RAK Half Marathon 2015
300 people have rated this event.
“Fab time - Overall an enjoyable time.”
“Extremely well organized - Great energy, well planned, good parking facility, good track, great atmosphere, the gate at each KM is extremely motivating, excellent volunteering and facility for the runners (with drinks). Great tent post run as well. Keep it up...”
“A well managed and very safe event, well done - The only obvious improvement I would suggest is to arrange marshalling for cars leaving the car park back onto the main road after the event was completed, there were long queses mixing with local traffic all filtering into one set of lights that were running through their usual Friday morning timing. Causing some frustration for all and I witnessed one accident because of this.
Personally, I was too tired to be frustrated!”
“Great event - Well organized event, but very poor course. RAK has beautiful coast line, why would you not have this as a part of the course? thank you ”
“Great Event - Thank you for putting on another great race. Everything from start to finish was perfect and the clean showers, free towels and toiletries provided were such a treat too. Thanks to all of the volunteers as well. ”
“Another Great race - A small change in course was nice. Enjoyed the complete corniche”
“Start line priority could be improved - If I finished in the top 100 males overall how can I ensure a priority start next year. Also met other runners at the start line that ran 30 min 10 k but were only assigned mass start places. Yes it's net time but it helps not to have to pick your way past slower runnersd in the first 1-2 km.”
“One of the best organized events in the UAE - Only people who love running will know that all you want at the finish line is a towel, a banana and water!! I could go on about the ample parking, plenty toilets, excellent start organization, lovely flat course, speedy online results, fantastic race certifictae, etc. You guys are awesome. Well done, once again!! Loved the punctual start too. ”
“Well and smooth organised - Much more pleasant than the Dubai marathon....or is it just the 2nd half of that one that is most reminded. anyway, very smooth organization from the start off and also well organized water stations etc etc”
“Positive - Well organized, much better than dubai standard chartered, i like it. i will run again. appreciate often water stations. ”
“Great race for PB's and crowd support - .Only comment is that queue's at the end for results were long however these were well broadcast elsewhere.
Not clear whether photo's are available yet. will check emails.”
“Without doubt one of UAE's premier events. - This is the one event I will always attend so long as I remain in the UAE and in good health. The profile of the event continues to rise as it seems the organisers are ever so keen to get feedback from participants and make improvements wherever required.
One area where RAK half marathon seems to be lacking much vigour is at the "fun village". This year it was particularly quiet; some kind of anti-climax to what was otherwise a perfect half marathon.”
“Amazing Race - One of the best running events in the UAE! Keep it up”
“Good event!, - Good event!,”
“Very well organized. Will be back again next year - Very professionally organized race. Flat course which leads to a very fast time. More than adequate support stations especially near the end when runners most need the support. ”
“Great Event, Well Organised and Supported - Thanks - Really enjoyed the run, perfect temperature.
Thanks to all who made it happen, hope to be there for the next one. ”
“Excellent organisation. - 3 weeks prior I got a bottle of water and a banana, which i just physically could not eat after running 42km!
After RAK I received so much more: smiles, congratulations, banana, water, towel, energy drink and a Mars Bar!!! Loved it, coming back next year!”
“Great! - Hope next year there will be sweets on the 17th or 18 kilometer to boost the energy..”
“Shining light on the UAE calender! - Overall great event, setting a leading example in for pre-event organisation and many things were really outstanding such as race pack delivery, communications, race day organisation in RAK etc.
Only issue is the Abu Dhabi race bus needs to leave earlier or the driver needs more awareness of timing!!! Arriving at 06:50 is way too late for runners who have invested weeks of preparation into this race and could so easily have been avoided! Please look into this issue for next year, thanks!”
“Great event - could benefit of heat starts - Great event, love it every time i do it. only thing i would change, and recommend, is to have different starts. Elite and Mass is good, but would be even better if there were a couple more groups such as
'2 hours +'
its just a bit chaotic at the start, and affects results! not great when youre trying to get PB!”
“Good event but... - Although even is well organized and probably the best of UAE road races, the price is too high for a half-marathon. Unfair to require champion chip purchase. Would be nice if medal said the name/year of the race - not just the ribbon which is ugly. Not helpful to get SMS's with gross time splits...we care about net time.”
“Fantastic race - A very well organized race - great route, lots of water stations and nice finisher's mementos. ”
“Good job! - Gatorade stations a bit more disorganised this year - had to skip at 5k and even pour my own at 15k. Race transport was also dissappointing, arriving at the venue with 10 minutes to the start time!
Great course, well marked, fantastic medal and shirt. Well done!”
“Outstanding Half Marathon - At Finish Line volunteers we distributing the medals instead of honoring them.”
“Its a Great Event - RAK is my first ever Half Marathon which I ran in 2013, This has special place in all the events I have participated. Happy to go back every Year to RAK for the event”
“Awesome... - Only gross time was showing... That's the only bad thing...”
“Great event! - - It would be nice to have more supporters/music/bands along the course.
Overall great event, great run and I will do it for sure next year again.
