IGNITEDXB HATTA HILLS RUN 2018: 2.5k, 5k, 10k, 21k
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44 people have rated this event.
“One of my favorite events in the region. Very well organized with a good race village setup. I love the ever changing terrain which keeps the course interesting. ”
“Be better if medals or at least the ribbons showed which event.
Like more photographers on route.
Brilliant thought, thanks”
“Loved everything about this event. Really well organised, great route. Wonderful!”
“The 21k Hatta Hills Run is certainly one of my favorites in the UAE. No doubt it is a lock in my yearly running calendar!”
“Apart from the 5k and 2.5k start line, everything was amazing”
“Hey Guys! Great event there. Only thing I found very inconvenient was that the water stations had the peel off water cups which you can not drink while running. It's easier to be drinking off a bottle than that. Please look into this the next time.
“Lack of electrolytes station for half marathon knowing its in march uphill half marathon there should have been more electrolytes station.
limited toilets everyone had to wait in a long queue, there should have been more toilets
breakfast & drink was cheap they should work on it.
Medal is just okay.”
“My friends and I enjoyed running in a spectacular scenery in Hatta. This ain't easy due to the challenging hills, nevertheless it was a truly majestic and spectacular experience that I am extremely proud of finishing. I must mention the organizers are very approachable. Very well organized event. Congrats to All the participants and organizers. ”
“Overall a really fun event. Loved the atmosphere! My only suggestions would be to start a bit earlier as it does get hot, and perhaps pick a different cut for the ladies shirt. It’s a bit boxy/short. No big deal, though. ”
“Not happy that I did the 5k and recieved a 2.5k medal as I was slow- you know how many people have registered for each event so be prepared. Starting time too late and it was very hot- only one water station after a very tough climb.”
“No comment really but big thanks and appreciation for all the organizers ”
“Great race from start to finish.
Also very nice that the Hatta Fort Hotel was involved and the special rates provided so the whole family could be part of the experience.
Will certainly be back next year!”
“I thought it was a great event, really enjoyed it. ”
“Start times should be a bit earlier. Alternative accommodations like home stays or camping should be available so the participants won’t have to wake up really early and drive for almost 2 hours to the venue.”
“I would prefer more rocks/trial running instead of all road.. it was very tough due to the floor material... anyways it was a very good challenge and very well organized. The real km, good food at finish line, water all the time and people chearing up. It was very nice! Thanks!!! :) ”
“Well organized run, interesting route, recommended. Nice to go 'off road'. I did the 10k. Suggestions for improvement — more of the course 'off road' and a nicer shirt. ”
“Thanks to the organisers for putting on a great event. Just a couple of points: Cars/buses should be stopped from driving into the finish area after the race has started, I was weaving around cars and even a bus! Not ideal when you are sprinting to the finish. The course was short, most of us recorded 20.5k.”
“A great race and a nice change of scenery. Well supported by the hotel and plenty of enthusiastic volunteers out on the route. The 21.1 was a little short, but was also significantly less hilly than I expected. I think I read approx 450m climbing in some pre-race stuff, but only clocked half that on the day. Would love a really hilly race. Still, great event and I will be coming back with friends and family next time. Nice touch doing a full batch of AG awards.”
“Well managed and beautiful scenic route”
“Minor criticism: Parking control not quite as organised as it might have been. ”
“Well organised inclusive event for all, great venue and definitely one to do again.”
“A tough but enjoyable race. I did not find the route boring to be honest. Unfortunately, my chip was defective as it did not register my finish time/splits but the timing support helped me sort out my overall ranking/finish time. Overall a great race but I wish the start and finish lines can be sorted out so that one does not have to zigzag through cars and people leaving the site on the way to the finish line. Medals look boring and appear the same each year.”
“Loved this event. Love the colour coded medals. Thank you everyone involved ”
“Result could have puplshed in premier online and corrected T-shirt size didn’t get though I mentioned in the registration ”
“Overall a good event, the start being moved for the 5km to a parking lot a bit further down was not ideal. Nice course and well managed, would do again next year ”
“Worth it to experience it for the 2nd time..Over all is so good..Will definitely join and refer it to others...”
“The lack of a bag drop at the start was bizarre. The on course marshalling was not the best. Generally the experience could have been improved by better sign posting. I would however definitely do the run again as the course takes in some stunning natural scenery. ”
“Hatta is an amazing place with amazing scenery.. I don't understand why we did 90% of the race on the road rather than off-road into Pools and trails.. A bit boring.”
“Beautiful race! Great vibe, music, Marshals, etc.
A few points:
Suggestions should be made to runners regarding the accommodation as it is limited. We emailed the organizers but did not get a response until a week later. We did get a booking at Hatta fort but many did not. Suggestions on alternatives (Arabian resorts, camping etc) would be helpful.
Cones on the centerline to stop the cars coming into the running lane.
Paper bags instead of plastic containers for the finish food packs.”