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RAK Half Marathon Set To Deliver

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 16, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM UTC
Geoffrey Mutai hopes the RAK Half will help secure him a slot on the Kenyan Olympic squad. Photo; Getty Images

Geoffrey Mutai and Mary Keitany will toe the line.

This Friday the sixth edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon kicks off in the United Arab Emirates.

According to a preview on the IAAF’s Web site, the race is going to be a fast one. After all, since 2007 the race has been a place of record setting for both the men and women.

In the men’s division, the champion of the ING New York City Marathon as well as the Boston Marathon, Geoffrey Mutai, is expected to win. He appears fit going into the race after he won the San Blas Half Marathon on February 5th with an 82-second victory margin.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Mary Keitany will be the clear favorite. A sub-2:20 marathoner, Keitany is hoping to use the race to secure a slot on the Kenyan Olympic team that heads to London this summer. Besides her London victory in 2011, Keitany is also remembered for heading out way too fast at the ING New York City Marathon–a strategy that cost her the race.

For More: IAAF

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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