Ooredoo Marathon 2017
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73 people have rated this event.
“I decided this year to go for the half marathon as the organisation of the marathon last year was catastrophic. I can say that it's much better to go in this event for shorter distances than the long ones. The organisation remains acceptable only for 2 hours, as when the short distances are finished, nothing is left for the full marathoners. The pre-event communication was scarce and unprofessional, I received a rude email from the organizer just before the event.”
“Lower the registration fees.
improve collection of bib & other items”
“Competitive race in the early morning. The sea is comforting and the location is perfectly selected.”
“I have only praises for the event and the organizer. running with so many different nationalities and true marathoner is a hell of an experience i would do over and over again. 2 Thumbs up to Ooredoo!”
“Congratulations to the organizing company.
Small suggestions; need more marshars during the registrations on race day.”
“Love it All. Great Going and continue as it is. ”
“I really enjoy running this event every year, I would like to see age categories for the full and half marathon, there were a number of older athletes who ran fantastic races and should be recognised for their efforts. Elite runners who flew in for the weekend are bound to win overall but it would be nice to recognise the residents who live here who are running amazing times.”
“1. Should not allow kids to accompany their parents on rollerblades. If they do, then the marshalls should ask them to stay on the right side of the lane and NOT in the middle
2. Allow timing chip to be collected the day before
3. T shirts should given out at end of race with medals. ”
Edited on 15.01.2017
“I enjoyed all the fun and excitement in the race. Moreover, snacks and refreshments are great! Looking forward for more successful years of race to come. God bless !”
“Bib collection should be improved, start was delayed because of this.
Also the starting procedure was confusing.
Lastly the finish area / U-turns were confusing for a lot of runners, with them not knowing where to go when close to the finish. Maybe adjustment in course could help resolve this.
Overall a nice running even in Doha!”
Edited on 15.01.2017
“Thanks for organizing this event.
Couple of things:
-Don't leave till last minute to confirm the date of the event, some athletes will need few months to train for longer distance (Half or full Marathon)
-You need to open the bib/package collection a day before the event, we had to stay in queue for more than 30 minutes.”
“Very nice experience overall
+ Very scenic MIA & route
+ Nice giveaways (shirt & beautiful medal)
+ Good timing service
- Terrible, Terrible, Terrible Pick Up Organisation a) took TOO much time & left no time for warmup b) they lost my bib number (pls next year one day before)
- MIA parking was not accessible even through the Doha harbour - email said it would be - lost time
- Congestion at support stations”
“Finish line was crowded with mascots walking around! ”
“Provided a free wifi in the area for foreign participants ”
“This year I think it's more organized as the Shirts were already given during the receiving of Bib however there's no bags given unlike last year.
The medal was good as it's now showing the distance you registered for, the only thing it's not presented in the finished line.
Only, one thing.. Professional athlete must have their own category as it's impossible to beat them compared to us who are just an amateur. Winners must be based as well per age group, per category”
Edited on 17.01.2017
“Ooredoo does not have the technology to let individual runners download their photos? Where were your photographers? The race started late. The course of the race was repetitive; could make it better in the future. The marshalls were efficient. There were no proper signages to find out things at the venue. The event must be opened for registration 3 months before the race day; it will invite more participants. Also, if the fee is reduced a little, this will also encourage more people to join in.”
“The event was not well advertised. I kept looking on premieronline because I knew that it was coming each year...
Pack collection was faster that what we though when we arrived and saw the huge waiting line..
We were not really able to see the start...
But otherwise the race was very good!
Thank you to keep organizing it!”
“Bib collection should be in advance of race day. The queuing and time on race day was off putting. Badly organised event which is typical of Qatar events. The nature of the course being repetitive laps was boring - a better course should be considered.”
“The short notice of the event left little time to get organised. As an ex-pat I'm normally out of the country at this time of the year.”
Edited on 15.01.2017
“The collection of race number should be a day before so that the race will start on time.
there should be a age bracket categories, like 40+ above who can not compete with the young ones especially those runners from kenya, varsity players from different school, the national athletes, etc.
i keep joining as long as im here in doha.”
“Their should have a been a better communications/assistance:
1. The BIB/Timer/ SHIRT they should be collected earlier not just on the day of marathon.
2. START / FINISH organization should be improved.
3 SHIRTS please make a better DESIGN and there should be BIG SIZE, i asked for XXL but the actual size is Large.
4. YOU an do better :-)
5. i will ran again next year :-)”
“Ran out of t shirt size for me, considering I was asked about my size during registration.
I hope there will be a different route next time.
Getting of race pack should be done before the event. ”
“Slowly improving over years, but still a long way to go when it comes to race pack delivery, starting on time, course map...
Anyway it is good to see you have had arranged for enough water this year”
“Bib collection can be collected before raceday. Event registration should open 3 months before event to invite more participants.”
Edited on 15.01.2017
“Bib collection can be better organised; it took too long otherwise all good.”
“Decent enough event and getting better. Started promptly.
For 200QR I'd expect a LOT better shirt and other give aways. The bib collection was almost a disaster.
The above stated it is the best marathon in Qatar. Of course it's the only marathon in Qatar. LOL”
“Overall events was nice but suggest to improve the pack distribution, medal distribution and clear instruction on where to collect these items especially early in the morning where signage mostfully not visible to collect the race pack. Keep it up and looking forward to join this event again.”
“Age categories could be acknowledged ”
“Delayed start. Poor warm up session. The race started 10 minutes late. After the runners started to run, then they were abruptly asked to stop just for the officials to shoot a gun. Breakfast volunteers were very mean and we're commenting on the tired runners. ”
“Excellent support stations
Flat course, well contained from vehicles
Morning pack collection was smooth but previous night collection better?
Nice little race village
Disappointed to finish the marathon and have no snack box
Appreciate the difficulty in Doha but a longer course breaks the monotony of 8 similar views?
Smoothly organised, a job well done!”
“Bib collection and shirts very poorly arranged for a large participation event the English race organiser knew what he was doing a pity those supporting him didn't
This event could have much more participants and supporters if it was cheaper or even free but I doubt the organisation could cope with mass participation”
“Breakfast box was bull shit. Sandwich very bad.
No big startingclock at startgrid so that As a dunner you can see how much time to the start moment there is.”
“Event was very well coordinated. However prices could be reduced by 25-30%.”
=Hand out race packs before the race or do better at registration - an hour wait - not acceptable (good last year-what happened?
=No announcement of names of runners finishing
=Giving out awards = disorganized, announcing wrong nationalities, late, no age categories.
=Food pack - limited
=bananas in plastic? not good for runners
=gatorade-should be in cups-too much waste
= lots of toilets
=Excellent bag drop (big improvement)
=lots of water
“Overall the race was well done. However something should really be done about the bib collection. We waited 30 minutes in line and my pack was given to me open and without pins to attach the bib to my shirt. I waited until just before the start of the race for the organizers to find extra pins. This was a very stressful start. Also we found the quality of the shirts to be quite poor. Otherwise though everything went smoothly and we enjoyed the event. ”
“No Age Class - Awards - Ie Maters and Veterans
Results do not include age classes
This Event could be (should be) so Much better.”
“Great experience for my first. Beautiful weather and scenery. I really enjoyed it. ”
“I wish the route was more varied; back and forth on the Corniche gets old very quickly. Also, the race pack collection was hopelessly understaffed and disorganized, resulting in major delays. On the plus side, toilet facilities were very well done, and the shirts and medals were good (shirts show the date, medals show the distance). Volunteers were very friendly. ”
Edited on 13.01.2017
“Well managed event”