Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon & 10K 2014
225 people have rated this event.
“Great way to see Yas Island - A very unique run, was great being able to cool down at the Yas waterpark after the race.”
“Enjoyable race - Entered the race as my friend and I were visiting Abu Dhabi from Edinburgh Scotland.
Great experience and so well organised with the added bonus of the breakfast and entry to Waterworld
Well done everyone ”
“Great event a must every time! - Perfect event end to end, from the organization to the finish along with the medals. Great support from all the volunteers and marshals on the support stations. Course with amazing scenery early in the morning. Timing and Photo service were prompt! Large variety on the buffet and great fun at Yas Waterworld! Lots of giveaways included too.”
“Gets better every year - Wonderful organisation, support gets better every year, great support at end. Thank you Abu Dhabi Striders. ”
“Good - Additional freebies are most welcome”
“Very good - Hi, i have been in Marathon in Dubai, Berlin and Amsterdam and this is the best event ever With al the good fasilities before and after the run.
To get a loocker, use the watherpark and brekfast was very Nice and good :)
Keep up the good work and i come backe from Norway again for this race.”
“Very nice event - Very well organized!”
“Nice and wonderful event - Great timing of the event. Wish if organizers had negotiated better privileges. such as an access to lockers, additional access to water park, etc.”
“A wonderful experience - Thanks to the Abu Dhabi Striders for a great race. The logistics were perfect and I really enjoyed running my first race in 7 years. It was fantastic!”
“Simply Amazing! - Absolutely Worth The Money!
Among the top racing events of the year!”
“Another great race - Thanks to the organisers and the volunteers for putting on sucha a great race. ”
“Highly recommended - Thank you so much”
“Excellent - Smaller water bottles should be given because most are just thrown away after a few sips.”
“Great race overall - Overall a good race. Not having enough race shirts was not a good thing especially for those who had registered months ago.”
“Great experience - It was my first run event... it was a challenge as I started to prepare it only two months before...
but i loved the experience... i was stressed and excited before the start... then I just enjoyed... the volunteers and runners were nice... I run most of the run with a big smile on my face... just enjoying it... I lost my smile by the end due to pain in my body... but still happy to be there.
Thank you so much... see you soon in a next run event”
“Great event again - ice lollies rock! - Great route, Yas waterworld breakfast and day access is fantastic! Ice lolllies are perfect for after the run ”
“I really enjoyed it. - Thank, once again a well organised event.”
“Value for money - The event is awesome! The money you spent is worth the experience..”
“I'm beginner but interesting. - Exciting!!”
“Another Great Striders' Race - Crackin' route with a few little hills. Amazing race breakfast and race give-aways...afternoon at Yas Waterworld for example; frighteningly enthusiastic folks at the aid-stations; excellent prizes and no need for portaloos!!”
“Great event - In general really good, only complaints would be:
1. Parking queues at the start of the event
2. While running on the main road some work vehicles were allowed across junctions - this is unsafe and makes runners uncomfortable
On the whole I really enjoyed the event.”
“Great race, great course, great atmosphere. - Overall another great event I'd definitely do again. No complaints at all. Only suggestion is please make it clear whether or not there will be a bus pick up (and times) at hotels that are not 'official' race hotels. Having buses would help stop a lot of the congestion in the parking area and getting to the race on time......not a complaint, more an observation. Thanks for organising another great event. Will definitely do this again”
“Job well done - Keep it up....Nice race even im not feeling well.”
“Well Done - Thank you so much to all the volunteers especially those cheering along the way! There were 2 girls in particular at the Marina who were full of energy and encouragement! ”
“Great well organised event. - Great event, well organised. No complaints at all.”
“Awesome Run - I'm glad I randomly woke up one day, looked for a race and registered for this one. This was my first ever international race and half marathon. It will be hard to top this even in the future.”
“Great event and beautifool track - YAS F1 race track shall be part of the race.
Dubai/Al Ain race pack collection shall be arranged. This year collection on the race day was problem as we have to start earlier than expected from Dubai.
Directions to Water Park were poor.
Overall it was a great race, Thanks, we will come again.”
“Great - We were wondering B.F. is included in fee or not up to the event day.
NExt time if you can mention cleary it, it is great.
And to keep the bag , we are requierd Water world list band we didn't know that.”
“Awesome! - I truly enjoyed the run!
