From some gruelling obstacle challenges, to a vertical run or huge swim race…

The Dubai Fitness Challenge draws to a close this weekend (it officially ends on Saturday, November 16) and there are some big events on this weekend to mark the end of the month-long fitness initiative.

Whether you’ve been committed all the way through or just fancy giving something a go this weekend, here are 5 big fitness events happening for the Dubai Fitness Challenge to sign yourself up for…

1. Under Armour Fitness Challenge

If you’re one of those who just loves to put their physical and mental endurance to the test, the Under Armour Fitness Challenge might be for you. It’ll take place at Kite Beach on Friday November 15 and consists of a range of fitness challenges testing agility, speed, strength, mobility, muscular endurance and cardio. Phew. Challenges you’ll face include obstacles to get over, weighted carriers, rope climbs, sprinting and loads more. Don’t panic though, the course is designed for people of all ages and fitness, so why not grab your besties and do the challenge together? It’s Dhs50 to enter and you’ll even get an Under Armour kit bag, t-shirt and cap for your efforts. You can register online, but you’ll need to do it before Thursday, November 14.

Under Armour Dubai Fitness Challenge, Kite Beach, Dubai, Friday November 15, 9am, Dhs50.

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2. M1 Run

Do you get a little fatigued walking up the stairs? Well how about running up 700 of them? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing if you sign up for the M1 Run, a vertical race taking place at Media One Hotel on Saturday November 16. What will the challenge entail? Oh just a 1.2km run up the seven floors of the car parking space followed by a climb of 33 floors to the 42nd floor. It’s a great way to tone those lower body muscles and be part of a massive group effort. There’s four categories to choose from; 18-39 year olds, 40 plus (with a separate category for male and female) or you can opt for the team category if you fancy doing it with a group of friends. There’s loads of prizes up for grabs for the winning teams.

M1 Run, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, registrations begin at 8am on Saturday November 16, Dhs99 (excluding VAT). Tel: (04) 427 1000. 

3. Beat Diabetes Walk

What better incentive to take part in a fitness challenge than for a good cause? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing if you take part in the Beat Diabetes Walk on Friday November 15. It will be the tenth year of the annual walk, which usually attracts over 15,000 participants. It takes place around the leafy green Zabeel Park and is family-friendly, with all proceeds from entry fees donated to the Al Jalila Foundation, in support of diabetes research and healthcare in the UAE.

Beat Diabetes Walk, Zabeel Park, Gate 3, Dubai, gates open at 7am, walk starts at 8am, Dhs20 adult, Dhs10 children.

4. Tough Mudder

Ever wondered what it would be like to do the Tough Mudder challenge? Well, wonder no more as there’s one coming to Dubai on Friday, November 15. Get your mates together and slip, slide and generally get muddy as you take on a number of obstacles in the challenge, which will test your physical strength, stamina and mental determination. Dependent on your fitness, there’s either a 5km course with 13 obstacles or a 10km with over 25 obstacles. If the kids want to get involved, there’s a specially designed 1.6km track for them.

Tough Mudder, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, Friday November 15, 7.30am, 10km Dhs425-500, 5km Dhs275-350, mini mudder Dhs100.

5. La Mer Open Water Swim Series

Is swimming your thing? If so, there’s one challenge you’ll need to sign up for this weekend; the La Mer Open Water Swim Series. It’s open to swimmers of all ages and abilities, with 200m, 400m, 800m or 1600m (1 mile) distances to tackle, dependent on your level, as well as a fun team relay afterwards. You’ll get to take in the stunning beaches and coastline of La Mer and, once you’re done – fuel up at one of the many restaurants with your friends and family that have come to support.

La Mer Open Water Swim Series, La Mer South Beach, Dubai, Saturday November 16, 7.30am, adults (over 19 years) Dhs175, children (18 and under) Dhs125.

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