Khobar International Half Marathon 2023
461 people have rated this event.
“لا يوجد تيشيرتات خاصه بالسباق.. التنظيم بالمراثون السابق افضل. المفروض يكون فيه ترتيب للفئه العمريه يعني اللي عمره ٢٠ والثاني دولي غير اللي عمره ٦٠ او ٧٠ لازم يكون فيه عدل بالعمر والوقت اللي تقطع فيه المسافه”
“For the registration costing around 130 SAR, we are hoping to received atleast a dri-fit shirt for the marathon. This is the first time I've joined the marathon without any shirt provided. ”
“Little information provided beforehand.
Collection of numbers was very inefficient
Turn around and cross over points on 5km were unacceptable and were uneven / unsafe.
“كان التنظيمات للسباق جداا متواضعه ولاترتقي لسباق دولي”
“Suggestion: waterstations every 2.5km after 5Km. Portable toilets. Be ontime.
Hope to run Alkhobar again next year.”
“No toilets, water run out, no shirt, delay at start, no official photographer ”
“It was well organized event”
“منظم الماراثون سيء الى ابعد درجة توصف
والمنظمين اخلاق معدومة
لا يوجد ماء بارد ولا تيشرتات ولا اعلان نتائج السباق
واضافة الى تأخير انطلاق السباق يوجد دراجات تخترق المتسابقين في منظر مخجل”
“the start was delay 30 mins. there was no food in the middle (like banana, dates) of the trip”
“-For 21Km, there was only 2 points of hydration.
-On the 21Km race there was some runners cheating, getting a ride with a car and they finished before others.
-In the "Khobar International Half Marathon" there was no single word in English for a big expat's participation
-Starting all categories including kids is not safe, some kids were almost hurt by the stampede.
-Race timer at starting point was not working, is always a good reference for finishers
“1- The running path was good but it was not detected by the runner, and we found a lot of reckless driver crossing our run.
2- There is no late runner in the race.
3: The value of the administration fee does not show up in the runner package.
4: the medical care assistant should not have the basic sprays and jells for muscle injuries.
5: No proper refreshment (ORS) on the way with the hydration station.
There are more and more points, but these are the most important issues.
“NIL Thanks for your support”
“تسليم الأرقام كان فوضى و مااستلمنا تيشرتات
لم نستلم موقع للمواقف وكل المشاركين كانو يقطعون الشارع من الجهه المقابله.
المياه الموزعه على المسار كانت حاره
مرور اكتر من سياره مسرعه بين المتسابقين
خط البدايه و النهايه معكوس
لايوجد اى سناك خلال او عند نهاية سباق 21”
“Bib collection was horrible experience.
Parking and crossing the road for the race.
Start & finish was misplaced
“We expected to receive shirts but there were none. ”
“Poor organization. Primitive Bib distribution. No race T shirt. ”
“Only the road path was good ”
“The organization before the event was bad. we supposed to get the T-shirt and we did not get it”
“- Advertisement for the event were so poor
- late start.
- Distance were not accurate.
- Bib number distribution were not well organized. ”
“The race should be better.”
“I enjoyed the event overall but there are a lot of things that you can improve.
1. More organized distribution of race numbers.
2. No racing shirt is a bit disappointing, but lack of refreshments (gatorade was immediately consumed) was bad. Aquafina was commendable as they supplied plenty of water.
3. Medals could have been improved by indicating 5k and 21k finishers.
Overall, it was still fun. All of the above are points of improvement.”
“The organizers did not have my number at check in and gave me another number which they promised would show my results, however it didn't. The distance was also not 5K, it was 4.82 km.”
“I will mention only what I did not like .. delaying the start time .. some stops has no water .. no snacks at stops .. no professional photographers .. very loud music .. recognition teams not organised and late and teams already left .. some teams were not recognised.. no t-shirts .. discounted price were given after most people pay the full ticket at the end it became free !! .. some cars were passing .. photographers not positioned in different places.. ”
“Well organized event. it would be great event if you have offered Printed T-Shirt along with Race kit. it my suggestion.
“Organisers are good and sacrificed their time to us”
“ For impriving to achieve international level status.
1. Obtain sponsors to provide T Shirts,caps, kit bags, energy gels and snack , ointment etc. to market the event better.
2. Refreshment tables must be at least 2.5km and properly resourced with people and ample refreshments to support ALL runners ,fast and slow.
