After two record-breaking years in our neighbouring emirate, the XDubai Spartan Race is finally set to make its Abu Dhabi debut this month.
Fitness fans across the capital are already in training for the event, which is set to put thousands of hardy souls to the test as they tackle an obstacle course specially constructed at Al Ghazal Golf Club.
The race, on Friday February 24, will be run over three difficulty levels – Sprint, Super and Junior – all of which come with their own challenges.
The Sprint, which is aimed at runners of all fitness and skill levels, will see competitors take on more than 20 obstacles over a distance of three to five miles.
For the more battle-hardened among you, the Super is going to be right up your street. Raced over eight to ten miles, runners will face 25 obstacles in much tougher terrain than the Sprint.
Finally, the Junior (as the name suggests) is aimed at the next generation of Spartan Racers, testing the grit and determination of four to 15 year-olds over two shorter courses.
But it’s not all about the competitors. If you don’t think you’re up to the challenge, make sure you head down and cheer your friends on. For just Dhs20 you can get a front-row view of all the Spartan action – and with live music, food stalls and prize giveaways, there’s plenty to keep spectators occupied.
But, as the organisers say: “If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong.”
From Dhs110. 7.30am. February 24. Al Ghazal Golf Club, near Abu Dhabi International Airport, www.spartan.com