Race Course - around Yas Viceroy, Yas Formula One Circuit, Ferrari World
After Race breakfast and presentation - in Yas Waterworld!!!
This race is hard to beat!
Looking forward to next year's event again. ”
“Excelent once race started, frantic trying to park - Excellent race, even volunteers singing Xmas carols around 3-4 km very amusing....Only gripe was pre-race. Drove from Dubai. get race pack on day (internal issues?), bit hectic, I arrived at Water park around 5.30 am took nearly 40 mins to get in car park then had to get race pack and to start line... not the best 21km race prep. It put my anxiety into overdrive...thinking I may miss start of race. luckily, I had someone with me who could just grab my stuff. race great- pre-race not so good.”
“All good except amount photos taken - Everything was good.
Poor number of photos were taken during the race.
“A really great first race experience in Abu Dhabi - Having just arrived in AD in August, this was my first race event and it was great. I really enjoyed myself, great crowd at the start and finish, just enough water stations (although I would be happier with paper cups of water - harder to drink on the run out of the narrow opening of the plastic bottles; it was nice that there was gu/gel and sponges as well), and the access to Yas Waterworld was fantastic. The breakfast was a real treat! Thank you for organizing. ”
“Well organized, good route, great swag= good race - Overall, a very well run race. There were ample bathrooms and parking at the start / finish. The route was well signed and marshalled/ traffic controlled. The only negative comment were the LACK of water stations. There probably could have been twice as many water stations. THis was my first experience with the Premier Online events in the Middle East. I was quite pleased with my experience and will definitely partake in more Premier Online events. Good job!”
“Excellent event - A superbly well organised event . Thoroughly enjoyed the half marathon. Was particularly impressed with the frequency of water stations, and the fact that GU gels were also given out (i'd expected cups of diluted GU sports drink). Well done everyone, clearly a huge amount of work goes into this, and it shows. See you next year”
“Great Event! - Good job, thank you for organizing such a great event.
->Something to improve in the future races: I registered for this race on 12th May of 2014 and still I didn't get the shirt size I requested :( ”
“Great fast 21.1K - ONE Thing: Why do you switch off the music so early?? It is UNFAIR to those who run longer & struggle to finish the last meters.
Overall a great HM! Enough parking, volunteers directed traffic well (fast). Course is flat & good for new PBs. Course has only occasional spectators & mostly the volunteers are cheering you on. Parts of the run are very quiet during the peaceful morning and you can only hear the occasional bird tweeting. Great to have access to Yas Waterworld after the race.
“Superbly organised - Could not praise the event organisers enough. Everything was fantastic. I will highly recommend to anyone!”
“Great fun. - Thanks for creating such a memorable running experience. ”
“Another great year. - As someone, if not many others, may have mentioned- you can only do so much to control the "parking behavior" of others. After about 25 minutes of patiently sitting, with an increasing number of "more stressed" persons jumping the queue, I realized there was alternative parking across the street from the main entrance. Parked and still had 20minutes to walk to the start. The bottleneck is due to to the fact there is just the one entrance. Would it be possible to use the service entrance as well?”
“Enjoyed it - Had a great morning. Loved the course. Marshall"s were encouraging. I personally didn't have a problem parking as I made sure I was organized and arrived in plenty of time. Facilities amazing. Don't understand the complaints about long queues for the toilets. Why didn't they just use the ones inside Yas Waterworld? there were loads of them! Think it was a case of blind leading the blind!
Have to agree the photos were not good at all and the website always has problems every single time. ”
“Mainly fast and furious..some hills..gone in 60s! - Diverting route up and in and into the lobby of Yas Viceroy was "unusual" and some sections were quite lonely at front of field where no runner in sight and no quite clear where course would go next...but honestly a lovely day and brilliant organisation....I would just suggest some small simplifications of the route...it has the chance to be world class speed wise as much of the course is super quick. Thank you and well done.”
“A fun event, great value - The saucony t-shirt, substantial breakfast and entry to the waterpark make this race excellent value. The course is nice with a couple of inclines, aid stations were well placed and the marshalls were very encouraging. Only two small niggles - the start was kind of chaotic and there weren't enough toilets outside - the queues inside were really long, would have been helpful to have more portaloos. Breakfast was good, lots of choice. Overall a great race and I'll be back again next year :-)”
“Great event. Really enjoyed it. - The only thing I would suggest is that at the water stations only very smaller bottles / the small plastic water containers to be given out only, not the normal bigger bottles, as very tricky to carry and run.
