Zayed Marathon 5K & 10K Run 2015
92 people have rated this event.
“Awsome location perfect organization - One of the best races, I went with my wife (her first run after suffered lung transplant) staff was very helpful and kind, no crowded and perfect organization. The lap on the F1 circuit amazing.”
“Fun event - Entertainment on the course were such a good idea. More water stations would have been better as it was too hot and humid. Fun event and would participate again for sure.”
“Great run - Thank you to all for a great well organised run”
“Enjoyable race - This was a very well organised event. Since it was an afternoon/evening event, it was very warm and sunny at the time of the 3K race which I participated in. It cooled down a lot by the evening so I am sure the 10K participants must have had a more comfortable run. I look forward to participating again next year and would highly recommend this event to everyone. ”
“Water - Could have done with water available around the start for participants. Other than that it was fine. ”
“Wonderful experience! - Great event!!”
“More cold water pre start run. - Overall had a great run. This is my first 10k ever. A little difficult to figure out where to go for race pack pick up and further instructions. Water only available at finish line. No ice cold water for people that are used to drinking cold water instead of hot/luke warm water. Would like to find and view drone pics and videos on 1 website to share with friends and family. ”
“Nice event with a few minor problems - A good fun event. I liked the musical acts along the course, which brought a smile to my face.
I thought the event shirts were of poor quality. I didn't even take mine.
Would have been nice to complete a full lap of the track.”
“Very enjoyable, relaxing, evening 10km fun-run - 1800 hrs start was perfect timing. Even though it is only March, starting any earlier would have probably caused me heat exhaustion. I am a 'walk-runner' but predominantly walked it due to lack of preparation / zero training. There were several Walkers so that was lovely. Very nice marshals!”
“Great run - Excellent participation of runners, men, women, children, was very nice saw the people with special abilities in the bikes”
“A great family afternoon out - We went with a few other families. Everyone had a great day out and it couldn't be faulted. Thanks to everyone involved.”
“The event was Good - Average event was good..
They can improve the organization and water available”
“Through my friends in Seha - Being my second time, Premier online did not inform me about this event by email. My friend works in Seha they received information and one of them told me.
On Oct.10th, 2014, I participated in 10K run. Many categories were awarded: Professionals, bellow 60 years runners, above 60 years runners, Children runners. I stood second in age group.
In Zayed marathon only professionals were awarded. I was expecting to win in age category but there was no award.
No more comment.”
“All my family competed on all 4 races, great! - The t-shirt had a great stamp but not good material to use for training.
Thank you for organizing it! Great fun!”
“Its fun and good for Us expat - If it possible make 15 K.And must start this 10 k early..im tired waiting for our turn..i Arrived the 2pm.unfortunitely 10 k started fast 6pm”
“From friends - Very nice thank you”
“Great even great atmosphere - I love UAE”
“Very long afternoon - 10k run started too late, esp. for saturday race, also half against the sun, half already after sunset, the timing should be adjusted next time for better convenience of runners.
Athlete village had poor entertainment, too loud music by the registration/pack collection corner (where people talk to get the bib), t-shirt corner not signed properly. Not enough of refreshments, nowhere to buy just a bottle of water.”
“Good race! - Early morning start time for the race would be better than the afternoon start time due to the hot temperature.”
“11 - Limited availability to get water before the event. Further a great event and will definitely come back”
“Fun - The event was fun. I was discouraged at a point when I saw the 5k runners all looking wet and very tired, and thought I couldn't do it. Big thanks to two Kenyans and a lady I made friends with..they encouraged me, and told me I can do it, and I did.
I loved the music and the mascots on the track, very relaxing. I also appreciated the encouragement from participants while we ran. The guys at the bag drop area were awesome.
The Zumba before the race was fun..more of that please. Thanks!”
“Nice run specially the 10k during the evening time - Nice route, specially the 10km on the YAS circuit at night. Good marshals & volunteers, the only negative point is the shirt size, specially for the 10k that came later during the day nothing is available except in XL and 2XL, how hard is to order/give away only the correct sizes as already mentioned on our accounts on premier online. Event giveaways also poor, the SEHA stand stopped the giveaways as the 10k runners arrived (with lots of hats & bottles still available with the staff taking all).”