“Great event- organisation could be better - I was very angry about the pasta party. I purchased 2 tickets at the time I registered but only 2 weeks prior to the event I got an e-mail, that the party takes part on Marjan Island wich is far away from the race village. As an international runner we would have to take a taxi there, so there would be additional costs. So we decided not to go there though we had tickets. If I knew that before I would not have bought tickets for the party!!! I feel a bit ripped off with this !!”
“Job well done - Great organisation”
“A great experience! - Really well organised and a lot of fun!”
“Great experience - Very well organized. Nothing much to add!”
“Excellent arrangement. - Ugly medal.
Photos were - in my case - poor quality (not a big issue for me though as i don't rate that service as important)
Somewhat boring course.”
“Well organized. - My friend didn't receive a towel at the end. ”
“Busses - I may have missed information which was clearly distributed, but it would have been helpful to know which hotels in RAK provided bus points to transport runners to and from the start line. ”
“Excelent - Wounder full i will wait for next year RAK marathon”
“Fantastic event to finish the season - Best event in the region.Love to participate every year.”
“Fantastic event - Great event, look forward to competing again! Well organized, excellent communication. Easy management of account and details online.
Premier timing did a great job. Need more photographers on course.
Bad: was provided wrong size shirt in race packet, there was no place to exchange or anyone to inform on race day before or after event to get correct size? The return bus would not make first return trip until 10:30. Ended up forfeiting ticket and just walking back”
“The best for walkers in the UAE - Very well organized, reasonable cut off time for walkers, hot clean showers at the end and an excuse to visit RAK :-)
Note: No water and Gatorade at the ups 10 k water station!”
“PERFECT EVENT.... - Absolutely flawless a very enjoyable race. Thank you”
“Good race worth trying - Good organisation with clear signage everywhere. Plenty of water stations with a nice selection of drinks. Plenty of helpers and supporters make it a fun and vocal race.
Good race. The photos were the main let down. For the second year in the row i wouldnt consider purchasing any.
Good live updates by the premier timing. Overall good fun and worth trying to new, and experienced runners.”
“Beautiful track - Great Run. Really nice event - Only issue I had was were to return the chip afterwards... I tried the baggage counter, they told me it was to be at the start/finish line. I went back there but the marshals would not allow me to re-enter the area and told me to keep my chip. Its now home with me in Muscat. ”
“Great event, great crowd, wonderful place - See you next year!”
“Very well organised and friendly event! - A fantastically well- organised event, which exceeded all my expectations. Plastic bottles were a good idea, as you can take them with you. The water stations were frequent and had lots of volunteers . A tad more shade at the end would have been good, but the showers were a great idea. So refreshing.
A fab event; I'll be back :)”
“Really well organised event - All great!”
“Great event and great organization - The RAK hm was super (again). Many thanks to all the volunteers. ”
“Great job! Would love less plastic bottles!! - I enjoyed the race, great energy and support. Surely there is a way to provide water to runners in disposable paper cups instead of the incredible amount of plastic bottles per runner. I drank at every station and am ashamed to say I threw away bottles that were not fully consumed. What a waste of resources. There has to be an alternative. Work on it for next year. Thanks for a great race.”
“A superb event - Well organized, highly enjoyable race.No hitches, great route, and lots of fun. The elite runners put on a good show and the other 3,000+ non-elite runners were of a benevolent spirit - encouraging and gentle. The commentary was detailed, upbeat and intelligent, the organizers had every aspect of the race covered. Not to mention the goodie bag, which was very generous. I highly recommend this event. It was a real treat being part of the fastest 1/2 marathon in the world. Thanks to the organisers”
“Great run and event. - Too many pre-race emails!
Race route could have been a little more scenic in somewhere like RAK.
Did not use photo service.”
“Optima - Excvellent job ! Pleas eocntinue this way ”
“Superb Organisation and a Chilled out event - The organisation of the whole event is excellent. The best I have experienced. The delivery of race packs, regular updates, the registration, organisation on the day, text msg timings. And its such a friendly event.
Special mentions to the water station volunteers, they were fantastic!”
“Pick up race pack in dubai - It ll be great to offer to pick up race pack in dubai for people who live there”
“Great event, very good organisation - It's my second RAK half marathon, and as last year I can say that I had a very enjoyable time throughout. Race packs were delivered in good time, and had plenty of freebies and info. Support stations are frequent, people are friendly and helpful.
My only criticism is that once the race was over and I left the initial support area (where you collect, medal, towel etc) there was no real way to go back and keep hydrated. Also, not enough places to sit and relax/stretch off! Otherwise, brilliant!!”
“Probably the best organized race I've run - Impeccable organization, despite brutal heat this time (my second shot at RAK). count me in for 2016 if I'm still in town!'. Please....use Styrofoam cups versus the colossal waste of water and unrecyclable plastic!!”
“Overall well organized - Next year, seeing as you already have all this other technology to record people's running times, maybe organizers can provide those registering with the option to PRINT OFF their bus tickets if travelling from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to the race. Since my package wasn't delivered to me in Doha, I paid for a bus ticket that I couldn't use because it was sitting in Ras Al Khaimah and I was staying in Dubai. If we had the option to print the bus ticket once purchased, that would have been helpful.”
