The Region’s Biggest Female Sports Event To be held at Dubai Festival City, the event is about empowering women from all walks of life
Dubai Women’s Run, the largest female sports event, will take place on the 5th of November at Dubai Festival City. Organised by Plan b Group, in association with UAE Athletic Federation and Dubai Sports Council, the run is set to bring together the spirit to champion female health and wellbeing. For this 10th edition, the event will be flagged off by Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and alongside will be present representatives from the UAE Athletic Federation and Dubai Sports Council.
In line with the race’s sustainability theme this year, the event will be run using only solar and human power-generated features to run the Dubai Women’s Run (DWR) Village and main stage. All materials used for the race day kit, including t-shirts, bags and route maps will be re-useable, and use eco-solvent ink and recycled paper with on-ground key messaging, including taglines “Stride Towards Sustainability: Every Step Counts!” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Even During Your Run!” promoting sustainability to all.
Split into 3km, 5km, and 10km, the first three winners of the 5km and 10km categories will be awarded cash prizes. For 10km runners, the first prize will be 5,000aed, second place takes 3,000aed and third place will be 2,000aed. Winners for the 5km run can expect 3,000aed, 2,000aed and 1,000aed for the top three respectively.
DWR’23 Awareness Partners, Friends of Cancer Patients [FoCP], will also be available on-site on the event day with the Pink Caravan Medical Mobile Clinic offering free screenings and expert advice to continue with its mission of raising community awareness of the fact that early detection saves lives.
“The Dubai Sports Council is keen to launch initiatives and organize tournaments that contribute to the empowerment and development of women in the sports field, and it always works to provide the opportunity for all women of different nationalities and ages to practice various sports and physical activity, and this event represents a model of cooperation between national sports institutions, represented by the Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Athletics Federation, and the private sector, represented by Plan B. It also embodies the interconnection between sporting events and the many prestigious commercial and residential complexes in Dubai.
The Dubai Women’s Run is the most prominent and largest only women running event, which brings together amateurs and professionals from various categories. It is an opportunity to develop the level of female runners in our national team and continue their participation in various competitive races. This race has achieved great successes over the past years with wide participation, as the number of participants has exceeded for more than 5,000 entries, it also witnessed great interaction and interest from various media outlets,” said His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council.
“Women represent an important pillar in the Athletics Federation, contributing to enriching competitions and participating on behalf of the UAE in foreign forums. We are happy to have the opportunity to empower them and serve the national goals,” said Major General Dr. Muhammad Al- Murr, President of the UAE Athletics Federation.
“This year Dubai Women’s Run raises the bar by being a responsible brand with a key message of backing sustainability and supported by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. This year the community grows bigger and wider with initiatives to bring unsung SHEroes to be acknowledged in “Real Women of Dubai” and “#Yes2her” campaigns. Dubai Women’s Run has a commitment towards society of not being just an event but an emotion and an equal platform for women from all walks of life. I appeal to all men to stand tall behind their women as each woman is a Woman of Substance,” said Dr. Harmeek Singh, Race Chairman – Dubai Women’s Run and Founder & Chairman of Plan b Group.
“We’re delighted to team up with Dubai Women’s Run as the venue partner for this season! Dubai Festival City is all about celebrating life, and supporting an event that brings women together for a run filled with energy, positivity, and pure fun to inspire and be inspired. Dubai Festival City is honoured to support initiatives that promote health, unity, and the unbreakable strength of women,” added Genevieve Colaco, Regional General Manager, Marketing & Customer Experience, Al-Futtaim Real Estate.
The event will include special ambassadors, including DWR’s 10 Women of Substance for Today and 5 Women of Substance for Tomorrow, prominent women supporting the mission. Community Ambassadors who are leaders in the community, take part by encouraging their own teams to gather in numbers and participate. There will also be a Special Olympics Squad with members from Sharjah, Dubai, Khorfakkan, RAK and Abu Dhabi. Patrons of the event include Uform Fitness as the fitness partner, Zulekha Hospital as the medical partner, and Lovin Dubai as the media partner.