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Benard Kibet to defend his title at Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon

Benard Kibet to defend his title at Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon. Photo: Giancarlo Colombo/RAK Organisers

World best for the 10-Mile Run Benard Kibet, will head back to defend his title at the 16th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon slated for February 24, 2024 in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

The 24 year-old who, over the years have been recruited to run on one of Japan’s corporate teams. He is similarly unusual in being one of the diminishing number of athletes who combine track with road running. He is a 13min 5000m runner and has several 10,000m clocking just over 27mins. But his victory last year in RAK in 58.45 put him in the top ten for the year.

The Japan based athlete will have an uphill task as he targets to lower the race course record of 57:56 set last year by the World Half Marathon record holder Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda.

Race Director and Pace Events CEO Peter Connerton said today, ‘We were honoured and enormously gratified to be invited by the Ras Al Khaimah tourist authorities to organise an event like the RAK half-marathon. We feel it’s a reflection of the success we’ve had with the Dubai Marathon since 2000. We’ve added a 10k to the RAK programme since we’ve seen how successful the shorter event has been in Dubai; either as a challenge in its own right, or as a stepping stone for runners on the way to a half or full marathon. Kibet is the first of many leading names we shall be announcing for the RAK ‘half’ in the coming weeks”.


  • John Vaselyne

    John Vaselyne is the founder of Athletics News. Africa’s only Independent Athletics News website. He has covered World U18 and U20 Championships, World Cross Country Championships, Four Continental Tour Gold Series, Wanda Diamond League. He has passion for the Sport and has over seven years experience in this area of sport. He is also the Leading Athletics Pundit in the Country, having been hosted in ALL leading TV stations in Kenya

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