Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon & 10K 2015
209 people have rated this event.
“Great event a must every time! - Perfect event end to end, from the organisation 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.”
“Enjoyable run - New route caused a hiccup for the front runners who missed the turn to the mall. Needs to be fixed next year ”
“Another great event - Can't have too many ice lollies!
Liked the route change to incorporate Yas Mall, shame to have dropped Viceroy.
When will Abu Dhabi have its own full marathon????”
“Always a great event - Thank You - A BIG THANK YOU to all the event organizers and volunteers. We just turn up and run, they have many sleepless nights trying to get it perfect!!!! Great Course, happy volunteers, on time start and just such a great day. I now have a bunch of 5 striders half marathon medals and sorry to say this last one isn't quite to the same standard.....but different!!!!! Thanks once again and for sure will be back again next year. Great work. ”
“Fanstaic from start to finish! - I enjoyed this event from start to finish, everything about the day was orginised with great though and care for the runners.
I was extremely impressed with the water stops and free energy drinks/chews, also the ice lollies at the end where all a great surprise.”
“Well organised and thoroughly enjoyable - The event was well organized. Everything went smoothly. No problems before, during or after the race.”
“Well organised event. - Well organised race on a good course. Overall more positives than negatives. Would recommend to others and take part again. The negatives? Too few toilets at start, water stations fine but water 'cups' not practical for runners trying to drink and run, quality of men's T shirt was very poor and certainly not something I'd be keen to be seen wearing, didn't use the waterpark or go for breakfast after the race therefore cost of race expensive against overall value. ”
“Great event - Well organized and delivered event.
1. Timing - would be nice to have splits at 5, 10, 15km,
2. toilets - long cues, not enough of them for the number of participants.
Otherwise, fantastic! Congratulations AD Striders.”
“Brilliant fun! - Thanks for much, great event.”
“Awesome event - I have really enjoyed the race and I will do it again next year!
Thanks to all the staff, great job.”
“Great, but could be epic! - I enjoyed the event tremendously. In the future I hope the medal improves. It seemed a little cheap this year. Also, the breakfast left a little bit to be desired.”
“A great run - Ran this event when I was in Abu Dhabi on vacation. Great set up, buses from hotel plaza to start, amazing breakfast at yas water world, great route, hopefully I will get the chance to run it again. Only a little hot compared to Scotland, thanks a wonderful event, proud to have done it”
“Well organised and managed - My feedback would be that the entry to the water park was unclear that you had to enter immediately during or after the completion of the race. I went back to my friends and returned at 12 noon and had to pay.
I would prefer a souvenir like a mug or a finishers t-shirt as opposed to a medal, as I would get more use and you would obtain more advertisement ”
“Great event - Good hotel deals near the start line for runners from abroad ☺”
“Every thing nice - Should start at 6am”
“Excellent race but pricey - Really enjoyed Fridays run but a few points I would bring up.
First it was frustrating towards the end of the half marathon having to dodge the 10k finishers in a very narrow part of the road. Perhaps two lanes?
The race is quite expensive considering the lack of "goodies". Compared to Dubai Creek Half which have an excellent stash and is a cheaper entrance fee.
Finally the food at the breakfast was very average. ”
“Love it - See you next year...thanks so much....”
“Great race and superb after in yas waterworld - If possible to split half marathon and 10k finishes it would save congestion at finish.
Around 12.5k mark at roundabout there was no marshall and it was confusing where to go.
Otherwise a perfect occasion and a Waterworld is a great way to finish the day”
“A well organized event and worth joining. - Proper assignment of bib no. especially for those who have previously participated and have good running time regardless if it is individual or club member.”
“Great day out. - Great event.
Please include parking instructions for AD pack pickup as hotel staff said there was no free parking so people were parking at Du.”
