‘Challenge Accepted’ – tough course mixes fitness with fun



Sharjah, 12 December, 2017


Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG) is to host the very first obstacle race in Sharjah exclusively for females as part of its innovative vision to involve the community in new initiatives and promote a healthy lifestyle. Named ‘Challenge Accepted’, the course will test the competitors’ endurance aged from 7-23 years from across the UAE.


Set to take place on 23 December, participants will have to navigate 16 obstacles that include water, ice, sand and balance challenges, testing their fitness and stamina but also providing plenty of fun along the way. Younger competitors (7-12 years) will compete on a three kilometre course, whereas participants aged 13-23 years will be tested over a course of four kilometres.


Participants at the event, sponsored by Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Ladies Club, Sharjah Co-op, Barakat Quality Plus, and Virgin Megastore, can enter the race at any time between 10am and 5pm, starting at 15 minute intervals, as long as they register beforehand. This can be done online by visiting https://linktr.ee/shjgirlguides and then race packs can be collected from various registration points including Sharjah Girl Guides; Sharjah Ladies Club 180 fitness centre; Virgin Megastore branches in Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Centre, Sahara Centre; or Adventure HQ branches in Galleria Mall Dubai, and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi.


Shaikha Abdulaziz Al Shamsi, Manager of SGG, said: “This initiative is a new step and a new direction for SGG which will help to share our visions, missions and messages to a wider community and raise awareness about our activities, while promoting a fitness lifestyle at the same time. By holding this event, we can also introduce non-members to our existing guide members and familiarise them with the facilities and the SGG grounds.


She added: “The inclusion of older girls comes in alignment with our new category at SGG, Senior Guides (aged 16-18 years), and also marks a great stride forwards in our outreach to older girls and young women, providing them with an excellent opportunity to become part of this great movement and express their social conscience by giving back to society.”


For those not taking part in the race but wanting to lend their support, there are a range of open-air activities including a live escape game, inflatable maze challenges, bouncy castles and team-building exercises.


The winners will receive – in addition to gold, silver, and bronze medals – valuable prizes including Apple Watches and special offers by Sharjah Ladies Club.


The guiding movement was first established in Sharjah in 1973, after which it blossomed through all seven Emirates, giving rise to the Girl Guides Association of the United Arab Emirates in 1979. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SGG aims to inspire and nurture future generations to become progressive global citizens by providing a platform for girls to develop to their fullest potential.


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