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More than 70,000 residents turned up for the first Dubai Run with Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan, flooding the lanes of Sheikh Zayed Road.

Sheikh Hamdan joined by 70,000 residents at Dubai Run

Organizers say more than 70,000 residents from all walks of life, from athletes to the young and old, and people of determination attempted the 5k and 10k runs, which started from Dubai World Trade Centre. The race was led by Dubai’s Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Check out these astonishing visuals:

Sheikh Zayed Road takeover

Dubai Run marked the first-ever instance of people occupying the roads instead of cars and trucks. One-half of Sheikh Zayed Road’s lanes, from the World Trade Centre’s roundabout till Downtown were blocked for the marathon. Thousands of spectators lined the route too, cheering on the participants.

It is expected the run will become an annual fixture on Dubai Fitness Challenge’s calendar.

“Today marks a milestone in our mission to make Dubai the most active city in the world – together as one society. I commend the enthusiasm and energy of our people and I am proud of how the people of Dubai – across ages, nationalities and abilities – have come together to create such an inspiring event. Congratulations to all those who accepted the challenge. I am confident that you will encourage even more to join over the coming days and make DFC 2019 our most successful edition yet.”

HH Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai

One week remaining for Dubai Fitness Challenge

Heads up, fitness folks! We’re less than a week away from the finale of Dubai Fitness Challenge’s third edition, ending on Saturday, 16th November. The final day is usually marked with a workout at the Dubai Festival City, followed by a lavish display of fireworks.

Photograph credit: Dubai Fitness Challenge

This isn’t the only event that has drawn massive crowds during the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Last month saw Instagram fitness star Joe Wicks perform a high intensity, interval training (HITT) session in JBR with thousands of residents.

Dubai Fitness Challenge goes on until this Saturday, 16th November. Click here to download the app or head to the Dubai Fitness Challenge website for more details.

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