“I was much more satisfied int he previous 3 years - I wasn't happy at all from the following:
- medal design and materiel is very poor (at least compared to the previous 3 years)
- the course was changed without informing the participants
- the participation fee is very expensive or at least very low value for money
- the giveaways (towels & caps) are of poor quality compared to the original towels distributed 2 years back (the blue ones) and the caps
- you need to give higher discount on the tickets to Yas Waterworld so all family can go ”
“Great event all round but flawed podium - I love this race and all the AD Striders races in general, they are always well organised. My only gripe is the way the overall top 3 was awarded meant that some of the podium places were taken away from the open AG's. In the women's event in particular 50% of the top 3 across the 2 distances were not from the open AG. This means the 2nd and 3rd placed females in the 10km and 3rd place female in the HM were not recognised. Needs a rethink to be fair to all”
“Great event! - Very good event! Keep improving it for more people to participate
“Great event, lovely atmosfere, well organised. - Didn t find where i can download the certification. So i still don t have it. The only remark. Otherwise i had a great day and next year i ll participate again without no hesitation! Thank you!”
“Fantastic - My first 21km and I would have liked 21 on my medal :( Yes it is on the lanyard)
The only issue I have, otherwise superb!! Thanks heaps.”
“Well organized - Well organized. Reduce the price....after running utilizing the waterworld facility is very minimal”
“Great event! - Good organisation and a nice course. The only negative point: I didn't get the right shirt (half marathon instead of 10k). Breakfast and water park entrance were also very nice.”
“Great atmosphere - Really enjoyed this race, great atmosphere around the course and on the finish line. Breakfast was really good and a very enjoyable day at the waterpark. Thanks to all who organised and volunteered. ”
“One of thr nest event in UAE. - 1Warming up session was missing this year.
2.Rate has been increased .
Overall nice event , not to be missed every year.
Well-done once again for the flawless arrangements to Abu Dhabi Striders !”
“GREAT! - THE WEATHER WAS HOT ESPECIALLY AFTER 7.30. MY SUGGESTION IS TO START THE RACE EARLIER MAYBE 5.30 IN THE MORNING.
AFTER 15 KM MARK IT IS GOOD TO HAVE THE WATER STATIONS EVERY KILOMETER.
RACE PACK COLLECTION COULD BE DONE FOR 2-3 DAYS IN DUBAI (ONLY ONE DAY THIS TIME).
THE COURSE HAD 3 HILLS WHICH WERE TAXING. DONT MIND ONE OR TWO!”
“One of the best UAE events - Thank you Abu Dhabi Striders, this is one of the events that I must participate in every year.”
“Really well organised event, thoroughly enjoyed it - My only slight negative were the frequency of water stations, i just felt that there could have been another couple of aid stations thrown in, towards the end expecially. Otherwise a great even, thank you.”
“A nice morning spent. - Pace markers in the shoot that are clearly visable would be an improvement. Please do a better job of keeeping the 10kers out of the way for the start of the half marathon!”
“Had a blast - Loved running and enjoyed the rides in yas waterworld”
“A HAT TRICK FOR ME AND MY PB - Incidentally, ADHM was my first competitive race in 2013. My timing is improved 24 minutes by this year compared to my debut run. I really enjoyed 2015 run and will participate Abu Dhabi Half Marathon again and again. ”
“Getting better especially after moving to Yas - Another well organized event by Steve and his team. Everything went very smoothly without any hiccup. ”
“Well organised, enjoyable. - More toilets needed - although I'm not sure how you could arrange this.
Also the price does seem inflated - I'm not sure how many people use the Yas Pass. Would there be some way of using the lockers / bathrooms without having to do this?”
“Good Race-Excellent After Event - Miss the old course- but liked running up the entrance of Yas Mall. Always good food and buffets really well run this year!! Park is always fun too.”
“I will run again! - Its a great experience for a first timer”
“ more expensive and less well organised - Not enough toilets available before the race - i started the race with the urge to go as the queue was about 50 metres long.
The goodie bag at the end is pathetic with one salonpas patch in it, the rest of the bag was advertising. This is poor compared to when i first did the race 5 years ago. ”
“Great course, well organized from start to finish! - Overall great experience!
- the entrance to Yaswater world and the locker facility is always a plus plus for this event.
- great support for parking, marshaling and Water stations.
- this time the photos were great ...excellent quality!
- possibly the only surprise was that the half marathon split timing was only available at 6k and at the finish.
