Desert Palm X-Country Run

15km  |  10km  |  5km  |  3km
Start Time: 6.30am

About the Race

Enjoy nature at its pre-dawn best as you head off road across manicured grass polo fields, through sandy urban tracks, along horse paddocked fields and on tree lined roads while overlooked by the 5 star Melia Desert Palm Hotel. All are joining this Super Sports X – C Run, from advanced to fun runners, young or experienced, run or walk 3k, 5k, 10k or 15k. Music, refreshments, parents & children running together and a community feel is what makes this race special. Urban X-Country at its best!

All finishers receive a shirt, electronic chip timing, medal, snack & juice, fruits, water & downloadable certificate.

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COVID-19 Precautions

  • Self-social distancing.
  • Masks are optional.
  • Stay in the Run Village Area till your distance is called to the Start Area.
  • Self-service water stations out on course and at the finish line.
  • Sanitize your hands regularly at designated stations.
Where to enter
Entry Fee & Refund Policy
  • Adults (19yrs & over):  AED175
  • Juniors (18yrs & under):  AED125
  • Discounts are offered for families of 3 or more consisting of parents and children – aged 18 years and under. Email for the family discount code.
  • There is NO on the day registration.

Credit/Refund Policy

  • Any participants canceling their participation after the closing date or if the race sells out or who is a “no-show” on the day of the race will not receive a refund.
  • In the unfortunate event of the race having to have to be postponed/canceled due to COVID restrictions/weather/venue issues, the credit/refund policy of online entries through online entry providers will apply or you can have your entry carried over to any other Super Sports organized race.

Entry Fee Includes

  • Electronic Timing
  • Official Race T-shirt
  • Finishers Medal
  • Snack & Juice
  • Downloadable Certificate
  • Refreshments
Race Pack Collection
  • Your race number and timing chip collection is on the morning of the race at Race Check-In which opens at 5.45am.
  • Race Check-In can be found in the field near the Start / Finish line.
  • Race numbers will be emailed to all runners and will also be on show at Race Check-In on the morning of the race.
  • Once you know your race number, proceed directly to your respective Bib collection desk and collect your Bib # with the timing chip attached.
  • Please check that all your data which is printed on the label of the race pack envelope is correct. This includes your name, age category, gender, and distance and in the event of there being any errors, please let our Race Check In staff know so we can change it for you, so you have the correct result when finishing the race.
  • You must have checked in and received your timing chip 20 minutes before your race start.
  • Once you have done that, head to the Race Village and wait for the race briefing from our Race Director Warren.
    Race Day Program

    Be checked in at least 20 minutes before the start of your race. There is NO on the day registration.

    05h45 – Race Check In Opens
    06h20 – Race Check In Closes for all distances
    06h30 – 15km Race Starts
    06h35 – 10km Race Starts
    06h40 – 5km Race Starts
    06h42 – 3km Race Starts

    Prize Giving
    07h30 – Prize Giving: 3km & 5km
    08h00 – Prize Giving: 10km
    08h30 – Prize Giving: 15km
    09h00 – Cut off time all races


    Race Distances & Age Groups

    Age Groups are calculated as per your age on race day. Male and Female categories for all age groups.

    0 29 years  |  30 39 years  |  40 49 years  |  50 years+

    0 18 years  |  19 29 years  |  30 39 years  |  40 49 years  |  50 years+

    0 18 years  |  19 29 years  |  30 39 years  |  40 49 years  |  50 years+

    0 8 years  |  9 12 years  |  13 18 years  |  19 years+

    Start Procedures
    • Please wait outside the start area till your distance is called to the start line.
    • Runners to self-seed themselves with faster runners near the front and more social runners toward the back.
    • If you start with the wrong distance you will not receive a time for the race eg: if you entered the 5km and you start with the 10km no start time will be recorded.
    • Gun times will be used for this race so everybody will have the same start time irrespective of where you start from in the start area.
    Race Rules
    • Keep to the right-hand side of the road / track at all times.
    • 15km = 3 laps of the course
    • 10km = 2 laps of the course
    • 5km = 1 lap of respective course
    • 3km = 1 lap of the course
    • You must have your run number visible on the front of your upper body or race clothing and keep it visible at all times when on the run course.
    • Your upper body must be covered at all times on the run portion of the race.
    • Shoes are compulsory.
    • No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed.
    • Parents wishing to run with their children – aged 8 years and under – may do so free of charge but will not receive a race time or position, nor medal, shirt, or any of the give-aways.
    Race Results
    • Please scan the QR codes in the Race Village to view your result once you have finished running.
    • Full results will be on the Super Sports website as soon as possible at – top right-hand corner – Race Results.
    • You will find split times, overall placings, age category results, and a downloadable certificate.
    Race BIB Numbers
    • Bibs must be worn on your upper body with the number facing outward.
    • Once finished racing, hand your race bib in at the T-Shirt stand and collect your free shirt.
    • Safety pins will be provided in your race envelope or bring your own race belt.
    Timing Chips
    • Timing chips are attached to the back of your race bib.
    • Ensure your bib has 1 timing chip stuck to the back and if not, please see Super Sports staff on the day to issue you with a new bib.


      General Information

      Finishers Medal 
      When crossing the finish line, please keep moving through the finish chute then you will receive your finishers medal.

      Complimentary Snack & Capri-Sun Juice
      You will receive a voucher once you finish the race for a complimentary snack and Capri-Sun juice which can be claimed immediately.

      Athlete Refreshments / Water Stations
      There are 2 self-service water stations on the course and 1 at the finish line. 

      End of Race Procedures
      • When crossing the finish line, please keep moving through the finish chute then you will receive your finishers medal.
      • Mask are optional.
      • Scan the QR codes to see your result.
      • Hand your race number with timing chip in at the T-Shirt stand and collect your free shirt.
      • You will be given your snack voucher once you have left the finish chute. Proceed to the counter and collect your snack and fruit juice.
      Prize Giving

      07h30: Prize Giving: 3km & 5km
      08h00: Prize Giving: 10km
      08h30: Prize Giving: 15km

      • If you did not collect your trophy or medal from us on Race Day, it will be available 5 days later for you to collect from Dawson Sports in Mercato Mall.
      • Trophies and vouchers will be awarded to the top 3 male and females for the respective distances.
      • Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and females for the respective distance age groups.
      • Overall winners will not be included in age group prizes so we can spread the prizes out amongst more people.
      • When you see the cameramen, remember to give them a smile or a thumbs up, especially when you cross the finish line.
      • Photos can be found on your results page by clicking on the CAMERA icon and then doing a bib or selfie search. 
      • Photos will be available 24 hours after the race has finished.
      Event Videos

      Race Course  |  3km  |  1 Lap

      Race Course 

      5km  |  1 Lap
      10km  |  2 Laps
      15km  |  3 laps

      Directions to Location

      Melia Desert Palm Dubai


      Follow signage and marshal directions as you enter the venue. Lots of Parking close to Start / Finish line.


      Race Numbers will be available 36 hours before Race Day so please check back then!