Ultimate Athletics triumph in the inaugural Dubai Dash at Sports City

Sport360 staff 21:11 11/12/2015
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Off to a flyer: Four hundred and thirty participants took part in Dubai.

Ultimate Athletics were crowned champions, beating more than 40 teams as the Dubai Dash held its first event in the UAE.

A total of 430 runners made up the 43 10-member sides in the corporate relay at Dubai Sports City with each participant running 1.5km.

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Ultimate Athletics won the race in 45:56:73, more than two minutes ahead of Atlantis, who finished runners-up, while Dubai Sports City took third place.

Lisa Campbell of Ultimate Athletics, said: “The Dubai Dash is a great initiative to get corporate teams active. Being passionate about sport, it was great to compete together as a team.  We wanted to represent Ultimate Athletics, Saucony our sponsors and also make our athletes proud.”

While the emphasis was on promoting team building, corporate wellness and networking, Dubai Dash organisers also presented the Al Jalila Foundation with an Dh8,000 donation.

Sally Corander, founder of Dubai Dash, said: “The Al Jalila Foundation reflects many of the values of the Dubai Dash as it supports ground-breaking research that addresses health challenges prevalent in the region.

“We are delighted with the interest and turn out at the event, it is fantastic to see so many companies in the Emirates coming together through sport and encouraging team work among their staff.”

Entries also included DMCC, DHL, Standard Chartered and Dubai Airports.

“The Dubai Dash is a unique opportunity to get everyone energised outside of the work environment, whilst strengthening team unity,” said Claire Love, head of corporate development and change management for Dubai Airports.

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