Well done once again to Abu Dhabi Striders! ”
“Well organized - The volunteers were awesome...everything was really well organized...great job!
i didn't care for the medal design...that was my only disappointment...
thanks for a great race!
“Well organised! - The first 10km was excellent - lots of support stations and entertainment with music and the drumming stations. The second half of the half marathon course was not as good. There were no music stations. But the worst thing was there was a long stretch towards the end of the race where there were no water stations. There was a water station before we went over a big overpass and then nothing until the very last water station. I really needed water well before the last water station.”
“Except for the Toilet, the event is perfect. - Although I have bad experience on toilet as the cue is longer than I anticipated, the food, Yas WaterWorld, volunteer marshals, event organizers and everything is perfect.
Good to have this event in Abu Dhabi.
Cant wait to register for next year.. I would suggest to put atleast some portable toilets outside to those who do Pit Stop before the run which most of the runners do...”
“A great event! - Well done to the organisers, sponsors and volunteers who made it such a great event to participate in.”
“Awesome Race - I love that it was so well organized, and that it started on time!!!!!!”
“Excellent as always - Another great run on YAS and a fun day at the water park. Thanks again AD Striders and all volunteers for a job well done. ”
“Support station km 18 was missing - For the 100 first half marathoner the Support station km 18 was missing.
All the rest was really good !! ”
“Everything is fantastic, well organized - It's my first 21k run, and really thankful for the oragnizers to have this event, it pushes me to train hard everyday and prepare for my first 21k, I run for CANCERAWARENESS, and will always be running for charity. to the ABUDHABISTRIDERS: A big THANK YOU, and prefect thumbs up, more runs in the future.
“Fantastic experience for my first race ever! The e - I was a bit confused on the start time for the 10k. The starting time for the half marathon was published, but not the time for the 10K. I was a bit confused on when to be there and when it would be starting.
Published times/schedule for the shuttles would be helpful. I asked 3 different hotel employees and each one had a different schedule. Just a quick note about when shuttles would start and end would be helpful. - Maybe a schedule posted in hotel lobbies the morning of the race??”
“Amazing run - Very well organised, race pack covered everything you needed to know. Bib Pick up before the event made it all so much easier. I will definitely be doing this event again.”
“Great event - Definitely one of the best and well organized events I have experienced. Would be back to do it again for sure. Kudos to Abu Dhabi Striders for a job well done. Keep it up! ”
“Good race, nice experience - Good course, lots of helping people, will do it again definitely. They could have had a bag to put the medal + items that we got right after finishing instead of carrying all of them in our hands.”
“A great course - I like that course, this year I walked with my wife in couple, we passed the finish line together. it was a great moment for us, it was her first running.”
“Another great event from Abu Dhabi Striders - Well organised event. My only comment was that the communication about the race pack collection was a bit late for the first pick up session in Abu Dhabi.”
“Great Value for money - In my opinion on e of the best event organized and value for money”
“Excellent half marathon event - Best half marathon I participated so far. The event photo service was excellent.
I have a question about the 20% off on Saucony footwear which was posted in Abu Dhabi Striders page. Is this offer still valid? Do we need vouchers for this?”
“Great event and really good after event function. - Thank you it was great fun see you next year ”
“It was fun and enjoyable - The support staff at the booth could be more helpful in case of a lost pack (number and chip). We left home early and wanting to be there in time, I accidentally dropped the envelop with the number and chip. Luckily one of the ladies told me to check the Premier Timing truck who gave me another number. I was happy for their help and it seemed no big deal to them.”
“Two tumbs up - Its a great event, looking forward for the next event soon ... ”
“Very enjoyable event. - Well marshalled, good encouragement from volunteers, enjoyed the school music group.
Improvement suggestions - more toilets at start, cups or bottles of water on route rather than silly cartons, increase time slot/opportunities to collect race pack.
“Great event! - This was my first half-marathon and it was great!
