Dubai: The sphere for the 2021 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon has acquired even stronger with some extra top-level worldwide confirmations for the race.
To be staged on the Al Marjan Island on February 19 with a complete prize fund of greater than Dh1.21 million, the 15th version of race has already attracted world champions Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya and Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo among the many early confirmations for subsequent 12 months’s race.
The highest two points of interest within the discipline have been dominant over the gap. Along with his historic record-breaking time of 57.32 minutes, Kandie just lately claimed the world document on the Valencia Half Marathon final month.
The 20-year-old Kiplimo adopted in an in depth second after claiming victory and his nation’s first medal on the World Half Marathon Championships held in Gdynia, Poland, in October.
Pitching in to make the occasion much more engrossing will likely be Mosinet Geremew and Alexander Mutiso Munyao.
Ethiopian runner Geremew gained the 2018 Dubai Marathon and was positioned second within the 2019 London Marathon with a 2:02.55 — the fourth-fastest time ever in that distance. He’s additionally the present world silver medal holder after being positioned second on the 2019 World Marathon Championships.
After ending as runner-up ultimately 12 months’s RAK Half Marathon, Mutiso Munyao was just lately positioned fourth on the Valencia Half Marathon with a time of 57.59.
Additionally set to mark a return for subsequent 12 months’s race is Kenyan Stephen Kiprop the defending champion on the RAK Half Marathon which he gained with a private greatest time of 58.42. Fellow course document Bedan Karoki has additionally confirmed to hitch the swelling discipline of worldwide long-distance runners, whereas European Half Marathon record-holder Julien Wanders of Switzerland — who completed fourth final 12 months — can also be confirmed to return for yet one more 12 months.
Making his debut within the UAE will likely be Norway’s Sondre Nordstadt Moen — one of many quickest Europeans ever with a marathon private greatest of two:05.48, and 59.48 within the half marathon.
The ladies’s discipline will likely be equally daunting with Brigid Kosgei, marathon world document holder and 2020 London Marathon winner main the sector alongside Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh, who’s the blended half marathon world document holder. Yeshaneh is the defending champion of the RAK Half Marathon after profitable the 2019 race in fashion with a historic profitable time of 64.31 minutes.
Anticipated to problem the highest two will likely be some high quality runners corresponding to Peres Jepchirchir, Ruth Chepngetich, Sara Corridor and Yalemzerf Yehualaw.
Jepchirchir, who just lately gained the World Half Marathon Championship in Gdynia with a document time of 1:05.16, ended her 2020 season on a excessive be aware with one other win at November’s Valencia Marathon with a girls’s course document of two:17.15 — the fifth quickest time in historical past.
The present world marathon champion following her win on the 2019 World Athletics Championships, Chepngetich just lately clocked a outstanding 1:05.06 on the New Delhi Half Marathon. She is not any stranger to circumstances right here having gained the 2019 Dubai Marathon with a course document of two:17.08 — additionally the fourth-fastest time within the girls’s occasion.
Additionally anticipated to face out will likely be American Corridor following her excellent second place on the 2020 London Marathon. Earlier than that, Corridor ran the Row River Half Marathon in a modest time of 1:08.18 — additionally a private greatest by 40 seconds and the sixth-fastest time in America.
Yehualaw can also be anticipated to thrive on her low profile because the Ethiopian has additionally been confirmed as champion of the New Delhi Half Marathon the place she clocked a fast 64.46 minutes, earlier this 12 months.
Flat and quick, the course for the RAK Half Marathon stretches alongside the scenic shores of Al Marjan Island with the non-elite athletes having a separate begin and end, whereas the elite runners will go alongside the identical route as 2020.
The RAK Half Marathon is a Bureau Veritas security licensed occasion, with stringent security measures in place to safeguard contributors, volunteers, company and residents. Major sponsors for the 2021 occasion embrace Ras Al Khaimah Tourism and Growth Authority (RAKTDA), Ras Al Khaimah Ports, main sports activities model Joma and Dubai Sports activities Channel, amongst others.
Additional particulars and registration procedures will be discovered at therakhalfmarathon.com.