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WORLD-CLASS ELITE ATHLETES COUNT DOWN TO RAS AL KHAIMAH HALF MARATHON Extra Than 40 Elites to Line Up at World’s Quickest Half Marathon

Extra Than 40 Elites to Line Up at World’s Quickest Half Marathon

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 22 February 2024: Held below the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the seventeenth Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon will see greater than 40 world-class elite athletes run alongside 1000’s of novice runners when the annual occasion will get underway on Saturday (February 24).

The elite area is without doubt one of the strongest ever assembled within the historical past of the occasion, with Olympic, World, and European Champions, Marathon Main Winners, and former World Document holders all vying for a share of the AED 1.2 million ($326,000) complete prize and bonus cash.

In addition to elites chasing document occasions over the 21.1km half marathon distance, novice runners from world wide may even compete within the four-race occasion, with all runs going down on routes on Al Marjan Island, a novel cluster of 4 coral-shaped islands in a man-made archipelago.

Hosted by the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Improvement Authority (RAKTDA), the half marathon has attracted the likes of World Half Marathon and Olympic Marathon Champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, 2022 World Marathon Champion and 2023 New York Metropolis Marathon Champion Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia, and Germany’s European 5,000m Champion Konstanze ‘Koko’ Klosterhalfen.

Operating legend and TV presenter Paula Radcliffe, Race Director Peter Connerton, Alka Winter VP Vacation spot Advertising and marketing & Communications, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Improvement Authority, with elite runners Koko Klosterhalfen, Peres Jepchirchir, and Tamirat Tola on the pre-event press briefing at RIXOS Bab Al Bahr.
February 22, 2024.

Raki Phillips, Chief Government Officer Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Improvement Authority, stated: “”The Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon going down this weekend is ready to be probably the most thrilling but in its 17-year historical past, with unimaginable elite athletes collaborating.

“The sporting occasion continues to draw the largest names whereas retaining its group spirit and attracting extra contributors every year from the UAE and worldwide. From Olympic champions to enthusiastic youngsters working alongside their mother and father, this occasion offers the suitable alternative to showcase Ras Al Khaimah as an impressive sporting vacation spot whereas additionally being a frontrunner in out of doors and adventure-focused tourism.”

All of the elite runners have arrived on Al Marjan Island wanting to familiarize yourself with the new-look course. And with the Paris Olympics simply 5 months away, the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is good preparation for the elites who will symbolize their international locations in the summertime. For Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir, additionally it is an opportunity to reacquaint herself with a spot the place she broke the ladies’s half marathon world document in 2017.

“I’ve loads of nice recollections from right here – I actually started to imagine in myself once I set the world document,” she stated on the pre-event press briefing at RIXOS Bab Al Bahr. “My coaching has gone properly since I used to be injured after successful the world title in Riga final 12 months, however it’s onerous to foretell how I’ll do that weekend with so many nice athletes right here.”

“It’s little marvel that the elite ladies are so eager to run in Ras Al Khaimah – no different half marathon on this planet has seen the ladies’s world document or world finest damaged extra usually than in Ras Al Khaimah. It has occurred thrice (2011, 2017, and 2020) since world half marathon data have been first listed in 1984. ”

“I’m very excited to be with one of the best runners on this planet on the world’s quickest half marathon,” stated European golden lady Koko Klosterhalfen, who can be making solely her second look on the half marathon distance, having received on her debut in Valencia in 2022. “I received’t concentrate on the end result however simply on working my finest and taking it from there.”

Whereas an excessive amount of curiosity can be on the ladies’s race, Ethiopian followers can be eager to see the primary look in Ras Al Khaimah of former Marathon World Champion Tamirat Tola, who broke a 12-year-old course document when successful the New York Metropolis Marathon simply three months in the past.

“I’m completely satisfied to return right here for the primary time because it’s a flat and quick course for me,” he stated. “I set my private finest seven years in the past (59:37), so I purpose to go below 59 minutes on Saturday.”

Three-time world half marathon champion Paula Radcliffe, who will present professional TV commentary when the race is broadcast dwell worldwide, added: “I’ve learn a lot about this race, so it’s an awesome thrill for me to be right here for the primary time. The race comes on the proper time for the athletes, and it’s a course that I’d like to have run in my prime – the quick, flat curves and delicate bends are an awesome check and received’t have an effect on runners who’re used to a lot monitor work.”

In addition to the half marathon, race day may even see runners competing in a 2km Household Enjoyable Run, a 5km Highway Race, and, for the primary time, a 10km Highway Race. The half marathon will begin at 7am, with the 5km/10km race at 9.30am and the 2km Household Enjoyable Run at 10.30am.

On-line registration for all 4 races will stay open till Friday (February 23), with latecomers capable of acquire their run numbers from the RAKTDA grounds on Al Marjan Island till 8pm. Late registration could be made at


Image Caption: Peres Jepchirchir checks out her World Document-breaking time from 2017 in Ras Al Khaimah

About Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Improvement Authority (RAKTDA)

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Improvement Authority (RAKTDA) was established in Could 2011 below the federal government of Ras Al Khaimah. RAKTDA goals to develop the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and set up Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class vacation spot for leisure and enterprise journey, creating sustainable funding alternatives and enhancing the standard of life for its residents. To attain its objectives, the Authority has a authorities mandate to license, regulate, and monitor the Emirate’s tourism and hospitality business.

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