Press Archive

Mon 25 Jan, 2016

RAK CELEBRATES ANOTHER ALL-STAR CAST

The Hollywood blockbuster film franchise "Fast and Furious," will be up to its 8th installment later this year, but 2016 sees it's road running equivalent already celebrating a 10th edition on Friday February 12th. Since its premiere in 2007, the RAK half marathon has attracted the very best distance runners in the world. The illustrious list of winners reads like a who's who of global...

Fri 13 Feb, 2015

KEITANY SPARKLES WHILE MEN DITHER

KEITANY SPARKLES WHILE MEN DITHER Ultimately it was a day of near misses at the 9th edition of the RAK Half Marathon on friday, for despite the usual cool, calm weather at the 7am start, not to mention the enhanced course routing to reduce the number of corners, the men’s field chose to watch each other and ran strategically, while the women set off perhaps too fast and paid the price. In terms...

Thu 12 Feb, 2015

KEITANY & KIPCHOGE READY TO ROLL AT RAK 2015

The question, in the last days before this year’s RAK Half Marathon, after eight years of consistent record-breaking and astonishingly fast elite racing, should perhaps not be “Will it be a good day?”, but “How great a day will it be?”. Last year, eight men broke the one hour mark while nine women went under seventy minutes. And for this year’s race on Friday 13th...

Sun 08 Feb, 2015

9th RAK Half Marathon Faster Than Ever?

9TH RAK HALF MARATHON FASTER THAN EVER? The question, in the last days before this year's RAK Half Marathon, after eight years of consistent record-breaking and astonishingly fast elite racing, should perhaps not be “Will it be a good day?”, but “How great a day will it be?”. Last year, eight men broke the one hour mark while nine women went under seventy minutes. And for this...

Thu 29 May, 2014

RAK Half Marathon 2015: Early Bird Registration Opens

Early Bird registration for the world’s fastest half marathon opens on 01 June at www.rakmarathon.org  where the first 300 registrants will benefit from a discounted entry to the 9th edition of the RAK Half Marathon, taking place on 13 February 2015 in Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E. As for each of the previous eight editions, the 2015 edition of the RAK Half Marathon promises fast times and fierce...

Fri 14 Feb, 2014

RAK HALF 2014: SPECIAL DEPTH - BUT WHAT IF...

RAK HALF 2014: SPECIAL DEPTH - BUT WHAT IF... Astonishing strength in depth of results but only after painfully slow starts, were the underlining features of the 8th RAK Half Marathon, with the victories of Ethiopia’s 2013 Boston Champion Lelisa Desisa in 59:36 and last year’s London Champion Priscah Jeptoo in 67:02, inevitably topping the early world rankings for the year. Both received...

Thu 13 Feb, 2014

8th RAK HALF MARATHON - FINAL UPDATE

With the 8th edition of the RAK Half Marathon less than 24 hours away, the elite athletes recently delivered to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE for Friday morning’s race, looked remarkably calm at Thursday’s pre-race press conference, no doubt retaining their energies for the inevitable exertions of the following morning. The elite of course, will see little of the near 3,000...

Thu 13 Feb, 2014

WILSON KIPSANG PRESENTED WITH THE AIMS WORLD RECORD AWARD

The world running organization the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is delighted to announce that the Kenyan athlete Wilson Kipsang has been awarded the AIMS World Record Award in recognition of his World Record breaking time of 2:03:23 set in the BMW Berlin Marathon in September 2013. Today (Thursday 13 February 2014) in Ras Al Khaimah, the United Arab Emirates,...

Thu 06 Feb, 2014

RAK IS READY TO RUMBLE

RAK IS READY TO RUMBLE The arrival of the annual RAK Half Marathon each February means it’s game-face time for many of the world’s top road racers, most with an eye on a spring marathon. Race day this year, for what is inarguably the world’s fastest half marathon, is Friday 14th February and there is every reason to believe the racing in RAK as well as the times, will once more...

