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  • MediaGuide2015

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    WelcometotheRAKHalfMarathon2015!Therewillbe lotsofrunners,mediapersonnel,racecrewandspectatorstakingpartonthedaysowethinkthatthisguide isanexcellentmeansofgettingalltherace informationtoyoubeforethestartinghornsounds!Theonlineversionwillbeupdatedaswehavenewnews,alimitednumberoffinal updated hard copies will be on hand in the Media Center on Race Dace. If you have anyquestions,pleasecontacttheMediaDepartment(preferablyby)emailmedia@rakmarathon.orgor0503476424between9am12pmbeforeRaceDayorvisittheMediaCenternearthemainstage.PreRacePressConference: HiltonHotelAlMarjanIsland,Thursday12February,11.00amMediaCenter: CityHotel(acrossfromstart/finishline),Friday13February,6.00amIndexIIntroductionWordfromColonelNasserMradad.. 2RaceFacts.. 3 IITheRAKHalfMarathon20149thRAKHalfMarathonFasterThanEver?.................. 4TheEliteFieldMen... 6TheEliteFieldWomen.. 8Prizes&Awards 102014TopHalfMarathonPerformancesMen 122014TopHalfMarathonPerformancesWomen.. 13IIITheRaceinits9thEditionWordfromMr.AarefAlHaranki... 14PremierTiming 15IVTheCourse&WeatherCourseMap. 16TheCourse.. 17MedicalServices,DistanceMarkers,DrinkingStations,&Toilets.. 18WeatherConditions.. 19VFacts&FiguresRunnersbynationality,country&bycategory.. 20VISponsors&PartnersInformationandcontactdetailsofourSponsors&Partners.. 23

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    WordfromBrigadierNasserMradadChairmanoftheExecutiveOrganizingCommitteeOnbehalfoftheExecutiveOrganisingCommittee,itismyprivilegetoextendaheartfeltwelcometotheathletescompetinginthe2105editionoftheRAKHalfMarathon.Thisyear,asinpreviousyears,theExecutiveOrganisingCommitteeishonouredtoreceiveanumberoftheworldstopathletes.TheinternationalcommunityscontinuedparticipationconfirmstheRAKHalfMarathonsstatusastheelite,worldclasseventforwhichweperseverewithpresentingeachandeveryyear.Asalways,wearethankfulforthecontinuoussupportandencouragementtohostsuchmajorsportingeventsbyHisHighnessSheikhSaudbinSaqralQasimi,memberoftheSupremeCouncilandRulerofRasalKhaimahandHisHighnessSheikhMohammedbinSaudbinSaqralQasimi,theCrownPrince.TheeffortoftheExecutiveOrganisingCommitteehasbeenbothenabledandfacilitatedbytheactionsofourclosefriendsandcolleaguesatSaqrPort,thepresentingsponsoroftheRAKHalfMarathonforthe9thyearinarow.Trulythiseventcouldnothaveevolvedintoitscurrenticonicstatuswithouttheircontinuedsupport.Beingtheworldsfastesthalfmarathonisafeatinitselftoachieve;however,remainingsopointstowardsthecombinedeffortsandvisionoftheleadersofournation,thesponsorsandpatrons,themembersoftheExecutiveOrganisingCommitteeandofcoursetheathletesthemselves.ToboththeinternationalandthelocallybasedcompetitorswewelcomeyoualltotheRAKHalfMarathon2015andwishyouthegreatestsuccessintherace.NasserMradadChairman

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    RACEFACTSRaceStartTimesHalfMarathon TeamRelayChallenge07.00 RAKHalfMarathon 07.15 TeamRelayChallengePleasebeattheStartAreaatleast40minutesbeforetheraceRunningNumberIdentificationEliteAthleteswillwearnumbersbetween1100onawhitebackground(150reservedformen/51100reservedforwomen).RAKHalfMarathonrunnerswillwearnumbersbetween1014,999withawhitebackgroundbehindthenumber.TeamRelayChallengeRunnersSTART(05km)willwearnumberswithagreencolorbandbehindthenumber.TeamRelayChallengeRunnersChangeoverA(510km)willwearnumberswithabluecolorbandbehindthenumber.TeamRelayChallengeRunnersChangeoverB(1015km)willwearnumberswithapinkcolorbandbehindthenumber.TeamRelayChallengeRunnersChangeoverC(15kmFinishLine)willwearnumberswithanorangecolorbandbehindthenumber.TheCourseBoththeHalfMarathonandtheTeamRelayChallengeracesrunonthesamecourse.DistanceMarkersEachkilometerwillbeclearlymarkedbyaninflatablearch.WaterStations,toilets,medicalstationsandenergydrinkstationswillbeclearlymarked.FinishersAllfinisherswillreceiveacommemorativemedalandaracecertificateprintedwiththeirnameandfinishtime.Rememberthe5GoldenRules!