“Excellent event - Very well run event with all functions professionally handled and a great spirit in the event”
“Decent organisation, but disappointing route - The course is pretty boring, it feels very much like the organisers are prioritising a fast flat course for world record attempts rather than a nice scenic route for non-elite participants. The route this year had a few times where there was a foul smell of sewage.
In addition, the medal was pretty disappointing compared to previous years, with no mention of the race name or year on the medal itself, only on the medal ribbon and a little "2015" metal piece that wasn't on the main medal itself”
“Really enjoyed the run - Online comunications and quality of the information was perfect. ”
“Thanks - Thanks to rak half marathon to let me join ”
“Great race again - Another great and well organised event - I calculated the distance as 21.4km but guess I must have been off the racing line? Shame really as was only 11 seconds over 2 hours, so would have been under if I'd have kept to the line. Temperature was unseasonal so I don't think there's any need to change the date or race start time. New style of medal is very good in my opinion. As others have said, need marshalling for car park exit as was really chaotic and slow. Otherwise, well done to all.”
“Great race - Try for next year the parking.. It was easy and helpful coming in but it was hell Going out(spent 40 minutes) to Reach the traffic light....”
“Brilliantly organised - Well done to the organisers and everyone involved.
The new route was an improvement because it eliminated the long out and back from previous years.
A small suggestion - how about our first names on our bibs?”
“Great event - Great event. the best in the region. ”
“Fantastic event - well done - For my first half marathon, I really enjoyed this event. Everything was well organised, we knew where to go and what to do. Everyone was really helpful and the race villiage entertained my hubby and daughter while I ran.”
“Excellent Event. Keep it up. - As above. Awesome event. Well organised. Keep up the excellent work. ”
“Fun day. Well-organized. - Enjoyed the day. Loved all the information emails. Loved having the pack delivered to my home.”
“The nicest distabce race in the UAE by far - Great race as usual and the new course was good , a little warmer than last year so maybe a 6.30 start would be better for slower runners like me ”
“Poshest event bathrooms ever!! - Great event as usual. Dearth of concessions stands for the spectators - a good morning for Carrefour no doubt. Simple route, with enthusiastic aid-station (and labourer) support. ”
“Very well organised - What I like about this was the positive & causal flow of constant communication. My only 4 suggestions:
1. Have smaller water cups @ the support stations thereby leading to lesser wastage - I guess all of us have to contribute a little more in this age of global warming.
2. Possibility of pre-poning this event to end January in anticipation of better weather.
3. Make sponges available @support-stations.
4. Race photographs to indicate the net-timings - this I feel is important too.”
“Great event, well organised and supported - I thought the event was fantastic. Really well organised and the timing and results service straight after the race was superb.
I loved the markers at every Km. Great to see so many volunteers, helpers and supporters. Nice to have so many water stations but would have been nice to have one or two more with energy drinks and maybe a banana station.
Not a very scenic course but an easy one to run.
Great event - will be back next year
“Great run - The run itself was well organised and started on time. My only criticism would relate to the organised transport from the finish to the hotels - we were told buses would run every 30 mins from 9am... I got on the bus at 9.25, expecting it to leave minutes later, but it didn't leave until almost 10. Apart from that little inconvenience, the race was well organised and all the staff/volunteers were very helpful.”
“Fantastic even and well ogranized - It would be nice to consider giving prices for GCC winners like UAEs.”
“Really enjoyed this new course. - Thank you for organising another great race. Definitely preferred the course this year.”
“A great race - Overall a great event. Well organised and operated it was I will join in again. Some of the water stations were a bit chaotic, but the volunteers were all smiling and enthusiastic which helped immensely.”
“What a great morning! - RAK half marathon is always a great organized event. From start to finish. ”
“More Scenic Route - Prefer a more scenic route having more beach and greenery. Running for an average of 2-2.5 hrs can get quite boring running through the city seeing buildings...”
“Well organised event! - From beginning to start, this was a well organised event. Communication was perfect, I was receiving emails with updates and important information, which helped me get to the race and run the race as well. The water stations were more than adequate and the mars bar, banana, towel and sports drink at the end was a special touch.
Keep up the good work!
“A HM not to be missed! World Class Organization! - Keep outperforming yourself every year! Simply put, hands down best organization down to every single detail in all UAE races. Just to name a few: free photo service, amazing unique medal, nice flat course, shower facilities, lots of parking in mall, numerous support stations, volunteers wearing hygienic gloves, UPS race pack delivery, SMS timing notification, certificate printing center, online video streaming, email communications.. A+ in all the above.
Keep up the good job! See you in 2016!”
“Every thing is perfect from registration till end - All is fine except my t Shirt is too big for me.. ”
“World class organization - I'd like to thank and applaud everyone who played a part in organizing this great event. You could really see the attention to detail and it was also great to feel that the Emirate of RAK has such a strong backing. I had a fantastic time, felt there was a great community, great energy about the event. Ideas for next year? Maybe a traffic cop to direct cars out of the parking? Well done once again and special thanks to all the Hungarians on the org team. Koszi a remek versenyt, nagyok vagytok!!!”
“Great Race to Run - Awesome Race , very good organization I enjoyed a lot.”