Also could the people helping at these stations pre-open the bottles, as really difficult to open them as you are running / or tear the foil back on the small water containers. I found it impossible to open these whilst running. ”
“Great race - Well organised and fun. ”
“Great event - My only real critique is it looked like the finish line area was being torn down well prior to the final finishers crossing the line. If the event is scheduled for a 3-hr block (or whatever it was), then the finish line should remain intact for all of the finishers that meet that goal. It would be disheartening for a finisher to come around the corner only to see things being taken down. I think the organizers owe every finisher better than that. Just my 2 cents. Otherwise, great event.”
“A well organized event!Good terrain for a beginner - Doing a 21K after a long break, So saying the course was an easy one, is definitely saying a lot. Even the hills werent too hilly. Lovely sights,cheerers,volunteers, though would've liked to see more cheerers between 15K and 19K, as that stretch got very lonely. loved the small 3k overlap between thetwo races, was like a breath of fresh air to see so many people suddenly (as i'm usually always at the back). waterstations well organized. loo only at 10K, one more a lil earlier would've been good.”
“Photography service - The photography website is very slow and not able to download the pictures ”
“A very well organised event - Fantastic event, good support, delicious breakfast and to warp it all up nice day at the water park so well done AD Striders and their committed sponsors.
Course can be can be little messy at place specially going around the hotels, appreciate that they needed to be felt important but we are runners, may be 10K can be routed around hotels. Little disappointed with not being able o get the right shirt size, perhaps next year :-)
“Great Experience All Around - This is the second Half Marathon I've done in the UAE, the other being the Dubai Striders Half, and it lived up to my every expectation. Well orgazined, beautifully planned route and the waterpark and breakfast were a wonderful touch.”
“Could've been great..... - ....if not for the late race pack collection and receiving a different race shirt.”
“Congratulations for having a successful event. - Another Successful event.. Congrats”
“Fun Event... - Parking que was busy at the start...it would have been a little more relaxing of the race packs could have been distributed in Dubai.....some runners would have been nervous when the traffic was backed up and moving very slow...with no race packet sorted.....a few water stops were undermanned...we need more in the good bag however I understand that's not easy to do (you need 5-6 people doing marketing)....did not use the photo....overall a good morning....a BIG THANKS for making it happen.....”
“Awesome race.... - Its nice to see my running mates on 21k to be on the same running routes.... it was just so perfect..... Thank you... and see you on my next race....”
“I loved this race! - There was such a neat ambiance from start to finish and I loved the energy of the marshals and the volunteers throughout the course. They were so encouraging.
My rating for the Event Photo Services aren't quite accurate because the website keeps saying "Error! Cannot connect to the server."”
“Excellent Track! - Overall it was a great race. The support stations were good, but I wish there was Gatorade or some kind of sports drink at more of the stations for those of us who don't use Gu. I also wished there was a water station close to the end of the big bridge we ran over! Other then that, it was great!
I wasn't planning on spending the day in the water park so I didn't bring the wrist band for entry. But that meant I couldn't go in to have breakfast despite having clearly run the race.”
“The event was great, i really enjoyed..keep it up - Everything was perfect..only the things that i didn't like
1- The changing the time of the event pack collection without sending mobile txt msgs, not all people check their e-mails everyday!
2- The Photo service was so bad, The whole race i only have 2 unprofessional pics, also coulden't find myself in any video.”
“Amazing event - I loved it - My only criticism was the parking - the girls were directing us into already full sections of the car park when there was very little time left to get to the race start”
“Well organised and good course - Everything was planned and implemented quite well, there could be better/larger km markers as some of us spotted these while running and others didn't.”
“Great combination of competition and leisure. - Almost perfect experience except that I didn't get the correct shirt size I mentioned in my registration. The staff in the viceroy bib pick up said that She and M sizes were no longer available at that time and it was because of something happened beyond their control. But considering that they have been doing this event for years how can something " beyond their control" still happen. I am disappointed because I always wear the shirt I get as gratitude to the organizers. Hope u correct this.”
