Exciting Line-Up at the RAK Half Marathon

Following Dire Tune’s remarkable performance last year, where she set a new course record, Ethiopian National record, and personal best of 1:07:18 at the 2009 RAK Half Marathon, expectations are high for this year’s race. Last year, she was closely followed by her compatriot, who set a new Junior Female Half Marathon World Record.

Star-Studded Women’s Field

This year’s women’s field promises to outshine the men’s. Last year’s winner, who returns after a rare defeat in a recent race in Abu Dhabi, is reportedly in excellent form, with her coach aiming for a world record pace.

She will face tough competition from a Turkish runner, a World and Olympic medallist, making her half marathon debut. She is eager for pacers to set a record pace and is known for her aggressive racing style.

Another strong contender is an Ethiopian runner who finished second last year. A former middle-distance runner with a powerful finishing kick, she placed third in the Berlin Marathon at last year’s world championships and was the last to beat a renowned Kenyan runner in the Bangalore 10km last season.

The Dutch star, training with her record-holding cousin in Kenya, is also in fine shape. Known for her resilience and consistent performances on both track and cross-country, she is not intimidated by the competition.

Competitive Kenyan Contenders

Kenya’s challenge will be led by a World Championship 4th placer, a renowned front runner with an impressive marathon time. She aims to reclaim the title last won by a Kenyan runner a couple of years ago.

Overall, 13 elite women in this year’s race have personal best times under 70 minutes, making it one of the strongest fields ever in a women’s half marathon. With such high-caliber athletes, record books may need updating once more!

Anticipation Builds

The anticipation for the 2010 RAK Half Marathon continues to build as elite runners from around the world prepare to compete. The race promises thrilling performances and the possibility of new records.

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