“A Great Run - It was an amazing run. But, where's the bread, banana, apple (fruits) after the run (finish line)?”
“Great well organised event. - This is one of the races that I really enjoy. It's well organised, it's got great entertainment with lots of signage, info and helpful smiling staff when you need it. The only down fall would be that the medal was disappointing for such a great well organised event. If you compare this event to let's say the RAK half marathon which I feel was on par in terms of organisation. The medal and race pack inclusions were unfortunately not. Please include a half marathon next year with a decent medal!”
“Great run, better info sharing needed - We came at 13:00 to be told 10k race is at 18:00 so we had to wait for additional 4 hours. We even received an email at 15:08 to rate our 10k run, which means it was not onky us who thought run was at 14:00. With all respect to this great run, but there is only one race that deserve to be called marathon, and it is 42195 m run
“Excellent - Excellent event, On the spot registration also motivate athletes, nice music was heard while running in the track, thanks to organizers and athletes. ”
“Good race but bad organization - Bad organization. Prior the 10k run I felt thirsty . Asked for water .could not get.
During the race the distance markers confusing
No juice. No fruits not enough water.
Organizers greedy however I will participate for the sport's spirit And mainly for the cause , I will participate next event. Bye”
“Great race...thank you - Hi I really enjoyed this event, I love the medal...
Thank you for organising it....
“A dream come true - I enjoyed the event as it was well run and gave something to everyone. I would participate again. An iconic venue with great entertainment and organisation. ”
“A reasonable event on a hot Saturday afternoon - Hard work on such a warm evening. The km markers didn't seem correctly spaced out. I also felt sorry for the winners of the earlier races that had to wait hours for the awards ceremony for their event and also half of the 10k runners were still running whilst the awards were given out!”
“5k run at 4:30PM is too hot (36-38c) - Weather is too hot at afternoon run, not enough water station support. I did ask one of staff for water bottle just before the run but he refuse to give it and said after the run only. I near to collapse in the heat. I hope if next year, event happen in Feb then may consider to join it. If in march, it is no way.”
“Nice atmosphere, nice 10K - Liked the race in general, but some confusion about start time was not great.
I think many participants where confused about actual start times. On PremierOnline start time was stated as 2pm, while the 10K race started only by 6pm.
The description on PO should have been more clear. But nice to have the F1 race track as course. Thx 4 mascots/singer on course. Great race village set up & a great way to be healthy & be active for everyone. Thanks for the cake at the end. Will there be pictures? ”
“Event Giveaways are not as promised - Overall the even was awesome, nice track, nice medal, but the giveaways suck! The shirt size that I registered was not available at the collection table! I don't believe it is hard to actually count and consider some contingency on the promised shirts with the right sizes!”
“I found from face book - It was very amazing and interesting .I have never seen such kinds of coordination ,clean and attractive racing field finally I would like say thank u .keep it up.”
“Great Event, HOT day - Really fun event overall. The festivities provided were wonderful, especially having so much children's entertainment! The location/course was great. It was pretty easy to figure out bib pick up and everything else. Since it was an afternoon race, and the hottest time of day, it would have been nice to have somewhere to get water closer to the start area. One the same note, it was a very hot race - maybe schedule it earlier/later next time. Overall, a lot of fun! ”
“Overall good effort - Maybe 5k should have started later due to heat”
“Good Race - Could be conducted late in evening to avoid high humidity and temperature.”
“Great course and loved the live nusic - Great atmosphere. Could have done with a later start for the 10K, i.e. 7pm instead of 6pm. Great evening of running for all.”
“Good venue + great entertainment - Good venue and challenging course. Although I ran the 10 km race (and by then the weather was considerably cooler), the 3 km and 5 km race timings were not great - too hot and too sunny. Overall, good event with great support and entertainment. Perhaps consider changing the name of the event to Zayed Run (or Race) rather than "Marathon" - which is misleading, as marathon denotes a distinct distance of 42.2 km. Also consider having different coloured ribbons for medals for different distances.”
“Great event - shame about timing - This really was a great event, well organised, with good entertainment, access and preparation.
Only two comments for improvement:
1. Please make it explicitly clear when each race will start. As instructed we turned up at 14.30 to collect our entries, but the 10km race didn't get off until 18.05! Not good sitting in the sun that long, just waiting for 3 1/2 hours!
