Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon 2015
274 people have rated this event.
“Awesome race - Firstly. Best race pack I have ever received for a race. Even though I never expect to have one it was still really cool to have plus a back pack. Was truly impressed.
The race organisation was amazing and just want to say thank you to everyone that was involved with organising this event.
I understand now why this race always sells out so fast.”
“Simply Perfect - Will be coming every year with my son.”
“Say no to the vest - Great race that I've now done 3 years in a row, and is always well organized. Two things to improve on:
1) Race t-shirt is actually a vest. I know 5 other men who ran the race. I've asked all of them, and not 1 of us will ever wear that vest, so it will either be thrown away unworn or donated to charity. Charge 20d more and give us a real t-shirt.
2) Race pick-up. I travel a lot for work during the week, which made it impossible for me to pick up the race pack. Allow race day pick-up.”
“Breakfast can be improved - All good but the breakfast service at the end was insufficient
I understand that to feed 2000 people is a lengthy process but to have more food station would have helped in having shorter lines”
“Great run but poorly organised this year - Great route
Terrible pre-event communication:
Poor pre-race pick up : given the wrong pack
Was initially denied access to breakfast area for my wife despite paying for 2 tickets. Probably due to last minute bib number change.
Love this event but the overall preparation and communication this year compared to last year was very poor.
I compete in several halfs globally but this was fell way short this year and doubtful that I'll pay the money again in 2016.”
“Amazing event through the heart of the city - What a fantastic event. Brilliant organisation, laden goody bag, yummy post race breakfast in a beautiful surrounding- oh and the run- a truly fabulous run through along the creek, through the souk and back to the golf club. I have run out of superlatives- Throughly recommend this race ! and a great race for visitors to see the sights of Dubai.”
“Still the best Half Marathon! - Loads of fun and giveaways!. The post breakfast treat is just the best. I was surprised to see my pictures right after the event! keep it up!”
“Good event and nice arrangement - One of the best event I participated and nice track good arrangement of organizer, water station and goody bags.
Over all excellent event and looking forward for next year.”
“Superb - Well done to the DCS Team, volunteers and sponsors!”
“Great half marathon - I would like to thank all the organisation staff for their interest and effort. Such a great half. Please keep up for the good work. All the best!”
“Cracking Race - Well done to the DCS team on organising and executing a superb event. The goody bag was the best I've seen, communication was excellent and the atmosphere pre and post race was top notch. Loved the support from all the marshals along the way and the motivational posters along the route were that added touch of class. Easily the best half marathon around. Pat on the back Striders!!
“Super race, thanks to organisers - This was a super race. Great course (although tough) and organisation and the goodie bag is famous! No complaints that I can think of and it was great to start on time this year. Huge thanks to DCS committee, sponsors and volunteers. Can't wait for next year. ”
“Brilliant organization, on time and so much fun. - The event organizers did a fantastic job, every detail was considered, most impressed. I've run quite a few half marathons and this is by far the best in terms of the course the organization, marshals, water stations,support, goody bags, breakfast and the amount of fun! Well done to all involved. Brilliant! ”
“The Best race of the year in Dubai - I would like to specially thank the whole organization team, every year the do an amazing job. Thank you very much for your hard work!!!!! See you all next year!!!!”
“It was a very well organised event. - It was my hat-rick. I got my PB here. I was with Richard on his 2:15 bus finished inside 2:15 Very happy and love to run and do again at DCS next year if I am in UAE. Thank you DCS for a wonder organised event.”
“A great event and lots of fun - I think it would be nice to change the medals each year. Also adding a map for the race pack collections wil be a big help to those not familiar with the area. ”
“The Best Half Marathon .. Period! - Really have no complaints at all. Very well organised, well marshalled, great support station and staff and who can complain about that brekky?
Although not a complaint I'd like it if there is a slight variation to the medal each year to keep it more interesting.
Otherwise a fantastic event!
Well done to all involved! You guys are setting standards difficult for anyone else to reach upto!”
“Running on Creek side, itself wonderful experiance - I love Creek Striders motivation. ”
“Great job - Its awesome event, thank you to given this opportunity , definitely i will be main part of this event in future . ”
“Awesome event - Love it and most likely will run again in 2016”
“A great Dubai race! - Very nice course, well organized with enough volunteers. Looking forward to running again!”
“Only one step more - Great event, thank you!
Only small issue was that a huge queue formed at the breakfast entry. The delay was such that I could not join the breakfast due to time constraints.”