    1. DogettotheStartinplentyoftime.2. Donotbringanyvaluableswithyou.3. Wearrunninggearandshoesthatyouarewellusedtonothingnewthatwillendup

    hurtingyou.4. Donotstoporalterdirectionsuddenly.Thisappliesparticularlyatthewaterstations.Do

    notdivesidewaysforthefirsttablegoonandsteergentlytowardsoneoftheothertableswhichhavefewerrunnerstakingwater.Therewillbeatleasttwowatertables10mapart.DRINKOFTEN!

    5. DontforgettocheckouttheOfficialRaceWebsite(www.rakmarathon.org)forlastminuteinformationandresults.

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    9THRAKHALFMARATHONFASTERTHANEVER?

    Thequestion,inthelastdaysbeforethisyearsRAKHalfMarathon,aftereightyearsofconsistentrecordbreakingandastonishinglyfasteliteracing,shouldperhapsnotbeWillitbeagoodday?,butHowgreatadaywillitbe?.Ofcoursefromthesuperbelitefield,flownintoblastaroundtheevenfasteradjustedcircuit,toeverystarterinthemassrace,whatconstitutesagreatday,isquitedifferent.Whetheraimingtogetround,setapersonalbest,orsimplycelebratethejoyofrunningonabright,sunnymorningbecauseitsthere,theRAKorganisersdoalltheycantoensuretheydeliveraqualityexperienceforeveryone.WhilethatambitionfromthehostsdoesntexcludetheEliteathletes,theunwaveringlysinglemindedfocusoftheFormula1racersfromAfrica,doesseparatethemfromthemajority;forthem,thisisajobandnothingbutaworldclasstime,usuallyfinishinginutterexhaustion,willsendthemhomehappy.MostsupereliteneverhaveandneverwillexperiencewhatmostRAKersdothesimplepleasureofamblingroundwithafriend,smilingattheFinish,worryfree,fatiguedbutrelaxedinspirit.Almosttoamanquietandunassumingoutofracingsilks,becauseoftherelativepovertyoftherurallifethevastmajorityareborninto,runningfastatRAKandotherworldclassraces,iscriticalformanyofthem,indeedlifechanging.Sowhydotheycomeandwhoaretheythisyear?WellfirstlybecauseatRAK,theyareassuredafasttime,andthatinturnbecomescurrencyforthecomingyear,orforsome,aboosttotheircomingMarathonchances.Andwiththenenhancedsuperfastcircuit,withperfectweathermoreorlessguaranteedandtheusualexcellentorganisation,RAKhasprovenahappyhuntinggroundyearafteryear.AndthatwordspreadsbackinthevillagesofKenyasRiftValleyandamongstthehugetraininggroupsofAddisAbaba,tothepointwherethisyearagain,trulyworldclassfieldswilllineupatthefrontforthenintheditioneventhoughliterallydozenshavebeenturnedaway.ThemensfavouriteisKenyasEliudKipchoge,whoatjust18,became5,000mworldchampionin2003.Almost12yearslater,heisaformidableroadracer,withthreewinsoutofhisfourmarathonstartsandahalfmarathonbestof59:25whichisdueforseriousrevision.Lastyear,onlyhissecondatthemarathon,hewontheprestigiousRotterdamandChicagomarathonsandthereislittledoubtthathisbestisyettobeseen.Foramansousedtowinninginfasttimes,aworldrecordisnotacompleteimpossibilityatRAK.AgainsthimwillbeafieldasstrongasanyseenatRAKbefore,includingothertopKenyanssuchasJonathanMaiyo(PB59:02),anotherofvastexperiencebutwhohasneverracedatRAKbefore;PeterKirui(59:22),anotherwithworldclasstimesfrom10,000mtoMarathon,whowonthePragueHalfMarathonlastyearbuthetoohasneverracedonsomethingas

