Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon & 10K 2016
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230 people have rated this event.
“Excellent race. Proper medal which looks great. Starting and ending in the water park was amazing. Lovely breakfast. Such a good day! Pacers were brilliant.
Hope I get to do this again.
Suggestions; need sports drinks instead of just water. Still not seen any photos yet.
“I don't know who to get the photos”
“Brilliant, fantastic, well organised, great value for money, and so much fun. Never disappoints”
Edited on 23.11.2016
“I really enjoyed the event, the organisation, pre race stuff etc was all fab.
The one thing that did bug me was the people walking across where others were trying to run. I felt i spent a looooot of time dodging people like an obstacle course!!
Maybe next time, the walkers can be told to walk at a particular side so the runners can run?
Also no race photos? not sure where to access these as I haven't received an email.
Other than the above, loved it and will be doing it again! :) ”
“The 1/2 Marathon running course & Yas Island surroundings were very enjoyable. Also, the organization of the event (including precise communications prior to it & free admission to the water park for the day) was very good. I would certainly enter this event again & would recommend it to other running buddies. ”
“This has to be one of the best organized running events I have been to in the middle east. And credit to the Filipinos at the support stations, they did a great job motivating. The post-race breakfast in Yas Water world was also very good and an added bonus to be able to avail of the park amenities. The organizers did a great job and the guy on the mic during the race (sorry can’t remember your name) was good, even had a chat with us as we arrived pretty early. ”
“I spent a very good journey for my first participation to an half marathon.
I think I will do this type of run often.”
“Thank you organizers for such a big event, the crowd was managed in a very professional way. Everything was perfect fro the start to the finish.”
“If you like running, you don't want to miss this race. Nice weather with comfortable temperature. By signing up you will also have access (on the same day of the race) to Yas Waterworld which I enjoyed :-)”
“The course for the last km of the 21.1km and 10km should be sperated into two lanes so the slow 10km runners do not slow the fast 21.1km runners down. But overall great event and I enjoyed the Yas Waterworld”
“Enjoyed the run. Well organised- see you in 2017 ”
“Forgot my timing chip in Dubai, but that's on me. Loved the free entry to the water park! Breakfast was great. Would be awesome if you could ban styrofoam and provide paper cups at the water station next time. ”
“Would have liked to have more than one photo but the one I got was good. Really enjoyed the entire experience.”
“I really enjoyed the event, it was great, the event giveaways were amazing, everything was nice. if I had to change one thing, I believe the organizers should have increased the number of their volunteers by a bit. overall, amazing!! I would love to participate again”
“Overall a fantastically well organised event, maybe reduce the price for those who dont want to take the after run breakfast... but really it was a great morning!!
If you wish to make the event bigger you could add a 5km run to get the families involved (get the kids hooked on running at an early age, promote family well-being, health etc)
Would be great to see some advertisements on the corniche to get all those runners involved.
Just a couple of points:
I received a message with the wrong time, probably something to think about.
Also I received two photos and only one was mine!
The starting point was crowded.
“A fantastic race that we really enjoyed.
I really liked: Timing and photo services, cold spays at the finish line, overall atmosphere and splash post run.
Could be improved: More toilets at the start line, sound system at podium, better signage, i.e. signage was very visible during the first part of the HM but was a bit further than expected (according to my watch). Maybe those were 10K signage? I did not see any indication of the distance during the second half of the run. Maybe just me.”
“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.”
“Bathroom available was very poorly calculated by the number of athletes!!
The space for the athletes run one of the other were very small, every time was close in some athlete”
“I would appreciate if you can introduce in such event lost and found area. I lost post the event my timing chip and shoes and I spent some time with Primer, Gulf multi sport and Yas water park to check if it was found.
Lost and found section managed by premier or the event organizer with clear communication for all can be of a great value to all.
