World’s top runners line up for RAK Half Marathon 2021. Time for another world record in February?

Winners prize fund for the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon valued at AED 1,219,000

It’s very rare for the world’s fastest runners to line up and face off in the same race. But Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon 2021, also known as the world’s fastest half marathon, aims to set a lightning pace, with the announcement of an incredible line-up of world-renowned runners for its highly anticipated 15th edition.

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Brigid Kosgei

Details of Male and Female Elites

Athletes like Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie, Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo, Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew, Alexander Mutiso Munyao, Kenyan Stephen Kiprop, Swiss Julien Wanders and Sondre Nordstadt Moen (Nor) will compete in male elite race.

Women Elite race will see Brigid Kosgei, Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh, Peres Jepchirchir, Ruth Chepngetich, American Sara Hall, and Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw running for the top prize.

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Sara Hall

Sara Hall: The Star Performer

All eyes are on American sensation Sara Hall will also be competing following her outstanding performance in the London Marathon 2020, where she came 2nd with 2.22.01 on the clock, successfully overtaking many athletes in the second part of the race. This year Hall ran the Row River Half Marathon in 1:08:18, a personal record by 40 seconds and the sixth-fastest American of all time.

Abebel who set the new world record at 2020 RAK returns for 2021

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Ababel Yeshaneh

Brigid Kosgei is the current Marathon World Record Holder and London Marathon 2020 winner, and Ababel Yeshaneh, Ethiopian distance runner and mixed Half Marathon World Record Holder. Ababel set the new world record at 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon earlier this year, with a historic winning time of 64.31.

Kandie to compete with Kiplimo

With the historic record-breaking time of 57:32, Kandie recently claimed the title as the Half Marathon World Record Holder at November’s Valencia Half Marathon. Kiplimo, the 20-year-old long-distance runner came in a close second and previously claimed victory and his country’s first medal at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, in October 2020.

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Kibiwott Kandie

2018 Dubai Marathon winner returns

Ethiopian runner Geremew won the Dubai Marathon in 2018 and came 2nd in the London Marathon in 2019 with a time of 2.02.55, clocking the 4th fastest time ever in that distance. He is also the current world silver medal holder for the 2019 World Marathon Champs.

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Alexander Mutiso Munyao

Meanwhile, Mutiso recently placed 4th in Valencia in 57.59 and was runner-up in the men’s 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in 59:16.

Kiprop holds a personal best time of 58.42, sharing the course record with Bedan Karoki.
Wanders set the record with a time of 59.13 in RAK 2019.

Sondre Nordstadt Moen (Nor) is making his first appearance at RAK.

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Arti Dani
Arti Dani is a journalist by trade, a travelling runner with 5 international marathons, one ultra-marathon under her belt. 100 push-ups a day is a simple job for her, even though she's still working to perfect her headstand skills.
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