3. Please mark the km distances and intervals on the kerbs and have standup boards of the distancesxalibg the road e.g. 2.5Km ,5km,7.5km, 10km ,12.5km, 15km,17.5km, 21.1km. ”
“السلام عليكم ورحمه الله
السباق كان جدا رائع ومنظم”
“ملاحظات على تنظيم سباق نصف ماراثون الخبر الدولي ٢٠٢٣م
١- عدم وجود توزيع نقاط مياه كافية
٢- عدم وجود دورات مياه طول خط سباق النصف ماراثون
٣- عدم وجود لوحات إرشادية للمتسابقين بالكيلوات المتبقية إطلاقا طول خط السباق خلافا لنصف ماراثون الخبر ٢٠٢١م كانت اللوحات موجودة لكل كيلومتر واحد حتى خط النهاية
٤- لم نحصل على تيشيرت في هذا السباق مع العلم أن هذا السباقات الأخرى اشتراكاتها بقيمة مقاربة وكان هناك تيشيرت بمسمى السباق وتاريخه ومكانه ومسافته والرعاة الرسميين للسباق
٥- عدم وجود خيمة للعوائل”
“The event was great but collecting the number the day before could be improved ”
“It can be better as other activities ”
“1. Aid stations should be more.
2. Toilets options to be provided enroute
3. Photography / Encouragement should be added
4. 10km option would have been included”
“It would be better if only there was a 10k race
Because the gap between a 5k and a 21k is huge
Something in between would be nice ”
“التنظيم سيء اجمالا
لايوجد ترتيب حسب الفئه العمريه
معلومات الإنطلاق لل ٥ كيلو لم تكن معروفه اطلاقا
جميع المساركين في التنظيم ليس لديهم معلومات عند سؤالهم”
“1. the free running T-Shirt originally included in the package was cancelled.
2. No drop bag area - as mentioned in the published general information
3. Did not start on-time.”
“There is no separate between 21 k and 5k. Crowded ”
“Many thanks for the water. We were bothered by traffic police vehicles driving around us in the same street. The street supposed to be only for pedestrians or participates during that time. Compromising the feeling of being secured is not the optimal resolution in such situations.”
“Kindly include shirt to joiners of marathon”
“- race was delayed for 25 minutes.
- there were cars driving into the race course which was not safe for the runners.
- lack of volunteers for ( on road, car parking)
- race was not advised well enough for an international event, barely seen ads on social media.
- no race giveaways for marketing ( shirts, water bottle, cap, or bag)”
“- No cars barking.
- We we collected our bib numbers, the place was small and not organized.
- How 5k and 21k racers started at the same time?
- Some water stations runout of water!!
- Event area was tight and small.
“we did not get any tshirt
start was late”
“قيمة الاشتراك مرتفعة للسباق .. لم يتم توزيع تشيرتات حسب كل السباقات يتم توزيع التيشرتات .. لم يتم توفير قارورات المياة عند خط النهاية ”
“improvement in Announcements, timing and route guidance ”
“نحتاج زمن قطع المسافة اللى قطعتها خلال المرثون”
“مافيه فنايل خاصه بالمارثون رغم ان فيه رسوم للتسجيل ”
“At start point arrange the runners by his best time ever in the race.
Need ask him during the Registration and the color in his number show his orange of speed and every group with different color.
“Great race we had a lot of fun, thank you ”
“وقت البدايه لم يكن متوافق مع البدايه الاساسيه ولا على التغير الذي حصل ”
“It was well organized thank you muck and best of luck to you all ”
“عدم توزيع مرطبات على طول طريق المراثون”
“Could you kindly provide Coke/Pepsi drinks at the water points.”
“The distances were not clear on the track. There were cars sneaking in through with the runners. ”
“ممتاز من ناحية تنظيم مهرجان المارثون
ولكن سعر الاشتراك غالي مبلغ (١٢٠ ريال )
وكذلك لم يوزع على المتسابقين التي شيرت
“International and gave only the BIB number.. no shirt no bag!! I started about 15 min or more from gun shot but still counted my start at gun shot.. wasn’t accurate unfortunately… it was hard to find the race results.. no clear site and no photos !! A bit disappointed ☹️ ”
“It’s amazing experience for me ”
“No T shirt
Car was running on the road
Last 6 kilometers didn’t available water in the station.
Not mentioned the distance on the medal.”
“the event is a great experience but needs improvement.
* arrangement in starting point 21km, 5 km and 1.6 km should not run at the same time.
* No shirt.
* there's vehicles in the course it's not safe.
