First time I heard about “Ultimate Athletics” I already got star stricken and immediately registered for my favorite 100m Sprint. When nostalgia hit me as I dwell into my past thinking about the athletics moments that I love to relive again, Ultimate Racenight made it possible. First time I set foot was in 2016 where my goal was just to participate, have fun and replenish these old rusty legs of mine, and it turned out well as I gained a lot of new friends with common goals, experienced running & jumping once again, and even won the Overall Senior League which is just a bonus for me. As I shift my focus to competitive mode I tried to compete with a bunch of Elite Masters participating for the glory, one would feel the overwhelming excitement to run against these elites battle for the Ultimate 60m title. Having a diverse training in short, mid and long distances, I have had the advantage to try out a vast variety of events and I thank Ultimate Athletics for making it all possible. This season I’m excited to try out the new events like the shot put and the long jump. My performance level now is way better than when I was in college as I set my series of personal bests, hence I am exceedingly reliving my nostalgic moments that I also indulge my kids to participate as they experience enjoyment on what daddy does. Knowing that Ultimate Athletics is always available, makes it a worthwhile travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. All thanks to Coach Lisa and all the other coaches. God bless you all and keep inspiring athletes!
My daughter Chloe age 9 has been training with Ultimate Athletics for 5 years now. She absolutely cannot get enough of her weekly training sessions. She loves that they vary week to week and she loves that she gets to make great friends whilst training. Her fitness levels remain consistent throughout the year thanks to Ultimate Athletics and she finds that she is able to excel in school athletics completions thanks to her year round training and various holiday camps. The coaches are extremely encouraging and supportive, they give her great feedback and work with her particular strengths as an athlete.
Chloe’s favorite part would have to be Ultimate Athletics Race Nights. The buzz she gets from competing, she describes is electric. She loves that she is pushed to the limit and she loves to try and beat her PB at each race night. She loves the atmosphere and the competitive vibe. Chloe’s diamond trophies sit proudly on her bedroom shelf. As do all her medals for various events. The prospect of a shiny diamond, definitely gives her that determination to dominate at Race Nights.
I can not recommend Ultimate Athletics enough. Chloe’s two siblings now train with the club also, and although they have very different abilities when it comes to Athletics, they all take so much away from this club.
Summer 2017 I researched to see if the UAE had different fitness activities & sports like the ones I was doing in the states. I was able to locate Ultimate Athletics league and contacted Lisa Campbell. I was excited to continue to be an athlete while living and teaching in the UAE. I have made friends with the ladies I compete with. Its an honor to compete against them because they push me to do better each month. 2018 I won the Master’s division and Im looking forward to RECLAIMING and WINNING the Master’s division this 2019-20 season.
Having done athletics at national level (100m,200m and 4 x 100m) when I was younger it had always been a part of my DNA. Once I realised UA had a platform where now as a 40-year old I could carry on this passion I had to get involved. I love the nervousness I get come race day and also the discipline that is required to maintain and improve on the track. I love the competition. I get total satisfaction from telling people my age when they see me competing as like most things they fall into the trap of thinking it’s only for the kids.
Well, it’s not and this season I plan on going faster than I ever have to dispel this myth.
It’s has been a great pleasure for me to take part in the Race Night events over the past few years. Racing is not only an opportunity for me to challenge and push myself, it revives old memories of that young *me* back in high school. It’s also nice other old athletes taking part in it. We got to meet each other and share old memories which brings bonds between us. It also give a chance to inspire our younger brothers and kids.
I definitely look forward to this coming season.
Thank you for organising such a great event.
“I have been at Ultimate many years and enjoy it very much. All of the coaches are kind and push you to your limits. The Racenights allow you to track your progress throughout the season whilst encouraging everybody to work hard and improve PB’s (whilst still having fun!).”
“Ultimate athletics race nights are an awesome event to really promote athletics in the UAE. Compared to the UK the level of competition over here is completely different, so it is nice to see a company that are trying to get more and more people involved and raise the level of competition. It’s just a shame that there’s no electronic timing as it would be awesome to get on the British ranking system in future events, as the tracks and conditions are ideal for running fast times!”
“The Ultimate 60m with New Balance is a great opportunity for athletes over 30 to challenge themselves and others from various sporting backgrounds, in a friendly but competitive all out sprint race. As a masters International 400m hurdler, although such a short sprint is out of my comfort zone, I enjoy the buzz and love meeting like minded runners. The past couple of years I’ve used the race nights as an opportunity to sharpen up, before successfully medalling at World and European championships.”
“There are a couple of reasons why I always take part in the racenight; first to inspire the young’s who wish to take running as a profession; secondly to improve my personal best especially in the 3k; third to check on the progress of my training.
With the benefits, I get to see my weakness during the race and also get to know where I loose time from when I start to tire out.
The atmosphere is quite good because you get to meet a lot of people, the cheering is good as well. The fact that there are a couple of races going on you get the see how other people are running.
I always want during my first race of the season to get my personal best time or meet record before I start tiring out with many races, so I will be heading for a personal best God willing.”
“Ultimate Athletics racenights are a great source of competition and offers people of all ages and ability the platform to compete and test themselves. Being a National level athlete these racenights allow me to monitor how well my training is going and I am able to compete in competitive races whilst in the UAE. Quality competitions, that is well organized, that offers a great atmosphere and competitive events is hard to come by in the UAE and Lisa is doing a fantastic job of providing all 3 and more.”
“Racenight is the perfect opportunity to put all the training together and into practice. It gives athletes along with their coaches a regular goal to work towards and the aim is to improve as well as maybe show areas that need improvement for next time. I look forward to getting to race against others that I don’t necessarily train with – it’s good to get together with like minded peers on a night like Racenight where we are all there to race the best we can and support each other.”