Al Mouj Muscat Marathon 2017
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107 people have rated this event.
“I really liked the event, it was professionly arranged ... the most i liked was the positive environment created from support staff through out the marathon
definetly looking forward for another event ..”
“Perhaps it's possible to show the course map earlier?”
“It was a good experience for my first marathon and I'm proud of what I achieved this year, hoping to achieve better results next year..”
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“Overall it was a great event,very nice volunteers. I think more garbage bins should have been there. i held on to my empty water bottles so that i wouldn't litter while running and 1 or 2 more water stations would've made it better buy overall i'm happy with the event! thanks for your efforts. a little money price for the half marathon and 10k winners would've been nice too even if it was just 20 or 30rials! ”
“Everything was generally really well organised and there was a good atmosphere. It is only the 2nd time I have done a running event and it was well delivered. The only criticism of the event was not enough water stations on the course. 1 critism of Premier online is I got so many emails about random events that I ended up marking it as junk mail. This meant I then missed the important emails about the event. Reduce the number of emails! ”
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“I appreciate the effort that goes into organising an event like this, even more so when there are 3 races one after the other - thank you. There were many water points on the route, why didn't any have isotonic/energy drinks? Running the full marathon, I could really have done with one after 30k.
As I feared, finishing the marathon close to 3hrs would mean running with slower 1hr+ 10k runners, this was very difficult through the thin golf course road, I was forced off road a few times :( ”
“Amazing organization. very happy overal. looking forward to next year.”
“Travelled from Dubai to take part in my 2nd half marathon.The experience was fantastic and I was impressed with the meticulous organisation and all the effort that had clearly been put in to make it something v.special.The Omani National Anthem at the start and the live music & bagpipes at the finish were lovely touches. The wonderful spectactor support along the way, especially for last few kms when it was so needed, was much appreciated!Thank you very much to the organisers for a super event.”
“It was very well organised, we were kept well informed in the run up to the race. The actual race was marked out clearly and the atmosphere on the start finish line was fantastic”
“Far better organised than last year, the new sponsors and setting have given it a real boost, this is very promising for the future.
Pros: Use of pacers this year was a great addition and crucial for novices. The water/gel stations were more frequent and better stocked. Advertisement and awareness was far better meaning more supporters on course. Very quick results update
Cons: The route was very late in being published and wasnt 100% correct for the 2nd half. Not great giveaways for the cost.”
“Could have done with bit more support stations!”
“Well organised event, route not as good as previous years but understand the reason for new route, giveaways very disappointing in comparison to event fees, previous years and other MENA half runs - Dubai; RAK; Abu Dhabi.”
“Would love a toilet for runners half way. everything else was great”
“Overall the race was a well organized, fun event. The course was interesting with nice views of the sunrise over the ocean during the first half of the marathon. The support stations were well manned and at regular intervals. If I had to give one negative point the km markers were a little off during the first half of the race although the overall distance seemed to be accurate. I would come back to Muscat again for this race.”
“I was expecting my bib no. and the result to come on sms - like khareef marathon - last year. But I am still waiting.
Course was well marked. It started on time which was good. ”
“Running inside the golf area it wasn't nice, but to go over, everything was ok.”
“Loved Al Mouj residents out on the street cheering us on.
Overall a fantastic event but...
Please can the 10km race actually BE 10km?? it was 10.4km. thank you!
“The beach view was amazing and I liked the route. Lots of supporters along the way. Over all a great event and can't wait for next year. ”
“I'm already looking ahead for Al Mouj Muscat Marathon 2018. See you all at start line....”
“I really appreciate your well being prepared in this event specially the web page and the on line work.”
“I was happy about the event. ”
“Lacked atmosphere / music & onlookers around the course.
Otherwise well organised event.”
“Great organisation by the MRR Team. I was disappointed about the amount of littering from competitors. Loads of bins on Al Hail corniche but still people used the floor. Perhaps littering = disqualification for 2018 plus arubbish drop zones near every aid station.
On the route: it would have been nicer to go further down Al Hail/As Seeb corniche rather than the back and forth along 18th Nov st.”
“Didn't like the course in terms of public participation. Hardly saw one member of the public on the whole 42kms. Previous years family and friends were able to support .”
“The Finish line was way too crowded.. i hope you design it/organize it better next time.