Fri 15 Feb, 2013

7TH RAK HALF PRODUCES GREATEST EVER IN-DEPTH TIMES

As the 7am starting horn sounded on this pleasantly cool (13C) Friday morning in the UAE’s northern-most emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), the sense of anticipation was almost tangible with world class elite fields gathered of unprecedented depth. At Thursday’s pre-race press conference, the big names were very reluctant to give anything away, illnesses and injuries mentioned by several, and...

Fri 15 Feb, 2013

FABULOUS RACING, RECORDS AND UNPRECEDENTED DEPTH AT 7TH RAK HALF MARATHON

Lucy Kabuu of Kenya with 1:06:09, the second fastest time in history, and her compatriot Geoffrey Kipsang in 58:54, took the winners’ spoils in the women’s and men’s races respectively at the 7th edition of the RAK Half Marathon on Friday morning. Kenyan strength in depth was underlined as they took the first three in each elite contest, though the contrasting nature of the two races...

Wed 06 Feb, 2013

Geoffrey Mutai aiming to regain title as super fields gather for RAK Half

As for each of the previous six editions, this year’s RAK Half Marathon on the northern shores of the UAE on Friday 15th February, promises fast times and fierce contests in both men’s and women’s races. Five times with a sub-60 minute male winner, only strong winds last year slowed times, but resumption of normal service is expected with the exceptional fields making the...

Wed 06 Feb, 2013

A Ladies Day Of Racing And Records Beckons At RAK Half

Early morning fireworks are predicted on Friday at the 7th staging of the RAK Half Marathon as a mass of the world’s top road runners gather for the now annual burn-up around this balmy coastal city’s mangrove-clogged lagoon. Good weather, a virtually pancake flat course, fierce competition and a large prize purse have all combined well for each of the last six editions of this early bird...

Sun 19 Feb, 2012

GEOFFREY MUTAI & MARY KEITANY UPHOLD KENYAN TRADITION BY WINNING AIMS/ASICS WORLD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and awards sponsor ASICS are delighted to announce Kenyan athletes Geoffrey Mutai and Mary Keitany as the male and female AIMS/ASICS World Athletes of the Year for 2011. Today in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, Keitany and Mutai’s outstanding achievements were given global recognition...

Fri 17 Feb, 2012

KEITANY WINS BUT RECORDS BLOWN OFF COURSE IN WINDY RAK

The sixth edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the U.A.E. on Friday morning saw Kenyan winners in both men’s and women’s contests but the runners were buffeted by strong south-easterly winds throughout, with mixed effects on the elite fields of Kenyans and Ethiopians. After her global mark here 12 months ago, no better than a “solid run” was expected of Kenya’s...

Wed 15 Feb, 2012

RAK HALF READY TO DELIVER AGAIN

With the athletes gathering in the UAE for Friday mornings’ 6th edition of the RAK Half Marathon, now clearly one of the fastest half marathons in history, the question to ask this year is not “Will the races be fast again?”, but “How fast will they run?”. Each previous edition of the Men’s race has been won under the hour, and the tiny Emirate is now able to boast...

Thu 09 Feb, 2012

BIG MARATHON NAMES FLOCK TO RAK HALF MARATHON 2012 (WHERE FAST TIMES ARE THE NORM)

The sixth RAK Half Marathon on February 17th, now a well-established IAAF Gold Label Road Race, promises even more than the usual fare in this tiny corner of the United Arab Emirates, which is saying a great deal for a race that can boast a number of world records and dozens of personal bests from the elite in the previous five editions, including Mary Keitany’s astonishing 65:50 world record...

Sun 05 Feb, 2012

RAK HALF MARATHON ANNOUNCES BIGGEST FIELD YET

Ras Al Khaimah February 05, 2012: The RAK Half Marathon hosted local media this past Saturday evening in the first round of announcements concerning the 6th edition of the race. Chairman of the RAK Half Marathon, Brigadier Naser Salim Mradad was joined by Deputy Chairman, Ghanem Ahmed Ghanem and General Event Coordinator, Aaref Ibrahim Al Haranki at the RAK International Marine Club in Ras Al Khaimah....

