Dubai Women’s Run 2013

I “blame” my parents; my ferocious (yup, that’s the word I want to use – or borderline obsessed – either work) running parents. Blame them for what, you ask? Well, today is our Saturday, and I was up at 5:30AM. For a run. For a 10k here in Dubai – the 2013 Dubai Women’s Run! Sweet Barr accompanied me to cheer me on 🙂 This is only the 4th annual Dubai Women’s Run and comprised a 5k and 10k at the Meydan Racecourse (where they hold the Dubai World Cup – and a very different atmosphere than Churchill Downs). The first year, they had 500 participants, but there were over 5,500 there today! A portion of the entry fees also goes towards Breast Cancer Arabia.

My mother teaching her dog and mine the importance of a daily run

My mother teaching her dog and me/Barr’s the importance of a daily run

Early morning at the Dubai Women's Run

Early morning at the Dubai Women’s Run

I signed up for the 10k when we first moved here for the following reasons:

#1: Either the running bug is hereditary or the daily Simpson family runs rubbed off on me – nature vs. nurture!

#2: An opportunity to set a new personal best mile split (I love the 10k distance – it’s perfect in my opinion)

#3: An event by which to motivate me to run in this heat and stay pseudo in shape

The lineup for the race was at 630AM, and the track is about 30 minutes away so we called an early morning cab and headed that way – Barr was a trooper! (All Blackberry (?!???) photos are courtesy of him.) The race incredibly started on time, 7AM on the nose, and off we went! The course looped through the track and around the stadium, and thankfully it was early enough in the morning and late enough in the year where the temperature was pleasant.

Sunrise at the racecourse

Sunrise at the racecourse

A runner from last year’s race in her head, arm and leg covering to preserve Islamic modesty – these women are ROCK STARS running with all this fabric! (Photo Credit:

The grounds, track, and facility were not to be believed – everything is brand new (shocker for Dubai) and immaculate. Thursday night races started this week and run through December, so we’ll definitely be back (although the whole no betting thing throws us, especially my Louisville boy, for a loop!)

Meydan Racecourse

Meydan Racecourse

Anyway, I’m so glad I signed up for the race, and was even happier to see my husband cheering me on at the end! So I suppose blame isn’t the right word for my parents’ influence on my running 🙂 I only wish my mom and sister had been there, too! (Dad cheering with Barr of course – it was a women’s run after all.) That being said, I’m off to take a nap. Until next time…

Post race

Post race – sunny much?

Dubai skyline

Dubai skyline

2 responses to “Dubai Women’s Run 2013

  1. I did not know Glenn was also a runner. Good for both your parents.

    Doesn’t Dash look obedient? He makes us all so proud!

    See you soon, David