“Excellent day out! Kudos to all involved - Thank you volunteers and organisers for that wonderful experience. Managed to get in by 5.30 so was'nt part of the traffic problem some mentioned. Able to finish in under 2 hours so didnt have any of the issues that the slower runners face towards the end of a race. Value for money...absolutely...entry to yas waterworld, done with the top 10 rides by 11 am before the crowds came in...so thats premium access and no queing.T-shirt didnt get my blue, had to do with grey. Good breakfast..Thankyou”
“Great event - Only issue I found was getting parking... The rest was really well done. Thank you!”
“Excellent race, well organised and lovely atmosphe - Toilet capacity / facilities were not adequate at Yas Waterworld. Runners missed the start of each race due to the length of ques. There was also no provision for people with 'toilet needs' so early in the morning. Otherwise a great race. Thank you. ”
“Fabulous well organised and value for money! - A great race and an amazing day out all rolled into one. Perfect!”
“As always - A great Event - So well organised. - A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers, without them we would not be able to have so much fun. Always so well organised and great atmosphere. Gets better every year, thanks for the efforts by all concerned. People need to stop the negative comments and just enjoy.”
“A+++ - Yas Water park included is the best deal!!!”
“Best oranised event - I attended so far. - Gudos to the organisers.
Very well organised.Sweet meories will last for ever as I am the only barefoot runner in the event.
Look forward to attend every year as long as I will be in UAE.”
“Enjoyable race - Surprised by the long traffic queue leading to the parking area. Made it to the start just in time.”
“Marshals at junctions did a great job. - It was a good course and the marshals at all the junctions did a terrific job. The water stations were ample and staffed by helpful and friendly volunteers. The value for money was exceptional. The only part I found odd at the time was the run in to the finish line. Perhaps that last stretch could have had better definition and maybe additional marshals. ”
“Fantastic day - 1st half marathon, will defo be doing this again next year. Was very impressed with the organisation, distance from car park to start line, shower facilities and breakfast.. top day out.. Well done to all”
“Great Event - very well organised! - Great idea to combine a race with the water park entry! delicous buffet for such a venue. only slight remark is regarding the electrolytes at the aid stations - missed the isostar twice and it would be nice to get the gels before the water :)”
“Sincerely I expected more and better. - Everything was fine, or almost, but some details. My first point is that the registration fee seems to me a little expensive and that could be the reaason why my expectations weere so high. I consider that, for example, route signaling was a little poor, specially at the poinsts where tracks for both distances were separated but marshall´s performance was incredible during the whole race. The problem you had with t-shirt´s sizes is also non acceptable. You must request all this items with time i”
“Very well done - A great event and well-organized. There was good atmosphere in the start/finish area, and the course itself was good.”
“Excellent Event - The event was very well organised and enjoyable. The only issue we had on the day was the water park security not allowing us into the locker area befroe the race with our bananas and water! I understand normal access to the park means you can not take your own food and drink so you buy it on the premises. However it was 5.30 am there was no where to buy anything and we were going to eat and drink it before the race! Just a bit frustrating thats all! Overall great race. Thank you”
“Very nice event, great fun - Outstanding event, very nice route.
Water park and breakfast after was a lot of fun (best hasbrown ever!)
Thanks a lot to the volunteers that were around the route, truly appreciated their effort.
One concern only: when we went by the hotels there were cars near the runners. No concern at all for me but if somebody is going really hard I can see how this could be an issue.
Can't access the pictures website. Gave it an "acceptable" because I trust it given the overall quality of the event”
“Very good event, extremelly well organised - The event was very well organized and the location is outstanding for a race.
The start-up process was very smooth and dealt with easily.
Marshaling was outstanding and the quantity of people supporting was very good
Improvements probably only in terms of parking, however the issues experienced (people overlapping and making a relatively simple process long and frustrating) are of a local nature so difficult to clear.
All in all, a great event and one I will definitively consider repeating.”
“Great Event - This race is in a great location and covers many of the Yas Island attractions. Great time of the year and time of the day to race too!”
“Overall a great race - I enjoy this one more since they moved the start to yas waterworld. The only comment I would have is to get some marshals how to give directions. It was quite funny that they were telling people to go left (their left) when they needed to turn right (runners right) as they were facing the runners.”
“Aboslutely perfect.. Nice job guys... - Well organized and perfect venue. It was another good experience meeting nice people. Congrats to all..!!!”
“Excellent event great people - Loved how organised this event was from start to finish water stations and. Volunteers were supportive i enjoyed the half marathon . Keep up the great work ! Love abudhabi striders! ”
“Amazing experience! - The route was wonderful - would have loved it if i need not have to stop for the traffic to pass! Overall enjoyed it very much.”
