Johnson Arabia Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon
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“Having taken part in this race every year since 2012, I am always so impressed with the organisation, marshaling, support stations, and beautiful course. Running through the new Al Seef district was a real boost as it was something new and helped to break up the second half. Absolutely love this challenging, unforgettable event. Thank you to everyone at DCS and all those who helped make the day a success!”
“It is greatly managed event no suggestions for any thing from my side. I am happy with every thing.”
“I didn't receive my picture till now, there will be better to change the Medal design every year.”
“Great bag, well organised, great support stations, love the route, tasty breakfast and most of all the people make it the best run in UAE. ”
“This is the best race in Dubai. Beautiful route right through the heart of the old city and around the creek. Brilliantly organised. Fantastic value. Congrats.”
Edited on 10.12.2018
Edited on 09.12.2018
“This is my first Half Marathon. It was memorable experience. Plenty of moral support from Marshals, Hassle free, superbly planned event. Appreciate for giving this opportunity. Nice medal. Great photos. Good breakfast, icecream etc, Nice venue. Best wishes to organizers. Thanks
“New age category required - 55 to 59 to match other athletic events in the region.
Better timer flags for the pacers - square instead of HSE problematic triangles to poke out an eye.
Step on far side creek in the new are not good and very twisty - but to be able to run full length on the other side of the creek for 5+ years was great. ”
“Fantastic and well run race with excellent value for money. ”
“Keep it going! I’ve seen the same faces organizing it for 3 years. Well done. Friends ran in 2016...and I missed out...i was really impressed and have run the event since. ”
“I didn’t get any picture from the raise.”
“The organisation is excellent, as well as the route/volunteers. Two things to improve perhaps:
- Most of the group starts were staggered, except the last two, where it seemed the last two groups were just announced and lumped together. I had joined the 2.15 pacer group, only to lose sight of them as soon as we started moving.
- No fruit at the refreshment stations. The sports drink gave me very bad cramps, and seriously affected my timing (15 mins slower than last year).”
“Great job ... thank you ... my Son photos where not available, I contacted them , within few hours they uploaded 4 .
Keep it up ”
“More Power to the Organizers, Well Done!”
“Marshall and route signage were not adequate. Start was bit messy. Breakfast was run out of pots very early and not adequate for the participants”
“Always a great race - can't wait until next year. ”
“Perhaps the most scenic route yet? A pavement into the tunnel and the new souq too ("excellent" cheering there)
After all 358.7kms, I'll be back next year, to be sure.
Thank you Committee, volunteers and the one-man rock band!”
“Fantastic 'community' event”
“The whole thing was great fun - a really great atmosphere at the beginning and end of the event, great breakfast afterwards, really easy and convenient for everything (e.g. bag storage, toilets, etc. were plentiful). The one thing I had difficulty with was the signage: though I was told afterwards that there was a sign for each kilometre, I only saw about 1 out of every 3 or 4, despite the fact that I was actively looking for them. Maybe my fault, but would have liked them to be unmissable!”
“Without doubt the best half marathon in the world.
Best city, race pack, organization, support. Everything!
So well attended and incredible value for money.”
“I really enjoyed my first Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon. Well organized and except of the first 8km it´s a really lovely course! The breakfast after the race is fantastic! What a great atmosphere! Will be back for sure! ”
“Thoroughly enjoyed the run and look forward to another one.”
Medal: Unique, but can be too bulky because of the size, could consider one size smaller or a different shape/color. (Too much color makes it look very busy)
Event Pack: Contents are great, but having an item like a keychain (as before) or a mug or anything else which can serve as a companion for runners throughout the year would be better than single use & throw items.
Summary: This was my first time and I loved it. Keep up the great work and hats off to the entire team!
“Amazingly organised, attention to details, full of adrenaline and great camaraderie.
i will run it again, without a doubt.”
“Fantastic. Clear communication before race day. Great race pack. Super organisation at start. Marshalls and volunteers were great throughout the route - thanks to all! Nice breakfast afterwards. Quite congested first couple of km for those of us starting in the blue pens so could have perhaps been seeded a bit better (3 groups perhaps), but already looking forward to next year!”
“Well done ! best goodies bag, best breakfast, best landscape”
“Fantastic race and wonderful organisation.”
“I can't fault much from this event and really enjoyed it. The only slight negatives - athletes should not be permitted to use earphones on this course. There were some places where we could only run single file/2 abreast and it's difficult to pass anyone who can't hear you due to earphones. With some many roadworks etc it is dangerous to not be aware of surroundings.
The breakfast was also disappointing. We waited for a friend who came in around 3 hours and by that time a lot of food had run out”
“Only possible improvement would be with regards to pick up of the race pack - either a more central location (e.g. Shk Zayed Rd) or a delivery option would be preferred.”
“More photos for the runner.”
“Congratulations to Dubai Creek Striders for this amazing and very well organized race! I didn't regret signing up for this one and it will definitely be part of my calendar. The route was challenging yet scenic! I haven't explored that area on foot till date. What an awesome experience! :)
Thanks to the organizers and to the volunteers for the job very well done!