* some turns is in the road island.
* the event start late.”
“Thank you so much for the amazing day
You really made my day ?????
Hassan Abu Nameh ”
“Organization 10/7 Prizes 10/3 Timing 10/9 In general 10/7 This is an international marathon and not a local competition. The sponsors did not step up in providing free basic needs and the prizes were not given to people with special needs and the elderly. We only bear the memory of a medal from this race.”
“We pay more but no T-shirt, refreshment is bad.”
“Areas for improvement: over all organozation of the events including email communication, collection of bib and starting time which was delayed 30 min. Also there is no proper pictures and labelling for the participants with the distance they achieved on the medals. Need to improve snacks provided and bathroom facilities. Need to improve signage of start and end of the race, we started from the finish sign, there is also no signage on the way to show direction other than one staff. ”
“السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته. اولا شكرا لاختيار المكان و التوقيت، لدي عدة ملاحظات، ارجو اخذها في عين الاعتبار
١- تسليم الاغراض لم تكن مرتبة و منظمة و ارسال اكسل بأسماء المشاركين ، المفروض فقط المشترك و رقمه .٢- عدم تسليم التي شيرت بحجة أنه لم يتم طباعته ، على الأقل تقليل السعر للنص لعدم توفر التي شيرت. ٣-تاخير نص ساعة و المنظمين ليس لديهم في ترتيب المتسابقين من ناحية بداية ٢١ كيلو المفروض نص ساعة قبل ٥ كيلو ثم الاقل . ٤- أشكال و الوان الميداليات ل ٢١ كيلو مثل ٥ كيلو مثل ١.٩٠٠ كيلو ”
“يرجى تسريع العملية وتقليص الازدحام في توزيع الارقام وشكرا لجهودكم ”
“Thank you for good arrangement ”
a) Poor organization of Bib distribution
b) no T shirt - Kit , so coat was too high
c) poor traffic management. Vehicles were allowed on the marathon route.
D) No parking facility
E) No / less toilets
F) Late start.
F) No water on last 6kms on return
G) No refreshments other than water
H) Unsafe route as vehicles entered on course
G) Stones and sand was on the route. Unsafe track diversion on a road divider and it was with sand. ”
“Appreaciate if there are more water stations and KM Milestones displayed for the runners advantage ”
“Bib distribution is manual and a total mess
Media and marketing almost not existent
MS was very noisy”
“For the money collected, T shirt should have been provided which would have given a good identity and pride to wear as being internationally recognized run.”
“شكرا لكم جميعا
وشكر لشركة الخط الاخضر ”
“not that much fun.
quite boring circuit with minimum of animation”
“Poor organisation overall, starting from collection of race numbers to delaying the start of race to not having any toilets across the 21km course! ”
“No T-shirts . Bib collection was awful. Not organized at all. The roads were full of bikes, motorbikes and cars !!! It was a dreadful experience. ”
“Very unprofessional run event. No toilet or even the sign for toilet along race track. No t-shirt or hoodie bag for the race pack, nor our name on the bib. Can’t see any professional photographer for the event. The medal, there isn’t different between 1,6ak, 5K or 21K. Bo finisher r-shirt as well for half marathon-ers. We paid more expensive than 1,6 & 5K. But treated the same. Felt just like normal practise run with our buddies rather than on event. ”
“The medal is awesome. It will be great if they can provide the jersey also”
“The half marathon route was good. Firstly the delay in starting the race by 25 minutes made us run in the heat/ sun in the second half of half marathon. This was a problem and results in dehydration and heat stroke.
Secondly, international races- the start is staggered- 21kms start first, then 10kms start maybe after 10minutes then 5kms after. Starting half marathon with other distance - crowd is a serious safety issues and can result in stampede because the other runners are slow and kids.”
Very few toilets
Start delayed by 30min without proper information
No refreshing drinks for 21k returnees ”
“Please make it every year ! ”
“في سباق نصف الماراثون 21 كلم لم يكن في مسار السباق أي من المأكولات السكرية مثل التمر والموز
طريقة إنطلاق السباق لم تكن جيدة
لم يوزع على المتسابقين تيشرتات السباق التي أخبرتمونا أنها ستوزع يوم السباق ”
“Everything it was amazing and very nice ”
“Overall the event was good organized, but missed information in engish language, all instructions were only in arabic, so not clear how to get the results, where to find pics”
“Race was well organized , however there was no announcement in English , majority of participants couldn't understand Arabic Announcements. ”
“Thank you for everything but still need more ”
“disappointing no shirt, good route but photographer didn't take a lot of photos”
“شكرا لكم على هذا الحدث المنظم”
“good need more music and motivational groups need to add 10 klm race ”
“Enjoyed it. Lovely location, easy travel, organizers did their best.
