Urban-Ultra BIG Stinker 2021

29th January, 2021

Are you ready for a bit of a climb? Choose from a 15k, 30k or 45k ultra distance.

The Urban-Ultra BIG Stinker is run up and over a beautiful mountain (540m) ascent and descent per 15k loop in Ras Al Khaimah. The 45k run takes in an excess of 1500m for the ultra distance!

The Khatt Springs Hotel is CLOSED. So the only options are to camp on top of the mountain or drive up on the morning and run 1, 2 or 3 loops of the well marked course. No GPS required!

RACE START TIME: 07:00am (3 waves with 5 minute interval)

CUT-OFF TIME for 45k: 2:00pm (7 hours)

GOOGLE MAPS LOCATION: https://goo.gl/maps/9zxPMKn6QzTJYJuP8

Don’t underestimate this challenge … one of the toughest solo footraces in the UAE!

RACE PACK COLLECTION: PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN USUAL COLLECTION POINT!!

Race number and race pack collection from Hopasports Office, Shop 1 & 2, (Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th January 2021 between the hours of 10am and 5pm ), Dubai Autodrome Retail Plaza, Motor City ONLY.

Call +971 4 3697488. Race packs will NOT be taken to the start line, so please ensure you collect prior to race day. ONLY International or participants living outside of Dubai can request race day pick-up upon registration.

Your race pack contains your shirt, race bib and other goodies (race bib MUST be attached to your FRONT during the race please).

 

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Urban-Ultra Hajar 30, 50 & 100 2020 – POSTPONED

19th February, 2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE

It is with great sadness and disappointment that we announce the postponement of this year’s Hajar 100‭ ‬and Kalba Kickr races‭.‬
Our ultimate repsonsibility as race organisers‭, ‬has always been and will remain‭, ‬the health and safety of our participants and our staff‭. ‬Unfortunately due to the increased spread of the Covid-19‭ ‬virus in the UAE and its subsequent new and more easily transmissable and possibly deadlier variants‭, ‬the risks involved in such extreme and physically demanding trail runs are too high for us to safely deliver a race that we feel would adhere to covid safe protocols‭.‬
All aspects of the race have been taken into consideration‭, ‬such as the initial group race check-in‭, ‬group briefing and transport to and from the start/finish lines‭, ‬as well as the inability to reach any serious covid-related emergency cases in a timely manner as well as the possible exposure of the virus to our staff and volunteers‭.‬
Registrations will be pushed to 2022‭ ‬at no extra charge for the same approximate dates‭, ‬unless indivduals want to request a refund‭ (‬a 10%‭ ‬processing fee will be charged‭ if insured and 15% if uninsured registration was taken), ‬in which case you must contact the Help Line at Hopasports immediately within the next week to advise of your intention‭. ‬If no email is received your registration will not be refundable and will be pushed to the 2022‭ ‬event‭.‬
We hope you understand our position and our proactvie response to the growing concerns of the spread of the virus and that we are trying to act responsiby with you in mind‭. ‬Safety for us comes before profit and we feel this is the best decision in these very challenging times‭, ‬all things considered‭.‬
That said‭, ‬we hope that by April‭, ‬things will have improved somewhat‭, ‬positive cases on a rapid decline and events returning to‭ ‬some kind of normal‭. ‬We look forward to welcoming you back to the Urban-Ultra Wadi Racer on April 10th for an amazing run through the trails of Wadi Shawka‭!‬

Challenge yourself on the beautiful ultra-trail UTH50 or UTH100 or the shorter but still challenging H30 trail run through the mountain passes, along jeep tracks, through boulder ravines and over spectacular sand dunes of Ras Al Khaimah. It is a tough challenge and requires training, but generous cut-off times (24hrs for 100k, 12hrs for 50k, 5.5hrs for 30k) allow most physically fit, determined and well-prepared runners to get to the finish.

Please don’t forget … you must bring your own cups/bowl/fork if you want to consume the food and drinks we provide at checkpoints and race finish. You can buy them from the supermarket or bring them from home and leave in your drop bag! We aim to be a ‘No Waste Race’

Check out the 2015 race here

Check out the 2016 race here

START HOTEL Location: TBA. You will be taken by bus to the start and back from the finish to the start hotel. (Buses will be every hour from approx. 3pm for the 50k and 7.30pm for the 100k)

Fruit, water and Aqualyte available approx every 10km. CP5 will be your opportunity to eat a hot meal where we will provide hot water for your own dehydrated food and we will have hot soup on the go. Commencing in 2019, no disposable plates or cutlery will be provided. As part of your mandatory kit you must pack a bowl and spoon in your CP bag(s). (Outside assistance is not permitted outside of the checkpoints, but supporters are welcome to assist you at any checkpoint, in particular CP5).

