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|Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon|
|Location||Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|
|Event type||Road running|
|Course records||Men: 58:42|
Bedan Karoki (2018)
Stephen Kiprop (2019)
Fancy Chemutai (2018)
|Official site||Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon|
The first event, in 2007, saw Samuel Wanjiru breaking the world record, but Wanjiru himself set a new world record only a month later in another race. In the 2009 event Patrick Makau won by running what was, at the time, the second fastest half marathon ever.
Further sub-60-minute performances came in the men's race in 2010, but it was women's winner Elvan Abeylegesse who was the most impressive runner at the fourth edition: her time of 1:07:07 was not only the fastest ever for a debut half marathon run, but it also placed her as the sixth fastest ever woman over the distance. The race saw its first women's world record performance in 2011, as Mary Keitany became the first female under the 66-minute mark with her winning time of 1:05:50.
The 2013 saw a race first with three men under 59 minutes, while winner Geoffrey Kipsang was two seconds off the course record. The women's race re-wrote the all-time rankings as Lucy Kabuu ran the second fastest time ever to win in 66:09 minutes and Priscah Jeptoo and Rita Jeptoo (second and third) both entered the top five all-time fastest. Demonstrating significant depth, records for the fastest women's times by finishing position were broken from second place up to eleventh place.
Birhanu Legese and Cynthia Limo proved they are the best half marathon runners in the world on current form with two very different but equally enthralling victories at the 10th anniversary edition of the RAK Half Marathon 2016. Limo's scorching winning time of 66.04 was a massive personal best and puts her 3rd on the official all time list behind only Florence Kiplagat and Mary Keitany. The first ladies 6 all broke 67 minutes with 5 recording personal bests, underlining RAK's status as the world's fastest half marathon. 
The race's reputation as the World's Fastest Half Marathon was cemented further in 2017 as the world record for the women’s half marathon was broken at the 11th edition by Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, the previous year’s IAAF World Champion for the distance, who finished in 65:06, taking 3 seconds off the time of compatriot Florence Kiplagat. Behind her, three-time RAK champion Mary Keitany smashed her own best, and very nearly the old world record, with a 65:13 clocking, while Joyciline Jepkosgei ensured a Kenyan clean sweep, crossing the finish line in 66:08, a personal best by almost three minutes. In the men’s contest, IAAF World Half Marathon Championship silver medallist Bedan Karoki surged to victory over the last three kilometres, in a time of 59:10. 
Two course records and a very near miss were the highlights of the 2018 edition of the race: Bedan Karoki won his second title in a time of 58:42, breaking Patrick Makau's course record that stood since 2009. In second place, Ethiopia's Jemal Yimer ran the fastest half marathon debut in history in 59:00. But it was once again the women's race that stole the show as Fancy Chemutai won the race in another course record time of 1:04:52, missing the World Record by one second. Behind her, Mary Keitany once again broke her own personal best in a time of 1:04:55. 
Key: Course record
|Year||Men's winner||Time (min:sec)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|2007||Samuel Wanjiru (KEN)||58:53 (WR)||Berhane Adere (ETH)||1:10:58|
|2008||Patrick Makau (KEN)||59:35||Salina Kosgei (KEN)||1:12:29|
|2009||Patrick Makau (KEN)||58:52||Dire Tune (ETH)||1:07:18|
|2010||Geoffrey Mutai (KEN)||59:43||Elvan Abeylegesse (TUR)||1:07:07|
|2011||Deriba Merga (ETH)||59:25||Mary Keitany (KEN)||1:05:50 (WR)|
|2012||Dennis Kipruto (KEN)||60:40||Mary Keitany (KEN)||1:06:49|
|2013||Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN)||58:54||Lucy Kabuu (KEN)||1:06:09|
|2014||Lelisa Desisa (ETH)||59:36||Priscah Jeptoo (KEN)||1:07:02|
|2015||Mosinet Geremew (ETH)||1:00:05||Mary Keitany (KEN)||1:06:02|
|2016||Birhanu Legese (ETH)||1:00:40||Cynthia Limo (KEN)||1:06:04|
|2017||Bedan Karoki (KEN)||59:10||Peres Jepchirchir (KEN)||1:05:06 (WR)|
|2018||Bedan Karoki (KEN)||58:42||Fancy Chemutai (KEN)||1:04:52|
|2019||Stephen Kiprop (KEN)||58:42||Senbere Teferi (ETH)||1:05:45|
- IAAF, February 20, 2009: Makau produces second fastest time ever, Tune clocks national record at RAK Half Marathon - updated
- Fairlie, Greg (2010-02-19). Stunning 1:07:07 Half Marathon debut by Abeylegesse Ras Al Khaimah. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
- Hutchings, Tim (2011-02-18). Keitany smashes Half Marathon World record in Ras Al Khaimah - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-18.
- Kabuu and Kipsang triumph in high-quality races at Ras al-Khaimah Half. IAAF (2013-02-15). Retrieved on 2013-03-02.
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