dame Kelly Holmes, the British middle distance athlete, who stunned the world at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by winning gold medals for both the 800m and 1,500m, has announced she will take part in Dubai’s first ever Electric Run on November 6 at Meydan.

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“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Electric Run in Dubai,” said Holmes, speaking exclusively with What’s On earlier this week. “These events are just so much fun, especially if you’re doing it with your friends, family or colleagues. I can’t wait for all the neon lights and LEDs. It should be a brilliant night.”

In total, 15 countries have hosted the night-time event, including the likes of London, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Singapore and Sydney.

More than one million people have taken part in the 5km night race, hailed as the biggest of its kind, around the world since its inception in 2013.

Beyond a simple pavement pounding, the event sees the course split into seven ‘lands’, including Rainforest, Rainbow Road, Electric Avenue and Under The Sea, each heavily stylised and artistic. Runners can expect to see giant installations, street art and plenty of neon lighting.

Daman ActiveLife, the same group behind the likes of The Color Run and TriYas, are helping organise the Middle East debut.

“Electric Run is a phenomenally successful global brand and we are delighted to be bringing it to the Middle East,” the international agency Fast Track, said. “No matter how old, how fit, or how cool, everyone is welcome to join and be a part of this thrilling experience.”

And just for added incentive, there’s a concert expected at the finish line where runners can keep the neon party going.

“Sport and music are a great combination, you’ve got everyone’s adrenaline going because they’ve taken part in a run and then you’ve got a big concert. Everyone is going to go leave really happy,” Holmes concluded. 

Tickets start at Dhs165 and can be purchased via electricrun.ae.