Diadora Palm Jumeirah 10km Tunnel Run 2016
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96 people have rated this event.
“The distance was significantly longer than 10 km, the most basic requirement of a 10k race. Taking monorail back and forth was needless hassle - simpler to start and finish at same spot. There was no stock of correct t-shirt sizes at finish and the sizes ran smaller. Awards ceremony was a few minutes before last indicated monorail departure so most people left, resulting in empty podiums. Plus unconstructive approach to resolving issues.”
“Everything was prepared excellently from marshals at the Monorail car park to the administration of the event on the day. Well done to the organizers - if I was to point out one area for improvement, the collection of the race packs could be from a more central location but other than that, fantastic.”
“Things that weren't so good.. (1) Race pack collection was a disaster, I can't recall what the place was even called but it was impossible to find, more effort should have been made to have the location more central, (2) the start line was a bit congested, though admittedly there's not much else you could have done on that Boardwalk, (3) the signage was poor - did you mark every km?? If so.. It wasn't very clear, (4) tshirts were a disaster.. Why ask for size if you don't keep that sHirt??”
“I didn't enjoy so much the circuit , No muchtmuch to See .”
“I liked the low key atmosphere at the beginning, and enjoyed the not so crowed start, and he goody bag before with the wrist band for the water park after were fabulous (I would confidently say it is the bed I had so far) as well as the finisher t-shirt, the only thing which was not so great is: no bananas nor fruit at the finishing line. Another really nice touch the name on the bib!! ”
“This event proves that Andy and the race-me guys know what they are doing. we all know that parking in the palm is a night mare unless you are a resident. Putting an event with a 600 runners all arriving with cars and taxis could have created a chaos if parking was not smartly organised. Parking at the monorail car park and using it to/from the start/finish line was a great idea.
The course is very nice, safe and a bit challenging with the 3 ramps. A t-shirt,medal,visor and a towel was a bonus ”
Edited on 28.11.2016
“Distance not well balance, last 2 kms = almost 2,5 kms”
“Great job. Perfect timing weather-wise. ”
“Race pack collection during rush hours was not an easy job.
Course can easily be more interesting(adding a few kilometers of palm route along the sea view will eliminate the boring part of the race. Try to be more accurate by cutting this 300 extra meters.”
“Collection of event pack is far”
“Another great event from Race ME in the location with the start at The Atlantis and transport there provided by the Monorail. The downside was the final 1k or should I say 1.4k.
Fortunately I was not racing as I would have been highly disappointed . Towards the end there was a tricky access slope to negotiate which meant losing precious time, followed by the spongy track and a mismeasured distance for the finish. The goody bag was great however and with some improvements I'll be back!
“Awesome weather and scenic rout of run. Well organized. Enjoyed.
Refreshment after race is not satisfactory. ”
Edited on 28.11.2016
“To explain why my rating on race pack collection and timing is not good:
- for race pack collection please try to find a more central location or allow the pick up for all (also Dubai city residents) right before the race
- for timing I do not understand why you rate according to brut times instead of net times, but it seems to be common in Dubai, as it was the same in other races I participated. I don't like it because brut times include the time for qeuing and it's not the real running time.”
“Congrats to the organizer and see you on next event.”
“More accessible pick up point of race pack
“Why was the collection point for the race numbers so far away from the event and the collection times meant rush hour traffic ”
Edited on 29.11.2016
“The location where to get the race pack is a little bit far. I suggest to have more location areas for event pack collection. THANK YOU to the 2016 Diadora Jumeirah Palm Tunnel Run Team. The experience is priceless. The course/place of the run is beautiful. I also appreciate the marshalls who cheered during the run. They push you to go! The participants are also well informed and updated. I also appreciate our name written on our race number. This helps us know other runners. I run happy! ”
“Louder speaker on the starting point.”
“Race pack collection was a hassle, far away and only very limited time window that you can collect it.
The race was well organised and good. Nice goody bag. Only the after race facilities could use some improvements. Some fruit/food specifically would be great.”
“The goody bags pick up was in a very inconvenient place and during bad time.”
“Well organized event. I hope the race pack collection will be near next time.”
“As usual, Race.ME have organised a great event and made it all very easy and straight forward with the logistics to/from the event, the information and race pack collection and the run itself.”
“Good organisation from monorail to collection of bags & cheerful marshalls. Good route but I think it was closer to 11km ”
“One comment is about the distance. Was it really 10 k or a little more? ( makes a difference to those of us looking to better our PB's) most gps clocked it at 10.4, I think the announcement was that it was 10.295.