“Great event - Great event”
“Best event of the year - This event more than lived up to its normal high standards. The enthusisiam and organisation are second to none, and it was fantastic to start on time this year. One small suggestion is that it was a little confusing at the finish - I thought I was done only to see a sign saying "50 yards to go' which was a bit upsetting! Perhaps one clear finish (rather than lots with baloons etc) would be better.
Otherwise though, thanks very much to the organisers and I'll be back again next year. ”
“This one should not be missed - Its great. It was better organized than last year, started on time, great new course. Just a really great event to take part in. Only shame was the weather was unseasonable hot which probably made times a little slower but you cant blame anyone for that! Well done to the organizers.”
“Best Marathon participated so far ... - Truely an experience .. Many runs around have a lot of learning from RAK Half ...
Truely an amazing experience ...”
“Excellent event - One of the best half marathons. Keep it that way!”
“Fantastic Atmosphere - Had a great run. Enjoyed the course & crowd support.
“Lovely event, Look forward to coming back again - Awesome experience. Well managed. Keep it going.
“Awesome first Half! - Well done on a great event, although I found the last 5k hard as I could see the 18K mark when I entered the last U bend, shifted my head space badly!
Enjoyed and cant wait for next year”
“Very well organised - Very efficient. Especially liked the fact that the number of runners were around 3200 so there was no crowding unlike some other events. There was good communication from the organizers. ”
“Awesome experience in RAK! - More music along the course would be nice! ”
“Thank you for a great Run - Well done, let's do better with the buses next year!”
“Good work - Overall I liked the event. I think it was very well organized but this year medal was a bit "ugly". The photo service needs to be improved as the bib number recognition is not one of the best (I had a lot of photos from others tagged with my bib number when normally there is only one or two).
Keep up the good work.”
“Great atmosphere - Really nice event had loads for fun.”
“Great event, very well organised - Thanks for a super race. Really liked the markers every km. ”
“RAK - Really would like to see you get rid of all the plastic bottles and go to recycled cups. TOO much wasted!”
“Best event in uae - Best event in uae”
“A very well organised event - Post race parking and traffic should be managed better. otherwise, the event is a super hit.”
“One of the top races in the region - Impressed with the race support team, especially the ambulance support! Look forward to a repeat in 2016. ”
“Great Race! - Happy, content, great service and fun race!”
“Great race! - Overall the race was well organized and a great experience! However, there was a lot of water wasted on the course and the hot sun made it difficult for the last 6km. More water at the end would have been greatly appreciated. Thanks!”
“Enjoyable - Always a pleasant event and enjoyable to participate. Bagpipe band was a bit late this year as they arrived just before the start.”
“An excellent course.. - Course is fantastic, parking & rest room facilities - top notch
Loved the medal, the banana, mars chocolate and towel, very thoughtful
The only issue I had was with the heat and no shade along the way. I'm no elite or fast by any standard, hence I found it hard by the time I finished - around 9:13 am ”
“Great run, great experience! - 1st time to run the world's fastest half marathon! Nice place, great crowd, great sponsors..but no food :). A food pack should be great for racers (included in the fee!)
Overall - Great run!”
“Enjoyable - First half of the race was not as pleasant as the second because of the course. There was a strong sea smell which made it difficult to breath
Second half was beautiful and enjoyable
Logistics from the hotels were bad. Should have been better organized as nobody knew which buses were going to which hotel.”
“Too hot - It's a great race but too hot. It would be better if it were a month earlier or if it started even 30 minutes earlier. By 8am, it was +25C. Most runners weren't 1/2 way.”
“Well organized race. Fun to run. - Well organized race, correct time of the year. Fun to run. Great atmosphere and wonderful participants across all nationalities. A truly global feel”
“Great Race - The best organization,water,toilets,start time,etc.
The place where we run was a little bit boring,I would prefer to run close to the water or someplace more attractive”
“A well organised international event - Definitely looking forward to participating in this event again and again.”
“A wonderfull race - Breakfast can be included if possible.”
“A great 1st half marathon for me! - This event was well organized. It was so easy to park, the shopping centre was open to allow us to use the toilets and the race started on time. As this was my first half I was really impressed with the whole event and will be back next year. Well done RAK and to all the marshals, police and water station volunteers that helped to make it such a success.”
“Perfectly executed and fun event - A wonderful experience from start to finish!”
“Great event - It is one of fixtures of our running season here. The event is very well organized and supported. Definitely a worthwhile trip to this part of the world. ”
“Starting time - Good Morning,
Staring a bit earlier would be better if possible - I know lot people are coming from Dubai and other place.
Finishing between 9 and 10am become hooooots
The timing at the stgae were not woking
Have a nice day,”
“Was a good event - Was really well organized, communicated & planned. Highly recommended. ”
“Amazing Race - Very good event. Organisers did their job amazingly.
One of the best event i participated. Keep up this same....”
“Excellent - Good event well organised. loved it.”
“Excellent - Fantastic organization, kept updated on info regularly, very good event and always recommend it to friends.
Bit not enough space for family members/supporters to watch people coming through the end.”
“Excellent! - My only comment relates to the Gatorade in cups! Most of it ends up over your face when trying to drink out of a cup on the run! Other than that - excellent. Well done!”