Other than that, it was a beautiful day. ”
“It was a wonderfully organised event. Kudos to the volunteers who were so prompt and helpful. Thank you for organizing this event! ”
“With a new sponsor, this event has received a significant upgrade and now has a completely different feel which is a very positive development, apart from the course itself which could do with a bit of a revision - running along a highway doesn't compare with the Opera House, Qurum Park and the beautiful beach sections of previous editions. I would also like to see Muscat Road Runners given more prominence in recognition of their contribution over the years. Breakfast arrangements were 1st class”
“I ran the 10k and enjoyed it to the maximum. It was very well organised and managed event. I'm coming back again next year for the half marathon.”
“Well done to all organizers hope to have more fun run like this in oman for healthy living and met new people also to pursue running in daily life. Thank you so much for giving a chance for us. See you all next year!”
“Well done and a big thank you to all the organisers and helpers!
Personal GPS showed that the 10k race was indeed longer (even if not 800m as was rumoured earlier in the week). The anxiety about an almost 10% increased distance was quite disturbing for some first time fellow runners. Please show the correct distances along the route!! Given the terrain, no one expected it to be absolutely exact, but be honest about it and indicate the real distances for motivational sake.”
“I was hoping to be a place a broad, because the audience was great and the place was not room for the participants and the audience.
Awards presented to the winners were not worthy of this great marathon and nice size.
The organization was excellent and very wonderful, but there were no sports and recreational activities associated with the marathon and be special for families.
I hope to be Almaothon in the coming year, the biggest and the best and most enjoyable.
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“Loved the event. These should be done atleast 3 times a year. Only thing missing was a finsher Tshirt to wear like Spartans. ”
“Overall good event but not much help for people traveling from abroad.
also signage during the event was poor and lot of disturbance from 10K runners who were also running the same course.
But I will participate again.”
“Great job on the organization, fantastic route, communication, everything just perfect.
See you next year !!!”
“THANK YOU to the most friendly and obliging organisers and volunteers. KIM Spectacular route. Almost welcoming community event , all the warmth of a small race with the glamour of a big international one. Congratulations and thank you to all concerned”
“I was afraid the new location might result in dull course for marathon. It was not true and particularly the 2nd half was quite interesting. One more timing point at 21 k would be beneficial. Other remark - it took to long to finalise the route ”
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“Route was released a little bit late but it did not really detract from the event. Maybe the mystery added to the excitement.”
“With thanks to all MRR club members, organizers, sponsors, civil defense & EMS , volunteers, ROP & AMM residents and everyone a very pleasing and proud event for the public of Muscat.”
“The event was well organised. I was not clear about the terrain of the run. I was expecting flat terrain, but it was uphill someplaces and ups & downs here & there. May be, next time I should go and see the location first. It would have been better if we had few more water stations during the run, no complaints though. It was indeed a great experience”
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“More water stations would have been ideal. Last part of the running, full, half and 10 km. runners were running together and there were a lot of curves on the route”
“The route was terrible (not an easy as described marathon route, going through trash areas, construction, etc), the marshalling was not existing, support stations serving hot water, running through the highway with trucks and cars passing by with 140kmph. Also, I gave food to be delivered to me while running at the 30km and there wasn't station there. I never got my energy gels. Terrible experience. Never again. ”
“It was well organized, full of emotions thanks to the people cheering and helping! A wonderful adventure!”
“Kudos to the organizing team. Can't wait for next year!
“Must do more events in Oman”
“Well organized and a nice course.”
“Well organized event , nice location, friendly atmosphere. But for those who are from outside Oman, will require race day pickup of their race pack. Also parking was an issue. ”
“Only criticism was that the faster marathon runners had to weave/push through the bulk of the slower 10km runners at the narrowest and most winding part of the course. This was slightly frustrating as it came when the marathoners were at their most tired.”
“I loved running over the golf course and next to the sea. The map sent before the event did not indicate the few little out and back sections that were actually run on the day.
The Walk in the Wave was a lovely place to start and finish but I did feel it was a little too crowded at the finish for all to enjoy the finish, meet friends and supporters and enjoy the festivities.
Overall an enjoyable morning.”
“Great event, very well organised and running through the golf course by the sea was beautiful. Overall highly recommend.
