Dubai Creek Striders

FAQs

Why would I want to join a running club?

There can be many reasons to join a running Club such as DCS. You might want some support and camaraderie to help you through your training. You might want the support of fellow runners to help you train for a specific race or event that you aiming for, or you might want the advice of fellow runners about any running related topic – talking to like minded people about your common interest can be very rewarding

What are your membership / joining fees

There are no joining or membership fees at all for DCS. We are a “not for profit” Club, and exist purely to provide a focal point for keen runners to meet and train together. We do ask all runners with us on our Friday morning runs to pay AED10 each week (at the start) to cover the cost of water & drinks that the Club provides at the various drinks stops en route

Do I need to be a fast runner to join Dubai Creek Striders (DCS)?

Definitely not. We welcome runners of all abilities, experience & speed.  Our Friday Club runs always divide into groups before setting up, each of which run at different speed / pace. It’s a fact that our largest groups are those that run at the slowest speeds!

The largest group that we have on a Friday morning Club run runs at no quicker than 6 mins per kilometer. The fastest group targets a pace of 4:15 – 4:45 mins per kilometer. There are other groups in between these extremes, based on the number of runners that day. We also have a newcomers / short distance group that aims to cover approximately 10 km, at a pace of sub 6 mins per kilometre.

What sort of training & running does the Club do?

The Club’s main weekly run is on a Friday morning. Distance varies throughout the year, based on climate and any training program built to support those running in either of the regions headline running events – the Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon (run in early December), or the Dubai Marathon (run in late January).

The Club also has various other weekly activities throughout the year designed to help runners improve their endurance and / or speed. These other session include:

  • “Sunday School” / Beginners session, held on Sunday evenings
  • Interval session, held on Tuesday evenings at GEMS Dubai American Academy in Barsha and Zabeel Park
  • 10km run, held on Wednesday mornings at the Barsha Pond Park as well as Za’beel Park

(note mid-week sessions starts at 6:30pm)

Does the Club organize any races?

Yes, DCS is very proud to organize the annual Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon, (“the worlds most beautiful half marathon”), which has run every year since it’s inception in 2002. Run in early December each year, it is now firmly established as a firm favorite of seasoned runners in the Gulf region & beyond, typically hitting its limit of 2,000 entrants well before the event is run.

What sort of distance does the Club cover on its Friday morning Club runs?

Typically the Friday Club run covers approx. 15km, but that does vary throughout the year, based on climate and any training program built to support those running in either of the regions headline running events – the Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon (run in early December), or the Dubai Marathon (run in late January). If a particular sub group has a collective wish to cover a slightly different distance then the sub group leader may modify their plans to accommodate those wishes.

What time do the Friday morning Club runs start?

Start time is 6:00 hrs every week of the year (check the Weekly Newsletter for exceptions). Aim to be at the start at least 15 mins before the start time, (it’s a great social time with the opportunity for plenty of chat with other runners).

What route do you follow on the Friday morning Club runs?

Routes are set each week, by the group leaders. Typically these are set to take in areas of interest, that also offer as safe an environment to run in as possible. The route will always be announced to the group before it sets off.

I don’t think I can cover that sort of distance without stopping

All of the different pace groups plan their routes to accommodate water stops every 5 km or so. These water stops give everyone a well deserved opportunity to regroup and compose themselves for the next leg of the run. If anyone wants to turn back at any point, these water stops are a great opportunity to jump in a taxi, (and you will often find other runners doing so).

Do I need to bring / carry my own water / fluids for the Friday run?

No you don’t. All of the different pace groups plan their routes to accommodate water stops every 5 km or so. Water, Pocari Sweat and Coke are usually made available at these stops. It’s very important to stay properly hydrated, and we take this need, and your health very seriously. If you have a particular type of sports drink (or fuel / gel etc), that you want to train with, then you can bring that along as well, but you will need to carry it yourself.

What sort of pace are the Friday morning runs conducted at?

The largest group that we have on a Friday morning Club run run at no quicker than 6 mins per kilometer. The fastest group targets a pace of 4:15 – 4:45 mins per kilometer. There are other groups in between these extremes, based on the number of runners that day.

I’d like to join DCS and one of your Friday morning runs. What should I do?

It’s really very easy, and we will be delighted to welcome you whenever you’d like to join us. All you need to do is:

  • Familiarize yourself with the meeting point.
  • Have a passport sized photograph of yourself handy to bring along with you (we take your safety very seriously, so we need to know who you are, and what you look like!)
  • Arrive a good 15 mins before the start time so that you can register – that just involves filling out a short form with you name, contact details and attaching your photo etc, or alternatively you can join online
  • Remember to bring along AED10 with you – that’s what we ask each runner to pay each week so that the group leaders can provide plenty of water & hydration at the various stops en route

That’s it, you’re ready to run with the Club – enjoy!