“Nice event - I think the total distance was slightly more than 21.1 km.
There should be a prayer room at the race village (even if it is a small one).
Race start should be announce in a better way.
other than that, it was an amazing event”
“The most organised marathon I even join so far - I admire the organiser of RAK marathon for the smooth and hassle free event. everything was so organised from text messages reminders, run timing to the certificate collection. hope to run again next year.... kudos!”
“Great day out - Well organised & very enjoyable race! Dubai Marathon could learn from you. ”
“If you want a better race, go to Germany - Perfect but you guys forgot to switch the AC on”
“Excellent - It was excellent and good job done by organizers. Will look forward the same for upcoming events as well.. Keep it up..”
“Loved this race! - Had a great experience with this race. Was thankful for the FLUSH toilets along the course, support stations were great, well organized at start and finish. I wouldn't do the hotel-to-race bus again, that was too much of a hassle, next time I'll just drive myself to the start line.”
“Overall pretty good. - I didn't like men on the side of the course with grotesque smiles on their faces video taping women with their phones. And the lady at the RAK desk at the Doubletree on Marjan island was SUPER rude. Why have an info desk there when you can't get info. I had to rate photography but I haven't seen any...”
“Hot out there - Was a hot day, so I would've preferred a 6am start so that it would be cooler and we'd get to see the sunrise. The course is very flat and straight with long stretches where you get to see the elite runners passing you by. Lots og water stations and energy drinks around. Good race! ”
“Very good race - Start earlier”
“Very well organised . - I really enjoyed my run...the surroundings were awesome...very good arrangements with water stations at every 2.5 km ...I am trying to run in all countries..have done 13 till now...this was one of the Best ...”
“Very well organized! - Great atmosphere , organization and thank you for the many water stations and energy drinks along the way. Couldn't have survived the run if not for the drinks! The heat towards the end was unbearable!
“A+ - One of my best event in UAE ”
“This race continues to set the benchmark - This race continues to set the benchmark for all others to follow, not just regionally, but beyond.
Always a very well organised race, this year it surpassed it previous highs yet again.
Particularly impressive is the start line organisation, where the organisers really do manage to separate the Elite & Competitive start athletes from the mass start, giving everyone a great start experience”
“It was disappointed with the race route - I would suggest next year that the race route be changed to something more scenic and shadier !!”
“A must-do for every UAE runner. - Wonderful work by the entire team organizing this event as always. Many thanks to the volunteers who stood in the blazing sun giving out water / energy drinks. You guys are great.
Could you please consider starting the run at 6am? Some of us take over 2 hours and it gets pretty hot by then.
On the certificate, while you provide gross and net overall timings, the split timings printed are gross - can these be changed to net timings next time?
Overall good job people! Thanks”
“Super Organisation... - Great race this year and the change of scenery was most welcome. Water could have been colder towards the end of the race, it was very hot on Friday. Why not have an earlier start?
Communication prior to the race was excellent and the support stations along the route were well manned.
I struggle with every km being marked but that might be just me. I'm guessing it's an avenue of advertising for the organisers and sponsors.
Great event and I'll be back next year. Well done guys. ”
“A superbly run, brilliant event - Absolutely top drawer event, amazingly well run - thanks to all who work so hard on it. BUT...was the course longer this year? it was according to my GPS watch I wore last year, and at many other events! 500m longer than my last half! Anyway, other than that, superb....”
“Great race - I think you should have pacers it really helps runners to place themselves at the start and during the race. ”
“It was a great event overall - Race village could be improved”
“Thanks for your supports - I am 100% happy to join half rak marathon 2015”
“Really good - Came out with a personal best”
“A really professionally organised event - You nailed it. Show the Dubai marathon guys how to do it please”
“Great morning. Really enjoyed the run, but was hot - Fantastic morning. Really enjoyed running my first half marathon. Although the temperature at the end was HOT. Great organisation. ”
“A great experience - Thank to everyone who volunteered and made it such a great day. I appreciate all your efforts.”
“Superb event that keep getting better - From receiving the tee shirt and the race number six weeks before the event, to the clear directions pre and on race day, to the water, banana, Gatorade, Mars bar options at the finish line, The RAK Half marathon is such a faultless event. The athlete’s village and the towels provided with the excellent shower facilities were a bonus. Well done to the entire team for making this such a memorable morning. See you in 2016.”
“Fast course, friendly crowd, superb organisation - I was not impressed with the driver of the coach back from the race to the Irish village as he was driving rather aggressively (tailgating, honking like mad) rather than defensively. If he wanted to race, he had the opportunity at the event, but the bus journey should not turn into a race.”
“Very Well Organised - Great organization for everything and a really enjoyable morning”
“Great race, boring course - Pre-race communication was excellent. My only complaints are all the out and back roads on the course, I find this stifles motivation during the run because you realize you have to turn around at some point and run the same road again the other direction. Plus you see the same areas over and over, I'd prefer a big loop around RAK. The only other complaint was the post race bus. I was finished my 9, but the bus wouldn't depart until 10:40. I just walked back, waste of money for the bus ticket. ”
“Great professional must do race - Fantastic event which was well organized in every way. I loved the fact the race packs were delivered.
