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Welcome to Minty's Marathon Months

At Charitable Travel, we’re passionate about combining Travel with fundraising and creating a #TravelforGood ethos with our customers.
Minty’s Marathon Months is a great way to showcase incredible destinations around the world where you can run a marathon, relax on the beach, explore a fascinating city, swim in an ocean, or simply chill out.

Challenge yourself during lockdown 3.0 and take part in Minty’s Marathon Months to raise valuable finds for the Mintridge Foundation!

Can you run / walk / scoot / wheel / swim / horse ride / canoe / kayak / SUP (or maybe camel ride)  a marathon in 7 days ( or 2 marathons if you cycle) between 1st February and 31st March? If so you could be in with a chance of winning the perfect post-pandemic holiday for two people to Dubai!

Interested in taking part? Here’s how:

  • Run, walk, scoot, wheel, swim, horse ride 26.2 miles in 7 days, OR cycle 52.4 miles in 7 days.
  • Track your miles via STRAVA (or manually) and log your activity on your personal challenge page. (Ensure that your STRAVA privacy is set to ‘everyone’.

Once you’ve completed your marathon (or 2), you will be entered into our prize draw!

PLUS! If you fundraise for The Mintridge foundation during the challenge you’ll get extra prize draw entries!

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The Prize

THE PERFECT POST-PANDEMIC ESCAPE TO THE SUN!
Sign up to take part in Minty’s Marathon Month and be entered in to a prize draw to win a 4 nights stay at Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai for two people! Including:

  • Economy class return travel from London to Dubai with Emirates Airlines, including applicable tax, fuel charges, and duty.
  • Transfers on arrival and departure from Dubai.
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
  • Travel is allowed, subject to availability  at the time of booking, at any time in the period 01 September – 31 October and 01 May – 31 October 2022.

The prize is not redeemable for cash, may not be exchanges, must be taken by the winner, may be extended subject to the appropriate supplement but the travel period cannot change. Holiday is ATOL protected. The winner is responsible for any insurance, visa, passport, health, and entry compliance applicable when taking the prize. The prize is forfeit for any non-compliance. We reserve the right to substitute equivalent hotels and direct air service if absolutely necessary.

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The Prize

THE PERFECT POST-PANDEMIC ESCAPE TO THE SUN!
Sign up to take part in Minty’s Marathon Month and be entered in to a prize draw to win a 4 nights stay at Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai for two people! Including:

  • Economy class return travel from London to Dubai with Emirates Airlines, including applicable tax, fuel charges, and duty.
  • Transfers on arrival and departure from Dubai.
  • 4 nights’ accommodation at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
  • Travel is allowed, subject to availability  at the time of booking, at any time in the period 01 September – 31 October and 01 May – 31 October 2022.

The prize is not redeemable for cash, may not be exchanges, must be taken by the winner, may be extended subject to the appropriate supplement but the travel period cannot change. Holiday is ATOL protected. The winner is responsible for any insurance, visa, passport, health, and entry compliance applicable when taking the prize. The prize is forfeit for any non-compliance. We reserve the right to substitute equivalent hotels and direct air service if absolutely necessary.

Meet Mintridge

The Mintridge Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport. We provide a support network for young people by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models. The Mintridge Foundation assists young people of all ages, abilities, and physical capabilities to develop confidence and resilience, and creates awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing through sport.

Our team of Ambassadors  – Olympians, Paralympians, and other professional sports stars from over 20 sports, both team and individual – work with young people in schools, clubs, and academies across the UK. Starting with visits including assemblies, coaching clinics and classroom sessions tailored to each organisation’s requirements, our ambassadors can then provide one- on- one remote mentoring in a safeguarded environment, delivered via technology such as Fitswarm and Playwaze to build a lasting legacy for individuals.

Click here for more information about The Mintridge Foundation.

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About Charitable Travel

Every penny of profit earned by Charitable Travel, everything we do and everything we offer our customers, supports charity fundraising and good causes.

Welcome to the world of Charitable Travel. We are a registered social enterprise and a financially protected travel agency. Our purpose and mission is to help you with your holiday plans and at the same time support the great work that UK-based charities deliver around the world. When you book a holiday or cruise with us, we sacrifice travel agency commission so you can make a free five percent donation to your choice of registered charity through our dedicated JustGiving website. We pride ourselves in offering travel expertise, a wide choice of holiday options, quality, great value and a unique way of creating travel-for-good for our customers as a true not-for-private-profit social enterprise.

Dubai Marathon

The annual Dubai Marathon regularly welcomes between 25,000 and 30,000 runners of all standards and nationalities. Unfortunately, the 2021 marathon has been cancelled due to the COVID Pandemic. 

