La Mer Open Water Swim: 1/2
76 people have rated this event.
“My chip number didn’t work so I never got my time. But the event was really well organized and fun. ”
“Well organised open water swimming event. Brovo”
“excellent race, totaly enjoyed it ”
“I enjoyed the swim, very pretty location. The music made it fun and lively! The ladies toilets were quite a distance away and quite hidden, so I had to skip that. I would have enjoyed a more interesting route, swimming further away for 3.2k rather than just round n round. It was sad there was no prize giving for the winners (not me!). This is all about the momentum, picking up a prize the next day is so different. At the JLL and the Oceanic triathlons this was all perfectly safe and possible. :)”
“Loved 3.2km distance. Very well organised. Felt safe.
My only criticism is that the fee for underground parking is extortionate and should be subsidised. 2hrs 5 mins for 60AED! The poor swimmer infant of me lost his token and had to pay 250AED. There is not enough overground parking. It would put me off, honestly. The fee is high enough for the swim. Thanks for the great event besides this. ”
“The finish line wasn't obvious from the water, otherwise a good race.”
“Congratulations for efficiently organizing events including this open water swim during challenging times. I liked the self-seed start with a chip time result. Well done for keeping to the timing schedules for all races. See you next year for race 2!
“Can the age groups be 9-10 , 11-12 etc . How will a 9 year old win against a 12 yr old ? Same ppl are in all the races and winning top 6 . The prizes are not distributed to more participants. I can predict & have memorized the winners names after 3 years participating. Have a look !! ”
“Great event & very well organised”
“Very nice and following covid guidance ”
“It would have been a 10 if the swim exit and swim entry were separate. Swimmers trying to finish had 200m racers coming towards them and then couldn’t run up the finish chute.”
“Well organized event, everything was very clearly announced beforehand and guidance during the event was on point. Thank you!”
“Badly planned and very boring 5 laps for the 3.2 Km race.
Some ideas that might help:
1. Have the 200m with the kids swim to a separate route not interfering with the other races.
2. The 3.2Km race could be 2x1.6Km with exiting the sea and going back in so nobody would lose count of the ridiculous 5 laps.
3. The 400m should never be at the same time with any other race since there was a clash on the route.
4. Count the distances properly because I was informed that the mile race was pretty short”
“It was a good race. We really enjoyed. But, unfortunately my result is not on the list. But,It’s all good. I’d already send a message in the organizer and they answered me quickly.”
“great organization overall, enjoyed the swim”
“Slick and well planned. Thoroughly enjoyed ”
“Great event. Just one swim for my son Joshua du Plooy #530 was never loaded on results page. The 800m. Luckily his 1600m is there:)
Otherwise topclass event”
“I loved the longer distance but the main plus was to be able to attend an event in 2020. It was faultless, excellent job by everyone. Thank you.”
“prizes for winner were not good enough for the type of event. Winners should be given free of charge access to the next competition La Mer Open Water Swim 2/2”
“It may be be better to have a separate arrival lane from the start lane: arriving for the last 100m of the 3.2km to a wall of swimmers setting off was not ideal. otherwise, everything else was very well organised.”
“A great even all round. Without understanding the logistics and limitations, I would say that if a longer course (less loops) was possible, then for the 3.2km swimmers this would be somewhat more enjoyable. Speaking with a few friends, we all had to take a quick stop to check watches for distance. Also, as much as we know the info was presented in the documents and mentioned on the day, but with the excitement (even fear for some people) of race morning, many were confused with the swim exit.”
“I would suggest upon entry we enter an ‘estimate time’ you could then use this to stagger the entries more accurately instead of having lots of little children running to the front. We could be given a block so ‘block a please make your way’ now ‘block b’ almost like boarding an aeroplane. On the whole it was a super first experience! ”
“Her (it’s her father writing this) swim time wasn’t registered and shown in the results. ”
“Efficiently run, great venue and on time. Great job!”
“As usual, well organized; thanks for all your efforts to made this possible and doing a great job, especially with the actual conditions which make your task a bit more complicated.
Thanks again and see you in the next race!”
“Very well organized and executed despite the Covid 19 challenges - didn’t feel compromised compared to past years. ”
“Safe and great race well organized ”