“Please atleast make 5 events in a year. Thank you. I love marathons ❤️ Especially when you are the organizers ❤️”
“In support station avoid supplying water in small "aircraft" cups
It is preferable to have smaller bottles ”
“This race is consistently excellent. Thank you to the volunteers and organisers for another great event”
“Although I enjoyed the event and felt the course was well marshalled and marked, the final stretch proved chaotic with finishers walking away (towards runners) and cars exiting the car park, blocking the road. They need to isolate the finish away from this traffic in the future - I had to stop for a car coming out of the car park! Also no taxis at the end - don't assume everyone is driving - and a 45 minute wait to hail one. ”
“Overall another successful AD Half Marathon so well done to all involved. Parking improves year on year, despite increases in the number of participants. I hoped for a towel at the end to mop myself down but just got the medal and some water, no towel, banana, lolly or anything, maybe they had run out? Agree with some other comments about asking people to move out the way if walking, particularly the 10k runners towards the end. Course is pretty soulless after half way, but always is sadly..”
“Once again the Yas Half has been an amazing event. I highly recommend it to anyone, of any level. It is a fantastically run event and very well supported. The course is pleasant and parking is a breeze.
Thanks to the organizers and I will see you next year.”
“The overall experience is great. However I would like to suggest to ask people that are walking during the event to do so in a specific area as there are so many people walking and blocking the corridor, you easily loose the rythym. Also, please give paper cups for water instead of foam!??”
“The overall event is well organise and the race smooth and fun, with no criticality's for parking and logistic. the complimentary entry to the water world makes it more socia as most of the runners have been able to share after-race feedback comfortably sitting on the sun beds enjoying a nice breakfast.
The formula is surely a winning one. One small comment: A bit more training/briefing at the water station would avoid that the personnel would pass to the racers sealed bottle of water!”
“High standards set in previous years get better and better.
Really nothing big to add.
Small nuisance were information boards along the race with incorrect values indicated. Maybe from the 10 k race?
Keep up the good work.”
“It was a great experience! I will definitely join again!”
“1 tiny remark: 1st timing mat at arrival, quite far from the finish, a tad confusing.
Most professionally run event, allowing the runner to focus on running, and to have tons of fun ”
“Well organised etc the only slight negative was that the last few Km's I found that a lot of the 10 km runners were walking 4 a breast and blocking the running lane forcing a lot of runners out into the road. Might be worth asking people who want/ need to walk to keep right to allow runners to pass on the left? Just a suggestion but as I say I enjoyed the course and it was incredibly friendly ”
“I had a good experience with this event and organizers. The support team was good and every thing was ontime. It would be better if there was more rout sign for halfmarathon runners so they would know which km they are. And the number of toiletes was not enough. The breakfast and every thing was for 10k runner and very fast halfmarathon runners. Poor me, i didnt get any thing.
Thank you for everything
“Really well-organised. Great course if looking for a PB. Good marshaling, route was clear and easy to follow. Water stations were plentiful, albeit my only gripe is I hate those tubs of water you have to peel the lid off as they are just too difficult to drink from on the go. Much better to have small bottles of water you can run with. Also, if I'm being picky, although the t-shirt is good, there was nothing else really in the goody bag. But overall, fab race :-)”
“The only thing that disappoints me is the finishers medal this is my first international half, and I had run many half marathons in the USA. I am used to receiving awesome medal. I am looking forward on receiving a well designed medal, but, it is not what I am expecting. I usually base my run on the finisher's medal. If I have seen the design of this medal prior to registration, I would have skipped it. I do not mind paying a little bit more for a grand finisher medal.”
“Good experience, enjoyed.”
“My best tip for improving the event is if someone could serve real coffee.”
“A few more km markers after the 10 km would have been nice.
“Great pre-race information and atmosphere on the day. Thanks to all the volunteers. A couple of things that might be improved (and this is not a complaint!) maybe use both sides of the tables at breakfast to enable the queues to move faster. Also, some of the km markers were not very obvious (or I just missed them, which is entirely possible). Overall a great event and I will be there for my 6th next year.”
“Enjoyed the experience. Event was really well organised and given clear information. Atmosphere of the day was amazing. Looking forward to participate next year.”
“I was only in the 10K race but the start organisation was great. Actually separating out the quick runners worked really well. The water stations handed out unopened water which was not ideal.
Such a great atmosphere followed by breakfast and a waterpark. Perfect day. Thanks.”
“This event continues to be one of the best in the UAE, well organised, great course, lots of giveaways and real value for money. I will be back again next year!”