“Very well organised! - The Marshalls were very friendly and very supportive!! The only down side to this event is that the middle category to line up for the start was full which left me to start in the last category. This did slow down my time as I could not pass runners, as the road was narrow and could not pass runners. Overall, very well organised! The run was so scenic that I did not feel the pain or the length of time that I was running...thank you.”
“Excellent Course, expertly organised, great fun. - Really enjoyed the course and the whole atmosphere of the event. Very well organised and supported. ”
“Well organized event. Worth the money I spent. - Well organized event. Worth the money I spent, considering the buffet breakfast after the race plus the goodies they gave :) Will definitely join again next year :) ”
“Fantastic Event - A great event, well organised.. One little thing that could be improved was the toilet facilities on route.. There probably were toilets on route but for 5 km I asked each marshall who didn't know. Besides that, a great event and I'll be back next year. Well done”
“Nice half marathon, good organisation - Nice race, well organised, generous goodie bag, good breakfast. Too bad there is hardly any folks along the track - but hey, they're missing out a great race! Thanks to the organisers and marshals!”
“Beautiful in all aspects...course &management - I will run this half marathon every year ...insha allah....the race pack (goodie bag) is the best compared to any other races...keep it up. Photo service was inadequate (even compared to 2014)...one suggestion, you can approach photographic clubs and they will produce fantastic images, also with out any cost.....this was seen in one of the marathons recently. Start area and the next 800m was quite dark and could be dangerous for runners. ”
“Amazing event - Always fun to participate in this race. Great organization and lots of efforts put in from DCS. Thanks to all the marshals for the motivation! Keep it up! ”
“Excellent - well done! - Excellent!”
“Great way in and out! Amazing atmosphere. - Creek striders crew were super at goodies/pack collection in umm suqueim! And i was very happy of the quantity/sort of goodies. Start was very well organized, station persons were helpfull and reactive. Support/encouraging word from marshals all way long”
“Fantastic - It was well executed, and the organizers clearly put a lot of work into the event. I plan to travel just for this race!!!!
The only area for feedback is the photos, there should be a professional photographer with the event banner/display as background at the finish line for all runners to take a posed picture. ”
“Excellent. Thank you! - Very well organised, great route, great goodie bag. Best event I've participated in in the UAE and will definitely do it again next year. Thank you so much to the organisers and volunteers - well done!”
“Great setting for a run. - Great route to run, really well organised event. Would love to run it every year! Only negative is that it always seems to fall on the same weekend as the Dubai Rugby 7's.”
“Most beautiful Half Marathon in the world. - The ratings say it all.”
“Loved it, as always - Perfect organization, pity about the detour but that could not be helped. Best half marathon in the world! ”
“Very good - Overall the event is very good and really enjoyed it. Just one thing, during the collection of race pack my number took time to be found because it was mixed up. And they ask me many times if I collected it before or someone has collected me in my behalf. Hope it will not happen again and dont let it happen as this event is one of the organized one that I know so keep it up. ”
“Faultless. - Not many events going as smoothly as this. Great race packs, awesome on the day organisation (including start time being on time!), fantastic breakfast but best of all - chocolate ice cream to accompany swanky medal when you finish.....yum
A great fun event on a scenic Dubai course. Thanks all”
“Well organised event - Very well organised event and great marshals ”
“Very good race, well organised - Water stations should have small bottles, otherwise a great race”
“Good but changes required - Overall a great experience and a well organised race. However I find the course terrain fairly unpleasant, too much pavement running. With this many runners it should be ran as a proper road race. May be a course change or try to route it on more road. ”
“Veni, Vidi, Loved it - Nothing but praise for the event: organizers, supervising team, marshals, venue, course... Enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you.”
“Fantastic organisation from start to finish. - Value for money and well looked after. I would definitely recommend to friends and family. Thank you for a great first half marathon.”
“Everything was almost perfect. - First I want to thank Chandra who was my pacer for the 2:15 min. A great pacer who keep me up and high all along the run. I would have never done done such a good race without him. I how him a big part of my medal! I feel so sorry that after the race I was too out of it to go and shake his hand! Honestly sorry Chandra, you were wonderful!
One minor negative is to have to run on the concrete side walk. Would have felt nicer to run on the bitumen instead.
