Sign up for this mega obstacle course at Al Ain Zoo

The Spartan Sprint will push you to your very limits

Sign up for this mega obstacle course at Al Ain Zoo

Now’s the time of year when we set ourselves new fitness goals and promise never to skip a gym session again (or less often, anyway).

But have you considered making 2019 the first year you take part in a Spartan Race?

Al Ain Zoo is hosting the obstacle race on March 15, and while it’s certainly designed to challenge all fitness levels, it’s not actually as scary as it sounds.

Spartan Race organises more than 120 such events throughout the world, with some over distances of as far as 26 miles.

But don’t worry, we’re not encouraging you to complete a marathon (well, not this time at least). The event at Al Ain Zoo is a ‘Spartan Sprint’, which means it takes place over a rather manageable (in theory) five kilometres of terrain.

However, this isn’t just a straightforward running race. The track also contains more than 20 different obstacles, each designed to test you both physically and mentally.

We think it sounds like the perfect opportunity to test how fit, strong and resilient you really are. And you’ll more than likely be surprised by how far you can push yourself, and what you can achieve when you’ve got the crowd cheering you on and your fellow competitors to motivate you.

Entries to the race are split according to how seriously you want to take it. The Elite Sprint category is for those super-fit people who are hoping to finish in the top three, while the Age Group Sprint is for competitive types who are looking to come top in their age category.

Or if you’re really just there to give it a go and have some fun (like us, to be honest), you can enter the Open Sprint.

Registration for the Spartan Sprint starts from around Dhs257, and you can sign up today at

There’s also a Spartan Kids Race being held alongside the adults’ event, which is suitable for children aged four to 14. Children aged four to six will cover 800m, seven to nines will do 1,600m, and 10 to 14 year olds will take on a 3,200m course.

Start times are between 8am and 8.30am, and it’s advised that you arrive at least an hour and a half before your allotted start time.

All competitors receive a T-shirt and medal at the end, along with the all-important, money-can’t-buy bragging rights garnered from having completed the race. You just know all your friends will be so jealous.

Or, if you just fancy coming along to support or to check out what it’s all about for yourself, you can purchase a spectator pass for Dhs20.

So why not give it a go? Go on, we’re rooting for you.
Prices vary. Mar 15, 6am onwards. Al Ain Zoo, Nahyan The First Street,

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