Al Ain Half Marathon and 10km Run 2014
Sorry, it is only possible to rate an event within 10 days.
63 people have rated this event.
“Having done the a Dubai Creek half marathon the week before this was a huge step down. Long delays at the start, very poor distance signage, nothing to eat at the end of the run and no acknowledgement of the winning athletes as they crossed the line. The only reason I would do it again is because I live in Al Ain.”
“For me i got to run a good 10km whilst spending a weekend away from Dubai with my family, so the rest of the bells & whistles dont really matter. I had a PB on the day, even with the killer grass finish :). The event will get better with experience & more people. Thanks to everybody involved! ”
“1. Please arrange energy drinks in at least in 2 water stations.Water only is not enough.Very disappointing & frustration for our group.
2. Please go for a quality medal; not cheapest in the market with sticker affixed.
3. Kindly arrange at-least a banana at the finishing line.
4. T-Shirt or running vest can be arranged
Al Ain has got a beautiful track.You may go for a full marathon also in the future.You may take the event as a popular one in the if you plan & workout properly.
“Weather was very nice, the trees and the route was superb out of the club, start of the race was well organized, got a medal, race was timed, got a photo, certificate, nice opportunity to come out and run. Improvements required: Better signage, distance markers at every kilometer, isotonic drinks at the support stations, better route layout without loops, definitely a better medal. Even more awesome improvements: race t-shirt, some food at the finish line - at least bananas, and high res photos.”
“Too expensive-AED 175 for a medal and towel of no use!
“First time participant so had worries of finding the location and then reaching on time to collect the number bib. The Run was totally flat. The run finish was very demotivating, to go back to the circle the run to took from starting point and then come back. They could increase the loop after 11k and finish straight at the point started the run. Ending on 700 meter grass stretch was also killing.
Except water and medal nothing. Surely could afford some sports drink and one banana the least.”
“I enjoyed the quiet relaxed atmosphere of this event. I felt that the route could have been more interesting - I was disappointed that is was a loop. Some parts of the course were not well marked - particularly towards the end - it would have been very easy for people to take short cuts! It would have been great to have more km markers for the last 5 km - it was hard to judge how much further you had to run. Would have been great to get some additional fluids in addition to just water.”
“For the 2nd time around, it is actually a drop fall from last year's inaugural race! The distance is still not a full half marathon length. Course is pretty boring running on an empty street, only highlight is the finish at the rugby stadium. Pack collection experienced long queues, and poor event giveaways (small towel only), medal was actually a downgrade from last year's, simple sticker on it, coffee/tea for a fee, no fruit or snacks after race. Not worth it if you're coming from DXB or AUH.”
“-More advertise, more runner and more audience. It was just running alone.
-More stuff for water support. When I came to the first aid, it was not ready.
-More good prize and more chance for some categories.
-Clear direction of route. I made mistake two times.
-Some timing record(5km, 10km, 15km...) is better.”
“It´s better to have km-marks in every kilometer and big watch in finish to see own time.”
“Well organized, good job, would recommend it and would participate again if possible..”
“At the finish got a towel and a medal and a small bottle of water. I would have hoped that the coffee would have been free :) But quite a nice event and running route ok.”
“Not happy with the way the event was organized and executed. As a beginner runner, the least i was expecting was a photo at a finish line which was not uploaded even though it was clicked. These photots are major motivators for beginners to continue the running in feature.
I am very disappointed, having driven overnight to participated in a race and not to have good momentos (no t-shirt, no engraved medal, no photo).
The volunteers were very supporting tho' for last finishers like us.”
“I have a feeling after having four preferences (four different devices) that the route was some 200m short. Could it be? ”
“They should atleast provide race shirt and isotonic drinks.”
“I really enjoyed this race, the course was well laid out however upon crossing the finish line my gps watch (along with several other peoples) had the course 200m short of 10K.
The organisation was really good and my thanks go out to the volunteers.
I do think the race 'swag' could have been better, billboards outside the rugby club advertised t-shirts; no race t-shirts. The race towel had no mention of the actual race on it and the medal claimed me to be a finisher of the half?!”
“The event was nice enough, even if it seemed a little 'home-made' at times. The course itself was nice and easy (especially for a novice like myself).
When I signed up I understood that I would be able to collect the race pack from Abu Dhabi, but then found out it was on the morning only which meant I had to get there earlier than I had wanted to.
My finishers medal was for the half marathon, which is not the event I competed in.
The marshals and volunteers on the course were encouraging.”
“Organisation and support was good, course could have been better and more sights of Al Ain could have been taken in.”
“Why not have been awarded the top three winners in each category?
“Would appreciate if we can pick up our race nr in Dubai”
“It was a very well organised event, they made allowances for those of us whom arrived late due to the fog. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable atmosphere for a decent sized run.”
