Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon

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Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon
Location Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 2007
Course records 58:42
Official site http://www.rakmarathon.org/
Participants 2,000+

Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is an annual half marathon held in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.


The first event, in 2007, saw Samuel Wanjiru breaking the world record, but Wanjiru himself set a new world record only a month later in another race. In the 2009 event Patrick Makau won by running what was, at the time, the second fastest half marathon ever.[1]

Further sub-60-minute performances came in the men's race in 2010, but it was women's winner Elvan Abeylegesse who was the most impressive runner at the fourth edition: her time of 1:07:07 was not only the fastest ever for a debut half marathon run, but it also placed her as the sixth fastest ever woman over the distance.[2] The race saw its first women's world record performance in 2011, as Mary Keitany became the first female under the 66-minute mark with her winning time of 1:05:50.[3]

The 2013 saw a race first with three men under 59 minutes, while winner Geoffrey Kipsang was two seconds off the course record. The women's race re-wrote the all-time rankings as Lucy Kabuu ran the second fastest time ever to win in 66:09 minutes and Priscah Jeptoo and Rita Jeptoo (second and third) both entered the top five all-time fastest. Demonstrating significant depth, records for the fastest women's times by finishing position were broken from second place up to eleventh place.[4]


Samuel Wanjiru running at the 2007 City-Pier-City Loop, where he improved upon his world record set in Ras Al Khaimah.

Key:   Course record

Year Men's winner Time (min:sec) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
2007  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 58:53 (WR)  Berhane Adere (ETH) 1:10:58
2008  Patrick Makau (KEN) 59:35  Salina Kosgei (KEN) 1:12:29
2009  Patrick Makau (KEN) 58:52  Dire Tune (ETH) 1:07:18
2010  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 59:43  Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR) 1:07:07
2011  Deriba Merga (ETH) 59:25  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:05:50 (WR)
2012  Dennis Kipruto (KEN) 60:40  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:06:49
2013  Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 58:54  Lucy Kabuu (KEN) 1:06:09
2014  Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 59:36  Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 1:07:02
2015  Mosinet Geremew (ETH) 1:00:05  Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:06:02
2016  Birhanu Legese (ETH) 1:00:40  Cynthia Limo (KEN) 1:06:04
2017  Bedan Karoki (KEN) 59:10  Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 1:05:06 (WR)
2018  Bedan Karoki (KEN) 58:42  Fancy Chemutai (KEN) 1:04:52


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