Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon postponed


Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon postponed
Ethiopian Ababel Yashaneh crosses the finish line to break the Half Marathon world record at RAK. (PHOTO/World Athletics)

In Summary

  • The Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that was due on the 19th of this month has been postponed to 2022 due to the 'ever-evolving COVID-19 situation', organisers said
  • The announcement comes just a week after a stacked field of world-class elite athletes was confirmed to take part in the race on Al Marjan Island

The Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that was due on the 19th of this month has been postponed to 2022 due to the ‘ever-evolving COVID-19 situation’, organisers said.

The announcement comes just a week after a stacked field of world-class elite athletes was confirmed to take part in the race on Al Marjan Island.

Three-time world half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor was set to clash with the world half-marathon record-holder Kibiwott Kandie and the world half-marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo.

The female line-up also featured a star-studded line-up including world half-marathon record-holder Ababel Yeshaneh, world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei and two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri.

To ensure the safety of the participating elite athletes, organisers had put together a range of ‘elite bubble’ procedures but chose to postpone the event after ‘careful consideration’.

“We have taken the decision to postpone the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, which was set to take place on February 19th, 2021 on Al Marjan Island, to 2022,” the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said in a statement.

“This is a necessary measure to protect the wellbeing of our participants, spectators and staff in light of the ever-evolving situation. All registered participants will receive a refund, as per the cancellation policy and, as gesture of gratitude and a thank you for ongoing support, all UAE registered runners will receive their race pack and race medal.

“The safety of all visitors to Ras Al Khaimah remains our utmost priority and we are very grateful for the understanding and support of the event participants at this time. We hope any participants who planned to stay in Ras Al Khaimah will continue to enjoy the diverse beach, adventure and culture offer in the Emirate.”

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