2nd ... no changing facilities so had to change in temporary toilets. Not ideal at all.
Rest was great!
“Great event - Needed a third water station.
T-Shirt is nice but would have been good to be a sports shirt instead of a cotton shirt.”
“Fantastic event but minor improvements required - Positives: Venue was great, Fun for whole family, Marshalling was good, Organised in a professional way, I liked the medal.
Areas to improve: T-shirt was tight and not a good one for running, Water scarcity everywhere before the race. ”
“Every thing was excellent! - For those who were giving the Bib no. they should have inform the participants(especial new) what is included inside the envelop.
“Superb Location - Alot of areas for improvement - +The help/inquiry email- [email protected] DOES NOT WORK AT ALL!! There is no pre-event inquiries.
+YAS MARINA- Fantastic venue, entertainment spots along the course is brilliant
+ AID STATIONS - Perfect job
+ No water available before the run, and the weather is really hot.
+ MEDAL - looks antique, and same for all distance 1k, 3k, 5k, and 10k
+ TSHIRT - very tight and not dryfit.”
“Excellent - It was a great event ! very well organised. We really enjoyed the event with our friends. ”
“Very nice event on a Saturday Evening - It should be done maybe a little bit later, at least for the 10K.”
“Great event but with area for improvement - The event and registration were great, but there were some things that could have made it better...
1- I asked one of the organizers for a water bottle prior to the race, he refused. Water should be available for registered runners because we leave our valuables behind ...i am not running with my wallet in the race so i can buy a bottle of water
2-KM signage was all over the place, sometimes the numbers were wrong, sometimes the numbers were correct.....it was confusing...”
“GREAT, definitely will run again - All is great, but the weather is too hot.”
“Really enjoyed the race, well organised & good fun - Personally I would have preferred if the event was on a Friday”
“Really good event and superb location! - A great event and I will definitely be taking part again. The only complaint I have is that the music in the entertainment area was deafening- we could hardly hear each other speak and we couldn't hear the tannoy calling us up to the start.”
“The race is fine - Thanks we enjoyed it!”
“Great event but too hot. - Please consider to run counter-clockwise to prevent direct sun”
“I like it ! - I hope to participate again !”
“Great venue, creepy medal and shirt - First, it was awesome to go out and run the YAS Marina Circuit. The track was awesome! Thanks to all the aid station volunteers as well. My only real complaints were being corralled 5 min to start and starting 2 min late as a result. The medal was lame and I respect the person on it, but I don't need his face on both sides. Also, the medal for the kids 1K, the 5K, and the 10K should be different. The shirt fits WAY too small and again, is just tacky.
I'll run again, keep your medal and shirt! ”
“A creative idea behind this event pushing to sport - I liked this event.
Great thanks to all organizers, supporters and runners.
“Good - It was really good and enjoyable and though tough too becaus there were professional runners, but overall very good experience...!!!
“Fantastic - Awesome event. Loved it.”
“Disappointed with communication - I was disappointed with the communication about this race today, I was told the wrong start time for my race, no one helped me and I was unable to run the race. Very disappointed and now trying to contact the organisers for a refund, no communication prior to the race about start times received. ”
“Good but delayed too much - Not an expert on this but we shouldn't have to wait so long to start. Just look at how easy was everything at the ADCB run in Zayed Sports City. Next year here at Yas please benchmark them.”
“A fantastic day out - A great day out”
“Too late in the day, too hot - This is organized too late in the day. 16:00 is too late and too hot. What made matters worse is that water was limited at the end of the race.”
“Wonderful Day - I really enjoyed this Event, well planned and executed. Thanks to all who were involved to make this happen.”
“It was an enjoyable and tough race! - It was great but if you could only provide COLD WATER OR ICE to the runners during/before/after the run because it was very hot day!!!
This is for safety as well,, some runners could not cope with Heat and the hot water you provided to them didn't help much!!”
“Fail - Start time originally said 1530, then changed to 1400. Showed up at 1330 and was told 10K didn't start until 1800.
If you are the race coordinator and several confused people are milling about the start line 4 hours early, you are the common denominator. Communication fail.
Nobody cares what time the face painting and tying of balloon animals kicks off. Nobody should have to do cyber forensics on a separate website or weed through their spam filter for an E-mail. That's why we come here. ”