“The event was really well organized but the supporters along the race (and the kids band) were amazing. They really kept the spirits up. ”
“All very good throughout.
At the end of the race, maybe introduce two channels, 1 for the 10k and 1 for the half marathon.
A lot of the half marathon runners were 'stuck' behind some of the slower 10k runners.
“The event was really well organised. My only complaint would be for after at water world. Queueing for breakfast for so long was more painful than running the half marathon!!”
“Superb communication and organization with great MC and volunteers. Very positive experience and it gets better each year. Great breakfast @ Yas Waterworld”
“I arrived at the pack collections on Thu at 7pm and bags were finished”
“Very well organised event but issues at the end with the results. Lots of standing around and then quite 'short' comments given when asked about results which had been confused. Mistakes happen, it's ok, but try to remain calm!”
“Once again, a great race put on by the Abu Dhabi Striders! It was very well executed. The only issue is the lack of bathrooms. As this race gets more and more participants this issue becomes even more pronounced. Please have some extras setup in the main parking lot. Maybe two years ago there were enough, but now there are simply not enough in the locker rooms and at the Yas Waterworld entrance. Thank you!”
“Extremely well managed and professionally handled. On registration pricing etc, it could have been made optional for Yas waterworld entry and perhaps pricing could have been accordingly done...as Many of us didn't even enter the water park..”
“Huge thanks to some fantastic volunteers, who really encouraged the 1/2 marathoners. However, I was really thrown off by the poor signage for the half - didn't see a single marker until Km 4. Some markers were signs, some were flags (but they got lost in all of the other flag ads on Yas Island). Made it really difficult to gauge my progress, especially toward the end of the race when I had to ask others how far we were. Will not go into another race without my own tracking system!”
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“Thanks to the organisers for a great event. No complaints, except that I had confirmed competitive start on Premier Online, but was placed in preffered start.”
“Everything was perfect!”
“Shout outs to the Abu Dhabi striders team, very well organize, I always encourage my friends to RUN when the team is organizing. its my wife's first 10k run and the experience was amazing, she keeps on looking at your next run and is very eager to run
Everything is PERFECT.
Thank you. again.”
“Thank you for a great event!”
“Thank you, could we have a second pick up of race numbers in Dubai?”
“ Superb job again by the AD Striders team - huge thanks to them and their sponsors. Very few things to criticise, although I would like for those who don't wish to stay for breakfast/water park to have the option to pay a little less. Also, some kind of cordon to separate the slower 10k runners from those finishing the Half would be appreciated. Overall, though, it's a super race and I look forward to running it again. ”
Edited on 20.11.2016
“Volunteers fantastic. Looking forward to next year.”
“Queue for breakfast was way too long, maybe packed boxes with Veg, Non Veg, Vegan options could be the way going forward. Runners preference can be collected at the time of event registration to get an estimate.
Brilliant shower facilities, locker rooms and changing room though.
Already looking forward to running again next year.
“Well organised race, good volunteers, timing system and photos all practically instantaneous! One suggestion - there could be a few more portaloos along the route. I was struggling with that element for a while :-)”
“Very good organization,huge plus is the water park entry!”
“Great numbers running which was wonderful to see in AD. The organisational was excellent from pre-the race, during the event and post the race. Thank you to all volunteers/marshals who gave up their time to help on the day and appreciate the Dubai location for race number pick up. Kudos to Steve and the whole team on hosting a very good event.”
“Excellent volunteers, nice shirt, great breakfast and free entry to the waterpark - overall a well organised and great value event.
Only complaint - more toilets outside please. Even with the indoor toilets the queue was enormous! ”
“Great support from the police on the course, and all the marshals.”
“I enjoyed the run and the water park experience that followed. Nice route. Breakfast had different options (more or less healthy). Enough parking, well managed.
Give away bags were very limited. The thing I noticed were the buses on bus stop (about 2km from the finish line) which were fuming a lot. And some trash bins were missing after water stations.
Saying that - I'll be back next year! Thanks a lot. ”
“I know it's dark this month- but if you could start at 6:00 instead of 6:30 that will great. The last 2-3 kms when it gets tough is right in the sun.
