Lace up for an extraordinary journey as the Dubai Creek Striders (DCS) Half Marathon & 10KM, presented in partnership with the dynamic Marina Home, returns for its historic 21st edition on January 28, 2024. Celebrated as ‘the world’s most beautiful half marathon,’ this edition breaks all records, emerging as the largest half marathon race in Dubai’s history.
Breaking Records and Building Community:
The 21st edition of the Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon & 10KM is not just a race; it’s a grand celebration meticulously crafted by the running community for the running community. This non-commercial event, organized with boundless passion, promises an unparalleled experience and outstanding value for each participant.
In a testament to the race’s unparalleled popularity, the Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon & 10KM achieved a record-breaking feat by selling out more than 50 days in advance. Welcoming a staggering 3000 participants, this edition stands as the largest half marathon ever hosted in Dubai, underlining the growing enthusiasm for running and community events in the region.
Why Runners Adore the DCS Race:
Rooted in Culture and Heritage: DCS is deeply ingrained in Dubai/UAE’s rich culture and heritage, creating a race that pays homage to the city’s history and aligns with its progressive vision for the future.
Famous DCS Race (Goodie) Bag and ASICS Technical Race T-Shirt: Runners are treated to a legendary DCS Race Bag filled with delightful goodies and an exclusive ASICS Technical Race T-Shirt, elevating the overall race experience.
Iconic Race Medal, Trophies, and Prizes: Participants eagerly anticipate receiving an iconic race medal, age category trophies, and thrilling prizes, adding a glorious sense of accomplishment to their race day.
Hundreds of Super Smiling Marshals and Excellent Hydration/Refreshments: A legion of super-smiling marshals lines the route, creating an atmosphere of encouragement and support. Strategically placed hydration and refreshment stations ensure runners are cared for throughout the race.
Pacers for All Time Categories: Pacers stand ready for runners of all time categories, contributing to a supportive and uplifting atmosphere for participants striving to achieve specific time goals.
Festive Athletes Village and Scenic Breakfast on the Creek: The Athletes Village pulsates with a festive atmosphere, fostering camaraderie among participants. A scenic post-race breakfast on the Creek offers a delightful experience, allowing runners to savor their achievements in a picturesque setting.
Long-term Partnerships with Health and Wellbeing Focus: DCS strategically forges enduring partnerships with companies sharing values that promote health and wellbeing, ensuring a holistic approach to the running experience.
A Fusion of Old and New Dubai: A Symphony of Heritage and Modernity!
“As we stand on the threshold of the 21st edition of the Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon & 10KM, it’s more than just a race; it’s a celebration,” exclaimed Chirag Shah, Chairman of Dubai Creek Striders.
“This event is a testament to the spirit of unity deep within the Dubai Creek Striders family. It’s a moment where the running community converges, transcending boundaries and collectively creating an experience that goes beyond the mere act of running. It’s about the shared passion, the camaraderie, and the friendships forged on the scenic streets of Dubai.”
“What makes this race special is its connection to the heart and soul of traditional, heritage, and old Dubai. As the route winds through iconic landmarks, from Dubai Golf and Yacht Club to the Heritage Village and Old Dubai markets, we are not just running but weaving through the fabric of the city’s history.”
“The Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon & 10KM encapsulates the essence of ‘Old Dubai,’ a celebration of our cultural heritage, where every step is a tribute to the rich tapestry of this city.”
“Amid the modern skyline, we find ourselves immersed in traditional Dubai’s sights, sounds, and stories. Race is a bridge connecting the past and the present, a journey through time that unites us all, regardless of our background or nationality. It’s a reminder that, as runners, we are not just moving forward; we are moving with the echoes of the past guiding our way.”
“This race touches the heart and soul of traditional Dubai, igniting a sense of pride in our roots and a commitment to preserving our cultural heritage. It’s an ode to the old while embracing the new, a celebration that echoes through the streets, resonating with the spirit of every participant.”
Role of Dubai Sports Council: Elevating the Race to New Heights!
The Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon & 10KM extends heartfelt appreciation to the Dubai Sports Council for its pivotal role as a partner in making this event a resounding success. The continuous support from the Dubai Sports Council has not only elevated the race to new heights. Still, it has also been instrumental in fostering the growth of the running community in Dubai. The Dubai Creek Striders thank the Dubai Sports Council for its unwavering commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in the community.
Gratitude to Partners: A Heartfelt Thank You for Making Dreams Come True!
This exceptional event is made possible by the generous support of partners such as Marina Home, Optimum Nutrition, Johnson Arabia, ASICS, Medcare Hospitals, Spinneys, Hertz, and Dubai Creek Resort. Additionally, the continuous backing from government entities, including the Dubai Sports Council, RTA Dubai, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Courts, Dubai Community Development Authority, and UAE Athletics Federation, ensures that the Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon & 10KM continues to flourish as a celebration of running, culture, and community.