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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) announced an initial list of four elite runners who will participate in the 16th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon on February 18th, with only a few weeks to go.
In the elite female category, Kenya’s Judith Jeptum Korir, who won the silver medal in the women’s marathon at the 2022 World Athletic Championships, will return to the nature-based Emirate to compete for the title.
Korir will be competing against Hellen Obiri of Kenya, a two-time 5,000-meter Olympic silver medallist, who came in second in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and in Tokyo 2020 and holds a personal best half marathon time of 64:22.
In the male elite category, Ethiopian runner Seifu Tura, who recently came in second place in the Chicago Marathon 2022, and Kenyan Daniel Mateiko, who holds a personal best time of 58:26 and recently finished third in the Valencia Half Marathon 2023, will be participating.
The race organizers also revealed the design of the medals that will be awarded to all finalists at the finish line of the highly anticipated race. The medal is anchored by a square shape and an outline of a runner and features an intricate bespoke design and an inspiring quote from the event’s technical partner Under Armour: “You are stronger than you think.”