Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon 2016
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161 people have rated this event.
“Beautiful scenery course of old Dubai . Great support from all volunteers & marshals. Bib collection is fun & joy. Great carnival of running & not only a race. The medical support stations were awesome. ”
“All I need to praise the organisers for doing a wonderful job and improving each year. Love to participate DCS run as long as I can.”
“Always a pleasure to compete in this event. Organisation is fantastic. Thank you DCS, bring on 2017
One small comment - having the date as early as possible helps with overseas entry planning especially when trying to coordinate with other events that happen around the same time e.g. Rugby 7s etc. Thanks”
“A great day always! Nice crowd and professional arrangement. Will continue to participate as long as I can. A bit more help with parking and availability of taxis after the race would really help!”
“First time in Dubai, second time running a half. Loved it! I use the duffel bag from the race for traveling and it's perfect. ”
“Best half mararhon ever. Everything was great,organizers are awesome, less cheers along the course though compared to the past years. The freebies are so less (2016) compared to the previous years and there are so many papers. But overall, the race is great. ”
“It is my highlight of the year in dubai , the scenery is lovely the atmosphere is great . super nice way to challenge yourself . thanks for all the organisation ”
“Quality of breakfast slowly gets worse every year, clearly cost saving. At least, can we have REAL coffee? After 21 km of running, do we really have to do with making our own coffee from hot water and dried coffee powder...?
Otherwise, course is nice, organisers friendly, timing good, great atmosphere overall. Will run it again in 2017”
“Can't rave enough about this one. It was my first and post this I participated in the RAK one and a few 10ks, but this by far was the best. From goody bag to the on course refreshments, marshals who were so motivating, the course itself and the breakfast at the end and did I mention the awesome medal, everything was well thought out! It was my first yet I found it the most enjoyable even though I was doing this alone. Will be back next year for sure with my hubby and friends.”
“Overall a very enjoyable event. I only wish there was more space at the start/finish for a warming up/cool down.
The tunnel part of the course is very challenging.”
“This is the BEST Half Marathon for me and I will join again this 2017 for sure:)”
“It was my first long distance challenge 6 years ago and since them I've been participating year after year. The atmosphere, the organisation, the goody bag and the route are perfect. I would also like to thank Dubai Creek Striders for all the effort they put behind organising such event. ”
“It's the 3rd time that I participate in this event and I must say it keeps getting better. Great organization, the start was on time, the course is always good, there was enough support station, and the breakfast was very good. Loved the medal this year. Great job DCS! ”
“It was a great Run once again. Timely start. Parking was difficult but not a bad deal. Heartiest Thank you to the team that managed this task so professionally. Once again its difficult to beat DCS with their organization skills.
“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.”
“Value for money, great course, unique medal extremely well organized by runners for runners. Well done and thank you to everyone involved in organizing and sponsoring the event.”
“The course is fantastic and the volunteers and support staff provided much enthusiasm and motivation throughout. The event was well organised and well communicated and can lay a good claim to being one of the best half marathon events out there.”
“Apart from the late delivery of the tshirt, everything else went smoothly as expected. Well done! Looking forward to 2017.”
Edited on 13.12.2016
“Am disappointed at having missed out on the last 14!!
Simply the best half marathon around
Kudos to the organisers”
“Well organised, a very beautiful, interesting running track, a special all around service! Thanks to all the helpers on the track for their efforts!!! I was excited! Thank you so much!”
“Well organised, good giveaways, nice bag, nice t-shirts, excellent venue. I enjoy this event every time i run. Great job, keep it up”
“The course is not easy and is a challenge for runners, which is a good thing. The KM markings were near perfect.
Great goody bag, value for money for sure. The physio facilities post event were great, maybe its worth while to arrange a discount at some of the clinics that do not indulge in direct billing.
Thank you. ”
“This race is simply remarkable. The dedication of the organizing committee is evident. Great atmosphere and great sponsors.
Best race in the Middle East without a doubt.
Will be back for sure.
PS love the goodie bag (race pack) and may I add that the Racefood is the best....will get from Spinneys”
Breakfast a bit disappointing and difficult to find a seat”
“Route, enthusiasm of the marshals and volunteers, organization - all very good.
keep up the fantastic job.”
