Date: 16 Aug 2015
Venue: Dataran Putrajaya
Distance: 5km and 12km
Registration fees: RM40 and RM55
Medal: Finisher medal
Cash prize: Top 10 winners
Contact: 03-5637 3821
Closing date: 30 Jun 2015 or 4000 runners
35,000 runners from all around the world expected to
participate in Malaysia’s premier running event
Kuala Lumpur, 18 May 2015 – Malaysia’s premier
running event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) returns for the 7th
time to test the physical and mental endurance of runners.
Chartered KL Marathon 2015 has been confirmed to be held at Dataran Merdeka on
Sunday, 4th October.
launched at the Standard Chartered KL Park, the event was officiated by the
Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal bin Hj.
Talib. All categories of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon will be open for
registration from 18th May onwards.
runners from all around the world are expected to participate in various
distance categories, positioning Standard Chartered KL Marathon as an international
sporting event that is accessible to everybody, from all walks of life. Since
its inception, over 115,000 runners from more than 48 countries have
participated in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.
running routes that were launched last year have been well received by runners
and will be maintained for this year. Runners will start from the historic Dataran
Merdeka, with the full marathon route taking them through highways which
provides them a vista of the scenic cityscape of Kuala Lumpur.
runners will also be competing for a total of USD 125,000 in prize money; making
the Standard Chartered KL Marathon one of the most lucrative races in Malaysia.
Standard Chartered KL Marathon is an annual event that appeals to everyone. What
we hope to achieve is a great and memorable experience not just for runners but
for spectators, supporters and volunteers alike. We are also looking forward to
welcoming international runners and supporters and we hope that they will bring
with them good memories when they return home,” said Rainer Biemans, Director
of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd.
Standard Chartered KL Marathon is also an endurance challenge of both mental
and physical abilities and promises to put elite runners to the test. Every
year, we look forward to somebody breaking our race record which currently
stands at 2:14:45,” he adds.
“As the proud title sponsor of the
Standard Chartered KL Marathon, we are delighted to be involved in an event
that has put Malaysia on the sporting world map. We also hope to inspire and
motivate runners to give something back to the communities and support a good
cause in line with “Run for a Cause”, the theme for the Standard Chartered KL
Marathon,” said Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and CEO of
Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.
celebrate Standard Chartered Bank’s 140th anniversary, the Bank recently
ran a contest on SCKLM’s Instagram account inviting participants to submit the
best photos of the Marathon. A total of 140 winners were selected, and they won
complimentary entries to the Full Marathon.
Standard Chartered KL Marathon has also positioned Kuala Lumpur as an ideal
destination for sports tourism. In recognition of this effort, the Standard
Chartered KL Marathon was awarded the ‘Platinum Award for Events Category’ at the
2014 Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards; making it the only running event to
have won the award.
2015 Standard Chartered KL Marathon is once again made possible by title
sponsor Standard Chartered Bank, and
along with event owner and organiser, Dirigo
Events Sdn. Bhd. and co-organiser Dewan
Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.
is also supported by Gold Sponsors, MSIG
Insurance and Honda Malaysia, as
well as Official Partners, Seiko, Pacific
Regency Hotel Group and F&N.
Race owner and organiser, Dirigo Events
Sdn. Bhd. also welcomes German sports-goods maker; adidas who is the Official Apparel brand for the Standard Chartered
KL Marathon 2015. Additionally, Salonpas,
GP Battery and Repucom join the
Standard Chartered KL Marathon as Official Suppliers completing the list of
for the race will open from 18th May onwards, and runners interested
in signing up can register at www.kl-marathon.com.
The racing apparel for this year.
For more information and updates on SCKLM please visit:
The last time I raced the KL Towerthon was in 2011. Back then, the experience was not at all pleasant. I was racing under the Junior Veteran category then, and I remember we were place on the queue behind Men Open and Women Open categories, which means we have about a few thousands runner in front of us, and by the time we reached the stairwell, it was pretty crowded, stuffy, with the floor and hand rail all wet and slippery.
This year, I decide to try it out again. It turn out that there were so much improvement, particularly on how they staged the race. First of all, the number of participant has been limited to 3500, which is good especially given the consideration the race venue can only accommodate so much.
And it was brilliant the Men Open category (which carries the largest number of participants ) started much earlier in the morning, and then there was a break before the race resume again for the remaining categories which makes up about 35% of the participants.
As Senior veteran, I get to run in the second group after the break. The route is similar, up the hill then climb the escalator before entering the stairwell climbing 2058 steps. With the format, there was much improvement as it is not as congested. The air quality improved, and the floor were surprising dry. The hand rail is still slippery, and other than a few culprits whom deliberately block the way, with some sitting in the middle of the path refuse to move!
Upon completing the race, participant were ushered to the lift to be transported back to the ground floor, and we only waited about 10 minutes. But there was no waterstation at the finishing line.
As a competitive participant, the Towerthon team deserve one commendable mention, that is the efficiency and the transparency of producing the race results. Results were always made available immediately, in the open for all to view.
The prize giving ceremony was, however, a true turnoff, when audience were treated with a broken sound system (we can barely hear what the MC said) and prize giving were late. We hope there will be improvement in this area.