The course will take you on a multi-terrain adventure and take in approx 3300m of elevation over the 100km distance. Checkpoint 5 will be located at approximately 52km.

Make sure you are part of the only single-stage 30k, 50km and 100km trail run in the UAE!

Race number and race pack collection from AdventureHQ (Date to be advised), Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai ONLY. Call +971 4 3466909/ 800 2383 6887. Race packs will NOT be taken to the start line, so please ensure you collect prior to race day. ONLY International or participants living outside of Dubai can request race day pick-up upon registration.

Your race pack contains your shirt, race bib and other goodies (race bib MUST be attached to your FRONT during the race please).

PLEASE DOWNLOAD the documents below for full details and mandatory kit that you MUST have to participate.

The official race start hotel for the bus pick-up and drop-off is TBA

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Urban-Ultra Kalba Kickr 2021 – POSTPONED

12th March, 2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE

It is with great sadness and disappointment that we announce the postponement of this year’s Hajar 100‭ ‬and Kalba Kickr races‭.‬
Our ultimate repsonsibility as race organisers‭, ‬has always been and will remain‭, ‬the health and safety of our participants and our staff‭. ‬Unfortunately due to the increased spread of the Covid-19‭ ‬virus in the UAE and its subsequent new and more easily transmissable and possibly deadlier variants‭, ‬the risks involved in such extreme and physically demanding trail runs are too high for us to safely deliver a race that we feel would adhere to covid safe protocols‭.‬
All aspects of the race have been taken into consideration‭, ‬such as the initial group race check-in‭, ‬group briefing and transport to and from the start/finish lines‭, ‬as well as the inability to reach any serious covid-related emergency cases in a timely manner as well as the possible exposure of the virus to our staff and volunteers‭.‬
Registrations will be pushed to 2022‭ ‬at no extra charge for the same approximate dates‭, ‬unless indivduals want to request a refund‭ (‬a 10%‭ ‬processing fee will be charged‭ if insured and 15% if uninsured registration was taken), ‬in which case you must contact the Help Line at Hopasports immediately within the next week to advise of your intention‭. ‬If no email is received your registration will not be refundable and will be pushed to the 2022‭ ‬event‭.‬
We hope you understand our position and our proactvie response to the growing concerns of the spread of the virus and that we are trying to act responsiby with you in mind‭. ‬Safety for us comes before profit and we feel this is the best decision in these very challenging times‭, ‬all things considered‭.‬
That said‭, ‬we hope that by April‭, ‬things will have improved somewhat‭, ‬positive cases on a rapid decline and events returning to‭ ‬some kind of normal‭. ‬We look forward to welcoming you back to the Urban-Ultra Wadi Racer on April 10th for an amazing run through the trails of Wadi Shawka‭!‬

Join us on a challenging technical trail, taking in the best of the UAE. A stunning run along jeep track with some wonderful goat trails and scrambles up through valleys and into the mountains, through wadi beds and with a real kick you won’t forget! Distances 12k, 25k and a 55k ultra.

RACE START TIME: 07:00am

CUT-OFF TIMES: 55k (11 hours), 24k (7 hours), 12k (3.5hours)

RACE PACK COLLECTION:

Race number and race pack collection from AdventureHQ (Date to be advised), Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai ONLY. Call +971 4 3466909/ 800 2383 6887. Race packs will NOT be taken to the start line, so please ensure you collect prior to race day. ONLY International or participants living outside of Dubai can request race day pick-up upon registration.

Your race pack contains your shirt, race bib and other goodies (race bib MUST be attached to your FRONT during the race please).

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Urban-Ultra Wadi Racer 2021

10th April, 2021

The single stage 10k, 20k or 30k trail running adventure will start and finish at the Emirates for Adventure and Mountain Tourism Camp at Wadi Showka (25° 6’3.18″N  56° 3’44.24″E). Starting at 5.00am – in darkness! (Just 4km from the original start point – follow their signs from Showka Village)

Check-in CLOSES at 4.30am. Briefing at 4.45am. Start gun 5am sharp

Here you will be racing against the sunrise … racing out into the darkness with a headlamp  (not supplied) – terrain is single track trail, gravel jeep track and rocky wadi bed with short sharp climbs and undulations. The course will be marked with light reflective material for navigation until the sun rises and you should cross the finish in the beautiful first light of the day. (Race cut-off is 5hrs – you must reach 15km CP3 by 07:30am). (The 10k single track section will only feature signage and reflectors, and will not be spray painted due to the unspoiled nature of this area and confusion to other users).

