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Event Rating The Dubai Festival City Half Marathon
Nov 09
Collective Edition Ratings
Average Rating: 8.0
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8.0
I would take part again
9.3 Great event! Abd Mukti Abu Bakar · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great experience!”

8.4 great course David Lepper · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.5 was good, but a bit confusing · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Was a really nice event. Good medals etc. Just that it was a bit confusing with all different distance runs overlapping each other”

7.5 great · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Nice event”

8.0 Registration high Badr Al Zarooni · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The registration fees was high ”

6.6 The course was not measured · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
10.0 Great run , well spread and efficiently arranged Johny Zakhem · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well arranged, clear and above all fun”

10.0 10/10 · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“One of the best and well-run events I have ever been too. I will do it again and suggest it to everyone. location was incredible, organized to perfection and I could not believe how friendly and helpful all involved were. *****”

9.5 superb Anas Vali Patel · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Great race Lisa Finlayson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed this race”

5.9 Great location/race, POOR timing organisation Chandrasekar Venkatesan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“1. Event absolutely overpriced, in comparison to other similar events (AUH HM, DCSHM). 2. Race results are poorly managed, not even sure if there were timing mats/sensors thru' critical points on course to record splits (or to catch cheats!). My results are not even there on link sent (& despite several follow-ups my results are still not up). I've been denied a podium finish in my Age category. 3. Same medal for all race categories !! 4. Poorly organized award ceremony”

9.8 Nice Race see you in 2019 · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Good race with good organisation.”

8.9 Very good event Simon Putt · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I enjoyed it - everything was well organised. I ran the half marathon. Support stations were well stocked, the route was perfectly clear, enjoyable course. Agree that it was on the pricey side, but I enjoyed the event enough for it to be worth it.”

8.6 Great Run · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“It was indeed an awesome run, our team had a great time.”

8.4 A well organised run with a great view Rob Singleton · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I really enjoyed running the race, both the route and the scenerary were idyllic. I would do this run again with friends, and recommend it.”

8.0 Great course Danna Stinson · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“More goodies in the race kit would have been nice (bars, gels etc) The race results were only posted in Gross time and the email stated the website would have the net time posted. We were encouraged not to stop our watches at the end for a picture as you have reliable timing service and now can't see my chip time, which is what most are interested in. ”

7.7 Very nice event! Stanley John · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I enjoyed the 21k Run. I find it tough when i could'nt see any volunteers in my 12th Km run..”

5.2 Not that impressive for the amount paid · Participation 1 time I would take part again No
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“Thumbs up 1. Water stations 2 signages Thumbs down 1. Medal for 21 km is the same as 2.5km, 5km and 10km. 21km participants paid more and did not get a medal for 21km but one medal fits for all. Seriously! 2. At finishing line - instead of getting words of encouragement, I got “sorry mama no high five for you” (I finished when 2.5km mostly kids finished their run. 21km is not an easy run for some people, so please appreciate that. 3. Only 1 motivating Marshall. We need more. ”

5.5 Fun running but not tProfessional Organizing · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“The race not organized well as I expected. the rout was not cleared due to mixed with 10 and 5 km runners. the value paid for the event was expensive compared with the things we received. ”

7.7 Can be better Yoossuf Khanchi · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“1. Why prohibit the use of headphones! every runner trains with headphones ON, the race day shouldn't be any different 2. If you prohibit the use of headphones, install speakers throughout the track and play music for some entertainment 3. Medals for half marathon runners should be special, unique and different than those who ran 5k 4. it shouldn't be 21k, it should be 21.2k 5. I ordered XXS size for my son. on collection day they said its not available because the vendor did not provide?”

8.9 Nice event - great course Dominic Cheng · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“The only criticism I have is that the ONLY place there was a split in the route for the 10K and 5K runners there was no signage. There were marshalls there to guide but a sign would have been useful! It took a long time for the results to be posted!”

10.0 An epic event · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“- It was well organized and for my first half marathon it was well signed and marked, and found it easy to understand the run course. - There was such a vibe there and it was an awesome day out!”

8.6 Not too bad for the first race Carmen Paulsen · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I have participated in the Dubai Marathon and other events and found that the race packs in these instances where far better compared to this but as the first race, it was not bad and I am sure will improve.”

10.0 Great event! Candice Mac Nicol · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Awesome event, well managed, everything communicated well and a lovely route to run. When's the next one??? :)”

7.5 Missing Results Zadi Kamhawi · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“My results where not displayed and there was no response from the organisers on my request to investigate”

9.3 Nice Run Daniel Gatfield · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was a great well organised run.”

10.0 "we had a lot of Fun" Wilbur Wigwigan · Participation 6+ times I would take part again Yes

“Great event to spend your weekend with your family....”

7.5 Very good first race Andrew Clifford · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very easy to park and get to race village. Nice course. One location for race pack collection on one day was hard work.”

5.2 Nothing Basheer Komath · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
8.9 Good 1st time Graham Buckle · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“I think this will become a great annual event - this was a good first attempt. Agree with some of the comments about poor marshaling - there was one point towards the end of the 10k where runners did not know where to go - I am sure this will be ironed out by next time. Cold sponges were appreciated!”