Missed: English language in the announcement, support on course.”
“تنظيم سيء جداجدا لايوجد تيشيرت خاص بالسباق
لم يتم ارسال موقع نتائج السباق ، منظم السباق لا يرد على اي استفسار ، لا اعلم اين رابط صور السباق لم يتم ارسال الصور ونتائج السباق الى الان !!!!!”
“التنظيم سئ و التاخير اسوا”
“No drop bag facility was available. No T-shirts.”
“I hope future events will put a camera at several locations and at the finish line to capture the photos of each participant”
“Thanks a lot It was good but needs more ”
“It was an amazing experience for both myself and my kids. Thank you!”
“It was an amazing experience for both myself and my kids. Thank you!”
“It was an amazing experience for both myself and my kids. Thank you!”
“See separate email.
Dominique Martin ”
“The event could have been better if you had provided the participants with goodies and gifts.”
“Overall the event was successful and organized.
I only wished we had T-shirt and customized BIB with our names on it ,, not only our number
And another thing,, the start line had the the (Finish) label and the finish line had the (Start) label ?
But again ,, good job on this great event”
“- collecting the bib arrangement was bad
- race delayed for 30 min
- the kick off was very bad, as all categories started at the same time
- cyclists and cars where on the road
- no english commentator all instructions were in arabic
- not clear how to get the results
- no pics
- no bag drop off area
- no shirts with the bib ”
“T-shirts were not enough for us all or they were not given this time around.
The race was good nonetheless but t-shirt are a good memoir to have after such a momentous occasion ”
“thank you for organizing this event”
“It was hard to run across that many people. (If each group had to run in a different time it would make a better experience (the 21KM group by themselves, the 5KM by themselves and the 1 KM by themselves)). Besides that, it went perfectly. ”
“Good event but it needs improvement. Website offered a shirt within the racing pack. Race started 15 minutes late. Return at 2.5 km was not safe (isle crossing and some rocks within the way). Nice family atmosphere and such a nice view during the race.”
“1- no racing t-shirt
2-delayed the start time (the most important thing)
3-i don’t know why 5k participants start with 21k Participants
NOTE: the course deserve 10/10 ”
“Sorry but not good at all”
“Very poor organisation
Until now I didn’t receive my race time and place ”
“توزيع الارقام غير منظم وكان بشكل بدائي
وتم تغير رقمي وقت الاستلام
المسار لم يكن جيد ”
“The overall expectation for a international marathon was not met. Bib distribution is not organized, Assistance is great though. The event itself is poorly executed. No shirt, No label on the Bib, Not enough toilet to cover the event, no foods and collaborative booth for entertainment. theres a lot to improve. ”
“Need Coke or Pepsi or Gatorade at water stations. Some stations early out of water. Stop start line was facing wrong side. Too much private vehicles and bikes on the road. Water, fruit needed at finish line. Was nice seeing ladies compete in normal running clothes. Absolutely love the medal. ”
“Traffic management was poor. Cars were entering the roads where we ran.
The refreshments are poor in comparing to international events. Only water is provided and some stations ran out of water.
The sponsors area is poor. No stalls for shopping running gear as compared to international events.”
“There were a lot of cars going fast in the race path and distracting participants.
Water stops were abundant
People cheering at finish line
Race village had great environment
Medals were nice
Automatic results/chip timing
Nice flat and fast route
The only kit was medal and bib. No shirt, hat or buff
The route was shy of 21k
Started 25 mins late
No countdown, I was not aware of the start
Traffic on the route
Parking wasn't great
I have ran the last two Khobar half marathons. There were pros and cons to each year. Please contact me if you have any ? 's. ”
“Worst organizer ever.
>>Wont be joining any future events by this organizer”
No race T shirt was given.
Name and KM not written in BIB Chest number.
Same medal for all Races.
Only water was provided but I expect Glucose and fruit slices throughout the route. ”
“Enjoyable event. A little chaotic at the start given time delay resulting in Half Marathon starting at same time as shorter distances. Good supply of water along course but availability of energy gels / drinks would be an enhancement.”
“It was not a fun activity. I expected it to be much more family friendly and more fun.”