There are no hotels nearby, so your options are driving to and from the site for the event or camping with us at the Emirates for Adventure and Mountain Tourism Camp. You can pitch your tent free of charge. There are toilets and showers available which are also free of charge!
Water and electrolyte drinks will be provided during the race at the checkpoints but please make sure that your obligatory hydration pack (1.5ltr) is fully filled from your own supplies before the start.
Please be respectful of our surroundings and keep impact to a minimum. Leaving nothing but footprints when we leave.
Please note, that the course road is not closed to traffic, and locals use parts of it to access their villages. Be aware that you may encounter a minimal amount of cars or trucks whilst running. To keep this traffic to a minimum, we would ask that any supporters do so from the START/FINISH point so we minimise any chance of accident or injury and churning up dust for the runners. HAVE FUN!

Race number and race pack collection from AdventureHQ (Date to be advised), Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai ONLY. Call +971 4 3466909/ 800 2383 6887. Race packs will NOT be taken to the start line, so please ensure you collect prior to race day. ONLY International or participants living outside of Dubai can request race day pick-up upon registration.

Your race pack contains your shirt, race bib and other goodies (race bib MUST be attached to your FRONT during the race please).

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Trail Running & Coaching Experience in Provence

1st June, 2021

Please note that due to the Covid 19 Virus, this experience was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, however, it will now take place in 2021.

Run the stunning trails of the spectacular Gorges du Verdon in the Grand Canyon of Europe. A unique site located in Haute Provence – just two hours away from the Côte d’Azur, Nice, France. Scattered with vineyards and fragrant lavender fields, trail runs are packed with stunning scenery and breathtaking panoramas, and an opportunity to work on your technique and strength with a specific programme designed and instructed by our specialist running coach.
A region blessed with a thousand colours and perfumes, you are close to the emerald lake of Sainte-Croix where water activities are endless, and a nice break from the trails, with lots of opportunity to take a break and sample some of the local flavours of the region in the historic and quaint villages dotted along the way.
Join us at our mountain home away from home for a week of home made nutritious food, good company and some fantastic trail runs through the mountains.

AVAILABLE DATES TBA for 2020 – 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS (AED 3500 pp pw sharing basis)
(inc. Group airport transfer from Nice. Breakfast, Full Board, gait analysis and run support)

PAY IN INSTALLMENTS … BOOK NOW and pay monthly to ease the pain of paying all at once!

Dates to be confirmed

For more details visit: www.lpsvexperience.com

or call +971 50 4422934 or use the Contact Form

Facebook Page: @LPSVExperience

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Women’s Wellness Experience in Provence

10th July, 2021

Please note that due to the Covid 19 Virus, this experience was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, however, it will now take place in 2021.

Join us in the spectacular Gorges du Verdon in the Grand Canyon of Europe. A unique site located in Haute Provence – just two hours away from the Côte d’Azur, Nice, France. Scattered with vineyards and fragrant lavender fields, activities are centred around enjoying stunning scenery and breathtaking panoramas, cold water therapy and an opportunity to work on your fitness, mobility and nutrition in a supportive environment. You can expect yoga every day with our dedicated yoga instructor as well as to hike, kayak, swim and work on core strength and flexibility, as well as learn the basics of trail running if you are keen.
A region blessed with a thousand colours and perfumes, you are close to the emerald lake of Sainte-Croix where water activities are endless, with lots of opportunity to take a break and sample some of the local flavours of the region in the historic and quaint villages dotted along the way.
Join us at our mountain home away from home for a female-only week of well-balanced and nutritious food and drinks, good company and a variety of activities in the mountains.

AVAILABLE DATES 10-15 July 2020 – 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS (US$1800 pp pw sharing basis)
(inc. Group airport transfer from Nice. Full Board, guide and activities)

Dates to be confirmed

PAY IN INSTALLMENTS … BOOK NOW and pay monthly to ease the pain of paying all at once!

Dates to be confirmed

For more details visit: www.lpsvexperience.com

or call +971 50 4422934 or use the Contact Form

Facebook Page: @LPSVExperience

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Sponsored by:
Urban-Ultra Hajar 100