“I agree with this comment: “Nice course, although there were no distance markers for the 10km race. Race started on time. No food or sports drinks were provided at the end of the race. Given the cost of the race, food and sports drinks should have been provided. ””
“Nice course, although there were no distance markers for the 10km race. Race started on time. No food or sports drinks were provided at the end of the race. Given the cost of the race, food and sports drinks should have been provided. ”
“This is a solid, honest race for runners who want to challenge themselves. The course doesn't get the pulse racing, but it's just right for having a crack at personal bests. For me, the thing most lacking was the absence of isotonic drinks at the otherwise very good support stations. Shame not to receive a t-shirt and yes, the medal is very ordinary....but I enjoyed the run, set a PB, appreciated the relaxed vibe....and I hope I'll be back next year.”
“Where to find race result, certificate online? Suggest that you have fruit and energy drink as well as goodie bags for next event. Thank you to the volunteers and maybe see you again next year. ”
“The course had improved since last year but I still am not overly fond of it. All the doubling back wasn't nice.
For the price comparatively it isn't that worth it. No breakfast or even snacks, but lots of water... I'd say cut your water stations down and instead provide some fresh fruit at the finish line. As stated by others the lack of t-shirt giveaway even though it was stated on the signs was confusing.
Thanks for organising, and good luck for next year I'm sure you'll do better.”
“Thanks to all of the people who worked so hard to make this a great local run. Everyone handing out water, marshalling runners and cheering the competitors was brilliant. Thank you.”
“It was a wonderful track and well organised. There is scope of improvement and need more sponsors
Did the best with whatever they had moreover the marshalls were very motivating so wer the police patrols who told us to run faster.
Loved running the track inspite of the drive for 2 hours from Dubai to and fro
You will do great in the third edition
“No shirt giveaways, no free ice packs, no breakfast or any meals for Dhs 175/-
Only medals, towels, and waters (small).”
“Distance marking is poor. Race results are nowhere to be found. But it is well organised and well marshalled and there is a good friendly atmosphere.
Put markets every km - this would be easy - and make the results available on the internet, if not in real time, then on the morning of the event at least.
But I will race it again next year.”
“Overall not a valueable event ,poor organasation ,cheap medals at the finish
support stations and police patrolls were good.
can improve if they want to compete with other club events.”
“Energy drinks at some of the water stations would have been nice and fruit at the finish. ”
“Good flat course, great weather - Ideal for Personal Best timing. Organization of the race was sub standard. Quality of medal was very ordinary. No fruits were provided, No T - Shirts or goodie bag. No isotonic drinks. The organizers must take some cues from their counterparts in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. ”
“Very nice race, I strongly recommend it!”
“Course better this year. Age grouping would be nice but not a huge deal. Getting better each year. ”
“Good event, simple and does what it says on the tin! Confusion as to whether there would be a t- shirt or not (says so on event posters) and don't know where to get the results, placings etc from. Enjoyed the course, especially the grass finish!”
“Friendly easy event good start and finish location !”
“Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers! You made the day great!”
“Pros: great course, great weather, has potential
Cons: medal, course signage, organisation”
“Cars where on the track before the end of the race in the resort not acceptable
Not enough marshals
One runner was feeling sick at the end of the race and nobody was assisting him, as some runners stopped to help
Supply station supply only water other races would've supplied energy drinks sponges etc
Race was late by 15 min because the police was not there on time
Needs more staff”
“The course layout at the end should not go past the finish. the final loop should be taken out and the distance put in the middle - say to another roundabout. Psychologically it is not pleasant to run past the finish and know that you still have another 4-5k to go. plus, the grass field at the end is extremely slow and should be halved. the water stations were great. pity no breakfast”
“The weather was lovely. It would have been helpful to have signage indicating kilometers (1KM, 2KM, 3KM, etc.). The medal was lackluster.”
“The race was fantastic, thanks to everyone who's helping to make this event so great. ”
“I would like to praise Al Ain for putting on an event. Its hard to compete with the Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Yet and still there were some simple race basics that were extremely lacking. The most glaring was the absence of a time board at the start and finish. There was also no distance markers throughout the course. Lastly, there were no giveaways other than a towel and cheap medal. The lack of corporate sponsors showed. I will not return. Not worth risking my life in dense fog for a train run.”
“This was a great race, fast track, well marked. Well organized race, will definitely come back next year.”
“Good having the 10km and Half starting at different times, and dividing off - much appreciated. A laid back atmosphere with a great course in a great location with shade. Perhaps it needs more promotion so others can experience this fantasic event. It was advertised as having a Tshirt but none received, however the towel was very much appreciated, thank you! Definitely would do this again - perfect weather conditions. Thanks for a great morning.”