“An excellent event and a great course...except the tunnel ;) ”
“As always, a good event on an interesting course! Thanks for all your hard work and I look forward to running again next year.”
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“The organizing team has done a good job in organizing a big event for so many people and still making it very smooth. The view along the race was spectacular as well. So, it was enjoying experience overall.
Just one thing: My goodie bag was super dirty, smelly and wet when I opened it. I saw also some mold in it so I was sure that it was wet for a while before I picked it up. So I needed to throw the whole thing out. Pretty disappointed as it could be good souvenir for my very first race.”
“Never fails to impress.. organizationally superb ”
“Supreme route views and very well organized!!!”
“Huge congratulations to all the organisers who made this event great. Really well organised making life very easy for the runners. Thank you!
“Great race for an old man!”
“Thank you to all the organisers, marshalls and volunteers for putting on a event fantastic.”
Edited on 22.12.2016
“Started on time! Great support and good atmosphere. (Maybe, just maybe slightly more frequent drinks stations????)”
“Overall I thought it was a great event. My only negative comment is the number of emails prior to the event, I would have preferred to receive 1 email with all relevant information.”
“Everything was perfect and the effort that DCS put into the event is remarkable. Thank you very much!”
“This was my first half marathon event and I was not disappointed, it's superbly organized from start to finish,the course is challenging but fun and the race village was excellent. I highly recommend this race and other race organizers should take note. ”
“I hate that tunnel tho....”
“Everything is so well organized. No complaints at all.
I'm fine and happy with everything. I said Event Giveaways are lower because I don't need another sports bag or other adverts inside of it....
I do like RAK half marathon's shower facilities. ”
“All the Marshalling's were smiling & cheering and kept me going.
The route signage was good.
Very well organized and all the participants followed the rules.
Running with Creek striders I discovered the beauty of Bur Dubai and the Sin tunnel.
The race route was well planned.
All praise for the organizations. ”
“Everything was immaculately organised. The marshals and helpers at support stations were friendly and encouraging throughout. I loved the beautiful course and the atmosphere was amazing. Thank you so much for giving me a fantastic first experience.”
“This was a really fun event, well-organized, and the goody bags and post-race food were top-notch. Already planning to run again next year and bring a few friends! My only complaint was the way t-shirts were distributed. I'm a slower runner, but petite, and they were out of my size t-shirt by the time I finished and I got a HUGE shirt. Not a big deal but kind of a bummer! Maybe hand out at packet pick-up and people can only get the size listed on Premier profile so correct numbers are ordered?”
“Well organized event. Made for runners by runners! Nice medal & finisher shirt. Breakfast is great too. Looking forward to next year!”
“Only minor comment is the water punnets are difficult to drink from when running but I can see they are less of a trip hazard than bottles. Fantastic event yet again, well done! ”
“I participated 5 times and looking forward to many more. I feel this event is getting better year after year. Great job by organizers.
Best Wishes ”
“Bad quality t-shirt and it was difficult to find water at finish”
“Still a great race, however:
- Too many places where you are crossing kerb stones or other trip hazards
- Difficulty in finding water in the race village at the finish / water only available immediately at the finish line
- Rubbish t-shirt
- Why was the t-shirt given away at the end rather than in the race pack?”
“Look forward to running the next one.”
“As always the DCS half marathon was a great event and remains one of the best on the UAE calendar. Very well organised, interesting course and brilliant breakfast. See you again next year! ”
If handing out finishers t shirts at the end, would be nicer to have the word Finisher somewhere on the t shirt ”
“The running in the tunnel was the only disappointing part of the run...completely threw off the GPS on many runners phones / watches...also running in a cramped space in a crowd put off more than a few people running next to me.”
“Wish all events are organised as well as this. Just amazing a group of runners could do such a great event. Pricing is good, wonderful giveaways with bib, breakfast, very professional marshalling and support.....what more can a runner ask for.
No wonder many get their PBs here despite 3 bridges and a tunnel.”
“Could do better with the photo service. Yet to receive any info if my photos are available or not.”