Getting the overall winner wrong seems to be a fairly big goof up! Still not sure who won since there seems to be a discrepancy on the official winners list as well as the ones who stood on the podium
Race pack pickup location and time was very inconvenient
“Thank you and looking forward for more events”
Edited on 27.11.2016
“Overall a very good Organisation! Thank you :-)
Improvments would be:
- Race Pack pick-up Location better reachable
- Distance either 10,0km or announce that's 10,4km
- Something small to eat after the Finish Line
“Race pack pick-up was far and difficult. It could have been situated at an accessible area within Dubai city limits. There was a late notice of an on-site pick-up of race packs (which could have been the best option for everyone). Mandatory monorail is quite expensive and nobody was inspecting the post-race tickets. Was there any post-refreshment? At least a banana or orange station would be great.”
“Lookfoward to next run , hopefully, the race pack collection is at a place convenient....the safa community school was not easy place to reach ...”
“I thought the race was really cool and unique. The morning weather was amazing... until you entered the tunnel. Then it became hot and smelly without any air flow.
The running population was great, strong runners who really pushed me to get a good time.
The packet collection place was not the best; it was dark, hard to locate and in prime-traffic time.
Overall, great first time event, I will join next year!”
“Great communication and clear instructions before the race made the event run very smoothly. It was a great track and the staff were very well informed and helpful. I do believe that it was about 300m more than 10km, but that could be due to the tunnel and the long que at the starting line. All and all a very enjoyable event!”
“The event as such was very well organized. I was just disappointed about the fact that the volunteers were not instructed very well. E.g. nobody was able to show me washrooms at the start (I had to search them together with other participants) or nobody was able to direct me to the monorail station or race bags collection at the finish. Otherwise it was an amazing experience and I thank you very much!”
“That was very well organize and to be part of the Inaugural Run for DIADORA TUNNEL RUN was pretty amazing, we are excited for the next run.”
“Very well organized event. Easy Race Pack collection for out-of-towners. Could get better notifications for race times as well as access to photos. Great goodie bag!”
“Brilliant event run by Andy and his team. The amount of effort RACE ME are putting in to bring us all the opportunity to run courses that were previously not a reality is showing immensely. Great job guys!!!”
“This is one of the most organized races I have participated in. No small feat considering it was a first time event. Well done!
Not sure where to find my timing results online. Shirt size was a little small.”
“Some of the communications prior to the event were a little bit unclear, however that is the only slight complaint that I have, everything else was great. The event had a very nice atmosphere of general enjoyment and had a pleasant balance between including everyone who just wanted to have a good time whilst allowing the really serious athletes to get on with the race. Overall the I would say that it is the enjoyable 10k event that I've ever run.”
“Only problem was the kit pick-up as it was limited to one location and the same time for 4 days. Can it be more flexible next time and have 2 locations and 2 different times?”
“Great race in an iconic location. Well organized with a good vibe. Volunteers were fun and energetic. The technical route made a nice change and a few small hills challenged the legs and lungs. I hope this becomes a regular feature in the calendar.”
“Great event and I hope to participate again next year. the only thing I would suggest to improve is the location of the race pack. It should be somewhere more centralized and accessible to everyone.”
“The start line on the boardwalk near Aquaventure was well divided as per run time. Route marshals, aid stations and good signage made it a smooth run. Running through the Palm tunnel and an underpass, then over a bridge wand under it was a fun and safe experience as the road was closed to traffic. The last 2.5km on the running track of Ittehad Park was the best part. Medals and t-shirts for finishers were both good. Overall, a good experience.”
“Excellent organisation and a different course to the norm. ”
“Excellent carpark marshalls with electronic wands, so you would know where to go in the carpark. Helpful staff all along the route. Very well organised. Good to have drop off and pick up bag service.”
“Good communications prior to the event, race pack collection went with ease. What I liked most was the route. Though it was actually more than 10km, the route was both enjoyable and challenging, with the tunnel and a few uphills. Overall, the event was well organized and was fun.”
“Bravo to everyone involve. ”
“Really enjoyed the run, it was a little longer than 10k but nice mix of surfaces and a few small hills thrown in for variety. Excellent organisation! Only gripe was the water at the stations is impossible to drink without stopping if served in cups. Bottles are much easier to drink from on the move.”
“As usual with Raceme, flawless organization. ”
“Great organization, lovely running companions.”
“My WAZE app took me straight to the monorail and there waiting was a plethora of volunteers. Super start.
Start was good, no blockages.
Hills were a surprise but added to make the race a challenge. You can do flat all over Dubai.
The distance was a bit long but better than short.
Overall. A great job. Well done. ”
“Everything was well organised just the Tshirts were all too small the xxl being equivalent to a normal large !!”
“Still waiting to see posted results”
“Very well organised event. I liked the enthusiastic vibe, although the 10th km turned out to be very discouraging. While I understand it was difficult to place the finish gate exactly on the 10 km mark, the organisers could have moved the start line a few hundred meters forward to make it closer to the exact 10km point. Most of us are there to beat our own records, big or small...
