Dubai set to host fifth Desert Warrior Challenge

Al Marmoom will be the venue for the 2019 Desert Warrior Challenge obstacle race on Friday
Dubai set to host fifth Desert Warrior Challenge
Desert Warrior Challenge will be back for its fifth run since 2014, offering two courses for the adults to choose from – a 5km or a 10km.
By Sam Bridge
Mon 18 Feb 2019 05:31 PM

Just over two months after hosting the Meraas Al Marmoom Ultramarathon, a gruelling 270km run that challenged the limits of human endurance, Al Marmoom will be the venue for the 2019 Desert Warrior Challenge on Friday.

Supported by Dubai Sports Council, the Desert Warrior Challenge will be back for its fifth run since 2014, offering two courses for the adults to choose from – a 5km or a 10km – while there will be a 1-2km course for the Junior Warriors.

“Dubai is a city of challenges and the Desert Warrior Challenge is one of our oldest and most popular challenges,” said Saeed Hareb, secretary general of Dubai Sports Council.

“From its start in 2014, the Desert Warrior Challenge has always created a great buzz in the community and now, as we move towards our goal of making Dubai one of the most physically active places in the world, we expect another spectacular show from Dubai’s fitness warriors.

“This year, the Challenge is taking place in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, a specially protected desert area that covers 10 percent of Dubai’s land mass.

“The desert is part of our heritage and culture, and events like this help showcase the unexplored side of Dubai. We want people to experience the scenic beauty of our deserts, specifically the magnificent conservation reserve of Al Marmoom.”

DWC managing director, Troy Gilham, added: "The obstacles are both mentally and physically challenging, and intended to push you well and truly out of your comfort zone.

“This event sees the return of all our warriors’ absolute favourite obstacles, including crowd-pleasers 1/4 Pipe and The Beast. But there will also be some exciting new, gut-wrenchingly thrilling obstacles designed to test the most seasoned warrior.”

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