Few bits to improve on:
- overseas runners should be able to collect race packs the morning of the event
- for faster runners there were water stations which weren't manned until the return leg
- lots of roundabouts where people simply cut off the corner, more timing strips should help to prevent
- was the half marathon course actually 21.1km? GPS watch showed 21km”
“There need to be bins for throwing away water bottles/gel packs after each support station. There were lots of people just chucking stuff by the side of the road.”
“It would have been good if there was an electronic board to give the preliminary results of runners when they complete their race.”
“More advertising for the event, only people with premier online website account & close families & friends to organizers knew about it ”
“I did the 1/2. The course was clearly marked, the marshaling was excellent, the aid stations were more than adequate. The post race buffet was very good. I felt that all my needs as a runner had been taken care of. One suggestion would be to have better information about available hotel packages on the website EARLY. International visitors need to make plans well in advance.”
“The event was almost perfect. The two less good aspects were the course on some parts overcrowded with runners from other events, with some loops prone to shortcuts; no energy/hydration drink either than water. Last year event had those. This year we gained gels instead.
Overall very good event, to do it again!”
“Goody bag was a bit sparse compared to previous years, especially as there were big sponsors.
Course was a bit narrow through the golf course for the number of participants.”
“Excellent event. Only criticism: would have liked to have more water stations in last few km of the marathon.”
“Well planned, beautiful scenic routes and lots of spectator support.
The atmosphere was electric with strangers congratulating each other.
Definitely recommend making the Muscat Marathon a must do on your race calendar. ”
“Everything was great from organisation to atmosphere!!! MRR combined with AL Mouj and other sponsors combined to make a great event. The course was fab. Marshalling and crowd support was awesome. Goodie bags could have been a bit more exciting with actually running themed goodies e.g. Gels, rehydration drinks, running lights etc. Race T-shirt really small size and poor fit. Breakfast voucher a good idea but it is more sociable to have a big area where everyone can sit together...hard to queue! ”
“Great location and we'll organised. Would prefer to start at at 6:30 instead of 7pm. Water stations should serve smaller quantity water, it quarter cup full as well as some energy drinks. Alot of water was wasted and plastic bottles.
The rest was perfect. Supporters and marshalls were brilliant .”
“This is a well organised and professional event. The course this year was fantastic, well thought out and interesting.
I would recommend this event to anyone wanting to try their hand at 10km, half marathon or full marathon.”
“I enjoyed the day as such. A good atmosphere, the weather turned out perfect and the marshals were very positive. Great to see so many toilets. Just some suggestions (not criticism):
Maybe an extra water station towards the end.
Rather than gels, some electrolyte drinks at every other water station?
An extra marshal on the roundabout around 30/32k might have been good to stop people from cutting short.
Unfortunately my results are wrong. I hope this will get sorted.”
“2nd half of the full marathon course was very boring, if it would've been switched around it might have been better as the last 10kms are hardest! Needed more water stations towards the end as well, needed to be in a more populated area and not by a busy highway! Very unsafe route at the end. Just saw one toilet the entire course. Rubbish along the way was shameful, more bins along the route! I appreciate it was the first of its kind in Oman but more volunteers and better route next time!”
“There should be more age groups. 55 and over is one age category!
Start times can be earlier for 21k and 10k.
Race can be through Muttrah cornice, palace,Sidab village, al Bustan palace.
Local charities can be supported in the event.
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“Very good route and very well managed the organisers. We'll done and look forward to next year”
“Thanks to event organizers for giving us full packet such as aerobic warm up, musical start & finish, cultural activities, facilities on track, post run recovery stations, nice & flexible food arrangements, etc.
In short fully satisfied and enjoyed Al Mouj Muscat Marathon 2017. ”
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“My sincere congratulations to all of the organizers. Things are dealt in a highly professional way.So happy to be a part of such an event.Rt from the event notification,registration, communication, route map for various activities,race pack collection etc were really impressive and Once more I appreciate the organizers for the same”
“There was just one counter each by Wellness for massage and cryotherapy; for 500 odd participants in half and full marathon this was grossly inadequate. I was disappointed by the chaos that existed especially for those who needed dire attention immediately after the race. Perhaps one should experience these services at other race locations to benchmark the service standards required.”
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“Wow!!! Congrats to the organizers of this event... truely enjoyed. Will look forward for next year's event... ❤️❤️❤️”
“Perfect organization, all support staff very helpful and all smiles”