My only criticism would be the aid stations...it would have been nice to see flat coke/ coke and sponges at some of the stations.”
“Well Organised - Wonderful Experience - Very Well Organised
Tho Getting to the Location was a bit of a struggle
The Medical Support was Great - ALways visible at Hand ”
“A brilliant first half-marathon to run! - Had a great race at RAK Half Marathon! A huge thank you to the support stations, in particular, super organised and all the smiley faces were massively encouraging. Great medal (can't believe someone below complained about it!) and the course was really conducive to quick times - super pleased to get 1:56 for a first time!
Only tiny thing - not a cool morning and was hard to find water pre-start, maybe I just missed it?! ”
“Awesome Race! - Thoroughly enjoyed this race, I look forward to returning next year to better my time!”
“Well organized event - It was great that the event started on time this year. Congrats to that. After coming through the finishing line i could get water but upon leaving the finish area, i couldnt get any more. Would have been great to organize some sports clinics to offer massages. E.g. see Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon. Nice that you had shower facilities and towels etc.
There was too much pre-event notification for my taste. ”
“Stellar Event with one disappointment - A truly well organised and stellar which was almost ruined due to issue to race buses
Having stayed at the Double tree had research the pre-race buses as listed on RAK Facebook page, departs Double Tree at 05.45am. However when arrived at reception at 05.33am was informed bus had already left and was forced to take a tax!
The return bus was not in scheduled bus allocation slot of Nr.2, did not depart until Half an hour after departure time of 09.45am. Bus driver reply "I was for madam"”
“Excellent, well organized, superb communication! - Great event! Very well organized. Pre race communication was excellent. Enter my bib number in the photos to see why I rated the photos as not so great. Other than that this is the most organized event I have attended!
“Fantastic - Great organization - good value for money - the best”
“Better than previous years, but not other races - The overall organization was fine but there were a number of things that just didn't meet my expectations or could have been improved. Start time should be earlier to beat the heat. Race course could have chosen many more scenic streets (Khuzam Rd.??) Aid stations in other races give Gu, sponges, etc. and in Abu Dhabi, a free pass to Yas Waterworld afterwards. In RAK, you get a Mars bar & a free Costa coffee. Also photos are comical - 2 out of the 10 were actually me, the rest completely random!”
“Brilliant event, really well organised - What a great event. Well organised, great communications via email and social media leading up to the event, fab live SMS updates on race times, great timing details with time splits, pace, etc, awesome medal, quick, punctual and well organised bus transfers from and back to the hotel on race morning, plenty of clean toilets at the start/finish area. Really couldn't fault the race at all, keep up the fantastic work! Looking forward to next year!”
“Fantastic Event, perfectly organized ! - Well done organizers ! I've been running for 20 years now and this is by far the best organized event I've ever attended.
Any chance of having it in January when the temperatures are a bit cooler ?”
“Great flat race. Got my PB! - A station with gel packs would have been ideal. I also felt like I was wasting a full bottle of water only taking 2 sips and throwing it away. Paper cups might have been the better way to go. ”
“Great event... definitely will return next year! - Great weather. Simple yet well organized. Very convenient parking areas, i.e. only a short walking distance to the starting area. Nothing major to improve except maybe a wider starting area. For some reason, my timings were posted on my FB status to my disliking. There should have been an option to post of not post on FB. Giveaways are pretty basic. The pre-event communications are a little too much with ads that may be a bit irrelevant for some runners. Overall, I enjoyed the event!”
“Great day - The bus service needs improvement. Our bus was 20 min late, and I ended up walking to the start and beat the bus. After the race we got on the bus, and after waiting 20 minutes asked the driver when the bus would leave and he said 10:30 (it was 9:45) or when the bus was full. We walked home. Why can't they drop to multiple hotels? It would have been faster even if we were on the bus a bit longer.
Plus,If I had known the hotel was that close, I wouldn't have purchased the ticket to start with :)”
“Fantastic event! Even better than last year - I cant really fault this event. It is so well organised. The best running event in the UAE. Keep up the good work”
“Setting the bar for race organisation - Everything was spot on! Well done to the race organisers.”
“Nice scenery... - Nice route...”
“Much better course this year. - Very well organised. Much preferred this years course. Water stations were frequent at the end would have been great as once you passed the finish area you could not go back for more water. Overall really enjoyed the event. Thank you.”
“Excellent event - Well organised event. ”
“Great experience overall - Very well organized race. It made the whole process easier. Just a couple of small suggestions - an earlier start time would have lessened the heat and given the heat, more shade was needed at the finish and sponges during the last 5k would have really gone down a treat...”
“Needs more improvement - We can make the race course more fun and better. Also, we require more support after the race, support such as more water and Banana. They are not providing any more water, fruits, bread outside the track. We traveled outside RAK and we have to at least recover. More support from the organizers are required.”
“Good event but..... - A good simple course with some interesting bits, but:
If you provide buses from Abu Dhabi can they please get in more than five minutes before the start AND can we have a rest stop on the way back as it is a three hour journey?
If you make the logos on the t-shirts any smaller you won't be able to see them without assistance - maybe also add the year?