The route was amazing, and the organization was excellent
“Great Organization - Everything was very well organized. The course was beautiful. Everyone seemed happy. It was nice to have the option to go to the water park after the race. I didn't do this, but it was a nice touch. I think we could have used a few more restrooms/porta potties near the start/finish line. ”
“Well organized event. - It was my first 21K run and my expectation in the event were surpassed. A well organized running event from online registration to free breakfast compliment I love it, I'll definitely join again next year hopefully a better runner. ”
“Wonderful Event - We can still improve the post race breakfast food selections”
“Great race - Yas mall visit could be taken out?----faster route”
“Let us have a festive mood along the road b4finish - It's a happy start - lots of people cheering along the road and school band are lovely. But not in the way back going to the finish line, it's so dull specially the last 5 km - no one is around and seems lights are off.
We need encouraging and festive atmosphere near the finish line...we'll expect that next year.”
“An excellently run & organised event - I thought this was an extremely professionally run event and will definitely be back next year (hopefully stepping up to the half), the one suggestion I would have for next year would be to get a new PA system as the sound was very muffled and unclear.”
“Great day! - Only complaint would be race pack - color/style of shirt was awful (sorry!) and the red tie meant to attach champion chip was rubbish! Didnt hamper my experience however, and I had a brilliant run and definitely plan to attend next year! Thanks!!”
“Great race - well done - Very well organised event, my moans last year about parking seem to have been resolved as was much better organised. My time was however poor, and as much as I'd like to blame the organisers, the course, time etc., it's simply down to poor training on my part and sheer laziness! Better start training for next year... Some of the negative comments on here seem rather petty considering the amount of effort it must take to organise such an event - well done to all from me.”
“Fun - More options for racepack pick up in Dubai or offer to collect on the day / deliver ”
“One of the best organized races in the region - Registration fees are quite high compared to other similar races possibly because of the entry into Yas water world included. A lot of runners actually don't use the water world after the run. So there can an option of a lower registration fee for runners not wanting to use the water world facility. The T Shirt is nice, but there were hardly any other goodies in the race pack from the sponsors. ”
“Superb event- Prolly one of the best in the Region - Loved it. Parking logistic has improved this year compare to the previous year.
Support stations are at 200%- super well done on this.
The course is great and the venue is Unique.
i have family flying from abroad only for this race for the past 3 years.
A real must.
Thank you Steve and Daniel for a great event”
“Another great event. - Another well organinsed event. I have run this numerous times and I am looking forward to running it again!!”
“Pulled it off again! - When you're getting up at 3am and travelling down from Sharjah, you want the event to deliver and once again Abu Dhabi Striders organized a first class race.
This is easily one of the season's highlights and the partnership with Yas Waterworld makes it an extra special day out that is truly appreciated.
To everyone involved in pulling this off: thank you so much for your efforts, friendliness and professionalism. See you next year.”
“Best organized, nicest amenities of local half's - Thanks to ADIB for the photos, Waterworld for the hosting and day at the park. Great breakfast, nice package. Liked the energy gum, muscle spray, massages, food and towel! Special thanks to the school bringing the band! LOVE this race.”
“Good experience - There should be some mobile toilets at start line”
“Excellent - My first official HM! This was a superb event especially considering the number of people attending. My only comment is that we could not hear the pre-race directions due to some issue with the speakers.. (That bridge at around 15k was a killer by the way:-)- thanks for the great event! ”
“Overall nice amateur event - Having non-professional volunteers wasn't the best idea.
“A well organized and great event - I have noticed that portalets outside of Yaswaterworld is few as there was long queue or just because there was a lot of participants. Because of this, I saw a lot of participants use the corners of the fence to be as a toilet.”
“Very pleasant - Keep improving ”
“A verywell organised race with ace volunteers - A great day. Somehow you've managed to incorporate feedback from previous years, and more besides. The photo service this year had a real 'wow' factor. As did the icecream at the end. 2 very nice surprising touches that made it a memorable day. THANK YOU to everyone involved”
“Fantastic Experience - This was my first ever half marathon and I must say I was impressed by the organisation especially the swiftness of the recorded time being reported and the photo's being provided shortly afterwards. You guys have set the standards. Well done. ”
“Another superb event from the Abu Dhabi Striders - Can't complain about this event at all. Many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation and delivery of another great Striders event. Terrific course, love the shirt (will NEVER get lost in the dark), medal is pretty cool, course marshals did a great job, enjoyed the band on the course and the solo guitarist. Even the weather was perfect!”