And race pack collection between 5 and 7.30 pm... for me it was standing in the traffic with two kids in my car...
“On the whole it was a great event, and well organised - including the monorail and all the support from volunteers. A couple of things to think about for next time. Racepack pick-up was horrible - sending people up rush hour Hessa St into a badly lit maze of a building site. Briefing was heard by about 5% of the runners. Next time bunch up the runners at the start so that more people can hear it. Oh, and better measurement of the distance please. But still enjoyed the event very much!”
“Fantastic event that was perfectly managed. Course was great and hopefully this event will become a mainstay in the Dubai race calendar. Only point of mention is the race pack location & timings being in the middle of peak rush hour traffic. Would definitely recommend this event to anybody if it comes back next year.”
“Overall organization well done. Two areas for improvement: accurate distance measurement (i think the course was 10.35k) and pick up location of race bag. Personally I think this race can be really attractive for runners as its done on an iconic landmark. A big thank you to all the volunteers and marshals. ”
“The event was well organized and support/event staff very cordial and friendly. Enjoyed the route and marshaling of the event. ”
“Very good event from start to finish , not the easiest place to hold an event and there's been a lot of thought over the logistics and a lot of effort put in. Great organisation and good atmosphere , hats off to Race ME.”
“Marshalling from parking to end was excellent. But the course distance marking was good up until around 8 km. It was matching with my GPS watch , but from then onwards it was disappointing. I ran around 300 plus meter more than 10 km. This was same for my friend as well. For a serious runner 300 meter makes a big difference. This was my only disappointment in this race. Otherwise everything else was very well organised. ”
“I enjoyed running through one of the city icon of Dubai”
“Race Pack Collection point was far from the region in which the event/race took place. The school's location and the experience driving there was very bad.”
“Loved this event. Location, organization etc, It was brilliant. Please make this a recurring event. It will grow as the word spreads and eventually be one of the bigger 10km races in the events calendar. At least I hope so, that it becomes even more popular than ever.”
“You should have open the mid station of the train in the morning, I live on the palm and it would have been helpful if I could have avoid running an extra 3 km. collection at the saga community school was a bit of a nightmare too. The traffic to get there is quite mad and finding th school was somehow a real miracle, I turned round for about 20mn about to give up when miraculously I saw a dusty road and it was there!!!
Beyond that the event was excellent and great volunteers! Thanks”
“Great race on a nice track. The organization of the start line could have been better, I hardly noticed that the race is on.”
“This was a terrific event and an amazing course. The tunnel was fun and challenging. Overall the event was extremely well organized from parking to finish. The tram availability was very helpful and eliminated traffic and parking problems.
Packet pickup was easy but the location was somewhat difficult to get in and out of due to construction and the timings were limiting but not too bad.
The volunteers that were doing traffic control, route marshaling, bag drop were amazing! Thank you!”
“I race regularly in Dubai and was greatly impressed with the start/finish organisation and the course itself but hugely disappointed that the course was longer than 10K. I work hard on my time so it matters to me, and a couple of hundred meters especially at the end of the race is not a trifle. Does one actually know how long the course was? ”
“Uphills. Your timing & distance is not correct. We ran 10.37 km. ”
“This was my first 10km, so I don't have much to go by, but this was a great race! I thought the day went super smoothly and the setting and course was brilliant. (The extra 500m was not such a nice surprise though...). The use of the monorail was really nice and having so much free parking (at the station) was great. The marshals were so friendly and supportive, so motivating-thank you!
Thank you for a great race- PLEASE do it again!”
“A great event. Easy registration process and good communication. Pack pickup could have been at a more central location and bag drop-off closer to the start line. The course was great with a few little hills. Support crew was very friendly and helpful. Nice finisher shirt and medal. Presentations were a bit late.
Overall a successful race that could do with a few minor improvements.”
Edited on 25.11.2016
The crazy long, black and white masses of text emails - not succinct at all
Conflicting email msgs
Annoyed to read in the final pre-race email to find that i COULD pick up my race pack on day.
Same with the monorail tickt. Could have bought on day n brng friends to support. Emails made it seem it wd b imposbl to park. so I went alone.
It was so hard for me to go after wrk in rush hour to the schl in middle of nowhere!
Pls send GPS pin for parking nxt time. ”
“Great event, only conplaints were the signage, there should be more from main rd till towards monotail parking, very detailed signage as many people were wasting time just searching.
But thr event and staff were great. ”
“Very well run event, good course, great support plan (parking, rail, etc.)
Two minor comments / issues:
- no matter to me, but factually, the course was a bit longer than 10K.
- I was able to find parking, but in the future, I would recommend adding Lat/Long to the parking lot...would have saved me about 15 minutes of time locating it.
Great race - Thanks! Very well done!
- more event giveaways than expected
- shirts seem to run a bit smaller than standard/usual
- great course!