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 58:52
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.

History[edit]

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]

Winners[edit]

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)

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