Very desapointed to wait for breakfast”
“Excellent well organised fantastic beautiful event - Keep up the great work ”
“Great event! Superb job. - I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, because I was surrounded by so many wonderful people - runners, volunteers and organisers. ”
“Best organised event - Great event”
“As always, thoroughly enjoyable - Thanks again to all involved. These events don't just happen - I know that a tremendous amount of effort goes in to making them successful, and this year did not disappoint - a perfect race in every way, friendliness, camaraderie, route, organisation from start to finish - a thoroughly enjoyable experience - of course I will be back again :-)”
“Outstanding event challenging siehtseeing route - It was one of the best event ever..organization was incredible fantastic...thank you so much..I got gifted with a wooOoow goody bag before start...awesome..I am coming back and will tell my friends in Bahrain, where I live ❤
Love the medal
Getting the fotos,exactly after racing...thumb up guys
“Brilliantly organised half-marathon!!! - Definitely one of the best organised half-marathons I have ever run!!! Plenty of hydration along the way and great encouragement from all the volunteers who so selflessly give up their time to make this race such a success! Congratulations to all involved in organising this event!!!”
“Best in the UAE, by FAR - Another year, another perfectly executed race by DCS. The effortless pick up of the (very generous) goody bag, the plentiful parking, the great marshals, the fun course, the timely results (got them before I reached home!), the fastest race photo delivery in the UAE, everything about this race is just great.
Thank you DCS for putting such a good event every year, you'd do us all a favor by taking charge of many of the other poorly managed races in the UAE. Will be back next year.”
“The event not be missed every year! Good job DCS! - Simply perfect end to end. From the registration to the pack collection and communications. The course is truly unique since it goes around old Dubai, wonderful scenes in the early morning. Thank you to all the marshals and support stations. Great event giveaways and unique medal. Photo service was free which is nice! Overall value for money, totally worth it, which included a delicious buffet breakfast and a generous goody bag! Highly recommended for all types of runners.”
“Best race in Dubai - Definitely the best race in UAE. Excellently organized, beautiful course, very generous goody bag, showers and breakfast after the race!”
“A great little run... - Good fun and a great crowd. The goody bag is one of the best I've had & the medal is nice. Great breakfast at the end as well!”
“Great Event - Its a great event and thanks to the organisers. If possible please change the tops to t-shirt. Other all arrangements are perfect and i enjoy taking part in this event. ”
“Perfect organisation! - Everything was perfect. Only one small comment: there was only one ladies toilet halfway the track. I had to wait in line for about 5 minutes. It was a pity to loose this time in the result. Apart from that Congratulations for a perfectly organized event!”
“The best event in Dubai - Great course, great organisation, superb work by the marshals and the volunteers. My only gripe, and we have to have one as we live in Dubai, would be the volunteers loosening the tops on drinks bottles/cans before they hand them out. #firstworldproblems. Overall though, a top-class event despite the dreaded tunnel... Great work”
“A very good event to look forward in the future - Race pack freebies are perfect”
“It was great - The experience was great. I have recommended to some of my friends too. Normal response is that the price is high for the race. Hope we can expect lower price. ”
“Kudos organizer! The best! - It's my first half marathon and i was really impressed from registration, claiming race pack ,goodies - the best so far! , i enjoyed the english breakfast. It was neatly organized and very on time. I will definitely join next year! ”
“Just great experience. - Thank you for the supporters.”
“Brilliantly organised and a pleasure to take part - One major issue is that most events will now pale in comparison so I may have to retire :-(”
“Highlight of the season - Seamless, friendly organization. No officious officials. Great course, well signed and marked with friendly, encouraging marshals. Many thanks to the committee and volunteers for a wonderful event. ”
“Improvement required - Volunteers were great! First time runners of this event stuck in 1:50-2:00? Please! Some of us have run before. No information provided to move up a start pen. Too many slow runners running in the middle of the narrow sections. How about some education for runners as to etiquette for this type of event? Directions as a word document in the iPad era?? PDF please! Up gutters down gutters, pavers, grass??, bitchumen, sand?? What type of course is this? Could be so much more.”
“Good job, well put-up race - Overall great race. Only one thing: according to my previous times on the distance, I should have started in the first wave of runners, however since it was my first race in Dubai and with the ChampionChip system I got a normal bib. This looks like a fair system and was also being checked at the start line, but I also saw people who had the normal bib inside the fastest corral, which means it wasn't enforced enough or there was preference for certain runners. Rules should be equal for everyone.”
“Thank you Volunteers! - Great job with so many runners, nice having the half way clock providing your split.
Must not have paid close enough attention to starting process. Lesson learned...
Thank you to all involved for putting on a great event.”
“Excellent Event - I enjoyed fully. Very professionally organized.”
“Best race pack and giveaways. Amazing breakfast! - Congratulations to the events management team! I've taken part in many events and this was easily the best organized and value for money. It was recommended by a friend so a few of us flew over from Qatar to take part for the first time. We all loved it and will be back next year!! Great job....thank you!”
