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Ras Al Khaimah To Host The 15th Edition Of The World’s Fastest Half Marathon

  • With registration now open, the Emirate is preparing to host leading international athletes, regional running enthusiasts and residents for the 15th edition of the world’s fastest half marathon with all-new offers and experiences for participants and spectators

  • 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Marathon set to take place on 19th February 2021

  • Prize purse worth £245,000 revealed for the 15th edition of the world’s fastest race

  • Male elite athletes, Abel Kipchumba and Jacob Kiplimo along with female elite athletes, Brigid Kosgei and Ababel Yeshaneh, added to stellar line-up of world-class runners set to compete in February’s race

The Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, one of the biggest events staged in the Emirate each year, will return in February with a prize purse value and two international athletes confirmed to participate. Set to take place on Saturday 19th February 2022, the 15th edition of the gold label race will welcome world-class athletes back to the Emirate.

Participants at the upcoming race will be competing for a chance to win a piece of the total prize fund, worth £245,000, which will be distributed across the top of the elite athletes as well as other key categories. Vying for top spot in the world’s fastest half marathon is Kenya’s Abel Kipchumba and Brigid Kosgei, who will both compete against recently announced international elite athletes Jacob Kiplimo, and reigning champion of the 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marthon, Ababel Yeshaneh.

What’s more, the marathon athletes can also enjoy the benefits of the Gulf Tourism Capital, delving into a winter combination of scenic mountains, pristine beaches, mangroves and desert landscapes, which have attracted many sports enthusiasts seeking a wellness retreat during the festive period.

Known as the world’s fastest half marathon, the 15th edition will once again take place at the stunning Al Marjan Island, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, treating all athletes to pristine views of the nature-based Emirate’s white sandy beaches and shimmering coastline. The race consists of four different categories available for runners of all levels, including the Half Marathon, Relay – for teams of 2.5KM and an improved fun run. Participants can look forward to an extended fun run route with the distance increased from 1KM to 1 mile, or 1.6KM, allowing each runner to fully experience the beautiful race course and benefit from the support of spectators.

Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority commented: “Now in its 15th year, the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is a world class event, and we are honored to see the race continue to gain traction on both a regional and international scale. As a fast-developing Emirate, events such as the RAK Half Marathon provide ample opportunities to engage, connect and come away with a better sense of community. The Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon has proven to be a huge success in previous years and with only a few weeks until the upcoming race, we are excited to welcome back an incredible line-up of athletes and sports enthusiasts to our wonderful Emirate.”

The World Athletics Gold Label race returns to mark its 15th edition, welcoming back elite athletes, running enthusiasts and amateurs from across the globe, to participate in the record-breaking event. Organised by RCS Sports and Events, participants can register as part of four distinct categories depending on capabilities, ranging from: £59 for the Half Marathon (early-bird price), £99 for the two-person Half Marathon Relay, or alternatively £16 for the 5KM and £10 for the 1KM fun run.

As the half marathon nears, RAKTDA continues to prioritise the health and welfare of all participants and spectators in close coordination with the relevant government agencies to ensure a successful event. The event will take place with robust safety precautions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of participants and spectators. Precautions include a requirement for participants to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

For more information and to secure a spot at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon 2022, visit


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