Abu Dhabi Dash 2016

The Abu Dhabi Dash is a corporate relay race that puts the team fun into run Discuss this article

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Every single one of us has been forced to attend a work get-together. But this is not your average office party. No awkward conversations with Jim from Accounts, no cowering in the corner as you try and avoid your overly chatty boss and no trying to slope off early while no-one is looking.
What if your next work do could be outdoors, racing against rival firms for medals and prizes? Enter the Abu Dhabi Dash, the first annual corporate relay race taking place at Zayed Sports City on November 22. This team event has something for everyone – marathon fans, sprinters or just those looking for a giggle.
We speak to some of the teams set to take their marks to find out why they’re in.

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“This will be our first team sports event and we’re very excited to see our chairman finish the last leg. Our team is made up of a diverse mix of ‘athletes’, ranging from the ages of 25 to 56! We have our creative department who are the perfectionists but also the very relaxed sort, then our feisty account management team who never like to lose and finally our senior management team who will probably get carried away networking rather than running.”

“We had a team at the Hercules Trophy earlier in the year and there is also a team shaping up for the Dragon Boat Festival at the Shangri-La. The Dash is a great opportunity to have a little competitive fun away from the office, with the best bit being anyone can take part. We have a real mix in our team and no idea how we’ll do!”

“We participated in the 2016 Tri Yas Triathlon and also the Colour Run, so we have a little experience, but this event appeals because it looks like a great wellness activity that will encourage people to a healthy lifestyle. Even some senior management are in the team including our chief human capital officer, H.E. Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi.”
If you want to take on this trio of teams, registration costs Dhs4,795. Visit www.theabudhabidash.com for more.

By Luke Wilson
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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