Thanks for registering for the The Dubai Desert Road Run February 2018. If you have friends, family, or colleagues that also wish to enter, online registration is still open.
We are giving all runners registered by 14th February the opportunity to collect race numbers before race day at the following CAFFE NERO location on Thursday 15th February, 6.30-8pm, Motor City, close to Spinneys. Look for the man sitting down with lots of race numbers! Note we are only at Caffe Nero at this time and date, it is not possible to pick up your race number from there at any other time.
Please collect your race number before race day if you can, this cuts down on queues on race morning. Race numbers can be picked up on the day of the race from 6.30am at The Sevens (the race venue). If you collect your number on race day, we urge you to arrive early to avoid queues. Note that it is not possible to register for the race on race day, under any circumstances.
Run start times are 7:45am for the 10km and 7:50am for the 3km. The races start ON time, if you are late you WILL miss the start – we recommend arriving at least 45 minutes before race start. A map and directions to The Sevens can be found on the runsqueak.com website. When you arrive, park in the Players Club car park which is signposted. The start area is in the village area, behind Costa Coffee. Toilets, changing rooms and showers are available.
Please ensure that your race number is held securely at the front of your vest with 4 safety pins and that it is VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES to race marshals, especially at the finish. There are safety pins provided for each race number. Please do NOT run through the finish line more than once (ie with friends that have finished behind you), as this causes unnecessary problems recording finish times and positions and your race time WILL be voided. The timing tags that we use for electronic timing of participants are simple to use, and instructions on how to wear your timing tags provided. Please loop only ONE tag through the left hand lace of each of your shoes, fasten your shoe laces and let the timing tag hang freely on the left hand side of your shoe. Do not tuck the tags into your shoes. We provide additional assistance for the wearing of timing tags onsite and you can watch an instructional video by clicking on this link. Please ensure timing tags are worn as directed, or your race time will not be recorded.
After finishing the run, please remove your timing chips and give them to the person at the medal table – your returned chips will be exchanged for a finishers medal. No chips, no medal, so keep them safe once you finish.
For the race start, please gather BEHIND the start line 5 minutes before race start. The 10km run will start first, so 3km runners should wait until the 10km has started before lining up to start. Faster runners should start nearer to the front, slower and inexperienced runners should start at the back. Only enter the start area when instructed. Take notice of cones that mark the start/finish area and the course that you need to run on. Note that overall race results are based on gun time, as is the international standard for running events.
There are water stations around the course for runners at various points including the start/finish area. The course is marshalled, with kilometre and course markers. The 10km is a two lap circuit, the 3km a shorter single lap, which turns at the first water station. Should any person face any medical difficulty on site, please report or have someone report to a marshal/water station. There is an ambulance on site for the duration of the event. Participants should ensure that they have adequate private medical cover before participating and that they are physically and medically fit to participate.
Medals will be given to all finishers in the10km and 3km runs (in exchange for your timing tags). There are trophies for the first three finishers (male and female) in the overall 3km and 10km as well as trophies for the first 3 in each age group. Additionally, we have prizes for the male and female overall winners of the 10km & 3km as well as a raffle draw at the presentations, where ALL runners present will have the chance to win a prize. Keep your race number, as you will need this for the raffle. Presentations will take place at around 9.30am for all distances. For people that don’t stay to attend the awards, we are unable to pass on uncollected awards after the event morning, so please stay for the presentations.
Links to results will be posted on the Run Squeak website (www.runsqueak.com) and results.events and the Dubai Desert Road Run Facebook page within 24 hours of the race, usually much sooner. Race photos from the race day (so long as the photos are suitable for publication) will also be published on the DDRR facebook page, are free to access to all and are edited and posted at a number of times in the days following the run.
I look forward to seeing you all and I hope that you all have a great experience at The Dubai Desert Road Run February 2018.