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Published by: Premier Marathons
Category: Running News
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, 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 the top road running competition for men and 3rd for women.  Based on results and participants, the RAK Half was also the Number 1 road running competition in Asia (2009) proof that in a mere 3 years, this race has become world class and that there is every chance of more record-setting around the streets of this emerging UAE emirate.

Patrick Makau's winning time of 58:52 last year, remained the quickest in the world for 2009, and significantly it was a genuine race to the tape that forced the then 23 year old to the new course record which remains the second fastest time in history.

After leading through 15km in a world record equalling 41:29 last year but eventually finishing third, it is Ethiopian front-running sensation Deriba Merga who returns to top a field of staggering depth and quality, while Makau sits this one out and awaits a return to form.

Dogging Merga's almost certain front-running approach this year, will be recent winner of the Zayed Half Marathon, compatriot Tilahun Regassa. Such is the precocious talent of this 20 year old, that Merga will have to exercise much better pace judgement this time around to stay ahead in RAK. Team mate Lelisa Desisa, who debuted with a 59:59 in Abu Dhabi, will be feeling more confident after then leaving in his wake a lot of his fellow starters lined up for RAK.

The predictable Kenyan challenge (they have won each edition of this race so far), of the men's race in RAK will be led by Marathon specialist Geoffrey Mutai who surprised last year's runner up Wilson Kipsang in Valencia last autumn beating him in a race record of 59:30. Mutai will be joined by John Kiprotich (59:23) and Jairus Chanchima (59:44) to make it an interesting battle for East African pride in this IAAF Silver Label race.

Former World Half Marathon Champion Fabiano Joseph is the sole Tanzanian this time round and he will lead the rest of the challengers in a field that has no less than ten sub 60 performers! Who knows, if the weather is kind and the wind stays away again, this rocket fast race may add another record to its already impressive collection.


Further Information:
The RAK Half Marathon will be held on 19 February 2010 and is an IAAF Silver Label Race and a full member of the Association of Marathons and Distance Running (AIMS).

For further information, please contact:

Greg Fairlie
Media Director
RAK Half Marathon
Tel: +971 50 347 6424
Tim Hutchings
International Media Coordinator
RAK Half Marathon
Tel: +44 1444 257 160