More energy drinks at the aid stations please
Overall a good event”
“Good course but a little long? - Liked swapping some of the distance to the corniche, much nicer. Great village as usual, and having the toilets on course. :-) The smaller water bottles were much better. Thanks to all the volunteers!”
“As every year a great 21.1k race - Nothing much to add. Every year a pleasure to participate in it although it is not my favorite course for a HM. Well organised event. ”
“Awesome as ever and gets better each year! - Having competed in the London Marathon and the Marathon des Sables to name a few, the organisation at the RAK Marathon truly is second to none with nothing left to chance. Massive congratulations to you Nathan and your amazing team. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year - Thank you for a great day :)”
“Well organised and enjoyable event - Earlier start around 6am would be great as we're aware it got too hot after 8am”
“An excellent event - A very well organised event in all aspects”
“Superb event - Excellently well organized race event!”
“Very, very good, Getting better every year. - Brilliant event. Love it.
Only point would be the route, which is not very attractive (but outside the organisers' control) and I am not a fan of the current medal but that is a matter of taste.
Well done Nathan and Team. Thanks for putting up a superb and very popular event. Wish more events were like this one.”
“Excellent race. Beautiful views. Great atmosphere - I enjoyed the race very much. The signage was great. Kilometer markings were excellent.... The only suggestion I want to make... Could you perhaps change the date, because all hotels are fully booked and a bit pricy due to the fact that it is Valentine's weekend. Just asking, otherwise, it was a fantastic race. I will definitely be there again next year. Inshallah”
“Best race in UAE - Great race!! Very Well organized! Thanks a lot, see you next year!”
“Great Run, I always enjoy this run. - The hiccups on the road with works slowed me down, wish the info came a bit earlier, wasn't able to check mail on Thursday and driving was tense.
May be the Run should be moved a week or two earlier with the change in the weather, got pretty warm after 8 am.
Thank you all who were part of organizing this event, I did enjoy though I wake before 4 am and drive from Dubai.
See you next year hopefully.”
“Great Really I had great time..... - Awesome,event was really well organised in a real professional manner.loved theevent very much.SMS system and faceboook bulletin really helped my family to know where I was and how I was doing.thank u RAK AND PREMIER for your wonderful job...thank you.....”
“Great event but wrong results - Everything related to this event is really good except one major issue. the chip time was showing the same time as the gross time even though we started a few minutes late so it's inaccurate and unfair considering that this gets recorded as it is. also there was way too much communication by email! ”
“Superb event - Everything perfect. One of the very best races in the UAE. Huge thankyou and well done to everyone in the organising team. ”
“Great day out - Dear Organizers,
I'm really glad that I decided to do the RAK Half Marathon. The pre race mails with all the necessary information were really useful. The day itself, on the spot! Great track and support with the refreshments, easy access to all services. Just a great day out. Well done to You! See you in 2016 ”
“Great event - Well done RAK marathon ”
“A very nice experience - Ambiance is so happy, there are many supporters and cheerers along the course, it helps a lot :) after race stuff is also good :)”
“AMAZING! - I really need to train a little, to really honour this event! Thank you, RAK Half Marathon for an extraordinary experience!”
“Very enjoyable race experience. - I said it all with the ratings!”
“Brilliant Organisation - Never disappoints, a well organised event.”
“A great race, and a new personal best! - Well organized and implemented run; good restroom/aid facilities; excellent water/drink stations and marshaling (thank you volunteers!). I hit 1:26 - awesome!
Excellent communication via text on time during/after race. Photos slow coming, and still not loaded 24 hrs after race... but I guess with multiple photos for almost 2000 people that shouldn't be a surprise!
Overall a great event, and I will attend again next year for my FOURTH RAK half... and try to cross the 1:25 mark next time!”
“Ever improving, but reaching the maximum every Yr - From the first edition, this race has become a good one and improving over the years when we think each year it is the best!
Congatulations to Nathan and the Team.
“My first 21km and definitely not the last - RAK is an almost perfect and highly organized event. All praises to organizers, sponsors and charity/volunteer-supporters. See you soon in 2016 for the 10th RAK half marathon.”
“Very well organized and fun race - Wonderful race marshals and aid stations along the way. Very friendly and professional. The only negative was that the timing clocks at the kilometer markings were not working (they were there but switched off), so it was only at the very end that runners saw how much time had elapsed... Overall a wonderful race and experience, and I will definitely be back next year!!”
“My first time with Rakrun, I loved it. - It was such a great event. I take part in other races but this race has just raised the standards in my mind. From the time I parked my car, to the race, to the post race, the baggage counter, to timing certificate and till I left the venue, it was brilliant! So thank you for that. ”
“Great walker friendly event - More shade available at finish would be great”
“Well organised - Very very well organized event, the change in the route was very helpful. The water stations were placed at convenient locations. ”
“Very professionally run - a slick operation - The new course is an improvement on last year.
I had some troubles getting the race pack from UPS due being away a lot - I would like the option to collect it myself from a centralised location (which I eventually did at the race office the day before the race)
No other issues - a good job!”
“Fabulous organisation. Outstanding. - A notch above any other local race. Gets better and better better. Fantastic”
“Near perfect - I think the race pack collection service could have stayed open later on Thursday evening.”
