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Ras Al Khaimah prepares for annual half marathon

Preparations are in full swing for the much-anticipated Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon at Al Marjan Island.

The event will take place on Friday, February 8th.

Professional athletes, running enthusiast and armatures will be gathering in Ras Al Khaimah to take part in the world’s fastest half marathon and experience the brand-new running route surrounded by scenic views.

In addition to the usual individual categories and relay team challenges (teams of four), the 2019 edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon will introduce a new category, the Mini marathon, aimed at families and younger runners.

All races will have the same start and finish points as the morning’s main race, which will allow participants to run along parts of the same course where some of the world’s best runners competed for the title and attempted to set new records earlier in the day.

Haitham Mattar, chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the 13th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon at a brand-new location starting at Al Marjan Island this year.

“Our beautiful emirate offers the ideal backdrop to enjoy this incredible event with stunning natural landscapes, pristine beaches and authentic history and culture.

“The new course and race venue were chosen as per the highest international standards for such a significant sporting event, and we are confident that it will receive a positive response from participants and spectators alike.”