“So well-organized event - The event is always so well-organized and the course is perfect. I'll definitely participate the event next year again.”
“Awesome - As always, the best half marathon in UAE!”
“Another well organized successfull half marathon - Running T-shirt is more beautiful for men with visible DCS half marathon indicated. CONGRATULATIONS, ALL RUNNERS AND DCS staff.”
“Always a wonderful experience - I am looking forward for a newer design for the medal next year... aside from that all is great and would still be back... keep it up guys!”
“Excellent experience - I participated for the first time. I really love to be part of it. I miss why i not participated earlier. Nice planned event. ”
“Nice Race - Great event with the best goodie bag around. ”
“This is the best racing event in the UAE - Fabulous goddy bag, excellent communication, challenging course, top notch marshalling, enough drinks stations, empathy for slower runners, good breakfast - this makes it the best racing event of the season. Its a pity they don't organise the Dubai marathon!”
“The best! - My favorite since I started running. Well organized, the best goodie bag, though a change on the medal can be considered :) but overall... still my favorite!”
“Good mix between road run and urban trail. Great! - Greatly organised! Superb breakfast!Great finish line pictures. Great care with detail. Wonderful experience! Thank you!”
“Wonderful, well organised event - Everything needs praising. Faultless in every way. Loved it! ”
“Excellent Event - A very well organised and executed event, I'll be back next year.”
“Best race and breakfast in Dubai! - Please replace the cups of water with bottles. It is so difficult to open the cups when running ”
“The best well organized event i have been to - The only thing i would have to say is that i did not find toilets on the way around the course - and marshalls did not know either - i was running with a friend who needed the loo, but all in all a fantastically organized and run event - and lovely course to run! thanks i will be back :)”
“Great event - Course change was not an improvement, but I know DCS is not to blame. Great organization as always. many thanks”
“Excellent! - Congrats to the Dubai Creek Striders for organizing an excellent event! ”
“Tshirt - The only thing I would change are the t-shirts... why no sleeves??? 3 years ago they were much better.
I don't wear those t-shirts without sleeves... not so nice...
Please change them back !
Race t-shirts are a nice souvenir, even better that the medals... ”
“Great event and well organised - Great event and well organised. Thank you for the great experience”
“Great event - I travelled over from Scotland to take part in the hald marathon, I found the overall experience to be of a high quality and the value for money compared to similar events to be excellent.”
“Once again the best half marathon in Dubai - This race is always run so well, by runners for runners. Huge congrats to Margaret and the whole team - I loved it. And thanks to Premier Photos for the finish line photos that were in my inbox within hours, this is a really nice gesture and very well received.”
“The Perfect Half ! - From registration to the post-race brekkie, from the cheers of the Marshals along a very scenic route, to the immense kindness, passion and dedication of the organizers, all was perfect ! The goodie bag is legend now ! Unbeatable :)
To do, re-do and re-do ! ”
“Best organised sports event in UAE - Beautiful course, fantastic organiation, enthusiastic +encouraging marshalls, great goody bag. Easily the best sports event I have participated in. Will be back for more. ”
“Great event as usual and awesome goodies bag - Congrats to the DCS for putting together another great race. Many thanks to ALL of the volunteers for their hard work (including the pacers!!!). Also, thank you to all of the sponsors - fantastic gifts in this year's goodies bag. Looking forward to next year's race!”
“One word - Awesome! - Hats off to the DCS Committee and all the volunteers for another amazing 1/2 marathon. It is by far the most we'll organised, supported & picturesque race.
From the registration, to the amazing race packs, through to the race organisation, enroute support and stations and finishing with amazing catering, you can't fault the race.
And a PB to boot!!!!
I'll be back again next year. ”
“Overall a great event - Great event. Lovely location. Well organized. Race vest once again very disappointing. Better to have a proper running top with sleeves. Goody bag full of items no one needs or wants. ”
“Brilliant experiene: Yet Again!! - Change in this year's course was poor, regardless the overall management of the event gets better and better.”
“Super cool event! - Thank you for a fabulous morning. Support from the race officials along the route was really amazing. Best Creek Half to date!
(tiny rant*~ would be nice if the medal design changed again..) ”
“Superb event ! - This was a perfect race: start on time, excellent marshalling and supply stations, a well filled goody bag, nice buffet, etc.. Thanks to all who participated organizing this event. see you next year.”
“Great event enjoyed a lot - The route was tough and it was a hurdle route at certain point, but it was an enjoyable . Going through the souks and the creek was nice.
The cooperation and participation of all the marshals were great, very good signage.
Some very small improvements, on the package pick up, tough to park.