“Great combo event at Yas waterworld - Photo website is not responding.”
“On the whole it was great event - On the whole it was great event”
“Route - Parts of the run were through pavements laid out of interlocking bricks. That could be harmful.
“One of my favourites - Very well organised, the best freebies”
“Great deal - Well organised as usual by the Striders. Great value for money on this one.
“A challenging event with great purpose - Love to support this kind of event. It challenges the physical strength of people and the willingness of their heart to love and share to those who have special needs.”
“Great Event - Hats off to the organisers! Thanks! - The organising team have done a great job putting together this race at a very good value - especially with the water park entry and super rates at the Viceroy. One thing possibly to look into, is separation of runners and cars on some parts of the route to improve safety for runners-would have wished for some barriers or lots more cones. Unfortunately the photo website is not working properly but that is outside the organisers control.”
“Poor parking arrangements - Parking was a nightmare. Spent 25 minutes sitting in traffic with countless other drivers cutting in. No marshals around to prevent this. When I finally arrived at the entrance to the car park at 6:00, the marshalls closed it and I had to park on the road some distance away. Was a very stressful start to the race, as I thought I wasn't going to make it. ”
“One of the best Half Marathon I've ever entered! - Good job Abu Dhabi Striders for a very organized running event. It was fun and the organizers as well as the marshals were very warm and accomodating. I will definitely join again next year.”
“Brilliant event! - What a great event, brilliant course, well organized. The distance was accurate and marked perfectly, as for ice lollies at the finish, genius! Giveaways were good value, very good medal and entrance to the water park allowed for a nice cool down afterwards. Getting in to the car park was a bit painful but everything else was spot on, see you next year! ”
“Overall a Good Running Experience - . Event Pack collection could be better organized”
“Really well organised on a great route - The event is really well run on a course that isn't demanding - everything went off like clockwork.”
“Brilliant! - Brilliant race, very well organised, great effort by Danny and Steve to put this event together!
Thank you for the best half marathon in the region! ”
“Another great, well organised event - Excellent race, with my target met of under 2 hours. As stated by others I also had to wait a long time queuing to enter the car park but thankfully still made it in time. I think part of the problem were the idiots who decided they shouldn't have to queue like the other civilised people and were shooting down the outside and pushing in. Par for the course here sadly though. I thought the distance was also slightly long - 21.4km? Walkers should also know to move to the side. Breakfast was good.”
“Great Race - Beautiful day! Love the buffet and free access to the park! Thanks!!”
“Brilliant Event - Great race, great course for the Half distance. Suggestion: why not differ the 10 km start by an hour? it would make it easier in terms of parking issues (not for me as i came by taxi and arrived at 5:30am), track split between 10km and half marathon runners, and more people would arrive at the same time, you just need a rope when both course connects. Great give away and souvenirs, for once something else than just t-shirts which we already get from other events. Well done to the marshals.”
“Great Event - Great event, well organized, timely notifications are given, great food, nice overall package.
May those thrown/dropped water bottles end up in proper places after the event. :)
Would appreciate if next events supporter's ticket would be relatively cheaper for the same venue (comes with a different color wrist band).
“Great organization - Impressive that this is the 30th year, and the organization shows it. Loved the run and the energy throughout. Cool giveaway by PremierTiming (fridge magnet). A shame the t-shirts came in late and I didn't get my HM size, but all was well handled.
“Great run!! - Overall, another very good race. The entry to Yas water park afterwards is great.
The only issue we had was even though we were early, we got stuck in a queue for the car park.
Apart from that. Great!!”
“Great race. Well organised - Would be good if you could get Premier timings to set up split time recorders at 5k and 15k. Other than that its excellent. ”
“Seriously well run event.... - .....but oh oh oh, the parking queue, 30 minutes - nearly missed the race start!!!”
“Brilliant! Very well done AD Striders. Best yet! - Congratulations Abu Dhabi striders! What a wonderfully well organised event! Enjoyed every bit of it - the course is superb. Honestly, I can't find a single fault, except, perhaps the breakfast was a bit of a let down (not your fault, as Yas Waterworld has its limitations). But the goodie bag, the giveaways, the medal, the post event camaraderie was just awesome. Looking forward to next year's race.
