The Dubai Festival City Half Marathon
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66 people have rated this event.
“Was a really nice event. Good medals etc. Just that it was a bit confusing with all different distance runs overlapping each other”
“The registration fees was high ”
“Very well arranged, clear and above all fun”
“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.
“Really enjoyed this race”
“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”
“Good race with good organisation.”
“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.”
“It was indeed an awesome run, our team had a great time.”
“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.”
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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. ”
“I enjoyed the 21k Run. I find it tough when i could'nt see any volunteers in my 12th Km run..”
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1. Water stations
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. ”
“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. ”
“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?”
“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!”
“- 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!”
“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.”
“Awesome event, well managed, everything communicated well and a lovely route to run. When's the next one??? :)”
“My results where not displayed and there was no response from the organisers on my request to investigate”
“This was a great well organised run.”
“Great event to spend your weekend with your family....”
“Very easy to park and get to race village. Nice course.
One location for race pack collection on one day was hard work.”
“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!”
“Great event and course
“-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.”
“Just wish the route for the half-marathon wasn't 2 laps. One circular or linear route is always nicer to run.”
“My name is not in the results list!!! And My time is 43 in 10km waaay !!!??? ”
“Great venue, well organised and nice crowd ”
“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”
“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.”
“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 ”
“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.
“Good event with a few feedback to consider”
“Bibs could have been coded - massive confusion between 10km and 21.2km routes especially at the 7-9km Mark- course wasn't that great - ”
“I think it would have been nicer to have different medals for different distances.”
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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.”
“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 !!! ”
“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.
“Distance Timing seems off. Support stations seems not well spaced for 10k runners. ”
“There were no event giveaways! ”
“Original Registration pickup not convenient coming from Al Ain. Race day pick up worked but it would have been nice to know it soone”
“Very well organised and scenic route! Would definitely rate this is as one of the best 21km routes in Dubai. ”
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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”
“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. ”
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“Amazing event, amazing course, amazing marshals...What more could I ask for?
Looking forward for next year's edition.”