“Where is the race shirt?”
“شكرا جداً لمجهودكم كان عملآ رائعًا ”
“First of all I didn’t got my BiB No. by email and given link to the sheet was not opening.
2nd Race was delayed 30 minutes & hopefully you may understand what does it mean for an athlete.
3rd i got a BiB of 5km after long wait in the row.
4th Names was not writing on the BiB
5th why same medals for all categories
6th why T shirt was excluded from the Race kit and the kit was consist only on a BiB
Hopeful will help my words for your next event and more professionally. ”
“Initial registration was 120riyal.
Then 2-3 weeks before event it was discounted by 50%, i was not offered a refund.
Then no tshirt available on race day.
Also some water stations did not have enough water.”
“Race did not start on time
There was no gun/announcement call when the race started. We just started running by looking at runners.
No free snacks and fruits for finishers.
Traffic disturbance all the way in the route.
Very poor management.”
“Event day was organized well whereas pre event collection of the serial numbers were great messy..As the email sent without excel file which contains the serial nimber etc”
“Too bad.. too many issues that shouldn’t happen in an INTERNATIONAL event!! for me it was a waste of money and time!!!
I won’t run any race with green line in the future!!!”
“I enjoyed the race but still needs improvement for organization as an international event. Race bib issuance was not as smooth as it should be. Bibs are yet to be placed in the envelops for distribution aside from trying to figure out the bib numbers assigned. Start time was delayed by more than 25mins. There was no start wave, a mix of 5k and 1.6k with 21K in front. In the course there were still unauthorized vehicles in the run zone which is not safe for runners. ”
“The event was poorly planned, while running the course it was so many cars on the road”
“There were no healthy snack along the way for the half marathon just water.”
“Overall the organisation was ok, but I did not like the 30 mins delay of the start.”
“Nice people and good management ”
“No final results and times?”
“The marathon run smoothly, however, no t-shirts & lockers were provided as stated during registration. Additional toilettes would have been convenient in the start/finish area. Moreover, until now I did not receive any results/statistics about the competition.”
“delay of 25 min to start and no shirts ”
“It was a good experience but I didn’t like the time that I wasted just to take the number and there is like no T-shirt and not starting on the time and I didn’t know when to start I just saw them run and I started running with them but I really love the design of the medal and thank you.”
“The registration need to be improved”
“more food stand options would be better”
“Very unhappy with the event, as I strongly believe the registration fee was too high for only getting the race bib and finisher medal.
No isotonic or food along the HM course, and even the Gatorade just finished very quickly at the FL.
“يعطيكم العافية على. هذه الفعاليه وكثرو منها ونبي مراكز”
“Very good arrangements, but some cars entered while racing ”
“Some enhancement needed:
-T-shirts for all participants
-Medals by category
-Some kind of fruit, other sport drinks on the all water station”
“for the 21K race:
cars are moving at the same raos with runners
media coverage could be improved
aid stations are not professional
delay on start up ”
“The bib number wasn’t mine, they gave me a male number although Im female ”
“Overall good experience however, the race didn't start on time.
There was no shirt given. ”
“The bib collection organisation was terrible and in miss!!”
“The course was excellent but
The start line was not well organised. Participants could not hear the race announcements. There was confussion at the start.
Slower runners should be at the back and faster runners in front.
The timer should be very large so runners can see their time as they finish
Banana and recovery bars should be provided at the end of the race
The was no race t-shirt provided
Kilometer maks should be provided along the route
Bag storage should be provide and clearly marked”
“Nice orignization but you flipped the gate and no medical assistance after race
“You should count the CHIP TIME in the results page not the GUN TIME. I was late for 2 minutes because I didn't know the race has started. They said it will be delayed for half an hour and they'll start at 6:30am but they started at 6:25am. I was a bit behind the start.
Other than that, I enjoyed the race & will participate in the future ان شاء الله ”
“It would have been nice to run along the Corniche path, and not the road. There was a lot of construction blocking the view of the sea - but that's not the fault of the organizers. Otherwise it was a nice event and well organized. I thought we were supposed to get t-shirts, and didn't. ”
“Very disappointed with what was written at the time of registration and reality. No tshirt, No energy gel/bar for 21k participants, No participation eCertificate, No official pictures through a specific link so all participants can download their pics.”
“There's no running tshirt.
There's no clear announcement of the race start after delayed by 30 min.
In the last 4 km there was no water available.
No isotonic drink provided during the run.
No banana provided at halfway point.