“Great well organised event - Awesome wonderfully managed event everything was smooth, well organised even the morning Bib Collection, Marshall's, Well manned water stations. Great Breakfast, Give aways
Thanks so much for making it a great experience as always
“Fantatic run, great course and morning out. - The 2014 edition was an another success. Great particpation and fantastic atmosphere prior, during and after the race.”
“Nice event and great location - This year's event was very well organized and executed. Breakfast queues seen last year were much smaller this time. Water in small bottles was very convenient at the aid stations.”
“Friendly event, well organised - Not the most scenic event, but the friendly organisers make up for that. Worth coming back next year, for sure.”
“A perfect event - Thank you to all volunteers and the organization team ! Well done guys :)”
“Awesome race - Awesome race, well organised as always with Abu Dhabi Striders. The breakfast and Waterpark entry was a great way to end the race. My only complaint is I didn't get my shirt size, I am a medium and had to take XL. Love those Saucony shirts :(”
“Very satisfactory - Mr. Daniel- one of the organisers saved my day. Thank you for the support.
The race was well organised and very enjoyable.”
“Excellent - A big thank you to all the marshals and organisers.
Also a huge thank you to the 2 hour pace guy. He got me round in less than two hours as he promised.”
“1st Half Marathon! - Thank you all for making this happen! The preparation was very well orchestrated, a big cheers for all the team behind the scenes that worked to make this a remarkable experience.
See you next year!”
“Great race and got a 2 Yr PB!! - Great race, great atmosphere and great support from the volunteers. It was also my PB at 10K since I restarted running just over 2 years ago so very happy. Only minor quibble was the marshalling over the Yas Viceroy bridge towards the hotel - I didn't understand why they wanted runners to go on the slippery pavement rather than the road where there was more space.”
“Glad I participated - Very enjoyable with a few unexpected hills. Lots of enthusiastic volunteers, especially ladies at Marina entrance. There was some confusion with merging of 10k and half at Viceroy Hotel. Breakfast was extra special treat. Congratulations on a very successful run.”
“Good organization.Big mistake package collection - In my opinion the overall organization of the event was so good. However, when I went on Thursday to collect the BIB and the T-shirt giveaway, they didn't provide me the size that I had marked during registration process, and they told me that only XL was available (there were still lots of packages pending to be picked up). But on Friday, before the race start, they we're delivering some M and L T-shirts, and some changes were done.. I have an useless T-shirt that could had been a nice memento.”
“Great event. well organised - Just one suggestion: it would be great if u can share the 10km timing for the 1/2 marathon runners. Just gives an assessment of what what the momentum at that point in time. ”
“Well organized, enjoyable event - Hard to fault the race organisers, everything went smoothly. It was my first half marathon so I was quite nervous but the organisers made the whole process easy - from registration, pack pick up, transport, start, support stations and finish. The race shirt was high quality and comfortable, and free entry to waterworld afterwards was a bonus. Just one thing, 'back of the pack' finishers were not so well looked after. Traffic impeded their finish and volunteers seemed to vanish...”
“Poor organisation - - change of bib nbr after registration
- change of bib and T-shirt collection instructions many times
- upgrade of T-shirt size?!!
- on the event day I was not given any T-shirt or even event bag as both run out?!!!!!! I just got my bib”
“As always, very enjoyable - Had a thoroughly enjoyable day, especially like the course. The parking, bib pick up, lockers, toilets, start - all convenient and easy. Just a few points for constructive criticism : where the 10k and 21k split on the course, a visible sign would be useful, the end of the course near the finish needs to be more clearly marked with some marshals, earlier finishers need to be kept off the track here too. Unable to find seat to relax to enjoy the prizegiving and breakfast. Enjoyed the waterpark.”
“Perfect - Thanks for the wonderful time”
“Great race. Will be back next year - An excellent event all round.
A few negatives:
The disorganization surrounding the race pack collections for Dubai residents or lack there of was not good. Having to sort this out on the morning was a bit of a pain and not ideal considering the early start.
Was not given the correct half marathon shirt, but rather the 10km one and wrong size as they had run out. It's a small thing, but when paying race fees and pre-registering in advance you expect this to be a given.
“Great event; special thanks to all the volunteers. - Good show. First race I've done so wasn't sure what to expect. In the end I took 8 minutes off my PB!”
“Awesome event. - Great event; Excellent organizing... Had great time with my family at Yas Water world after the run. Prefect Day...”