Communication before the race, missed the email with all the information and was expecting it one day before the race and didnt happen.
Love the bag with give aways was like going to the super
“By far the best half-marathon in the UAE - The post-race breakfast is terrible. The most bland and uninspiring spread, especially at a restaurant that's otherwise known for good fare. What's ridiculous is the AED 85 that's charged for extra coupons, even for 9-year old kids. Please stop the breakfast, or if you insist, serve something that's edible.”
“Lovely run, showcasing best of old Dubai. - An exceptionally well-organised event that has now grown with the very generous support of many sponsors. From the Police and race announcers to the volunteers and marshals the coordination and professionalism is unparalleled in the region. The run has a great course, the construction on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek has (temporarily) marred part of this. However, most of the race's character remains intact. Great freebies and one really gets great value, love that low-res pics are free too”
“Great event - Liked it last year. Loved it again. :)”
“Superb Experience - This was the best run I ever had :)”
“Fantastic experience - Fantastically organised, with a great atmosphere in an amazing location. I will definitely be there again next year.”
“Another top banana event - Brilliant event - top marks! Cant wait for next year”
“Fantastic!! - Great race, very well done!!”
“Many thanks - Great day...loved the signs at the end....”
“Best club event in Dubai - Best organised race every year, best "goodie bag" of any race, anywhere that I have run, all participants just enjoy the race and everyone's company, the breakfast and location just top of the whole weekend. Well done DCS committee, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.”
“Liked everything but the race course - Running most of the time on pavements, bricks creates stronger impacts than running on asphalts. No marshals under the bridge which is way dangerous because it is all the time wet. Pedestrian tunnel/underpass not recommendable, hard to breathe while inside. Would prefer water in a bottle rather than the one being pinched in, cannot drink properly especially running while drinking. Would prefer bananas rather than oranges. A lot of ascend and descend. A lot of low signages along the way”
“Excellent Half - Very well organized half marathon and goes without saying a scenic route.”
“First Semi is a good one - This was my first Half Marathon, and it was a great experience. Very nice course, perfect organization and the breakfast is really a must after the race.
only things to improve: give 2 days to collect bags in Abu Dhabi, and must organize a shuttle from start/finish line to gate of the Golf Club, as walking a km to go back to City Center car park after the race is really painfull.”
“Really enjoyed the day from 'pre' start to finish - Staggered start worked well. Very good atmosphere and the volunteers / marshals were good and stood in the right place. ”
“Mostly perfect! - I enjoy this event immensely, and it gets better, each and every year. I already look forward to the next instalment.”
“One word. Fantastic. - 2nd time I've participated and a fantastic effort by all concerned. For many reasons and by a long way this is the best running event in the UAE - well organized, well communicated, unrivaled support, great atmosphere, just a really great job by the club - big pat on the back guys. ”
“Very well organised event, enjoyed it really - Very well organised event, enjoyed it really, will definitely participate again. Good value for money, this was the best event till now that I'm participated, well done guys :) ”
“I look forward to the day again. - I don't think anyone in Dubai can organize an better half marathon than DCS. Its always a exciting and great morning for me the day of the event. Thank you for everyone's team effort.”
“Great one indeed!!!! - I enjoyed the race.”
“Venue, course, welcome, organisation, 1st class - As above, all excellent. One suggestion: I can't remember quite where, but certainly on the latter part of the race, maybe around 15km, some promotional/inspirational banners were attached to lamp poles at shoulder height, on the pavement, forcing runners into single file or outside the bollards and on to the road. If they had been placed higher, there would be no disruption and would still be readable. ”
“Marvellous once again. - Those green km markers year on year keep hiding in the trees!. THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS. their assistance just after the tunnel is much appreciated, I did finish!!!”
“Best race in the Dubai Calendar. - Amazing event run by the DCS. Everything was excellent and a superb course as well.”
“Very well organised and great value for money. Lov - A fantastically well organised event and no excessive price charge either. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved. I really enjoyed the whole event. My only request would be for a map of the route to be added to the website so as a first time runner I knew where I was going to be running in advance and could pre position family and friends for support.. Once again well done and thanks”
“Awesome!! - Excellence in all parameters”
“Awesome! - Hope it only gets better next year!”
“My favorite HM, but why sleeveless tshirts? - This is my 4th DCS HM. My favorite HM thus far. Very well organized. Fantastic giveaways (getting better every year). Great view. Incomparable breakfast. My only comment is about the sleeveless tshirts. This is the 2nd year the organizers have given away sleeveless tshirts, which I have never used. The organizer should consider to give options for the tshirts (normal v sleeveless). Not everyone likes to wear sleeveless tshirts for whatever reason. Otherwise, thanks for such a wonderful HM.”