“But you need to sort the lavatory situation out. 4 toilets for 2,300+ runners is simply not enough.
We only found out at the start of the race that we could have used YWW toilets.
That was the only poor thing and must be rectified.
Other than that, had a great morning!”
“Great race as always! well organized and professionally managed in every aspect.....
May i suggest that we go around YAS waterworld next time instead of making the U-Turn at the end towards the finish line? that would make the track more interesting especially for the last few KMs....!!
“My first ever 10K and certainly won't be my last! Love it, thanks to all involved in organising! ”
“It woudl have been better to have had a flat course considering that there are vast areas within Yas island to have a flat course. The 3 inclines were a bit of a killer. ”
“Great Family Experience... Water park entrance huge bonus. Made for a great weekend. ”
“Well done Abu Dhabi Striders. Well organized event, active marshal guides, ample support stations, and all the good stuffs. Although less giveaways compared to previous years, but you compensate by giving free photos. Great job for bringing up PremiersPhotos. Keep it up guys!”
“Challenging Awesome Course, buffet breakfast is a winner”
“Great location, very well organized, I love the Ywaterpark experience after the race, friendly team...
You might want to add more supporters/entertainment on the second half! Especially when you get to 18k, you need to be helped especially when you have been running for more than 2 hours already!
Climbing the bridge is really not easy after the mall but it adds a lot of spices to the run!
“Always a great event to be part of, well organised and supported, with a great atmosphere, and lovely breakfast.
Minor niggles, the buses to and from the hotel plaza didn't seem frequent enough for the number using it to get to the race, hence the delays in starting the half marathon. And only one photo of me after doing 10k was disappointing!
Again, thank you for a great event. May it continue for years.”
“Great event, great breakfast. Thank you for the park entry and shower facilities.”
“My biggest disappointment is mainly related to an absence of Ambulance and first aid support throughout the course. i got a severe back injury in the first 1 Km of the race and i was almost going to quit out the race, but i kept walking slowly and asking the marshals / organizers about a first aid station / support, yet didn't get any response till i found an ambulance in front of viceroy hotel. however, the surprise that the ambulance was empty with no crew. after waiting for few minutes withou”
“It is an amazing event - enjoyed the run thoroughly.
But it is overpriced, considering that majority do not use the water theme park, esp after a hard run. Organisers may consider providing a coupon for future use. The breakfast organisation was also poor - since there were long queues, people were tending to overload and waste. More counters would help.
Also, I thought it was unfair for the late finishers that:
1. the shower locker use was valid only uptil 9:30;
2. no bananas available
“Next time i hope the organizer or marshalls will advise participants taking selfie or just walking to give way to running participants. Furthermore the water stations attendants will be more oriented next time on how to handover water properly.”
“Thank you for a job well done! Very well organized and great location. Only recommendation is the bathroom facilities. There were 6 porta potties for men and only 2 for women. The women's line was super long and slow as it's a bit more work for them. Seemed really unfair an event this size. Everything else was fantastic. ”
“Suggest give people the option of breakfast and waterpark entry. This may allow you to bring down the price”
“Well done to all involved, a really very well arranged and staged scale event. Thank you. ”
“One of my favourite events in the UAE, has a good combination feel of local event but professionally run. There was a bit of a flaw in the results especially with the women's HM I think could have been easily avoided. We had different coloured numbers and it would be fair to say the people I saw cutting the HM course we obviously not local elite runners so having a "catcher" before the finish chute could have prevented these individuals crossing the finish line and so causing the problem”
“Overall, wonderful event! Great location, music at the start, ease of parking, & amount of water stations. LOVED the volunteers and the live band-so awesome! Cons: Toilets-but I see now I missed the memo on there being facilities inside the park (was actually turned away and told toilets were outside the entrance-what a line!). LOTS of walkers to pass during the first 2-3k of the 10k. A few pushy half runners in last 2k despite trying to stay well out of way. Overall, much fun, though! Thanks! ”
“Well organized. The course was as good as it can get for Abu Dhabi. The post-race breakfast was much appreciated though the lines took a looong time to get through.