“Awesome day! - Although my run time wasn't the greatest I still had such an awesome day! The event was very well organized. The vibe of the start and finish line put a smile on my face. The extra bonus was Yas Waterworld. Now I can say I have been there! It felt good to be out in the sun...I am sure my ramblings will show just how great my day was :)”
“Awesome race by an awesome group! - I am a part of the Striders, so I may be a little biased. Awesome race, the hill at the end was a little cruel, but I will forgive with time. This may sound trivial, but THANK YOU soooo much for making the perfomance shirt in XXL. Too many event organizers over look the larger runners. These guys got it spot on!”
“Great race and atmosphere, well organised - Thanks Abu Dhabi Striders and Volunteers great job!
“ Injury Recovery & how meaningful this 10k were - Last year I've participated in the Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon as a part of my workout plan for the marathon in Jan , and it was fabulous. In January this year, after the Dubai Marathon, I was diagnosed with a hip stress fracture (2nd in 3 years time) and I had to completely stop for 8 months any physical activity. I've decided in Sep, with my physio team the best race to get back would be the Abu Dhabi Striders cause it's inspiring, and I was right, I have a new PB for the 10k. Congrats!”
“Brilliant volunteers & Sponsors - I cannot thank the volunteers, organisers and sponsors enough for a great event.
As one of the slow 10k runners (age combined with insufficient pre-event training) I agree with the comments made by one or two of the much more important 21k runners, in that the two courses/finishes could have been split.
Also, having to stop runners to allow traffic through was a first for me, but disruption seemed to be kept to a minimum.
“Great event, enjoyed every meter. Thanks Striders! - Every time there is a race/Event organized by a club of runners, the outcome is so much better!
I thank the AD Striders for a great race.
Nice course, fast and exploring different areas, parks, etc.
Good to have mass/preferred start.
Water stations OK, missed the gatorade, etc.
Thanks for the volunteers, they were jumping and cheering, and it really helps.
Didn't like finishing the half along with the 10K slower runners as it made it difficult to progress. Tshirt wasn't the size I ordered.”
“Great event and course.....one small suggestion. - This was an excellent event and the course was fantastic. One small suggestion would have been the car parking, it was a little crazy getting in this morning, we waited in a cue to get into the carpark for 30 minutes - either warn people of this pre race or have different parking options. One the whole though a great event and it was great to be able to head into the waterpark afterwards. Well done to the organisers and the wonderful volunteers!”
“Best race ever!!!! - Awesome job to the organizers and volunteers :) Striders clearly have one well oiled machine that keeps getting better and better! Everything about this race would be an 11/10, if that were possible.
Thanks so much for all your efforts and hard work to bring such a great event to Abu Dhabi! It's gotta be among the best races in the world!!”
“Superb, thanks - I love this race - organisation is excellent, thanks to Steve and the team for their tireless efforts.
One small concern/suggestion - could the 10k runners be cordoned off from the Half Marathoners at the end? I collided with a 10k runner which wasn't ideal for either of us. A row of cones/marshal or better still a rope would do the trick. Overall, though, it's excellent. See you next year. ”
“The best 10km in the UAE. - Awesome event, fantastic to have breakfast and water park access afterwards. Super organisation and a great job, as always, by the marshals and the commentator at the finish line. The presentation dragged on a bit though! Couldn't wait to hit the slides!”
“Really well organised event in a great location - This was our first time running in this event and it was great. Love Yas anyway so this was a great opportunity to run the location. Found it really well organized , nice friendly people everywhere and nice touch with breakfast and entry to Yas waterworld . will be there again next year thanks ”
“Bit of a stumble with race packs - Great guys. Maybe ease off the pre-race comms. Also need to find an alternative for the parking. Otherwise, awesome”
“Perfect everything really. - Awesome weather,great route- could hardly feel the time go by,great Marshall support and volunteer support.Thank u so much looking forward to next year's ”
“It is valuable half marathon in Abu dhabi. - It is a nice course.
All Stuff is very kindly.
After run, I enjoyed breakfast and Yas Water World.