Wed 08 Jun, 2011

SAMMY WANJIRU 1986 - 2011

We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic death of Kenyan Olympic Marathon Champion Sammy Wanjiru at his home (16 May) aged 24. Sammy was considered by his peers to be one of the most talented long distance runners of his generation and will be most remembered for his victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he became Kenya's first Olympic champion in the Marathon. Recording...

Fri 18 Feb, 2011

MARY KEITANY DESTROYS KIPLAGAT WORLD RECORD AS "TITANIC" STRUGGLES BECOME EXHIBITION RUNS IN RAK

Portuguese soccer manager Jose Mourinho likes to describe himself as "The Special One"; well now maybe this tiny corner of the United Arab Emirates should describe itself as just that. This morning after the 7am start, with the sun hardly poking over the nearby Hajjar Mountains, Kenya's Mary Keitany tore round this clockwise loop course to record 1:05:50 and rip no less than 35 seconds off Lornah...

Sat 12 Feb, 2011

MAKAU AND KEITANY TOP TITANIC RAK LINE-UP

With less than a week till the 5th edition of the RAK Half Marathon, the anticipation is building as to just what might unfold in this tiny corner of the UAE, with one of the strongest elite fields ever gathered for a half marathon anywhere, preparing to travel. No less than nine of the elite men’s field have broken 60 minutes for a half marathon, while the women’s line-up in Ras Al Khaimah...

Wed 02 Feb, 2011

THE LITTLE RACE THAT COULD - CELEBRATING 5 YEARS WITH THE BIGGEST FIELD YET

Attracting just 636 participants in its inaugural year the RAK Half Marathon certainly had quite a mountain to climb to be taken seriously on both the local and international road racing scene. Yet this was one new race that chose not to focus immediately on promoting huge crowds from the get-go or offer huge prize money to lure the best talent to the start line. It did instead decide what it wanted to...

Fri 19 Feb, 2010

RAK Half confirmed as the Place to Race

A windless and sun-bathed spring morning in Ras Al Khaimah greeted the record field of over 2,000 entrants on Friday for the 4th edition of the RAK Half Marathon, but although the 7.20am start was designed to suit the massed elite ranks, it was a day of “merely” fast times, not records. That's actually not strictly true, as in a stunning half marathon debut, Turkey's double Olympic silver medalist...

Thu 18 Feb, 2010

RAK HALF MARATHON WILL BE FAST - AGAIN!

What makes the RAK Half Marathon stand out from many running events - in the middle east and further afield - is really quite simple; the organizers work to stage an elite race that is strong in depth and which produces very fast times. This IAAF Silver Label event, staged around the pancake flat city of Ras Al Khaimah, close to the northern tip of the small middle east nation of the United Arab...

Mon 15 Feb, 2010

Ladies to chase World Record in RAK - Tune and a dozen sub 70 ladies to go flat out in Ras Al Khaimah

With Dire Tune setting a new course record, new Ethiopian National record and PB of 1:07:18 at the 2009 RAK Half Marathon to be followed over the finish line just 39 seconds later by compatriot Abebu Gelan who set a new Junior Female Half Marathon World Record in doing so, the line up for the 2010 edition had to be pretty impressive even before the start of the race.  Impressive it is with a stunning...

Wed 10 Feb, 2010

World's Most Competitive Race Announces Line Up for 2010 - The RAK Half Marathon welcomes the world's best runners once again

After two world records in February last year, the 2010 edition of the RAK Half Marathon, taking place on Friday 19th February, has a hard act to follow. According to All-Athletics.com, the comprehensive athletics database that compiles statistics and records of athletics worldwide, the RAK Half Marathon was recorded as being the ‘top road running competition in the world' for 2009, along with being...

Tue 02 Jun, 2009

RAK HALF MARATHON LAUNCHES 2010 RACE - REGISTRATION OPENS ONLINE

Ras Al Khaimah June 02, 2009: It may come as no surprise to some that the race which has consistently set precedents in road race organization in the region has done it again by opening registration for the 2010 event as early as today. Nathan Clayton, Race Director of the RAK Half Marathon and Managing Director of Premier Marathons, the organizing company behind the Middle East's highest accredited...

