Aspire Zone is gearing up for a season of fun, community-inspired sports events designed to encourage whole families to lead more active lifestyles.

Its annual Doha Jam basketball tournament, the Torch Staircase Run, a 50 kilometer ultra-marathon, the Aquathon, and a five-a-side football league are all set to take place in the weeks ahead.

Doha Jam, Qatar’s premier street basketball tournament, is back on 22 February 2014. Sixteen amateur teams will go head-to-head in the ultimate three-on-three competition. Spaces are expected to fill quickly, so those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up quickly.

For the third consecutive year, local residents will have the opportunity to scale the staircase of the Torch-Doha Hotel. The annual Torch Staircase Run will take place on March 29 and see participants race up 1,304 steps to the summit of the iconic tower. The world’s top three male and female tower runners will be taking part, setting the fastest times for contestants to aim for. Registration for the ultimate vertical challenge is set to open soon.

For the first time in Doha, Aspire Logistics is hosting a 50 kilometer ultra-marathon. The Aspire International 6:50 is set to take place on 6 March 2014. Featuring a five kilometer circuit, runners will need to complete ten laps in order to achieve the full distance. An increasingly popular sport, ultra-marathons are designed to push participants’ physical and mental strength to the limit. Registration is open to men and woman aged 18 and over. To sign up, visit www.stuweb.co.uk/race/FF.

Registration for the Aquathon is also open. The next two races, which will take place on 1 March and 22 March 2014, mark the end of the 2013/2014 edition of the overwhelmingly popular series. Each race features a run around Aspire Park and a swim in the Aspire Dome pool. It is open to all members of the community aged 8 years and over.

In addition, last weekend marked the launch of Aspire Zone’s weekend football league. The five-a-side round robin tournament will see 12 teams compete in blocks of eight weeks, with matches taking place every Friday evening and Saturday morning.

For more information, and to sign up for any of the upcoming events, visit the Aspire Zone website.