“Fantastic! - Great race route, organization and thank you to the volunteers! Lots of cheering especially from the girls with maracas and pompoms- much appreciated! ”
“Well organised event unfortunate long carpark wait - Great for runners. Spectators could do with having somewhere to sit..food etc”
“Well organized race - Again, a very well organized race. Only some small issues with collection in Dubai. Otherwise, the race was perfect. I cannot wait for 2015. ”
“It was an amazing race event - As other countries are already implementing some creativity on race medals, maybe it is high time to check if we can put on some unique designs (ie. Bottle Opener, etc.) on race medals to be more useful. A survey might help to add more thoughts on this. Nevertheless, as always it is an amazing event. Thank you very much.”
“Great experience - Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. felt fully involved in the event. The breakfast at Yas Waterworld was a nice touch. Will be recommending it to friends.”
“Perfect orignization - Good effort from everyone. Thank you ”
“Brilliant organisation - Well done, Striders....you absolutely nailed it! The organisation was spot on, and managed in such a way that it was a fun event. The facilities at Yas Waterworld are hugely appreciated: changing, lockers, shower, huge breakfast. And credit to the marshalls for their enthusiasm.”
“Top rating across the board! Just brilliant! - Nailed it in all categories! Great job guys and a satisfying PB to top it off!
Pre-race coffee would be the absolute icing on the cake, but that's just a personal thing!”
“Excellent run and organization - AWESOME EEVENT ..Thank you AUH Striders.”
“A fantastic race, as always - Came in with a new PB at 1:27... as usual the race was great. I found the start area bit chaotic before the race started, but it wll worked out well. Perhaps consider putting a separate 'wait' area for 10 k runners, as many seemed to be mingling through with the halfers. But overall a fantastic race.”
“Excellent event... - Thank you to every Marshall you were brilliant!! A really well organised event with an excellent course.”
“Great race - Great race, well run, would have liked to stay for the day but had to go to work”
“Awesome run in great location - A lot of fun, really like the flat course and well organised. Breakfast was great and plenty of water stations along the course. ”
“Top marks again - Well done to the Abu Dhabi Striders for organising another terrific event.”
“Abu Dhabi Striders Facebook page - I gave event photo a low rating because I didn't see a lot of photographers along the course and there were none hanging around to take professional pics after the race. Of course, I finished almost dead last ”
“Outstanding event - This is one of the best events I have taken part in. Thank you so much to all the organisers. ”
“Just like last year, but this time with toilets! - I really love this event.
Supremely well organised and a really nice run at a great time of year.
The only thing missing from last year has been resolved - toilets.
Great stuff, and makes this event as good as it gets.
Also: The shirts this year are ace. I don't know if they are exactly the same as last year, but the colour rocks.
Thanks folks, I am really looking forward to bashing out the half next year.
“Superb - Spot on apart from distance markers layout a bit confusing”
“Always a great event - Once again, Abu Dhabi Striders have conducted a top notch race! Great course, great swag and great weather. Will run this event as long as I am in UAE!”
“Great event!! - Excellent organisation. ”
“Excellent course, support and brilliant value - Comms excellent, course and support teams all enthusiastic. Medal/Towel are good. Breakfast was brilliant -lots of choice, and plenty for everyone. Value is incredible as it also includes access to Yas Park.
Thoroughly enjoyed, and worth the trip for Scotland.
Only niggle - very few toilets on the course !”
“It was a great run - More goodies please!!!!”
“Well organized, but still room for improvement. - Everything super, apart from:
- 30 min waiting in line, just to get onto the parking lot, in spite of arriving with ample time to spare. Parking nearly 1k from starting line. Would have been hard pressed to get to the half marathon start on time.
- the usual queues (bathrooms, food..)
- official timing not entirely correct
“Excellent - Apart from needing more toilets(big issue) at the start it was perfect. Also 7am start would be better I think.”
“Perfect running weather - The race was extremely well organised and marshaled along the course. The support stations were ready and the breakfast was nicely done. The only thing that could be improved was the access to the parking area was extremely slow and it took us 25 minutes to drive the last 800m! ”
“50 years old, first race walking - Nothing to change”
“Good route and well organised - Thank you to all organisers and helpers, the race was great.”
“The best, friendliest, most enjoyable run in the U - This run is so well organised u really dont have to do anything but turn up and run. For me it just gets better every year. People will moan, but thats what people do. I say 2 thumbs up and well done to the organisers. Also a huge hurrah to the volunteers, sponsors and everybody else for making this an awesome event. Helps i guess that i ran a PB today!!”
“Brilliant Half Marathon thank you Strider - As usual a very well organised event from Abu Dhabi Striders, had a great run.
Thank you so much ”