“Awsome - Enjoyed the run. Only more info about the post run events is solicited”
“Excellent event at perfect venue - Overall very happy with the event from start to finish. Only minor comment would be, we need more portaloos at the start. ”
“The best half marathon in the UAE - This race was perfect in every aspect. Loved the slightly changed route. Start and finish at Yas Waterworld is an ideal location. Great attention to detail, from medal design to race pacers (helping me to a pb!). Clearly a lot of work gone into the organisation from Steve, Danny and the team..”
“Great organisation - Really well organised event from Steve and the gang. Thank you again, will be back next year. There was a long queue for the race number but that serves me right for leaving it to the last moment. Loved the junior band early on, they were great. More of them please! The water stations were well manned. Start and end superb. Quality t-shirt as ever. A few more stalls in the village would be nice. ”
“Another fantastic event in Abu Dhabi - Great organization, picked up my race pack at ZSC early which was a great start. Can't fault the enthusiasm of the volunteers and it was one small step up from what was a great event last year. Didn't post a PB but I will be back.
“ Always amazing by Abu Dhabi Striders - Keep up the great work and effort. you guys are rock ”
“First Class - highly recommended - Only comment - couldn't hear the race organizers instructions at the start. Better system needed cos we r a noisy lot! Well done to the organizers - just keeps getting better and better. Great value for Money :)
“Great race! - Very nice event! Always nice to relax at waterworld after the race. Thank you for the support of the volunteers and the free pictures service! Great job Striders”
“This is my favourite half marathon in the UAE! - Nothing beats the after-race relaxation at the cool, pool waters of the Yas Waterworld for our tired legs.
Oh, and kudos for the free race photos! Cheers!”
“Overall greatly organised event! - It was my first event in UAE.
Things to improve:
*start on the actual morning was a bit confusing since I could not hear the eventMC well
*route communication pre-race-I had no idea how the route would go since it was my first time
*better signage for pacers-couldn't see the times they were aiming for on the balloons-and had I not heard someone say it, I wouldn't have known
Overall great experience with good route markings and surprise breakfast!Thanks race organisers,job well done!!”
“Perfectly organised, love it in all its aspects - Nice the idea of offering free pics of the event. Didn't download the application because it requires access to my data in a way that's a little too much for my taste. Overall I have to say that the event is awesome, I will participate till possible. Well done to everyone. ”
“An awesome event - Thank you Abu Dhabi Striders for organising a fabulous event. We will certainly be there again next year. Excellent support staff be it parking areas, diverting traffic, support stations, etc. The breakfast was fabulous as well. Overall, well done you guys. ”
“Improve Marshalling and Route Signage - Due to poor marshalling and route signage some runners did not complete the full half marathon course and were given a time penalty. However organizers did not have control on which runners it was and also gave time penalties to runners who had completed the full course. It took time to get results corrected even if proof was provided.”
“Another amazing 1/2 marathon! - Every aspect of this run was exceptionally well organized. This event can be "counted on" to be one of the premier 1/2 marathons in the UAE on an annual basis. ”
“Great event but can be better! - Overall great organization and route was good so i look forward to coming back next year. The facilities at Yas Waterworld were extremely useful pre/post race.
Pacers could be more structured, in particular the 2:06 pacer seemed to have forgotten her time target and took off almost ruining the race for those of us who tried to stay with her. At the halfway point she was well ahead of the 1:45 and 2:00 pacers. I reckon she finished under 2h!”
“Fantastic experience! - The whole experience really exceeded my expectations, the course was very interesting, I didn't feel bored at any given moment.
Support stations were almost on point, (albeit I missed a sponge once :p), but I'd recommend that the tiny water bottles would be be torn a bit so that the runners would drink right away without losing thoughts on running.
The breakfast buffet really made the day, and the waterpark was the cherry on top of the cake.
I highly recommend this race.”
“Great race - See you next year!”
