RAKTDA reveals race route and technical sponsor for 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon
RAS AL KHAIMAH, 18th January, 2022 – The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) today revealed the race route and technical sponsor for the 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, and announced a stellar line-up of world-class runners set to compete in the highly anticipated race on Saturday, 19th February.
Vying for the top spot in the world’s fastest half marathon is Kenya’s Abel Kipchumba and Brigid Kosgei.
They will compete against recently announced elite international athletes Jacob Kiplimo and reigning champion of the 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, Ababel Yeshaneh.
Intending to beat her half marathon personal best time of 1:04:49, current Marathon World Record Holder, Kosgei, is an experienced and highly sought-after runner and makes an excellent addition to the impressive elite line-up confirmed so far.
Kosgei’s achievements include second place in the XXXII Olympic Games Marathon, first place in the 2020 and 2019 London Marathon and second place in the 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon.
Joining Kosgei is Kipchumba, who secured the second-fastest time in the 2021 Half Marathon distance category, with a personal best of 58:07.
To beat his personal best time, Kipchumba is expected to deliver an exciting competition and add to a series of world-class records including first place at the 2021 Valencia Half Marathon and 2021 Adizero Road to Records, and second place in the 2020 Napoli City Half Marathon.
The show-stopping race will return to the stunning Marjan Island, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Arabian Gulf.
Notorious for a fast, flat course, the 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon’s refined route will kick off from Marjan Island Boulevard, right opposite the Double Tree by Hilton and the vibrant Race Village.
The race will then take runners on a beautiful course through the island, passing all major hotel destinations as they head along Sheikh Mohammed bin Salem Road, circle through Al Amwaj Avenue before heading back to the starting point to cross the finish line.
The race route offers spectators plenty of opportunities to watch and cheer athletes.
Additionally, spectators and runners alike can take advantage of the vibrant Race Village, which will offer exciting and interactive experiences, including live music, food trucks and family activities.
Leading Spanish sportswear equipment brand, JOMA, has also been announced as the technical sponsor for the world-class half marathon.
For the third year, the sport’s brand will support attendees with high-quality sportswear using innovative, cutting-edge technology.
JOMA’s lightweight MESH fabric t-shirts offer superior levels of breathability, keeping runners fresh and dry throughout the race.
The expertly designed T-shirts, made from jacquard fabric that provides lightness and maximum breathability, ensure greater comfort and quality performance.
Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, stated, “The unveiling of the race routes, technical sponsor and elite athletes of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon marks an important milestone for this 15th edition.
The marathon has proven to be a huge success in previous years, and with only a few weeks till the upcoming race, we are excited to welcome back an incredible line-up of athletes and sports enthusiasts to our wonderful Emirate.
The event will take place with robust safety precautions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of participants and spectators.
Participants will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.