There's only gun time record, no nett time record.
Strongly recommend to bench mark the event to other international running events.
“Arrangements were bad compared to 2021..”
“Event planning was done flawlessly, executed meticulously, and managed very effectively.”
“في المحطات يوجد فقط ماء ولا يوجد سناكات ، في نهاية السباق لا يوجد الا كشك واحد ويبيع عصيرات بها سكر ابيض! المفروض الخيرات تكون صحية وفرش ومتنوعه، كان من المفترض ان نبدأ ٦ ولم يتم الالتزام بالوقت. بس عموما انبسطنا وغيرنا جو والمنظمين كلهم عسل ومحترمين ومتعاونين. ”
“Poor organization when distributing numbers and at the beginning and end the opposite is written”
“Not that organized, No freebies... ”
“Some got entry on charge basis...some got free of cost.”
“The event was not well organised compared to Riyadh and Jeddah marathons. This event needs improvements compared to other GCC marathons. ”
“Some got entry on charge basis...others free of cost.
“Good course, good water stations, clear directions on route, good starting time.
What could be better?
Traffic fully closed (there were still cars, motorbikes on the certain sections of the road)
There could be a shirt as a memorial for people finishing the half marathon.
There could be some energy bars etc at the finish line (there was water, gatorade but I didnt see any food)
“بعض المناطق في المسار غير جيدة”
“Race number pick-up session was poorly organised. Staff seemed confused and unprepared. Where is my official race T-shirt I never got it?? The actual day of the race was not bad. Nice atmosphere, but announcements on the speakers were in Arabic only - leaving everyone else in the dark. Two days after the race, I am STILL waiting for an email with my official race time. Al Khobar has a lot of improvements to make!”
“It is good, but the organization lacks some experience, and we did not receive T-shirts, and we took the numbers from a place far from the starting place, and it was crowded.”
“أعتقد التنظيم كان من الممكن أن يكون أفضل ، مثلا تمارين التسخين الجماعية ، وجود طريقة للحصول على النتائج ، ترتيب مكان الوصول ”
I have attended the race but my result did not published. I have been assigned bib 1948 but the result comes out with a different names. My name is Hameed Al-Aman but the result comes out for a person name Hamad Shakib. Also, i have paid s subscription fees but received nothing else except the medal while in orher races we received some extra items such as T-shirt, hat,bracelets and water bottles. ”
“starting order needs improvement
as well as traffic control ”
“تنظيم قوي واجواء جميله، تجربه حلوه وننتظر المزيد??”
“Great event! Congratulations!
Maybe next time a free t-shirt for all ...it will be nice to see runners wearing the same shirt :)”
“overall its a great event ”
“The race was going to start at 6 but started car 6:30 !!!!! That was a big turn off and it’s showed that you were unorganised.. we came all the way from Bahrain to start on time not to wait ”
“Not well organized, lack of restrooms, started late, no t shirts, no proper announcements, lately it was offered free.. the list continues ”
“Very poor organisation. Parking was other side of main road. We all have cross the busy road by foot, no assistance from organisers. It was very risky and dangerous. Race started 30 min late. Traffic was not controlled property on the route. U turn for 5km walk was on the road divider. Runners could have easily stumble and fall while turning. Clock was not running. Results were incorrect, rankings are shown according to gun time which is highly inappropriate. There was no fruits after the race.”
“Really I enjoyed during this event and it was my first participation in the world of running and the first race in my life. Nice organization and motivation everywhere during the race time.”
“I enjoyed the actual run itself and the atmosphere of the Half Marathon with all the other participants - it is so wonderful that these opportunities are available in the Kingdom. HOWEVER the organisation of the event was seriously poor.
1: The race was not measured out correctly 12.08 KM not 21.1 KM!
2: 30 min delay to start
3: Race fee included a t-shirt....now the website event details have been updated to remove the reference to race T-shirts - so disappointing.”
“رائع صحيح كان في نقص ببعض الأشياء لاكن ان شاءالله القادم افضل”
“نعم جميل جداً ، كان المفترض يكون قميص يلبس عند السباق والطريق خاص للسباق دون دخول السيارات والزائرين . ”
“Can deal with a delayed start - but they should not have had a mass start of all events. The water points were scattered too far apart and could have been manned more. Great route and fabulous atmosphere .”
“Good race, good route but not empty enough ,little dangerous with cars in the way ”
“No T shirts no bags no accrete time ”
“put trash bin at several location during the race and add good signs to make them visible. No food and refershments provided after the race.
