World Marathon silver medallist, Judith Jeptum Korir will battle double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri at the 16th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that will be held on February 18, 2023 in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.
The 27 year-old who was finished fourth last year at this same event, will be looking to lower her personal best time of 1:06.28 that she got here last season.
Korir who secured victory at the 2022 Paris Marathon, setting a new course record and a new personal best time of 2:19.48, will have to get past Obiri who is also the two times Olympic 5,000m silver medallist, who finished runner up last year at this event with a personal best of 1:04.22, which is also the fastest time on the start list.
The race organisers have assembled a strong elite field to try and chase the race course record of 1:04.14 that was set last year by Girmawit Gebrzihair from Ethiopia.
Additionally, race organisers have unveiled a first look at the medal which will be awarded to all finalists once they cross the finish line at the much-awaited race.
The colours of the medals have been carefully selected to represent Ras Al Khaimah’s three key natural elements and core values: the sea with its perpetual swelling and subsiding waves, the desert with its undulating dunes, and the mountains with their staggering elevations.
A landmark event on the Ras Al Khaimah calendar, the half marathon will return to Marjan Island, the Emirate’s spectacular coral-shaped destination home to majestic white sandy beaches and a plethora of world-class hotels and resorts.