“Thx u Margaret Rafferty - As usual amazing event ”
“Best half marathon in the UAE - Another brilliant DCS event, expertly organized and love the course around the creek. A packed bag of giveaways and superb breakfast after the race, see you again next year!”
“Happy - Will do it again!”
“Great route, great support & marshalling - Well organised, great support & marshalling. I love the route and the atmosphere. The race goodie bag was amazing! Not so keen on the women's race shirt this year. I will definitely do this race again. Congratulations to the organisers.”
“Excellent race! Bravo to the organizers! - Amazingly well organized, fantastic race pack, great tops for the ladies, beautiful course, enthusiastic volunteers, quick results and photos... everything one can ask for in a successful race! ”
“Another success for the Striders - Another great event and organisation from the Striders. Thank you. I was on the fence after coming back from injury, but it was great I could partake. The start was prompt this year which was good news. Only drawback, the bottle necks in parts of the course and the cones in the middle of the path (there to prevent runners falling into pot holes, but a hazard themselves). I was pleased with my time, but I want to do it faster next year.”
“Brilliant event....well done Striders! - Love this event - the course is a wonderful challenge and the organisation is second to none. Please can you take over the Standard Chartered event in January. Special nod to all the enthusiastic marshals. Still the best goodie bag by a mile. I like the vest - don't know why some are moaning about that.”
“Great event - Great event, plan to get most of my NBF Running club members next year enrolled in this event.
“Great Event - Well Done DCS - Only 1 real rant...
The Vest - oh please... come on, a T shirt is much better for the masses. 2 years with vests, that haven't even come out of their bags. I wear my other race T shirts with pride.
Everything else was excellent from the registration, pack collection, parking, the start, the course, the marshalling, the finish ooh and the breakfast. Thank you, Keep it up please
But no more vests (please)
“Imagine if DCS organised the Dubai Marathon? - Wow, what a great event! Everything from the goodie bag, the start/finish, the course, the breakfast, was amazing. Well done and thank you very much DCS!”
“Fast results! - Photos and race results were really fast! You guys amaze me everytime. Well done! ”
“Excellent HM! I loved it - This was a fantastic race, i really enjoyed it despite the lack of sleep and long drive from AD :) great organization, breakfast, track, marshaling ..etc. Comments:
GPS watches are getting the total distance wrong - i guess due to the tunnel and ramps leading to it? mine was at least 600m short which is a first for me ...
The only thing i disliked was the t-shirt. Better to have a regular t-shirt at the giveaway was not for all....you can see that by how few were actually wearing it.....”
“Giveaway shirt is not good. - I expect a memoriable T-Shirt for this event, however, I was shocked again to receive Running Shirt, which I never use, same as last year.”
“Great event- amazing experience - This even becomes better and better by the year! Organization this year was amazing. Well done to everyone that managed to create such a great event!
The race its self is the best in Dubai! Def worth the money and look forward participating again next year!”
“Excellent race - Always my favorite race - it never fail to impress me. Thank you and i luckily entered the race last. Will register earlier next year. Keep it up!”
“Great to able to run this course - Superb organisation and support throughout. All I had to do was turn up and run 21.1k. ”
“Excellent as expected :-) - Just one minor comment. For next events, please try to avoid water stations in the bridge. Many plastic containers ended up in the creek.”
“Superb event - Thoughtt I would never experience a well organized event here in Middle East, but was totally wrong.
With this event, I relearned on how to organize an such.
“Fantastic experience - Great event for my first time HM. The organisation was flawless and the support on the road perfect.
See you next year.”
“Fantastic - Just gets better every year well done to Margaret and the DCS team.”
“Very well managed, truly enjoyable course - So far I haven't received my photo from the race, secondly if there's anything you can improve is probably the t-shirt choice. As this race covers different type of people from different age groups I think the classic t-shirt/not sleeveless is more suitable. ”
“Ontime and very well organized ..bravo - The best half marathon I've ever participated,ontime and very well organized ..Bravo Jhonson Arabia Strider.”
“Excellent - Marshals need to know how far is left! Two sets told us 4km left when in fact it was 5km. Killer, especially considering distance covered. I knew it was 5km but mind plays tricks when you are told its shorter.”
“Overall; awesome experience. - Great event, one that will be on my do list per year.”
“Another fantastic, well-organized race! - Always my favourite event in the calendar, and this year did not disappoint. The organizers, sponsors, and volunteers all deserve a huge vote of thanks for organizing and delivering another amazing racing experience.”