Would ask that the volunteers at the water stations announce what they are holding/giving. I never like to have anything but water & I rarely take even that, but one time I reached out for a cup and was so disappointed that it was Gatorade (and terribly mixed BTW!). Also the toilet paper ran out like an hour before gun went off!!”
“Loved the school band just after the marina turn. Was counting on the aid station at the Viceroy (as a result I skipped the Marina one) but there wasn't one. ”
“Thanks for a great morning and the excellent organization”
“Everything about this event was great. Thank you for making it so amazing! The only thing we didn't receive much communication on is the photos. I saw camera-men at the event but I know nothing if I will be able to see these photos and how.. Thanks again for such a beautiful event! :)”
“Awesome... on time event... very organized... job well done Premier...”
“Initially I was worried about getting up early, finding parking, finding washrooms and lockers etc. However everything was nicely organized and there were no problems at all. After the run there was a lovely and much appreciated breakfast! Thank you to all the organizers and sponsors for a wonderful morning.”
“From the beginning to the end the event was perfectly organized!!! Many friendly and helpful supporters, music group along the course and a very nice moderation by Steve. Absolutly nothing to complain!!!! I can't imagine how this race could have been better!
“Well organised, thank you for a fun event ”
“Think more toilets. Nearly missed the start due to waiting in a long queue for over half an hour. ”
“Excellent race, absolutely great: perfect course, water stations were placed in the right locations and everything looked really organized. Looking forward to participating again next year!”
“Year after year it is only improving.
Breakfast is a good addition in the past few years.
Understand the raising costs, would prefer lesser entrance fee, probably can cut free Yas Waterwolrd entry or something.”
“I felt communication for the event was very poor with no details of rules and even start times provided in the race packs. The support stations during the race were good but not enough toilets provided at the starting line. Also no pre-education in race packs or signage of good running etiquette such as throwing drink bottles to the side rather than on the track, keeping in a line and if you need to stop being aware to move out of the way for other runners.”
“Nice race, but I miss a sparkle there, and don't know why... Maybe just a few details to make it better?
overall great organization, great team, good track with 3 climbs, etc...
ways for improvement: goodie bag "'empty" (check Dubai Creek half), last 5 k boring when we need to be mind stimulated, last 2 k needs 10k runner to be controlled and kept right (marshal training), long queue for breakfast (does not worth to wait 45 minutes for a breakfast).
but these are just details, so see you next.”
“Another excellent and well organised event. Everything is so easy and makes for a great morning out. Keep up the great work for this awesome event. I'll be back next year.
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“Very well organised . The starting point was not an open place and way too crowded. A multiple temporary toilet facility near starting point would have helped many participants like me who had to go all the way insode yas world to find a toilet . The toilet outside was only one and too much queue.”
“Excellent.. the immediate finish area needs to be bigger with more benches for exhausted competitors not spectators who won't move”
“Very nice event, great atmosphere... thanks premier”
“I have not received any photo notification (bib 10) whilst others have. The official time via SMS took hours to arrive. That said, its a great event and a pleasure to run on it.”
“Superb all round event. Special thanks to the 2:15 pacers (Ruanda and Louise) who I ran most of the way with.”
“It was excellent event, very well organized, from start till completion, and I hope to participate it in next year.”
“Year-after-year one of the best 1/2 marathons in the region. Exceptionally well organised and always well planned and executed!”
“Breakfast buffet was great, especially for 10k runners as we were the early birds at the buffet. The poor half-marathonis had to wait in long queues.”
“Well organised, great community.”
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“Overall I love this race. A few suggestions to make it even better.
No lollipops at the end for 1/2 marathoners
Breakfast line ups were insane - over 45 minutes. Not sure why - it wasn't like that last year.
2 toilets on race is too few
Something is wrong with photo algorithm. My friends got photos which I am clearly in with my bib fully displayed and I have not received an email. Not sure if this is strikers program or someone else.
All that said, fantastically run race”
“One of the best organized race in the calendar, the track is beautiful, thank you”
“Everything on the day was great. Well done guys and thank you! ”
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“Well done for organising a super sell-out event!”