Fri 20 Feb, 2009

RECORDS LITERALLY BLOWN AWAY AT RAK HALF MARATHON - Fabulous racing but strong winds deny history being made

Ras Al Khaimah FEBRUARY 20TH 2009: For the third consecutive year, a series of astoundingly fast performances from the emerging Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) have forced their way to the top of the world half marathon rankings, with a world record and world bests en route, only denied by unseasonably strong winds off the Arabian Gulf. Packed elite fields on this pancake flat course promised great...

Fri 20 Feb, 2009

SNEAKING BENEATH THE SLIGHTLY COMPLEX RADAR OF WORLD ROAD RECORDS, THE 3RD RAK HALF MARATHON CLOCKS UP MEN’S 15km AND 20km WORLD MARKS

Ras Al Khaimah FEBRUARY 20TH, 2009 Kenya's Patrick Makau not only won the third RAK Half Marathon today with the second fastest time in history, but it has emerged he did after all, break the world record for 20km en route. His time at 20km was 55:38; fully ten seconds faster than the previously accepted mark of Haile Gebrselassie. "The Emperor" set the time of 55:48 when running in...

Wed 18 Feb, 2009

RAK RARING TO GO

RAK RARING TO GO THE RACE TO WATCH? DERIBA v MAKAU; WOMEN TOUGHER TO CALL The packed elite fields anticipating super-fast racing in the third edition of the RAK Half Marathon on Friday, have arrived at their luxury resort base, as final preparations for this rapidly growing annual contest, this year attracting almost 2,000 entries, conclude. The ambitions of Race Director Nathan Clayton are...

Fri 06 Feb, 2009

RAK HALF FIELD STRENGTHENS YET FURTHER

Marathon stars Goumri and Rothlin join RAK Half line-up The men's field in the third edition of the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon, now just two weeks away, has grown even stronger with the addition of two significant names, each aiming to sharpen up in preparation for his spring marathon effort: Morocco's Abderrahim Goumri, the sixth fastest marathon runner in history, has thrown his hat in to...

Tue 27 Jan, 2009

RECORDS POSSIBLE - GREAT RACING GUARANTEED

Women's field strengthened & Men's improved further at RAK 2009 With just over 3 weeks till race day, the organisers of the 3rd Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon can confirm their women's line-up, with significant additions to strengthen an already mouth-watering start list. Headed by two Kenyans, veteran Edith Masai (67:45) and 2008 world No.1 Philes Ongori (67:57), the RAK field can now boast...

Tue 13 Jan, 2009

NEW YEAR - NEW RECORDS BECKON AT 3RD RAK HALF MARATHON

Focus on top three men - and possible revenge over Olympic Champion With the athletics year lying ahead, focus now falls on early season road races, after an astonishing 2008 where world records fell in so many events. For three contrasting athletes however, 2009 promises to be a decisive year in which they are each capable of changing their status significantly. For Deriba Merga of Ethiopia, the ups...

Thu 01 Jan, 2009

WORLD RECORD IS TARGET AT 3RD RAK HALF MARATHON

Elite field announced for 20th February race With just over seven weeks to go, nothing less than a new world best is the target for the elite male athletes in the third edition of the RAK Half Marathon (Friday 20th February), the world\'s top winter half marathon. A total of thirteen men in the field have broken the still much respected one hour barrier ensuring that for the third consecutive year,...

Wed 03 Dec, 2008

RAK HALF MARATHON SETS NEW STANDARDS

Ras Al Khaimah: Once more the sporting world gets ready to turn its attention to Ras Al Khaimah with the third edition of the RAK Half Marathon announced for February 20th 2009. In the race billed by some as the 'World's Top Winter Half Marathon' that witnessed a world record time in the first year and closely fought battles in year two that resulted in a photo finish in both the men's and women's...

Tue 21 Oct, 2008

RAK HALF MARATHON 2009 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The Executive Organizing Committee today launches online registration for the RAK Half Marathon 2009 to be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah on February 20th 2009. Online registration will be provided exclusively through Premier Marathons. Registration is open for both the Half Marathon and the Team Relay...