-Medal are not distributed in a beautiful mannaer. we wannted to ask for the medals after finish the race like we are begging for it.
-Name and nationality flag could have been printed in the BIB
- Not engough, no medical tents for assistance after the race
-no proper separation between runners and cars: motor bikes and cars were able to enter the race.
“Few glitches were observed:
1) started 1/2 hr later than announced
2) no T-Shirt was distributed, as promised
3) unsafe running path, especially at the points of crossing roads (i.e. unstable blocks were used to go over pavements)
4) not enough medical assistance groups were present along the running path
5) not enough water distribution points along the path
Maybe an unprofessional organizer was selected to organize the race, consider evaluating their qualifications. ”
“كل شيء تمام بس كان ودي يكون فيه ارشارة ارشاد عند نهاية كل كليو ”
“Poor organization, delay in the start, no sinalization, not enough hidratation station. ”
“-Choose better location to distribute the numbers not in a middle of big event in the Dome.
-There were some cars driving during the race!!
- The bathrooms were not enough in the area
“Marvelous race i loved it and i will participate again in the next activity ”
“We all as a family enjoyed on that day.
“Poor organisation at collection of run numbers, incorrect information on event page e.g. no bag drop. Appalling toilet facilities. No live results and still no email with links to photos.”
“The water points were not at the same range of distance, will appreciate water points every 3km at most ”
“The organizers are friendly and helpful, hard-working; the event is amazing and meaningful!”
“it is excellent for Health benefit. ”
“It’s great to have an event like this in Saudi Arabia that is open to both males and females, although it was run very poorly. For example, course was too short, only three toilets for all male participants, cars were on the course, some honking at runners to get them to move over; no nutrition offered, discount offered at the end and the people who signed up early still had to pay full price, bag drop listed but not provided, etc. ”
“All three categories 1 mile, 5k and 21K started at the same time was big mess, should have started separately. Race start delayed, rescheduled to 6:30 but then started at 6:25. Poor organization really. And no t-shirts was disappointing. ”
“How can the race be delayed? Wish there were portable toilets”
“In registration says including t-shirts but didn’t give.”
“We enjoyed the experience, and looking forward for more ”
عندي ملاحظتين وهي كالتالي؛ ١. من الواجب فصل وقت نقطة انطلاق الفئات المختلفة، انطلاق الأطفال بوقت مختلف عن فئة الـ ٥ كم والـ ٢١ كم
٢. وقت الانطلاق لم يكن واضحاً، اتأجل ل٦:٣٠ لكن بدأت الصفارة ٦:٢٢ دقيقة ولم نكن مستعدين لذلك”
Good medical staff and marshall
No T shirt
Medal does not show the distance, all medals are similar for all distances
Lack of refreshments
“1. No t-shirts provided.
2. Water stations are few.
Compared to Jeddah half marathon experience ”
“Very bad organization from the begging to the end ”
“Thank you from the heart...always creative?”
“تزويد محطات الماء اثناء الجري
٢.طريق غير امن في ارجوع في عبور رصيف”
“Not portable toilets, not water or fruits at the finish line…
Not proper traffic control along the race, some runners hop on cars to take a couple kmts ride
Not t-shirt souvenir ”
“Amazing vibe ! Beautifully arranged ! Amazing workers and volunteers so cheerful and ktobating mashallah! ”
“Thank you for a wonderful experience.”
“Everything is amazing but i still didn’t receive an email about the prize transaction
For Mariam Hussain 1st (5km)
Zahra Mohamed 2nd (5km)
Fatima Hussain 1st (1 mile)
Looking forward for your next event!”
“Absolutely amazing management keep it up”
“Everything it was excellent, but I missed the t-shirt! ?
“The event was overall good with some weaknesses, like washrooms were over crowded with less water availability, no standardized refreshment and price distribution ceremony was so poor I was unable to know about the positions at that time. But overall event was satisfactory. ”
“Great Event organized very well everybody supportive.
overall great experience ”
“The organizing was bad, even the race was delayed for 30 min then all of a sudden they started 24 min later !! Stick to the schedule and show some professionalism! We been to multiple races and never seen worse than this one even when I picked my number in Friday the organization was horrible!!”
“Initially, while we were registering for the event, it was mentioned that a medal, refreshments, and a shirt will be provided. Whereas, no shirt was given either with the bib or on the day of the event. ”
“Excellent. Request to print name agsinst the number. Also, can provide cap.”