“Fun run, well organized and the course was very well planned, 3 hills at a different stages of the race. Breakfast was abundant not many races give so much and different kinds of food.
the only thing I would add is portapotties half way.
being able to go into the waterpark and relax is algo great”
“There was a great organization of the start and the race event itself. I was a little disappointed with the finish though. I haven't seen any Award ceremony and at the end of the race everyone just kind of left home. You started on a great note and maybe could put some thought into the finish ceremony as other half marathon events usually do. Thank you”
“The Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon & 10km is my absolute favourite in the UAE. Having participated in many races all over the world, I can say the Yas Water World facilities are the dream of every runner :) ; the event is extremely well-organized; and the course is great . Congratulations to the organizers !”
“Amazing set up - greats vibes!
Unfortunately, I haven't received my event photos :(”
-Really well organised
-Great location along with road closures
-Details communicated well
-Lots of volunteers and good atmosphere
-Quality saucony shirt included and yas waterworks tickets (if you can face walking up stairs after the race -)
-minor point water stations only every 3k is a bit tough in the second half when it starts to get hot. Could have easily done with less in the first half where they were more than every 3k and shifted stations to the end”
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“We were emailed that the champion chip users can get a new ankle strap at the premier timing van . But when we went to the van at end of the race we were just ignored.
Not received the event photos yet.”
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“Giving runner water pots that are sealed is a pointless exercise. Sweaty hands can't open them meaning you have to stop which defies the point of a "race". Please open them before giving them to runners, even if it's just piercing the top”
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“The event was well set up and collecting the pack was very efficient but it was hard to know where to check in on the morning and the music was too loud. The cheerers and water volunteers were great but at the end it was lonely! The cones were collected up and timers in a hurry to pack up at the halfway point. The marshals were awesome, though, and so was the medal guy. The queue for Yas Waterwod was too long for the weary. Music too loud. Photos brilliant. Communication by email brilliant.”
“Great event, wonderfully organized. Thanks to all organizers and volunteers for their amazing work and support. Definitely will be back next year with a better timing.
“Overall great organsing, marshaling and end to end team work..! It comes around the best season and benefits from awesome weather too!
Well done again!! ”
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“Over-priced, chaotic organisation, drab course....oh, hang on...sorry, those are my pre-prepared comments for the Standard Chartered event! This event is excellent for so many reasons, but the one I'll mention is making it easy for Dubai-based residents to pick up their race packs. Thanks for that! Thanks to Steve and the team for all the hard work, for addressing the details, and to all the volunteers for their enthusiasm and support. Please offer your services to Standard Chartered.”
“Well organized starting pens. An enjoyable event as always.”
“Outstanding event. Breakfast and Water World facilities were outstanding. I would recommend this event to a friend without hesitation.”
“If there is only one complain you need more toilets available before race starts ”
“Great course ... I loved it as it was hilly & not only flat. This is the biggest positive point. ”
“Race was up to expectations although delayed 5mins. Course is nice and (mostly) flat, views are okay, event pickup was easy for a Dubai resident and post-race giveaways were good.
Not too happy about the last part in where the 21km/10km runners got together, because of different start times I happened to run my last 2km trying to avoid other runners which were doing their own different pace. Support stations were many, but in one I was needing water and the volunteer was looking elsewhere.”
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“Certain parts of the course required running on concrete / bricks. Otherwise a well organized event. Will definitely participate again. ”
“Great organisation on the day, but pre-event comms could have been better. E.g. would it be so difficult to email people with the pick-up details?”
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“Excellent event in all levels such as organisation, communication,execution, delivering of results, event pictures, Parking, Healthcare etc. Thanks to Crews behind this especially Mr Steve. Health is wealth. This event giving us in all values of this phrase.”
“Friendly volunteers, timely provisions of water and food! Altogether a well organised and successful event.”
“This is a great event that continues to improve every year.
LOVED the cool down area at the finish, plentiful water, quality medal and running shirt AND access to the waterpark!
Parking for this event has never really been an issue, but this year's parking management was yet another improvement.
Shout out to the course volunteers, with extra points to the 5km turnaround team -- so enthusiastic.
Also: the live percussion band was ace too.
My last Funrun in AD. I'll miss this event.”
“My only comment is to say thanks to all involved for the organisation of the event and the continual support from all out on the course.”