KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 (Bernama) — More than 10,000 participants have already signed up for the Standard Chartered KL International Marathon scheduled for June 28, although the closing date is more than a month away.
Race director Hermant Dua said since the closing date was June 15, more participants are expected to sign up, making it the biggest marathon event in Malaysia, offering RM350,000 in prize money and a guaranteed prize pool for local runners.
He added that apart from providing an avenue for participants to take part in a healthy sporting event, the KL Marathon also helps raise funds for selected charitable organisations.
Among the organisations to benefit are Standard Chartered Trust Fund (SCTF), Shelter Home for Children, Development of Human Resources For Rural Areas, Malaysia (DHRRA), The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).
The event, jointly organised by the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) and Octagon, a global agency involved in organising more than 3,200 such events, are staging the marathon for the first time in Malaysia.
Octagon-organised marathons in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai had recorded very encouraging participation, exceeding 15,000 runners, he said.
“We are hoping for a similar participation here,” said Dua who is also Octagon SEA & India director.
The Race will start from Merdeka Square and the route will showcase some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, making it an ideal attraction for tourists and out-of-towners.
Among the sponsors who had come on board are Standard Chartered as main sponsor, MISG Insurance, Gleneagles Intan Hospital, 100 Plus and Reebox.
Earlier, Dua signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Octagon and Gleneagles Intan Hospital as the official medical equipment and services provider for the marathon.
Meanwhile, Gleneagles Intan Hospital executive officer Amir Firdaus Abdullah said ambulance and medical officers would be stationed at 16 check points along the route.
May 07, 2009 22:08 PM