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Image 1- Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, marathon world record holder. Photo credits - Bank of America Chicago Marathon.jpg

Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, marathon world record holder. Photo Credits: Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Image 2- Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, marathon world record holder. Photo credits - Bank of America Chicago Marathon.png

Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, marathon world record holder. Photo credits - Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Image 3 - South African Gerda Steyn, part of Desert Road Runners club, UAE.jpeg

South African Gerda Steyn, part of Desert Road Runners club, UAE

Image 4 - Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew, one of five men to complete a marathon under two hours and three minutes.jpg

Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew, one of five men to complete a marathon under two hours and three minutes

Image 5- Swiss Julien Wanders, European world record-holder for the half marathon.jpg

Swiss Julien Wanders, European record-holder for the half marathon

The RAK half marathon is the fastest half marathon in the world. I visited there in 2018, and I must say, it lives up to the reputation. The race is under a new race director, and they want to come out with fast ones. The fields are quite impressive, so we will have to see just how fast they can go in RAK in 2020! Don't miss it!

Derek Rae with Prince Harry, Duke of Sissex.jpegDerek Rae, with Prince Harry, the Prince of Sussex, photo by London Marathon

The 2020 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is just four days away! Over the past two decades, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has developed a reputation as the place where marathoners show their stuff to the world.

The course is fast, but that is not the complete story.

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Degefa takes Dubai, photo by Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

The Dubai Marathon is the near perfect combination of elite athletes who need to show their talent, deep fields that battle to the very end, and financial rewards that encourage the athletes to finish as fast as they can.

The truth is this, the fast times, the depth of the fast times, the high quality of the fields, and the level of competition make this event a perfect storm in athletics. The amazing level of performances, the tradition of fine performances and the depth of the financial rewards make this event a special event.

Marathons are found all over the world. Marathons in the Middle East have unique challenges. Dubai is held early in the morning, in late January, the most temperate time of the year in the Middle East. For a marathon to be successful, many things have to come in place.

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon celebrates rrunning in Dubai. The fast, flat course, the time of day, the time of year, and the financial incentives all come to play for the young athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia.

But, there is more. Peter Connerton, the long time race director of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, has developed something special in Dubai. And after January, who will be revealed as the next new star, or stars?

In 2018, and 2019, my mind was blown with the depth, and the amazing battles and the heart and soul that these athletes show over two hours! Will it be a huge women's race, or a men's? Or both? Watch over the next few days as we reveal the upcoming stars of this Friday's race!

Degefa_BiruktayitH-HoustonM19.jpgBruktayit Degefa, photo by Photorun.net

This column reminds us about the powerful hold Ethiopia and Kenya has on the top positions at the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Justin Lagat sent this in on Saturday morning.

The Unites Airlines NYC Half Marathon, to be held on March 15, will be the last event for which RRW will provide professional athlete consulting. The esteemed Race Results Weekly announced on Monday, via facebook, that they would be discontinuining the professional athletes consulting practice that did for 19 years, covering 137 events and 2000 athletes.

EIjc-HbWoAAYBvx.jpgDavid Monti, Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly, and Chris Lotsbom, BAA, photo by twitter

Race Results Weekly is one of the iconic media platforms in the sport of running, providing timely results, and event content on the major events in road running and in global distance running in athletics events. Race Results Weekly was founded by David and Jane Monti.

David and Jane Monti announced the refocus in their business via Facebook on January 14, 2019.

The Monti's have contributed much over the past nineteen years. We look forward to seeing them covering global events!

The links below hold the announcement:

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Kosgei -2 London.jpgBrigid Kosgei is going back to London in April 2020! photo by Virgin London Marathon

The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will be, as its predecessors, a fantastic event. The women's elite field looks amazing, and with the help of the weather, this could be a very fast race! Spencer Barden has put together a top notch field, and these athletes all know how to compete! I am fascinated with Ms. Kosgei, who I told BBC sports that she can go 2:13:30, perhaps a bit faster!

Kipruto_RhonexFL-Peachtree19.jpgRhonex Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net

How do you speak about one of the finest athletes in the world? And, he is only 20! The WC bronze medalist at 10,000m in Doha, has set the first WR of the year, a fine road 10k in Valencia, Spain. The adidas sponsored athlete is shown above in his huge Peachtree win.

How good is Rhonex Kipruto? In this writers' mind, watching the smooth flow of Kipruto around the track, one is awed by the power and speed of this young and talented Kenyan.

Thankfully, our dear friends at World Athletics , who give us daily track geek content! Oh, the joy!

Valencia 10k.jpgRhonex Kipruto sets new WR on Valencia, photo by Event Organizers

The Valencia 10k was amazing today. 2 World records! A European record. Amazing way to wake up in Wisconsin, with a good snow, knowing that someone in Valencia (like thousands) are enjoying the heat in lovely Valencia.

Degefa wins on her marathon debut in Dubai.jpgDegefa wins Dubai 2019! photo by Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

RunBlogRun will be in Dubai for the 2020 event! This video is a great way to get some of the excitement of the marathon. What Peter Connorton has done, is to create an event that gives citizen athletes the chance to participate at their level, serious athletes to challenge their limits and elite athletes to show the world just how good they are!

Enjoy the video from the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon!

NNLondonRace-065.jpgEliud Kipchoge, London 2019, photo by NN Running team

The 2020 Vision is the piece of the week by the NN Running team. The weekly columns give us a view into the Nike sponsored club, which has some of the finest athletes in the sport.

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