In regular years, the marathon starts on Umm Suqeim Road in Al Sufouh, near the Madinat Jumeirah. The route follows the Dubai coastline before turning right onto Jumeirah Beach Road and head up to Union House  in Jumeirah, passing the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and Jumeirah Beach Park. On reaching Union House, runners then turn back and continue past the starting line on to Al Sufouh Road. The route then continues to Dubai Media City, passing the Palm Jumeirah. After reaching Dubai Media City, runners head back to the finish line on Umm Suqeim Road.

Top 10 Musts for Your Visit to Dubai

10. White Dubai
Dazzling rooftop bars, chill beachfront lounges, classic pubs, cool karaoke joints, speakeasy-style nightclubs, live-music venues – with such variety, finding a party location to suit your mood is hardly a tall order in Dubai. One of the biggest draws for night owls is White Dubai, incidentally the only club in the Middle East on the Top 100 list of the British DJ Mag. The mega-venue with its impressive light and sound system sits smack dab on top of the grandstand of the Meyden Racecourse.
9. IMG Worlds of Adventure
In 2016, Dubai added four theme parks to its stable attractions, including IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park. Daredevils can join the Avengers in battling the evil Ultron, get pummelled by Thor in a lunch-losing top-spin ride, pose for selfies with a walking dinosaur, and feel like a cannonball when going from zero to km/h in 2.5 seconds on the Velociraptor coaster. Little kids, meanwhile, will be enchanted by Ben 10, Gumball, and the Powerpuff Girls in the Cartoon Network wing.
8. Etihad Museum
Founded in 1971, the United Arab Emirates is one of the youngest countries in the world. The Union House, the circular building where the treaty was debated and signed, now sits adjacent to the architectural striking Etihad Museum. In monumental underground halls, exhibits use documentaries, photographs, and timelines to introduce key players and the events that led to this milestone in Gulf history.
7. Desert Escapes
The Arabian desert, with its weather mountains, undulating sand dunes, and wide-open spaces, exudes a special mystique that can easily be savoured on a day trip from urbanised Dubai. There are numerous tour operators to set you up with everything from camel treks to sandboarding or overnight safaris. The best ones offer an authentic look at local culture through encounters with Bedouins and traditional meals.
6. Dubai Museum
oused in Bur Dubai’s Al Fahidi Fort the city’s oldest surviving structure, this museum provides a well-laid-out introduction to the history of Dubai. Marvel at the turbo-evolution of this city from simple desert settlement to futuristic metropolis in just a third of a century. Dioramas recreate traditional scenes in a market, at home, and in the mosque, while other galleries focus on life at sea and in the desert. An archaeological exhibition illustrated the ancient history of the region with a display of items unearthed during excavations at local digs.
5. Burj Al Arab
This landmark luxe hotel, with its dramatic design that mimics the billowing sail of a ship, floats on its own artificial island and has become the iconic symbol of Dubai’s boom years. The interior is about impact, drama, and unapologetic bling, with dancing fountains, gold fittings, shiny marble, and whirlpool baths your butler can fill with champagne if you so wish!
4. Exotic Souqs
For a dose of Arabian Nights flair, head to Dubai’s historic core and plunge headlong into its charmingly chaotic warren of markets. The famed headliner is the dazzling Gold Souq. Even if you have a thing for bling, a walk through here will feel like you’ve entered a giant Aladdin’s Cave. Its fun to just watch the action, especially in the evening. If you’re buying, sharpen your haggling skills no matter shopping for teensy earrings, an engagement rings or a dowry-worthy necklace.
3. Al Fahidi District
Wandering around this restored heritage area in Bur Dubai provides a tangible sense of historic Middle Eastern architecture and culture. Low-lying traditional courtyard buildings flank this quiet labyrinth of lanes, many of them featuring arabesque windows, decorative qypsum screens and wind towers. Some contain craft shops, small heritage museums, art galleries, artsy guesthouses, or cafés serving local fare, including Middle Eastern breakfasts and camel milk smoothies. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding leads guided tours of the quarter.
2. Shopping
Shopping malls represent an integral part of the culture and lifestyle in Dubai. Not merely places for maxing out your credit cards on fashion, electronics or gourmet foods, malls are also where locals got to socialise in cafes and restaurants, to catch a movie3 in a state-of-the-art multiplex or to get adrenaline kicks in an indoor theme park or games arcade.
1. Burj Khalifa
Slicing through the slipstream of the sky’s superhighways, there is no more potent a symbol of Dubai’s aspiration to position itself as a major global player than its phalanx of futuristic skyscrapers. Above them all looms the Burj Khalifa, shaped like a deep-space rocket and at 828m, the world’s tallest building clad in 28,000 glass panels, it also lays claim to several more superlatives, including the highest outdoor observation deck, the most floors, the highest occupied floor and a lift with the longest travel distance.
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