“VERY ENJOYABLE RACE - I enjoyed this event very much. The organisation was very good. The only negative I could find was the tight bends in the course, running down into a tunnel, and running up stairs, and off road parts which made a steady pace difficult. Once the group I ran in went off course slightly, as the marshal didn't signal clearly. The race was excellent value for money, and well organised. Many thanks.”
“The event sets the standards for other to follow - Year on year the event improves. Tremendous credit to all involved in making the Dubai Creek Half Marathon happen. Fantastic event will be entering again next year. ”
“THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL HALF MARATHON - Well done to all the people behind this event, most especially to all the volunteers! Thank you and more power! ”
“Well organised event! - Thank yo especially to the pacerunner, he was great!”
“The best HM in town - The Organisers should look at having a new design for the Medals in 2016”
“No drink station next to the water - No drink station next to the water next time please, so many water plastic cups ended up in the Creek water.
Overall great experience!
“Keep the great work - For the refreshment stations, try to serve the sport drinks in small cups, most of the runners used to drink not more than quarter and throw the rest.”
“Superb event - The race gets better every year. Slick advance planning and outstanding co-ordination on the day made the whole event feel super smooth from a runner's perspective. Congratulations to everyone, loved it as always. Thank you Team DCS!”
“Great event worth to join again and again - We and Johnson are winners ”
“An excellent event, yet again. Thank you. - Very well organised, the best goody bag, awesome support staff and team as a whole, excellent breakfast, awesome route, fabulous prizes, what more would one want in a local race event. You guys just keeping better at this each year. Would love to see what you have in store for 15th event. Probably one minor area you guys could look into for next time. Fix those notice/ message boards on posts bit more higher than 6' especially at the narrow roads and curves, so that one does not have to dodge it”
“Fantastic event - Fantastic event, I keep telling my friends, this is surely the one event they must take part. Thank you. Louis”
“A fabulous event yet again - An excellent event, and well organised as always. ”
“The Best one so far - The organisers have once again succeeded to deliver a fantastic race. The World's most beautiful half marathon. Excellent value for money and the best goody bag ever. Many congratulations to the sponsors, volunteers and of course the fabulous committee members ”
“The best event of the year - Thank you again DCS committee and all the marshals for a wonderful event! ”
“Great Event and well Organised - Best event in the Region, great goody bag, great water stations, fantastic organisation, best way to spend a Friday morning. Well done to everyone that gave up their personnel time to put the event together.”
“Excellent run, well organised event - Very well organised, beautiful route, 3 cheers to the volunteers and the Marshalls for making this happen ”
“Perfect score for a perfect event! - Huge congratulations to the Dubai Creek Striders committee for an amazing event. Thanks to everyone involved.”
“Can't fault it - Thank you to all who put there time and effort into running this event. Huge amount of organisation but it shows in the result. Thank you”
“One of the best 1/2 marathons in the region! - Fantastic organization from the registration process through the actual conducting of the event. This is one of the premier events in the Middle East on an annual basis. Congratulations and thank you to the team of people who make this event a reality each and every year - you've done a fantastic job!!”
“Outstanding race from start to finish - This is how an event should be organised! ”
“A great event - unmatched experience - A wonderfully organized event, the amount of effort by the organizers to details is commendable. Will always do this again.”
“Great Race - Great race and very well organised ”
“Awesome enjoyed - We cant differentiate the medal from this year to previous year, only the year is changed... but its awsome”
“Superb as usual - Brilliantly organised event. Most scenic half marathon. Portaloos were the poshest I've seen for sure!”
“Fantastic and well run event - Love the spirit of all the competitors and a job well done by all involved in putting it together”
“A great day - This was such a well managed event in every way. For a complicated course it was so well marked and brilliantly marshaled by supportive and friendly volunteers. I am so impressed. Great route (if tricky) and a fabulous breakfast. Well done guys.”
“Best Running Race in Dubai - The best goodie bags, best breakfast and a very interesting scenic course in the Old Dubai. The course itself is quite technical with lots of turns, bridges and tunnel. So first timer will find it a little challenging. Not a PB course, but it is a course you will always especially running through old Dubai during sunrise! Will do it again for next year for sure. ”
“A race put on by runners for runners - This is one of my favorite races in Dubai. The committee really goes out of their way to provide an amazing race experience and thinks about what runners need in order to have a great day, whether or not they are elites or first timers. I absolutely loved being able to use the foam rollers and other accessories after the race! Thank you to the course marshalls, committee members, and other volunteers. If possible, please open water bottles and cans before you hand them to the runners!”