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    fastasRAK;CyprianKotut(59:12)hasthebestrecentformwiththattimecominginNewDelhilastNovember;andDanielWanjiru(59:58)norelationtothe2007RAKChampion(andsadlydeceased)SammyWanjiruwhoisonly22buthasshownthecapacitytogomuchfaster.FortheEthiopians,MosinetGeremewisarealdanger,coming3rdinlastNovembersNewDelhiHalfin59:11.Throwin2014DubaiwinnerTsegayeMekonnen,andtherewillbeanunofficialKenyavEthiopiamatchoftitanicproportions.Onthewomenssidetoo,thereisanabundanceofrichesnomoresothaninthetinyfigureofMaryKeitany,thesecondfastesthalfmarathonrunnerinhistoryandoutstandingfavouritetotakeherthirdRAKtitle.Itwasin2011thatthis(now)motheroftwotorearoundtheRAKcircuittosetanewworldrecordof65:50retaininghertitlein2012(66:49).ShelaterfinishedfourthintheLondonOlympicMarathonwhenafewweekspregnant!Aftertaking2013out(forobviousreasons!),shereturnedtoracinglastyear,destroyingeveryoneshemetinherthreeraces,mostnotablywinningtheNewYorkMarathoninNovember.FacingthequietbutlionheartedKeitany,willbedefendingRAKchampionPriscahJeptoo,anotherabletoboastastonishingconsistency.Secondin2013(66:11),thesameyearshewontheLondonandnewYorkMarathons,shewonRAKlastyearin67:02byoveraminuteandwillnotrelinquishhercrownwithoutasteelybattle.AlsolookoutforlateentrantElvanAbeylegesseofTurkey,whowonRAK2010(67:07)andhasastunningarrayoffasttimesonthetrack(formerworldrecordat5,000m)andrightuptothemarathon.MixinEthiopianhalfmarathonrecordholderMeseretHailu(66:56),WorkneshDegefa(67:49)andtrackracerextraordinaireWudeAyalew(67:58),anditsclearthatforthewomentoo,thereisanunprecedenteddepthtotheclashofthetwosoproudEastAfricannations.Letbattlecommence!

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    THEELITEFIELDMENNote:HalfMarathonPersonalBestisindicatedin[]aftertheathletesname2 EliudKIPCHOGE(KEN30) PB59:25(2.Lille,Sep2012)

    WinnerofRotterdamMarathon2014//WinnerofChicagoMarathon2014//WinnerofHamburgMarathon2013//WinnerofBarcelonaHalfMarathon2013&2014//IAAFWorldChampion5,000m2003//6thfastestmaninhistoryatMarathon(2:04.05)//4thfastestmaninhistoryat5,000m.EliudKipchogecouldrightlyclaimtobeoneofthetop3or4greatestrunnersinhistory,suchistherangeandlongevityofhismarvelousracingcareer.Afterhisfabuloustrackexploits,whichincludedaworldtitleandWorld/Olympicsmedalsgalore,hebegantofocusontheroadsin201213andtheresultsarecleartosee.Hishalfmarathonbestisdueforsignificantrevisionandsomebelievewithhisspeedat5,000mandstrengthatMarathon,aworldrecordiswithinhiscapability.CouldRAKworkitsmagicforhimthisyear?

    3 JonathanMAIYO(KEN27) PB59:02(DenHaag,Mar2012) WinnerZwolleHalf2014(61:01)//8.NewDelhiHalf2014(59:28)//2ndEindhovenMarathon 2014(2:06.47)//4thDubaiMarathon2012(2:04.56).

    Thoughseldomawinner,Maiyoisoneofthemostconsistentracersontheroadcircuitoverthelast67years.Fromhis21halfinternationalhalfmarathons,heswononlytwo,buthesbrokentheonehourmarkfourtimes,andthemessageisverycleartobeathim,youhavetorunVERY fast.

    5 MosinetGEREMEW(ETH23) PB59:11(3.NewDelhi,Nov2014) 3rdNewDelhiHalf2014(59:11)//2.PragueHalf2014(59:54)//Win

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