“No finisher shirt, no hydration like gaterode in the water station, start time is late.”
“انطلاق السباق في وقت متاخر وتأجيل ما له مبرر دخول السيارات بكثرة في المسار نقاط المياه غير متوازنة مع المسار ”
“Late start, not organised well overall ”
“- There were no t-shirts provided, even though it was mentioned while registration and sizes were already selected.
- Race was delayed 25 minutes from the original starting time.
- There was no ambulance driving by the track incase of an emergency.
- Pavement was unbalanced and unsafe in both U-turns.
- Unorganized water distribution and not enough water stations.
- Gatorade was only provided for 21Km racers disregarding the 5Km and 1.6Km. ”
“I felt the organization was a bit below standard. The race was supposed to start at 6 but instead started@ 6:25. Also, there is no further information on the race stats, like race time and ranking. Usually, there should be a website that shows the time stat of each individual. when i asked the people whom were working with the organizer, they either didn't know or they said there are no information as such. ”
“شكرا شكرا شكرا شكرا شكرا”
“Collecting the badge is not well organized.
The route is less than 5k.
The race started late”
“لاهنت يعطيكم العافية
تاخير وقت الانطلاق نصف ساعه وصافرة المسؤول قبلها ٧دقايق ولم
.. بيلغونا أنا الانطلاقه للعموم ”
“No toilets on route, no extra toilets at start / finish. Water ran out and packed up early. No snacks on the run at water stations. No finisher shirts. Late starting. Cars running up the route and cyclists!!! Medals the same for all categories!! Diabolical! Very poorly organized! Dangerous! ”
“Lack of access to toilet (provide/ensure portable toilet with adequate signage within the area). Poor management of the event as usual.”
“How I can get my ranking, thanks ”
“اول شي لقد اخبرتونا سوف يتأخر السباق 6/30
ولاكن اتفاجأ في الانطلاق قبل الوقت المحدد
والحمدلله ركضت والنتيجه الي عطيتونيها ليسه هي الي استحقها”
“The race was beautiful and a great environment loved the race
But was disappointed my timings was not captured my bib 844”
“Thank you ?❤️ and more event to cone”
“bad organization starting from the emails, far -single toilet , no t-shirts , poor race marshalls and very narrow area for collecting bibs.
“The event was nicely organized, loved every bit of it.”
“miss guide for start time result are not accurate ”
“No temporary rest rooms, no proper u turn for 5 km.”
“You have enrolled the race with 150 SAR, which is basically sponsored by number of big organizations. However when i asked for Juice bottle i was informed that it is only for Adult. That means children shall only get water n one fruit. They are participatant too. Why such rules and high price for a sponsored event?? ”
“The numbers distribution place is below expectations. It is disappointing that there are no T Shirts distributed.”
“شكرا على التنظيم يعطيكم العافيه
ولكن في ملاحظه على انه لو يتم ارسال الارقام بالايميل لان القائمه المرسله لم يكن فيها جميع الارقام
و لو كان شرح تكثر على كيفية بداء المراثون و كيف تقسيم المشاركين ”
“Great Event, I enjoyed being there and my family enjoyed as well”
“1.there was no t-shirts
2.the medals didn't indicate the distance
3.the bib were almost the same design and also didn't indicate the distance
4.the starting time were the same for all categories and it shoul be organized so that every one finish at the same time
Finally El khobar have the potential to be one of the world's best marathon please manage it better next year ... best of luck ??”
“The first thing: you open the registration with fee and later you reduced the fee and finally you made it for free. This is totally unprofessional and denotes little or no respect for those who registered first and had to pay for everyone else. This is exactly the opposite that serious race organizers do: a reduced early bird entry fee followed by increasingly expensive entry fee as you approach the race day. It will make people wait to register until the last minute next time. ”
“Good overall event, nice vibes and fun event, had so much fun
- starting on time
- more water stations
- maybe music in some parts of the race
- route was a bit boring between 8 to 14 km
1. Cars passing in between the race course.
2. A water station ran out of water and had to complete 6 kms without water.
3. Water was warm and not cold.
4. No snacks in the water stations.
5. No race kit was provided.”
“No short has been given , pictures and vidéos has not been shared ”
“Amazing experience. Would definitely do it again!”
“Route was open to traffic??? Only water in aid stations?? Distance is not accurate?? Had to jump a sidewalk in the last km?? It does not get any worse than this.”
“Where do we see our official time and splits???”