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Dubai Holding’s Sandstorm named Qualifying event for The OCRWC 2017
(30 January 2017)
Sandstorm to be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai


The Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC), obstacle course racing's independent world championship, announced today the addition of Sandstorm as a featured qualifying event for the 2017 World Championships.

To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai on February 10, 2017, Sandstorm is the largest and first-of-its kind obstacle race in Dubai. 
Set across 5KM and 10KM distances, the race is open to all fitness levels and backgrounds and encompasses more than 40 unique obstacles that integrate with Dubai’s sand dunes, lakes, greenery and wild life. The racetrack is designed by an award-winning team of international course designers, offering a fully immersive experience for the participants throughout the full circuit.

“We are delighted to welcome Sandstorm to our network of qualifying events,” said Adrian Bijanada, OCRWC founder. “According to all reports, Dubai Holding’s Sandstorm team has created a unique and exciting event for Dubai and we are honoured to attend and support their inaugural event in 2017.”

Commenting on the qualification, Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Dubai Holding, said: “We are proud to put Dubai on the international map for obstacle racing, a demonstration of our dedicated team’s hard work to create such a remarkable event. Sandstorm is one of the many initiatives that Dubai Holding Corporate Wellness Programme sponsors to promote a healthier, happier and more active nation; and we look forward to supporting members of our community once they compete with other fitness enthusiasts on an international level.” 

Sandstorm marks the 10th year anniversary celebrations of Dubai Holding Corporate Wellness Programme, the region’s first employee focused programme of its kind. Since its establishment in 2007, The Dubai Holding Corporate Wellness Programme has actively and positively impacted employees and the wider community through a series of activities, planned interventions and multidisciplinary platforms aimed at promoting a healthier, happier and more active nation. 

The top male and female competitors in the 10KM circuit in Sandstorm will be sponsored by Dubai Holding’s Wellness Programme to participate in the World Championship on October 13-15 in Blue Mountain resort, Ontario, Canada. For registration and more information on Sandstorm, please visit

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