A weekend of family fitness is on the agenda for Palm Jumeirah in December, with the Golden Mile Galleria warming up to host a two-day fun run at Al Ittihad Park.
Scheduled for Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December, the Golden Mile Fun Run includes a 2km event for youngsters and beginners and a 5km for older children, adults and more experienced runners. The venue is the jogging track at Al Ittihad Park – the UAE’s first indigenous park – which was opened by Palm Jumeriah master developer Nakheel on National Day 2012 and celebrates its fourth anniversary this year.
Participants can sign up free of charge at www.gmgrun.com or at the Fun Run registration desk inside the Golden Mile Galleria.
A Nakheel spokesman said: “Our Fun Run is the latest in a string of community initiatives by the Golden Mile Galleria and is designed to invigorate, educate and celebrate. The event will invigorate by encouraging families to get fit and enjoy the outdoors; educate by informing participants and observers about the UAE’s unique plant life; and celebrate by awarding prizes and marking the fourth anniversary of Al Ittihad Park.
“We expect our run runs to be highly popular, with residents, tourists, schools and businesses across Dubai getting involved by signing up themselves or encouraging their relatives, pupils and staff to take part.”
Al Ittihad Park, which runs almost the entire length of Palm Jumeirah’s trunk, opened in honour of the 41st UAE National Day in 2012. Designed as a sustainable, eco-friendly focal point for The Palm, the park features more than 60 varieties of trees and plants found in the UAE’s deserts, mountains, wadis and coastal areas. Many have medicinal uses, and all of them require minimal watering to thrive. Al Ittihad Park is surrounded by a 3.2 km jogging track.
The Golden Mile 2km Fun Run is on Friday, 9 December from 10am to 4pm, with the 5km event on Saturday, 10 December from 10am to 1pm. Free parking is available at The Golden Mile Galleria.
For more information and to register, go to www.gmgrun.com or visit the registration desk – open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3pm to 9pm between now and the Fun Run weekend – inside Golden Mile Galleria.