“Awesome - Keep up the good work..imrpove the quality of certificate, add a photo feature to the certificate from the event”
“Well organized race and great atmosphere - Thank you for a greatly organized race, once again. Truly enjoyable from start to finish. I know how much hard work it is to make everything go very smoothly on race day. Loved the bus shuttle service from the Yas hotels, free picture service and the medal. Will be back for sure. ”
“High class event, excellently organised - Still an excellent event which benefits from super organisation. Access to Yas Waterworld, the changing and shower facilities, the breakfast....all top stuff. Much appreciated not having any climbs in the 10km route. My only grouch is not being able to receive the T-shirt size I had specified....instead I have something approximating a tent! Thank you for liasing with Motley Crue to hold your race the same day as their concert at Yas....most convenient!!”
“Great event, great pictures, separate 10k finish - We had lot of fun, great job AD Creek Striders and organizers. This event gets better every year. I still don't like finishing the half marathon among a sea of 10k slow runners. You cannot see who is in front of you from the half. Appreciated more volunteers handing over water, I missed 2 of the stations as nobody was able to give water. Great pictures this year and very fast, also it will be nice to have the option to buy without the logo.”
“Still good :) - Organizing the event was still done smoothly. Medals/timing chips were in good distribution. Food was superb as always. For the lesser length of the event the track was more favorable than last year.
Racepack distribution was ok but changing the procedure on locker tags distribution compared to last year was a bit confusing. Less pacers were noticed. Audio for event announcement needs clarity so the event incharge doesnt need to say again the reminders.
Definitely would join again nextyr.”
“Great full day ! - It was a great day the race itself was great, but the full day was also awesome thanks to the free entrance to Yas Waterwold, the breakfast, the goodies. A greqt experience I would participate next year again hopefully.
A few details anyway :
1- The pack collection was a bit tricky and it would be easier for all to collect the pack straight before the race
2- Sorry not to have gone into Yas Marina and Yas Viceroy as it was mentioned in the event map.”
“Excellent organisation - Parking was excellent. ...
congestion at finish line and positioning of the banana and ice lollies could be improved on”
“Good - Great venue,quiet safe roads.”
“Fantastic race! One of my favorites of the season - Lovely atmosphere. Beautiful route. Great pictures. Good medal. Definitely doing this again next year!”
“Nice race - It is a beautiful course on Yas Island with some difficultées
I do not know if it's possible, but water misters some places on the course would do the most good”
“Really enjoyed this event - This was a great event! I really enjoyed the course. Areas for improvement would be more water stations, providing water bottles rather than cups (so much spilling!) and more toilet facilities at the start.”
“Great morning - Communication was great, as were the marshals, food and water park! However, can something be done about the walkers? ”
“Excellent race and fab day out! - Very well organised, fantastic to have breakfast and access to the waterpark. The race director needs to calm down a bit!”
“Great day - thanks - Overall, very well done. I would say only let down by race pack collection and lack of portaloos at the start area.”
“One of the best organised races - Well organised and a enjoyable run as usual! A few very minor quibbles - couldn't hear the PA clearly at the start even though it was loud, the guys got nice fluro orange shirts while the ladies got boring blue, and there very few supporters along the course. Perhaps more info for supporters on where they can view, cheer, etc. the sole school band was really nice and lifts the spirits! Will be back for sure! ”
“A great start to the half marathon season - Great organisation and marshalling on the route. The start was slightly haphazard with everyone piling into the chute and the MC harassing people over an insufficient PA system trying to organise the faster from the mass start. Other than that, everything was fine. Will be back next year to make my time better.”
“Good event. - Well organised,good giveaways [@NC, we like the medals and towels-maybe not the hat]. Wife was disappointed with the drab blue shirt for small size compared to my bright orange XXL one.
Marshalling was good except directions in the car park at 15k - some signs would be useful for the stragglers with no-one to follow.
Great support personnel cheering us on.
Plenty of support stations.
Thanks to organizing committee for an enjoyable morning.
I'll try training next time.”