10.0 Excellent Skerdi Strazimiri · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great event and course ”

6.1 Race has potential. Some improvements needed. Christo Viljoen · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“-Distance markers incorrect on second round of 21.1 km race. For example on second lap 2 and 12 km marker cannot be on the same board, as the extra 500m at Marsa Plaza has not been taken into account. -My name is not on the results list. -Marshalling was good.”

9.3 I like +++ Tuomo Oikarinen · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0  will race gain Roberto Raymundo · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
7.5 Nice new event... · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Just wish the route for the half-marathon wasn't 2 laps. One circular or linear route is always nicer to run.”

5.7 My name is not in the results list Omar Al Shimmari · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“My name is not in the results list!!! And My time is 43 in 10km waaay !!!??? ”

10.0 Great location and wonderful setup Antonio Failla · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Great venue, well organised and nice crowd ”

8.2 Nice run Fabien Viala · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Nice place to run, 2 nice rides without too much altitude, however it is about 250 m to make a real half marathon, impossible to get the bib on Abu dhabi”

4.3 Very bad timing and course management Oleg Yasenov · Participation 1 time I would take part again No
8.2 It was good · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.0 The race was extraordinary Maximilian Scholz · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was an amazing event. The event had a variety of races, depending on how much you wanted to challenge yourself. I would strongly suggest taking part in this event.”

6.8 Good event overall somethings to consider Jarrett Beaulieu · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Huge positives on this event however, for some reason my bib did not pick up timing which is shame! (#203 for reference) For the price paid for the half what value is there compared to say to 5 km? Just saying but perhaps a dedicated medal for the half marathoners would go along way ”

6.8 No refreshments after running... · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“First, lt was very difficult to find the venue. Where was the vox cinema parking? Secondly, no refreshments were available... They said it would take 30min to be delivered. A bit disappointed after 21k. Can be improved. But the course was nice, I enjoyed the race itself. ”

6.8 Good event with a few feedback to consider Rahul Gopiraj · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Good event with a few feedback to consider”

6.1 communication can be improved Tamer Kadry · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
5.9 Could have been organized better · Participation 1 time I would take part again No

“Bibs could have been coded - massive confusion between 10km and 21.2km routes especially at the 7-9km Mark- course wasn't that great - ”

7.7 Based on 1st event, this will become an annual fav · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.0 Well organized event! The course was very nice. Abhik Sarkar · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“I think it would have been nicer to have different medals for different distances.”

7.5 A good event that can be great with few improvemen · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
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“The support station were too small and most of the time only on 1 sie of the parcour. Runners had to slow down or stop for the water. At one of the last station, I would appreciate to get a Gel but they were on the table behind the volunteers that was giving water. They wee all really nice and smiling to us but not 100% efficient.”

9.8 Great Experience Nilesh Raghavan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“This was my first 5K run and glad that that I successfully completed it. Looking forward to participate in upcoming events. Event was well organized and, communication was very precise. Great Job Team !!! ”

7.3 I enjoyed very much. Mikito Maruyama · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe
8.4 Motivation and encouragement · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Really enjoyed the event however I feel there was very little/no motivation or encouragement from organisers/support staff. Simple things like a ‘well done’ or a clap and cheer along the route make the difference when running. The only ones who were encouraging runners were the dragon boat racers. Organisers were clearly rushing to get though the awards. Perhaps less awards, but make a bigger deal of the ceremony? Other than that it was a really enjoyable and well organised event. ”

5.5 Distance Timing seemed incorrect · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Distance Timing seems off. Support stations seems not well spaced for 10k runners. ”

7.7 It was well arranged event. · Participation 2 times I would take part again Yes

“There were no event giveaways! ”

6.8 1st race ever! Catherine Carpenter · Participation 1 time I would take part again Maybe

“Original Registration pickup not convenient coming from Al Ain. Race day pick up worked but it would have been nice to know it soone”

8.2 Great course Andi Price · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Well done all”

9.5 Loved the route! · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Very well organised and scenic route! Would definitely rate this is as one of the best 21km routes in Dubai. ”

8.4 Very nicely organised event. Enjoyed it thoroughly · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“If race timings can be made online just like RAK half marathon, it would add more value to the event. Other than that, it’s perfectly managed. Good stuff”

7.5 Enjoyed the event Kathirasan Ravichandran · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
10.0 Loved it! Joshua Conde Ng · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes

“Loved it! Fantastic event and very well organized in my opinion. The route was lovely and it was very clear when I had to turn, etc. Got a PB and a sweet shirt to boot. Great day. ”

7.3 Fun · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.6 Great race and organizer · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
9.3 Amazing Event...Looking forward for next year Moumen Rezaei · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
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“Amazing event, amazing course, amazing marshals...What more could I ask for? Looking forward for next year's edition.”

4.8 Unclear route markings. Took the wrong route twice Mahmoud Saied · Participation 1 time I would take part again No
7.7 Well organised. Good course. · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes
8.0 Very fun and enjoyable event withroomforimprovemnt Prathyush Sudarshan · Participation 1 time I would take part again Yes