The Wadi Bih Run is set to return for a second time in 2018 as organisers launch a new edition of the race that will take place on November 9.
One of the toughest and most famous running events in the region, the Wadi Bih Run, is set to return for a second time in 2018 as organisers launch a new edition of the race that will take place in the stunning mountains of Hatta on November 9.
Complimenting the traditional Wadi Bih Run, which takes place annually at the start of the year in Dibba, Oman, the UAE version will be organised by the same event organisers in partnership with global fitness brand Reebok and will feature familiar race categories.
Participants can choose from the Team 70km, Team 35km, Solo 70km, Solo 35km, Solo 20km along with a special 2.5km run exclusively for children.
Responding to popular demand of runners to offer another Wadi Bih style race in the annual running calendar, organisers will replicate many elements of the much-loved event in the similar surroundings of Hatta, while removing the need for runners to cross the border into Oman.
A camping area will be prepared at the start, within Hatta Fort Hotel’s grounds, that will be open to participants in the event the night before race day and a small recreational village will be set up at the venue, which will include a lunch area, an activation zone, pool access, Reebok rest and recovery areas and more.
Commenting on the new event, race director Neil Young said: “The Reebok Wadi Bih Run grows in popularity every year and is now firmly established as the premier long distance running challenge in the region. We hope that by launching a second November event in Hatta we will be able to inspire new runners to take part, whilst giving those who love the Wadi Bih Run an opportunity for another test in the annual running calendar”
Speaking on Reebok’s support for the Wadi Bih Run Hatta, Head of Brand Activations MENA, Nathalie Khouri, said the key focus for the brand was to continue supporting the ambitions of the regions running and fitness community.
“Our goal is to support every runner and fitness enthusiast, no matter what their ability, to get outside and get active,” said Khouri. “This is why we have come together with the Wadi Bih team to create a second Wadi Bih event in the UAE that will see more runners, more beautiful scenery and more fun! We can’t wait to help participants achieve their goals, whether that means setting a new personal best time or just getting to the finish line.”
What: Wadi Bih Run
Where: Starting from Hatta Fort Hotel
When: Friday, November 9