2018 RAK Half Marathon Opening Press Conference Part 1 ( 8 February 2018)

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The 2018 RAK Half Marathon, held on 9 February in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, was a revelation. The event shows the importance that global running events have to communities large and small. And it also shows, if you do an event right, it will grow and prosper.

ZZAA0265.JPGHugh Jones, Haitham Matter, Cliff Brand and Helmut Winter, photo by Victah Sailer/PhotoRun.net

Consider this first part of the RAK presser, emceed by Tim Hutchings, 4th place 1984 Olympic 5000 meters, a fine sport commentator and keen observer of the sport. This presser had Hugh Jones, General Secretary, AIMS, Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, Captain Cliff Brand, General Group Manager, SAQR Port, and Helmut Winter, top half marathon statistician on dais.

This presser is just over 19 minutes (19:28) and gives you a feeling for the support of the sport in RAK, and the precision with which Nathan Clayton and Rami Turk, the managing directors of Premier Sports.

The presser will be posted in three parts, all shot courtesy of RunBlogRun's digital partner's The Shoe Addicts.

Special thanks to Nathan Clayton and Rami Turk for their support of Fortius Media Group's coverage of the 2018 RAK Half Marathon (RunBlogRun, The Shoe Addicts and RunningNetwork).

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