FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the minimum age to enter each run?
In the 3km, the minimum age for entry is 6. In the 10km, the minimum age for entry is 14. Minimum ages are on the basis of health and safety.
What do I receive when I enter?
All participants receive race numbers, timing for their run (both 10km and 3km runners are chip timed), plus on course water. All finishers will receive a custom medal which has been specifically designed for the DDRR 2016/17 season.
What age groups are there for each run?
Aside from the first 3 overall male and female winners in each race, we also provide awards to the first 3 male and female runners in each age group. In the 10km, the minimum age for entry is 14. For the 10km, we have age group awards for the following: 14-20, 21-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+. In the 3km, the minimum age for entry is 6. For the 3km we have age groups of 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-20 then 21+.
What will I win?
Aside from medals, which are issued to all finishers, those that finish in the first three of their age group receive trophies. The first three overall male and female finishers in both the 10km & the 3km also receive trophies to signify their achievement. The overall male and female winners of the 10km and 3km also take hope a special prize from Jabra.
At the trophy presentation ceremony after the completion of each mornings events, all that are present have the chance to win prizes and giveaways in the post event raffle, with products provided by Jabra. From time to time, those that win awards may receive extra benefits in the form of giveaways from sponsors or supporters of the event. Please connect to our social media pages, where we will announce our latest news. Note that the Dubai Desert Road Run will never give out cash prizes, as this is not in the ethos of amateur sport.
What time does each run start?
Please refer to the schedule on this website for the start time for each date, as start times are specific to the event date.
When do I collect my race number? When should I arrive at the run?
Race numbers can be collected either; the day before raceday - we inform all the specific details for race number collection 72 hours before each run. Alternatively, race numbers can be collected on raceday, from 1 hour 15 minutes before the start of your race. Note that race number collection on the raceday closes 15 minutes before the start of each race.
Races start on time, so it is important that you arrive in good time. If you already have collected your race number, then we recommend you arrive no less than 30 minutes before your race start time. If you still need to collect your race number, you should arrive at least one hour before race start, to allow enough time for you to collect your race number and to prepare adequately.
How do I use my race tags?
All 10km and 3km participants are issued with championchip shoe timing tags, which electronically record your finish time. Those participants that have their own championchip tag from Premier Online can use their own tag by registering online at Premier. Please refer to the instructions on the shoe tag envelope for the correct fitting and usage of shoe tags.. Tags must be returned at the race finish to the medal table..
Do I have to run? Can I walk? Can I push my baby in a stroller?
The Dubai Desert Road Run attracts runners of all ability. Hence many in each run will walk for a period of time, which is quite ok! Parents that wish to push their baby in a stroller are welcome to participate. The course is safe for this purpose - all we ask is that those with strollers start at the back, so as not to imped other runners. Aside from baby strollers, participants are not allowed to use any other wheeled form of propulsion, for the safety of all.
What happens if I can't participate? Or if I get injured on the run?
All those that register on the Desert Road Run website can swap to another run date, so long as you let us know at least 7 days before the scheduled run date, please see our terms and conditions for more details. It is not possible to get a refund if you are unable to participate. For those that suffer an injury during the race, we have on site paramedics that will attend to you. There is also an ambulance available in the case of an extreme emergency. It is important to note that each participant takes part in the Dubai Desert Road Run completely at their own risk and enter only after agreeing to our race waiver. All participants should ensure that they are fully able to participate.
When is the latest I can register for the run? I forgot to register, can I register on race day?
Participants are urged to register as early as possible. Should the race be full, then registration for that race will be closed.
The latest that registration closes is a few days before race day (if the race is not already full). We never accept registrations on race day. Once registration has closed, it is not possible to register under any circumstances.
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