The DFC Half Marathon is back! We will be running through the Dubai Festival City area this coming October over the 10km course with a short extension for the 21.1km runners. This is possiblly one of the fastest half marathon courses in Dubai today and attracts hundreds of elite runners as well as many club and social runners. Without doubt this is a race you should be a part of and consider signing up for no matter your ability.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Dubai Festival City Half marathon is taking place around Dubai Festival City mall, Al Badia and Al Badia golf course.
There is a dedicated car park for all race entrants within Novo CINEMA Car Park GOLD section. Please follow the signage and instructions of road side marshals.
Follow the signs from Al Rebat street towards Festival Centre and head straight towards Holiday Inn Hotel. After passing the hotel you will find the entrance towards Novo Cinema Parking. Marshals will guide you from the car park to the ground floor mall level until you reach the race village and start venue. Please try to be early to avoid delays or traffic as we’re expecting a lot of people.
RACE NUMBER & TIMING CHIP
A bib with your race number and timing chip on the reverse must be clearly visible on your front for the duration of the race. Please use an elastic race belt or safety pins for your race number. Each run will start with a different colour race number. Please make sure the colour of the race bib in your race pack matches the colour shown on the information board. It is compulsory to wear these numbers.
No Bag drop area at race venue!
You have to wear your face mask!
Line up 15 mins prior to your allocated start Time!
Late entries wont be allowed to start!
Please strictly follow the instructions of RaceME and COVID19 Marshalls.
RACE BRIEFING VIA ZOOM
There will be a compulsory race briefing on via zoom. Please attend this as any last minute changes will be discussed and any questions answered. A log-in link will be sent to all race participants a few days earlier.
Timing antennas will be positioned at the turn around points and at the finish line. RaceME will endeavour to provide you with all your timing splits, but this is not guaranteed. Very occasionally, a timing chip may not be read or a timing antenna may fail and timing splits may not be available.
You must pass all timing points with a valid chip read. No chip read could result in your disqualification or request for a supporting GPS route from a certified watch brand. You’ll receive a total finish time providing we can see your race number when you cross the finish line. If you withdraw during the event please make sure you return your timing chip, otherwise we will think you are still out there racing!
Please note that start time is a chip start rather than a gun / wave start, i.e. your time starts when crossing the start line antennas.
A set of results will be available on our website www.raceme.ae/latestresults as soon as possible after the event. Any queries relating to the race timings should be emailed to email@example.com by Tuesday 25th October, 2021, after which time all results will be deemed as final and complete.
It is essential that you are aware of the weather conditions during the race. It is expected to be hot with very little, if any, shade. There will be ambulances on standby throughout the duration of the race but you must take care to race sensibly in such conditions. If you start to get headaches, feel dizzy and nauseous then you may be suffering from heat exhaustion and need to seek medical advice. Listen to your body. Talk to the nearest volunteer who will be able to help you get attention.
The common symptoms of heat exhaustion include: confusion, muscle cramps, heavy sweating, headaches, nausea/vomiting and dizziness. If you become aware of these symptoms then seek medical help immediately.
Please stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids in the days leading up to the race and remember to continue to take on fluids on the morning before the swim start.
During the bike and run try to drink about 500ml of fluids per hour. There will be water available from aid stations but please make sure you have sufficient fluids of your own on your bike.
Sun lotion will be available at the start area. Please make sure to protect yourself from the sun.
COVID19 – Guidelines (download full Covid19 Guidelines below)
1. Wear your mask at all times
2. Use hand sanitisers
3. Follow strict instructions of RaceMe officials
4. Maintain 2m distance to others at all times during swim start, run, bike and transition
5. Pass the temperature checks
6. Rack your bike at your allocated Time slot.
7. Late arrivals won’t be allowed to start!
8. No spectators in transition and on beach
DOWNLOAD THE DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY 1/2 MARATHON INFORMATION PACK HERE
DOWNLOAD THE REACE.ME COVID GUIDELINES HERE
Things sometime happen that are beyond our control, especially today with the current Covid-19 situation. So we have partnered with worldwide event insurance specialists Protecht to give you extra peace of mind.
Once you have selected you ticket(s) and clicked the BUY button you will be taken to the checkout where you will be able to purchase insurance, all you need to do is click the select button and you are now covered.
If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see an interactive map showing all the available hotels situated close to the Dubai Festival City Half Marathon. Simply click on any of them for more details.
The Dubai Festival City Half Marathon information pack can be downloaded above in the 'About' section
Please see Schedule listed below
- October 22, 2021 06:00Athletes Arrival
- October 22, 2021 06:30Festival City Half Marathon Starts
The Festivcal City Half Marathon starts
- October 22, 2021 07:00Festival City 10KM Race Starts
The Festival City 10KM Race Starts
- October 22, 2021 07:30Festival City 5KM Race Starts
The Festival City 5KM Race Starts
- October 22, 2021 09:15Festival City Run Teeny Tiny 1KM
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