“Superb - I love this race, especially the revised course. Nathan and his team really show how a big event should be organised.”
“Excellent event - Race organization was perfect. Loads of pre-race detail, helpful maps and info, etc. The course was fantastic, at least it seemed to be, the one or two times I poked my head up to look around! Baggage drop, bathrooms, certificate printing, stalls - all added to a smooth and festive race experience. Perhaps a bit of help with exiting the parking lot could have helped, as it was a free-for-all. ”
“Brilliantly organised!! - By far, the best organised race I've participated in. Everything was in order. Every promised was fulfilled. Seamless execution; on time buses, on time start, ample water stations, event village right next to the start line. Decent showers. Superbly done guys!!”
“Organisation very experimented...congratulations! - The course is "ok". Not very exiting but It is good to run a easy flat course. I appreciated the part where we can see the mountains (18th km).”
“An excellently organised event - Please in the future make better provision for vehicle marshalling OUT of the car park after the event. It was chaotic to say the least getting out of the car park with no assistance from anyone, police included. I witnessed at least 2 fender benders and it took me longer to get out of the car park onto the road than it did to drive back to Dubai.
Otherwise I have no complaints about the race-well done!”
“Wonderfully managed event - Let down by the quality of the medal. No mention in the medal of the event or the year.”
“AMAZING - DID NOT RUN THIS THE LAST COUPLE YEARS....BUT OTHER THAN THE COURSE (WHICH YOU HAVE IMPROVED)....I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS EVENT.....I LOVED THE LOGO THIS YEAR AND MEDAL.....THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT BETTER WAS MY OWN TIME! THE SMS UPDATES WERE COOL...I AM SURE THE OTHER UPDATES USING TECHNOLOGY WERE IMPRESSIVE BUT I DID NOT USE THEM....BUT IN SUMMARY HATS OFF FOR A GREAT EVENT”
“The best event in town and beyond - RAK Half Marathon is a success year after year because of the dedication of the Organizing Team.
Everything is well taken care off.
Well done to all of you.
Perfection is your goal and you have achieved that once again.
“Excellent event, start could be better/ safer - Excellent event well organised just a couple of items.
1. Hotel coach had no number, driver didnt know &went wrong way when arrived at start.
2. Race start. suggest a wider initial area with estimated finishing times on flags so faster runners get infront of slower runners to stop the risk if falling over them as they run so much slower. Within 500mtr of start several runners had started to walk. which in middle of a crowd was dangerous. if they were further back would be safer for everyone. ”
“All good - Enjoyed it , thanks to all the support staff !”
“Perfect race - Great race. Perfect Organization.”
“Love the changes of the route - Great event, can't think of anything to fault it. Love the changes to the route. Well done Nathan and team.”
“It was an amazinf experience - It far surpassed my expectations. Everything was on point and the fact that the numbers participating were manageable made the whole experience just so much better. ”
“Class event, class organisation - Big thanks and congratulations to all those involved in putting this race together....you left no stone unturned, and went the extra mile in making this a great event for runners. You put the Dubai Marathon / 10k to embarrassing shame - please can you take over the organisation of that event. Any chance that the race could start, say 30 minutes, earlier?....it was getting very hot out there!”
“Well done! Great Event. - 99 from 100. I guess the race photos should be free. Please think about that.”
“Wonderful event - Great event - loved the new route :-) well done team!
“Another great RAK Half Marathon - Well done! ”
“Very well organized - Very well organized, great support. Maybe start earlier”
“Fantastic experience - The second time I have run this race and I loved every minute of it. Excellent organisation, great sportsmanship all around. People are there to really enjoy running. Thanks for putting on this event. As long as I live here, this will be my most anticipated run.”
“The rak half marathon is better organize. - I appreciate the rak half marathon for it was well organize from start to finish. It is much much more better than Dubai standard chartered marathon which I join also last January. I hope the to come back again next year. More power rak half marathon. ”
“Greatly improved course - All was good. other than weather wanting to get hot so early in the year. a shaded area for the finishers would be nice when it's so hot. had to escape to the car shaded area so i don't pass out.
maybe Dole could be persuaded to join support stations with some watermelon and bananas, as they have at events in Dubai this season. Now rant: please do something about the 'exiting the parking after race' situation. it took an hour to get out. complete gridlock! some marshaling would seriously help. ”
“Love the new course! - Well done to Nathan and his team for putting on a fantastic half marathon event. Hands down, it's the most organised race in this region. With only 9 years of organising this race, you've perfected the finer details. You must be proud. Thank you for putting this race on for us, the runners and acknowledging the locally based runners and not just the elites, dubai marathon take note! I really liked the new course, please don't change it. See you in 2016!”
“The best organisation for a running event in UAE - You guys are awesome! Please teach Dubai Marathon organisers how to do it. The attention to detail is fantastic and the speed of race results. ..fantastic. quite simply, a beautifully crafted and organised and delivered experience. Well done!!”
“This is my favourite half-marathon - Thank you for organising such a fantastic event. Everything well taken care of, a brilliant route, seamless logistics. And you also started on time. I love the RAK Half Marathon. I always get my PBs with you.