Friday February 8th, 2019
Ras Al Khaimah, AE
Distance: Half Marathon
In the preceding decade of great half marathon racing, the RAK Half Marathon, one hour north of Dubai, has built a reputation for delivering absorbing head-to-head racing and usually, lightening quick times. The 11th edition was no exception, at least, not in the sense that there was any danger of it falling below standard. Because what actually happened was that both men’s and women’s contests delivered enthralling racing, with the latter culminating in the most dazzling world record of 65:06 for Kenya’s reigning IAAF World Half Marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir. Hers was indeed, a race for the ages.
The course will start and finish at the same place on Al Qawasim Corniche, next to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The course takes an almost immediate left turn to head towards Al Nahda Street. Runners then turn left to the Al Shuhada roundabout with a gentle curve around to bring runners on to the south side of Khuzam Road (E11) and will continue until and turn right at the Ruler’s Palace (approx. 5km) and run along Khuzam Road past the Tower Links Golf Club where they will U-turn (approx. 7.5km) and return along the north side of Khuzam Road, past the Ruler’s Palace (9km) and turn right back onto the south side of Khuzam Road (E11) past RAK Mall (approx. 10.5km). Runners will then take a right turn onto Al Muntasir Road before doubling back around the roundabout and turning left at the traffic lights onto Khuzam Road (E11) (approx. 12km). At approximately 14.5km, runners will take a right turn to get back on Al Qawasim Corniche and run all the way down the corniche, under Al Hisn Bridge (approx. 18km) and u-turn on Al Khor Road before heading back to the Finish Line with a good final sprint (we hope!)
There is a 365,000 AED ($100,000)bonus if the winner sets a world record.