“Probably an unfair criticism knowing the course route... but the up and down kerbs from 15k to Maktoum Bridge don't make for fun on tired legs, and other trip hazards dotted around. Otherwise, loved it. Well done DCS, this race is always in my diary. Thanks to the volunteers giving encouragement and directions. Thanks to the sponsors and the authorities without them it won't happen. See you next year.”
“Great event ... we'll organized.. the route is very nice with 2 challenging points ( Garhoud bridge and the killer Shandagah tunnel )
The giveaways were not as good as last year.
Handing over the shirt after the race not a good idea, I'm sure there was a reason behind it, it did not give the race the color harmony.
After all ... well done. Looking forward for next year race.”
“Excellent organisation from beginning to end. Liked the way Marshalls were along all the route and were obvious in their high vis jackets. Ambulances every 5k was very reassuring.
Event village had a good choice of stalls and was well laid out.
Best event goody bag ever! Excellent value for money.
I didn't get near the breakfast as was just too busy by the time I arrived in. Loved the free photographs. Brilliant route.
will definitely do again!”
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“First congratulations to team #JADSHalfmarathon it was really an amazing from start till end only positive vibes and DCS running crew were so helpful. Definetely joining the next race and the food was great except the bacon was too salty ”
“The event was excellent. Very well organised and supported all the way through, from all the communications to enthusiastic marshals and drink station helpers. Thank you very much.
I struggled to register though as I forgot my account password and the reset didn't work.
I can't comment on the breakfast as I didn't go. ”
“Keep up the goodwork.. Congratulations to the DCS Organizing Committee, Volunteers & Sponsors.... Happy year end 2016, ”
“I am so amaze how organize, manageable, friendly, and how happy the Half Marathon was. It was the best of all i take part to. And still i will participate again in the future. I am not really a fast runner but my frustation was wash away with this event, friendly and happy marshall all supportive people around us also the runners to, help me to pursue to finish my target time, I enjoyed my Half Marathon.”
“Without a doubt the JADCS 15th half marathon was the best race I have taken part in. The team behind this know how to put on a show and this year was no exception. Great value, superb goodie bag and the race itself with support all the way gave you a real warm and fuzzy feeling! Thanks to all involved
for making it such a fun race. ”
“Special thanks to the Marshalls cheering us on!”
“This was my first 1/2 and I thought it was great! Highly recommend it! ”
“Everything about the Dubai Creek 1/2 marathon is outstanding from the pre-event organization to the actual conducting of the event to the post-event festivities. This is a truly outstanding race. I believe it to be on the best 1/2 marathons anywhere!”
“Thank you, organisers and sponsors! It was a great event. So grateful for your parts in making it a great success. I enjoyed it very much!”
“Suggestions, breakfast staff need to understand food safety and service, cold food, moody fruit on display. Apart from that is was OK.”
“As I participated for the first time. Overall was a great experience but there were patches that could have been better e.g. The stretch under the bridge was too wet, the stretch on the bridge was very narrow etc just s few.
But for sure will run again next year. It was a great experience. ”
“This is one of the Marathon that I have enjoyed a lot. Statring from the goodies bag to the breakfast everything was fun. The route was bit off track so you need to be extra careful. I did not receive lap completion SMS from premier.
The after race breakfast was very good.
Might participate next year”
“This is a really well organized event, the course is well marked and laid out. Police do a great job at keeping the roads closed. Loads of really really GREAT VOLUNTEERS! The only downside this year was City Centre not being available for parking. Look forward to doing it again next year.”
“It's a shame that t-shirts weren't available before the race. I think this always adds to the community feel of the race and looks great in photos. Also, my size was no longer available by the time I finished... ”
“The DCS half is just so flawless, from the goody bag, the course, the marshals, the athlete’s village, the breakfast, talk about value for money and a positive running experience, just out of this world. Kudos to the wonderful committee and Margaret Rafferty for leading the team. This event gets better each year through the amazing work of the DSC committee, thanks for giving us the opportunity to enjoy this super event. ”
“The organisers and volunteers deserve more than a medal each. They have firmly put in place once again the main running event in the Dubai calendar. For a city that prides itself if the biggest and largest, the JADCS Half lives up to that goal and beyond. My hope is that one day, it will become the 'Official' Dubai Half Marathon for the city and the UAE.
