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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Dubai residents don inflatable T-Rex suits to complete wacky obstacle race — in pictures

Four-kilometre inflated obstacle course is well received by residents

Dubai is host to some pretty gruelling obstacle races: XDubai Spartan Race, Ice Warrior Challenge, Desert Warrior Challenge and du Tough Mudder.

Now the emirate has added another challenging race to its roster, only this one does not require participants to climb walls, crawl through mud or jump over fire. It challenges them to jump, crawl, slide and bounce — yes bounce — across an inflated course that spans Dubai's Safa Park.

While the other obstacle races may require weeks of training and a basic level of fitness, the Inflatathon only asks that entrants be more than a metre tall to participate.

Those not afraid of a challenge can up the ante by joining the 'inflatables heat' which requires donning an inflatable suit to complete the course and sacrificing agility and valuable friction when scaling an inflated plastic climbing frame. The suit options include a ferocious T-Rex and a marginally insensitive Sumo costume.

On Friday, residents made their way to Safa Park to take part in the inaugural event, organised by the Dubai Sports Council.

The four-kilometre course comprised 10 massive obstacles including the 25-metre long steep slopes of the "Himalayas" and a seven-metre high "Everest" obstacle.

The air filled with the excited squeals of children, and adults, who took part.

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