Coffee with Larry , Feb. 21. 2024, I made it to Ras Al Kaimah #VisitRasAlKhaimah

This is your almost daily podcast, Coffee with Larry, for Tuesday, February 20, 2024!

This Month’s sponsor is #RAKHalfMarathon, held in Ras Al Khaimah, pronounced “Rass Al Kay Mah.” The race entries are open until Feb.23, 2024, at www.rakhalfmarathon.

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Our Topics:
1. The RAK half marathon is almost here, happening on Feb 24, 2024; the link is

And they are off! RAK Half marathon, photo by RAK

2. The presser is Thursday, February 22, 2024, and we will be showing it LIVE, or 1 AM Chicago, 2 AM NYC, and 11 PM Feb 21 in SFO.

Benard Kibet wins the 2023 RAK Half Marathon, photo by Giancarlo Colombo/RAK Organizers.

3. I think one of the biggest battles could be with Benard Kibet, last year’s winner, and Tamirat Tola.

Tamarat Tola upgrades from his London 2017 silver to Eugene gold! World Athletics Championships
Eugene, Oregon, USA
July15-26, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris

4. Peres Jepchirchir, Olympic champion, World Half Champion, does not race if she is not fit.

Peres Jepchechir, 126th Boston Marathon
April 18, 2022, photo by Kevin Morris

5. Konstanze Klosterholfen is a big thrill. I think that she will surprised by the level of competition here.

Munich 2022 Womens 10,000m, Can, Klosterholfen, McCoglan, Salpeter,
by Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission

6. Tamirat Tola, victor of Dubai, World Champion, also won the NYC marathon; besides Olympic bronze at 10,000m, in Rio 2016, Tamirat had gold and silver in 2022 and 2017, respectively, in the WC Marathon. In 2023, after a DNF in Budapest 2024, Tamirat won the NYC Marathon and set a new course record.

Tamirat Tola, TCS New York Marathon
New York, New York, USA
November 5, 2023, photo by Kevin Morris

7. European star and German record holder Koko Klosterhalfen will be looking to run a 65:11 or better!

Konstanze Klosterholfen runs for PUMA Running, photo by PUMA.


8. The RAK course is fast and furious, giving athletes fast and not-so-fast a great opportunity to race a PB!

Konstanze Klosterholfen wins European Champs 2022 gold at 5,000 meters, by Giancarlo COLOMBO.

9. Streaming live video of the race for global viewing for free! The link is Race goes LIVE at 7 am on Feb. 24 in RAK; it’s Feb. 23 in North America, 10 PM in NYC, 9 PM in Chicago, and 7 PM in SFO. Do not miss a minute! FREE, LIVE and streaming!

Old TV model, courtesy of Pinterest

10. USATF indoor was fantastic last weekend. Best races?
Wow, both 1,500ms, 3,000ms, and the men’s 60 meters, with Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman and Ronnie Baker! NBC-TV continues to think out of its backside, with absolutely no coverage on terrestrial TV or Peacock on Friday and during an Olympic year. Obviously, programming does not know that track & field is the most POPULAR sport during the Summer Olympics.

Elle St. Pierre takes the win at 3,000m with a tough last 1k, photo by Kevin Morris, USATF Indoor Champs.

11. Microplus UK Athletics indoor champs were a lot of fun as well, with Molly Caudery going WL of 4.85m in pole vault, Laviai and Lina Nielsen, twin sisters, going 1-2 in the 400 meters, great 1,500m, and Jemma Reekie back in the saddle with Laura Muir taking 3000m in fast last 400m. Oh, plus the crowd, 7,440 to watch 7 hours of track and field!

Sister Act: Laviai Nielsen, Lina Nielsen, photo by Getty Images for UK Athletics

12. We thank #VisitRasAlKhaimah for supporting this event and our coverage!

See you tomorrow on #coffeewithLarry