Thank you guys for organising this and the many memories that this event has permanently created for me over the years including this year. ”
“Very well organized...
Maybe in the future we can get rid of the tunnel part when there is bridge in Shindaga :)”
“Beautiful track, excellent water/fruit/sponge stations, and love the overall support that is provided along the way. I always look forward to this event. ”
“Please can we get the shirts before the race as I like to run in the shirt on the day.”
“Keep it up! I'll be coming back next year for sure!”
“Its very nice. but i send you the email that i didnt receive the officail pics link to my email. but no reply from your sides. please send me the link. really excited to see it
“Growing in popularity each year within the running community. Handled in very professional way.”
“Great event, one of the season favorites in Dubai.
Giveaways and organization was very good as usual.
Only few things to improve:
1. water was hot in the stations
2. Sponges were too small
3. The tunnel.. (can we ask Sheikh Mo for a pedestrian bridge like the ones over the Canal?)
4. For the slower runners some areas are too narrow.”
“First class organisation and event! Love the run through old Dubai. Unsurpassed!”
“Thank you for the team for a flawless morning from start to finish, best race in town in the calendar”
“Excellent race pack, race village was great and lots of goodies after the race! ”
“Top event. Excellent organisation, nice route, good value - had a great time - thanks”
“Amazing support from organisers, volunteers, marshals and fellow runners. Great value for money! Goody bag + T-shirt + medal + post-race breakfast + photos = Amaaaaaazing!! Loved the Spinneys stall at the Athlete's Village and the giant Bananas. (:
Thanks to the organization of the hard work, thanks for all the marshals along the course supporting us!
And as always, such a rewarding breakfast after a beautiful race!!!
see you next year. ”
“A difficult course with considerable running time spent on tiles / bricks. Four (4) bridges also makes this one a difficult event. Would have appreciate water served in bottles (instead of sealed cups). Elsewise a well organized event; will definitely be participating next year. Excellent organization at the start, no rushing / pushing etc. ”
“Top marks to Margaret and the DCS team. A big well done!”
“Really well organised, lovely course.”
“Meticulously organised - well done to all involved, including all the volunteers for their enthusiasm. It's an annual highlight of my running year.”
“A success once again. Congrats to the organizer. See you again next year.”
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“Look forward to next years event ”
“Great communication, all according to plan, breakfast was lovely, amazing atmosphere. Well done! I loved it”
“It was Great time and Best People Arund ”
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“Well done DCS, again! At least the crosscountry bit was more like a lawn this year. KP1 banner was up a tree, where was KP20 hiding?
Of course it's hard, but all volunteers cheered us all the way & committee can be real proud. Thank you.”
“A really enjoyable run, brilliantly organised.
The addition of the free post-run ice cream this year was a particular highlight.”
Edited on 20.12.2016
“Very nice run, good organization, good breakfast at the end”
“The photos are not being posted yet .. would appreciate if this could be given some priority ..
thank you ”
“Brilliantly organised event. Huge thanks to Dubai Creek Striders committee.”
“Very organized, great course and post-race breakfast!”
“The cones between the edge of the pavement and the road were in the way of the runners as the path was already quite narrow but I'm unsure if that is due to the organisers or not.”
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“Wonderful atmosphere. Well organised for runners and spectators. Awesome breakfast. Where do I sign up for next year!”
“Today The Creek Striders Half Marathon was well organized ,and it is a great event happens every year in Dubai.Thanj you team.
“Well orchestrated race.
Would have like to have option to pick-up race packet morning of the event.
While I agree it is a scenic course and while I ran a PR, I disagree that this is course-designed for PRs. Low light with uneven pavement, a number of sharp turns, probably up-and-down 30 sets of curbs, etc.
Good post race support.
Easy arrival / parking / departure.
T-shirt was underwhelming.
Pre-race information was useful.
Prompt posting of race results.
“Tough bridges and lovely scenic route.
Well organised and very friendly atmosphere. Well done thanks all,
“A big thank you to the sponsors organizers and race officials for a job well done! ”
“Well done team for such great arrangement ”