And to my adidas runners Dubai family, thanks for the support and motivation! Till next race! :)”
“Well organised. Start is still a bit chaotic but much improved. Excellent route - especially through the souk and Deira area. Very congested in the after-race area, maybe use more of the surrounding area at the finish line to spread out the runners and their supporters. ”
“This race is nothing short of excellent. The course is beautiful (I especially liked running through the new shops near the embassies this year; the area was shaded, properly paved, pleasant to look at, and closer to the creek on the return route). I have attended this event 8 years in a row. I wish they would offer meat items at the breakfast buffet other than pork. A very well-sponsored event. This is THE event to participate in if living in the UAE. ”
“Thanks to DCS for organising a great event for competitors and spectators”
“Great event. Well organised. Stunning route. Heard about this race through Adidas Runners Dubai last year & will definitely keep running this race as long as I live in UAE. Huge thank you to the volunteers & supporters on route. Thank you DCS for a lovely race & post event breakfast.”
“Only issue was construction work going on around the course and while finishing cars are keeping coming in the Golf club which disturbed runners who were finishing their race after 2 hours time.”
Edited on 09.12.2018
Better support stations than previous years;
Maybe consider additional start groups - seemed to be more congested than ever for first 5k;
Shame about the very cheap t-shirt”
“Great organization, great course and even better now the Bastikya area has opened up. Well done DCS and all volunteers, thank you. See you next year.”
“Sadly this is my final striders half before leaving Dubai. Thanks to the organisers, as always it was brilliant. ”
“A very professionally managed run. Very well planned and executed run, they clearly understand what makes a runner happy. ”
“A great event. Only two things: roads (and ramps) are narrow if you are in the crowd running 1:50 or slower.
And some more warning signs would be useful such as where there are bottlenecks on bridges etc”
“I am a member of Dubai Creek Striders group for a very long time and I would love to thank each and every member who took so much for effort to make this event so amazing...DCS team rocks. ”
“Please thank all the marshalls for their support and encouragement. Felt reassured by the ambulances along route. From a sustainability point of view loved the reusable race cup - however needed info on it as thought it was some sort of contraception initially! Also there was no way of using it on the day. People need to be made aware of the plastic wastage on race days. Last year we had Coca Cola at 18k - it's my one time of year that I drink for a boost - missed it this year. Bravo - well done”
“Very good overall, I will definitively repeat, well done, thumbs up!
Points for improvement
1- communications went silent until1 week before the event when pack collection infowas sent. Longer notice,2-3 weeks would be nice
3- some marshalls were signing obstacles (poles, road signs) AFTER teh obstacle”
“For me this is the best race experience in Dubai, the organization and volunteer support surpasses even the Dubai Marathon!”
“Awesome organisation and spirit”
“Excellent organisation as always. Thankyou, Creek Striders!”
“There are some fine races in the UAE, but this is consistently the best. Clearly a massive organisational effort, so big respect and thanks to all involved, particularly having to cope with all the construction challenges. Wish you guys could take over the annual StanChart debacle. Special mention to the marshalls who volunteer their time with smiles and enthusiasm. Absolutely brilliant from beginning to end.”
Good course with shades
Sufficient water stations
Value for money”
“I would like to thank organizers and marshaling team for constantly cheering each runners to boost our spirits and making the race complete with joy and fun, would suggest to keep pain relief sprays with maximum marshal staff from next year as mid-way got cramps and also few fellow runners got cramps, overall the best race in Dubai, will surely participate in coming years events. Thanks”
“I loved the race! It was so beautiful, Old Dubai is not an area I get out to much, and running there was such a treat. The marshals and water people were fantastic- big thank you to you all! And big thank you to Spinneys for the smoothies- they were delicious. ”
“Love the friendly vibe of this event. Banana smoothies and ice cream a real bonus! ”
“The chip number should be given to the participants at least one week before the event!”
“It was well organised event; from starting point to finish line, i thoroughly enjoyed. post run, break fast also very nice. ”
“Much improved route on the south side of the creek albeit still a tough course. Marshals and water distributors are brilliant. Warm up by the CF guys was excellent.”
“Very professionally organized, awesome post-race experience. Course was awesome ”
“Breakfast is not great. Only English breakfast. not other cusines are covered.”
“Loved the breakfast and speedy results ”
“I can’t understand why particularly within the last kilometer the staff allowed cars to enter and disturb the runners. This is the most important part for those who had to make a big effort to finish and you have to move to the right because a taxi driver is touching the horn?
Also many contructions areas along the race track, sometimes only one runner is able at the time.
Poor organisation, I can’t see any improvement from the last time I run it. ”
“It is unfair that the period for cancellations is a month ahead of the race as its far too early before the race. I got injured 3 weeks ago and was unable to take part and lost my money as a result. Anything could happen in the space of 4 weeks when training for a 21km race so it should really be reviewed for next years one. At least give people the option of passing their race number onto somebody else so its not a complete waste.”
Edited on 07.12.2018
“Thank you DCS!
See you again next Year 2019”
“On the course opened water may be more useful especially the smaller one which is hard to open.”
“Well done. Super thanks”
“Fantastic course, well organised, super friendly officials....definitely the must-do half in the region.