“It was a great experience! - It was the first time I attempted running..started practice 12 weeks back..and was able to complete the race today. This was my first half marathon and everything was well organised. Looking forward to many more DCS half marathons...”
“The best around - Excellent as usual... Great course, great signage and support stations. So well organised by knowledgeable people who know exactly what they are doing. Can't fault the goodie bag.... Thank you sponsors! Special thanks to all the volunteers and marshals too. Already looking forward to next year!”
“Thank you to all the volunteers! - Enjoyed the race, a great sense of achievement. High praise for the volunteers, marshals and drinks station helpers, really helped me get through the race. Quick race results. Breakfast buffet could have been better organised, letting people know there are more stations inside QDs which had practically no queues. Event photo service is great, and really happy the photos are free of charge, very satisfied to have a photo record of my first half marathon! Goody bag was brilliant! THANK YOU!”
“Fantastic event! It just gets better every year! - The JADCS Half is undoubtedly the best, most well-organised and most rewarding race of the season. It is also one of the more challenging races of the season.
The experience was marvellous this year (just as always); an amazing goodie bag, a fabulous medal, plenty of smiling marshals, ample support stations and a breath-taking sunrise over Garhoud bridge as one takes on a beautifully laid out course.
Now tell me, can anyone ask for a better Friday morning?”
“Two thumbs up - Very nice event, see you next year again.”
“Great race - Keep it up!”
“Tremendous event and location - Water was warm at some support stations.
Marshalls and volunteers at support stations were fantastic.
Well done again DCS!”
“Great organisation as always. Great event. well do - Fantastic from start to finish. The Dubai Creek Striders are an amazing club. Start trouble free. Premier events outstanding as always. Quick results and photos. Would be great if Standard Chartered studied this event for the marathon.
Thank you. Look forward to running again in 2016.”
“Good fun event, great venue. - Thanks again to the race organisers and all the volunteers, think you can truly say you have run in Dubai after this race. ”
“Truly Excellent- Thanks Margaret & DCS Committee! - This sets a new standard for race organisation. The team worked really well to overcome the difficulties with building works on the usual course. Pre race info pack was very helpful. This is not a PB course due to the nature of running alongside the Creek, but a good course nonetheless. There may have been a slight shortage of silver medal for those finishing towards the back of the top 50 but still a very fancy medal! I loved the breakfast and opportunity for a massage too! Thank you DCS!”
“Awesome experience - Thanks to the organizers and staffs - well organized/ safe / great experience”
“The BEST in UAE, simply !! - Thank you all for making this race the best in UAE (and beyond) !
You guys managed to improve it again !! I didn't think it was possible...
“A really fun and friendly race - Really professional. Responses to queries awesome. Great setting. Route lovely and really well marked. The final and biggest thanks to all the marshals and helpers. Everyone was so lovely and cheerful - boosting us along!
“Very generous freebies! Superb organizing! - Thank you so much for organizing this run! See you next year!”
“Fantastic Event - Another great event, superbly organized.
A definite event for all who are interested in running at any fitness level.”
“Excellent - The event is so well organised that the whole thing seems effortless, which is a testament to the amount of work that must go on behind the scenes. Well done. Another fantastic event.”
“Fabulous - Loved it. Thank you to all the volunteers.
Can't wait for next year. ”
“Best event in MENA - Outstanding!. Well done Margaret & the Race Committee for delivery a super event. Its great to be on the other side for a change and view from a runner's perspective.
Thanks Johnson for sponsoring yet another great Half Marathon. You make us proud to be a Dubai Creek Strider”
“Brilliant - My first time. And definitely ill be here next as well”
“Great race - Great race, organized perfectly
Photo service was poor”
“Brilliant event. Perfectly organised. - The best race around. Very efficient in all areas.”
“Fun, scenic race - The course may not be the fastest, but it's so fun because it's quite scenic. The organization was awesome - everything was seamless. Thanks for a great race!”
“Brilliant organisation - Really well organized run. Brilliantly done. Not sure it's the most beautiful half in the world, but everything about this race is really well done. A pleasure to take part. Well done to everyone involved!!!”
“21.1 km obstacle course, but fun! - I'm a regular sub-1:30 half runner; this was by first time on the Creek half.
I finished the AD Striders half in 1:24 two weeks ago, and came in a full 9 min slower on the Dubai reek half, partly because I wasn't pushing but also because this route was an obstacle course... the start was a scrum for the first 1.5 km due to route bottlneck, then bricks, flower beds, swampy grass, low trees, innumerable curbs, etc.
Fun and scenic, but not a route to make a PB. Would run it again though!”