Runner registrations are now open for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM), according to race owner and organiser Dirigo Events. Now into its ninth edition, the SCKLM takes place on Sunday 21 May at the Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Premiere event for runners in Malaysia and the region
The SCKLM has grown to become the premiere event for runners in Malaysia drawing thousands of local and international runners whilst establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar at the same time. And as with previous editions, the 2017 edition will see Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia returning as the title sponsors, together with other returning and new sponsors.
Said Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Malaysia, “It gives us tremendous pride to be the title sponsor of such an iconic event that has come to symbolise the coming together of communities and fostering nation building through sport. We wish all runners the best of luck and we look forward to welcoming them at the race.”
Pre Registration System
Prior to the opening of the public registrations, the event owners had introduced a pre registration system – to thank loyal runners who took part in the 2016 race.
This would give the loyal SCKLM runners a better chance of securing their spot in the 2017 edition of the popular running event.
Elite Runners Prize Money
At the SCKLM, elite runners will be competing for the total of RM50,000 prize money that is on offer at the event. These include bonus prizes for record breaking course times. In the 2016 edition, Sheela Samivellu from Malaysia broke the Half Marathon course record with a time of 1h 24mins and 44sec.
Said Rainer Biemans, Managing Director of Dirigo Events, “Sheela made Malaysians proud last year with her record breaking effort. We want to keep raising the competitive level of the SCKLM and we hope that records will continue to fall as the qualify of the field increases.”
Seven hours cut off time and checkpoints at designated points
To reduce congestion and ensure that the race remains competitive, the SCKLM will also continue with their seven hour cut off timing for the Full Marathon, with checkpoints at designated areas along the race route, to ensure that runners meet the specific time frames.
Runners who fail to make the checkpoints within the required times will not be allowed to complete the race and will be transported to the end point. At the same time, these measures also ensure the safety of runners, as the public roads need to be opened to regular traffic at times strictly stipulated by the authorities.
Friendship Run and Pasta Party for Full Marathon runners
Runners can also look forward to the Friendship Run and the Pasta Party to be held on the even of the SCKLM. Only Full Marathon participants will be eligible for these events – with the intention to foster camaraderie amongst runners from all over the world.
Run For A Reason
Run for a Reason, the SCKLM’s Corporate Social Responsibility feature, will also be returning. This aims to channel funds raised to deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in need. This year the beneficiaries of the SCKLM are the Standard Chartered Foundation, the National Cancer Society of Malaysia and the Dignity for Children’s Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.
Other Race Categories
Apart from the Full Marathon, the race will also feature a Half Marathon as well as a 10km Competitive Run, and a 5km Fun Run for social runners, together with the Kids Dash categories for children under 12 years of age.
As well, other categories such as the Corporate Challenge, Media Challenge, Universities Challenge and the Ministries Challenge will also be available, to raise money for charity and also provide friendly competition and bragging rights for the winners. A full list of categories is available at www.kl-marathon.com.
Runners can also look forward to 12 running clinics, provided by the SCKLM organisers, to prepare them for the race. These include five Junior Running clinics for children, as well as specialised clinics for those taking on their first Full and Half Marathon distances.
Photos are courtesy of SCKLM.