From online running contests to esports tournaments: virtual fitness events to try to survive

With UAE gyms closed and the weather outside heating up a little
more every day, we may soon be relegated indoors for our workouts.
Dubai Sports Council has pre-empted this inevitability by organising
a raft of virtual sports events from now until the end of May.

Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran in the fitness arena, and a
runner or not, there’s something for everyone.

Skechers Virtual Run
Organized by the Super Sports Academy and the Dubai Sports
Council is open to participants of all ages and abilities.
Taking place on Friday, May 22, participants are invited to take their
pick from five different distances – 1km, 2.5km, 5km, 10km or
unlimited kilometers – and complete their run over the course of the
day. They’re then encouraged to upload videos of the run to their
Instagram page, tagging #SkechersVirtualRun with run data, photos
and videos, for a chance to win prizes. Participants should make use of indoor and outdoor space in and around their home and community, with the real challenge being to design and create a fun course.

Ramadan Mubarak Challenge
This is the second episode of the virtual running event (the first took
place on Friday, May 15). Anyone in the household can participate, with four different categories to choose from – a 10km and 5km, 2.5km for children aged 12 to 16, and a race for children under 12. For this one, you can use a treadmill, run around your house or yard,
or run outdoors.

Jam Sports Academy
Has The Last Dance got your inspired to become the next Michael
Jordan? Well, here’s how to keep your (video game) basketball skills
up at home. This online basketball tournament is taking place from Wednesday to Sunday, May 27 to 31, and will involved 64 players from 17 countries – UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, France, Spain,
Germany, Comoros, Holland, Denmark, Canada, England, Portugal,
India and Pakistan – to battle out for the top two places on their
PlayStation 4.

But if you’re into esports of other varieties, why not check out The Omen Gaming Challenge, which started on Thursday, May 7, will see its finale on
Saturday, May 30.

Step Around the World
This month-long fitness event will come to a close on Sunday, May
31. Organised to support fontline workers, who are protecting the
community from Covid-19, the aim of the event is to achieve 50
million cumulative steps, which will cover the earth’s circumference
of 40,075km. Participants can walk wherever they like, count their
steps on a smart watch or app.