“Brilliant location, Excellent organisation - Everything seemed to go smoothly, even if some of the traffic got a bit annoyed at us stragglers! The breakfast afterwards was outstanding again. Thanks”
“A wonderfully organised event - My first HM in Abu Dhabi. Very well organised event. The start, course, breakfast, showers & changing facilities... all were excellent. It is a pity we could not give ourselves the use of the water park, after a tough run. The bridge on the course 9at 14 or 15K) can be avoided if this can be rated as a fast course. Nevertheless happy with my PB. Great work.”
“Overall good bit expensive - Bit expensive as do not go into the water park”
“Better than RAK but...... - Loved running this race! Volunteers were amazing, the course was great! Few things to improve. Parking-while the attendants we great and directing cars, it is a dirt lot. Not a huge deal until you are done and your feet are wet with sweat then caked with dirt walking to the car. Start-need corrals, people just pushed to the front. People who shouldn't be at the front! Better crowd control would help. Lastly, the last couple miles were bogged down by 10k stragglers, more separation please!”
“In one word Excellent - This was my first 10km road race in 20years and I really enjoyed it. Thank you.”
“Thanks for great event! - Fast course this year! race is better and better each year :) ”
“This is The best organized event in the UAE. - Dear Steve and team - congratulations!!!! You have done it again exceeding my past event experiences, which have been wonderful already, yet once again. The breakfast organization wasmuchmore efficient this year, the course is excellent anyways, though the only downside remains the move from AD to Yas island, having no cheered along the route.
Overall fantastic. And I always come back again”
“Great event, thank you - Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for today, wonderful job. Traffic was a bit of a problem at times, buses and taxis trying to get through the runners, otherwise a wonderful event.”
“From beginning to end was superbly organized - Actual T-shirt size was unknown to me until the event. Though I ordered a Large for in case it is small fits, it was still too small. Maybe need to order XL next time :)”
“Very good organization, the pool at the end - Thanks for everything.
Don't increase the price and reduce the gifts WE are not really using : medal, hat, towel...”
“Great race as usual - well done all! - Had to stop to avoid being mowed down by a bus at traffic lights by Yas police station - driver couldn't care less that there was a race going on! Otherwise great event as usual - many thanks to the organisers.”
“Superb, congratulations and thanks - Absolutely superb organisation - really can't fault it! Steve's energetic bullying (!) tactics at the start meant that the seeded runners all got off to a smooth start with no traffic issues - much appreciated. Course is very good, marshalling great and giveaways superb. Probably the best race I've run in the UAE and you've set the bar very high for Dubai and RAK to follow. One small gripe is that I don't like the new date (too close to DCS half) but hopefully that will change back. Thanks ADS!”
“A fantic race, and a new PB (1:24!) - A great race, yet again. Pre-event communication great, organized on site (though a bit scrum like around start block), aid stations well spaced and manned, some of the marshals were not paying attention and fast runners (those not in the main mob) were at a loss with where to go in some turns... arrow signage would help. That minor comment said: fantastic race, and well organized. As Usual!”
“Good race and organized - Everything is perfect 100% , just the photo service not that much good because you have to connect to Facebook.”
“An Amazing day! - An Amazing day, the volunteers especially were fantastic and very encouraging along the way!!”
“Disappointing from my point of view - Unfortunately a group of runners I was running with missed the ramp up to Yas Mall as we were not instructed or marshalled up there.
I had a 3 minute time penalty added to my time (I ran at an average pace of 14kmph so it should have been 2) and other people in the group weren't penalised.
This was not our fault. I counted 8/9 others that did it, most of whom weren't penalised.”
“Very enjoyable and achievable 10k - Great time. Friendly encouraging marshals.
Could not hear what Steve was saying b4 the race. Speakers need to be repositioned for that.”
“Overall very enjoyable well run event. - Really enjoyed this run and it is obvious that a lot of planning went into. Have only one suggestion for future years. RAK half marathon have water stations at every km after 17km. Found this really beneficial when you are starting to lag near the end. Also would it be possible to have the water at a cooler temperature? Well done on a very well organized event. ”
“Best race organization I've ever seen - Laid back feel and at the same time spotless organization. Access to Yas Waterworld for breakfast is a real plus. ”
“A good course and well run - Registration prior to race day was very slow, not something that has occurred at previous events.”
“Great event - Well organised, sense of achievement.