11 Fitness Events to Mark in Your Calendar for 2017!

With summer over and Dubai life back in full swing, it’s time to launch yourself into new challenges. Don’t let 2017 pass you by without feeling a sense of pride in what you have accomplished this year! With a focus on empowering people to take control of their fitness and lifestyle, Fitness First has sponsored a number of events across the year. Walking, running, cycling, swimming, team obstacle courses… there’s something for everyone, so there really is no excuse for not challenging yourself before the year is out!

One of our favourite things about the #EmpowerME fitness movement is the fact that Fitness First are offering training programs for almost all events and giving away free Fitness First weekend passes to all those who sign up to one of these events. What are you waiting for?!

1. Fitness First Pink Party

Gather your girls! It’s time to sign up to the Fitness First Pink Party in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. This ladies-only party promises an all-pink Zumba party and it’s indoors, so you don’t even need to brave the heat! There’s also a Kids Zumba party at 5.30pm before the main event at 7pm.

When: 22nd October

Where: Fitness First, Meadows club, Dubai

Price to enter: FREE for members and non-members

How can I register? Coming soon – keep an eye on the Fitness First Events Page.

2. Abu Dhabi Dash

A little corporate competition never hurt anyone! Who’s ready to relay?! The Abu Dhabi Dash brings together teams from across the UAE to compete in a short-distance running race. It’s a 15km route with each of your team members taking on a 1.5km of the race. There’s an entire activity village set up for this event, so it’s worth asking the boss to get you and your team mates involved!

When: 24th October

Where: Abu Dhabi

Price to enter: AED 150 per Person

Where can I register? Here!

3. Pink Ladies Games

Always wanted to be one of the Pink Ladies?! Now’s your chance! The Pink Ladies games is a half-day event that brings together women of all ages. Teams of 3 to 5 battle it out across 5 fun challenges that blend brains, intuition and girl power. For those who aren’t into hardcore competition and fitness, this is one event you should add to your calendar when planning a day out with your fierce females.

When: 27th October

Where: Sheraton, JBR  – Dubai.

Price to enter: AED 825 for a team of 5 ladies. FYI: 10% off tickets for Fitness First Members. To find out how to benefit from this discount, visit the Fitness First Sponsored Events page.

How can I register? Register your team here!


For those who are not quite ready to take on a full-triathlon, TriFIRST is the stepping stone you need to get there. This super sprint triathlon allows you to complete the race as a relay team. The swim is 375m, the cycle is across 10km and the race to the finish line is a 2.5km run. Pick two of friends or family to make trio and get involved!

When: 10th November

Where: Jebel Ali Waterfront, Dubai

Price to enter: Keep an eye on the Fitness First Events page.

5. Spartan Race Hatta

Spartans unite! The Spartan Race returns this November, and we challenge you to take on ‘Beast’ mode and beat the fastest time of 3 hours as you take on 20km and the 30 Spartan obstacles. If that’s a bit too much, check out the XDubai Spartan Sprint across 5-7km and 20 Spartan obstacles; it’s perfect for athletes of all levels!

When: 10th November

Where: Hatta Bike Trail, Dubai

Price to enter: Starting from around AED 290 per person. Click here for the full price list. FYI: Fitness First members get 15% off the open races. To find out how to benefit from this discount, visit the Fitness First Sponsored Events page.

6. Dubai International Triathlon

Time to get in training for the early November heat. DIT returns this year with new distance of 1.5km, 10km and 80km. The event is endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council and supported by Dubai Police, RTA & Nakheel.. it’s an awesome achievement for those looking to finish the year with a bit of gold around their neck.

When: 10th November

Where: Jebel Ali Waterfront, Dubai.

Price to enter: TBC – keep an eye on the registration page for more info.

7. Emirates NBD Unity Run

Catering to people of all ages and abilities, the Emirates NBD Unity Run offers a 3km walk and a 10km run in celebration of inclusiveness. Taking place in Silicon Oasis, the event is committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and bringing together the community with a fun fitness initiative.

When: 24th November

Where: Silicon Oasis, Dubai

Price to enter: Starting from AED 100. FYI: Free entry is available for kids under the age of 5.

8. Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge

This is one super popular cycle that continues to grow in numbers. Since launching 8 years ago, the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle has brought together cyclists from all over the world. There are varying distances available to cater for everyone, from first-time riders to experienced cyclists looking for some serious competition.

When: 15th December

Where: Dubai – more info coming soon.

Price to enter: From AED 300 per person. FYI: the first 200 Fitness First members get 10% off the tickets price. To find out how to benefit from this discount, visit the Fitness First Sponsored Events page.

How can I register? Register here!

Venture outside the UAE for…

For those who really do take their fitness seriously, it’s time to look further afield and plan a weekend trip to one of the UAE’s neighbouring countries. Events to look out for…

9. Ironman 70.3 Bahrain

This was the first Ironman event in the region and it’s now going into it’s third year. An awesome weekend away, why not set yourself a goal and train for it with the help of Fitness First?

When: 25th November

Where: Bahrain

Price to enter: Prices start from around AED 1,100.

How can I register? Register here!

10. Spartan Riyadh

For those who are looking for a race further afield, Spartan Riyadh is taking place this December in Saudi Arabia.

When: 10th December

Where: Bahrain

Price to enter: TBC! Keep an eye on the Fitness First Events page.

11. Spartan Race Kuwait 

If you miss out on the Dubai Spartan Race, but you’re looking for a quick fitness getaway with friends, then keep an eye out for key info on Spartan Race Kuwait. The details have yet to be released, but we’re sure it’ll be just as gruelling as the rest of this race series!

Coming in 2018…

For those who like to plan ahead, we’ve already got our eye on events coming in 2018. Watch out for:

  • 10km Palm Jumeirah Run
  • Ironman 70.3 Dubai
  • TriFIRST

Keep an eye on the Fitness First Events page for more details on race events, entry fees and UAE fitness initiatives; the above events dates and information is subject to change. Remember to tag your fitness snaps with #EmpowerME and #FitnessFirstME to be part of the fitness movement. 

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