Friday, February 22, 2019


Malaysia’s premier distance running event implements ballot system for public registrations due to tremendous response

 KUALA LUMPUR, 22 February 2019: A new chapter has dawned on the increasingly popular Standard Chartered KL Marathon when for the first time in its history, public registrations were conducted using a ballot system. Successful applications were confirmed when Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman officially activated the random computerised selection here today.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has seen phenomenal growth over the last decade with the 10th Anniversary edition in 2018 seeing the highest attendance to date of over 38,000 participants. Public registrations for the 2018 event were snapped up within 10 hours of opening, leaving a lot of disgruntled runners who didn’t get a chance to register due to a variety of reasons, such as network congestion and poor internet connections.

This year saw a significant increase in loyalty registrations, where returning 2018 runners were given the privilege of signing up and securing their slot before registrations opened to the general public. Almost two thirds of the available slots were snapped up during this period leaving slightly over 12,000 slots across all categories remaining for public registrations. Hence, the ballot system was introduced this year to give everyone an equal opportunity to secure a race slot as potential participants could cast their ballot between 13 to19 February 2019.

“We introduced loyalty registrations in 2016 as a way of giving back to the running community who have strongly supported us, and continued to implement this in the following years” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director of Dirigo Events, the owners and organisers of the multi-award winning event. “Since then, the take-up during the loyalty registrations consistently yielded about 40-45% of overall slots available. This year we were caught by surprise when the loyalty registration period saw more than 60% of available slots snapped up, which is why we have had to implement balloting for public registrations” added Rainer. “This way, everyone gets an equal chance to secure a race entry and will not be hindered by network or work issues.” Rainer also mentioned that moving forward, the balloting process would most probably be implemented right from the loyalty registration period.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was given the honour to activate the random computerised ballot selection process whereby ballot winners were picked and immediately notified of their selection.

“It’s certainly a privilege to be involved with the premier distance running event in Malaysia. I have truly been inspired by the hard work undertaken by SCKLM to develop the sport of distance running by consistently putting on a world class event that attracts more than 38,000 participants from Malaysia and around the world,” said Syed Saddiq. “While the competitive aspect of SCKLM has provided talented Malaysian runners like Leo Tan and Muhaizar Mohamad with the platform to perform alongside elite international runners and raise their game, the heart-warming aspect of SCKLM is the commitment placed on making a difference through the Run For A Reason charity initiative,” added Syed Saddiq. “In fact I have decided to accept Dirigo Events invitation to participate in the Half Marathon for SCKLM2019 and if my preparations go well, I hope to do something to be able to give back to the running community too.”

The 2019 edition of SCKLM was given a boost late last year when Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia renewed their title sponsorship of the event for a further four (4) years. The Bank has been a steadfast supporter of the event since its inception in 2009 and is a major factor behind its success.

“We are delighted to resume our title sponsorship of the KL Marathon. The past 10 years of our sponsorship has shown us the amazing power this event has to bring people from all walks of life together to do extraordinary things. SCKLM has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the most sought after events in Malaysia and the region,” said Abrar A. Anwar, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. “This year marks yet another milestone with the ballot system introduced for public registrations,” added Abrar.

Charity programme Run For A Reason (RFAR) has been an integral component of SCKLM which has benefitted and improved the lives of thousands of Malaysians over the last 10 years. For 2019, the charity beneficiaries are the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Hospis Malaysia and Dignity For Children Foundation.

SCKLM2019 will also see the inclusion of new sponsors Under Armour, Banana Boat, Jaybird and TudungPeople joining returning sponsor 100 PLUS and SCKLM stalwarts Seiko and Pacific Regency Hotel Suites.

Thursday, February 21, 2019


Driven by their unyielding mission to inspire a healthier lifestyle for all, SCORE returns to shake up the local running event landscape with their annual signature running event. Now that the event is half-a-decade old, Malaysia’s biggest one-stop sports and fitness event organiser is taking off its training wheels and debuting their first ever full-length marathon!

This year’s theme is none other than “#ConquerTogether”, a nod to the runners who’ve grown together alongside the event since its inception. It also taps into the very essence of a runner’s identity that’s indistinguishable from their shared sense of community and belonging. Much like its predecessor, SCORE Marathon 2019 comprises two parts: Run The Night (5km, 10km, 21km, and 42km routes available) and Run The Day (5km, 10km, and 21km routes available). 

“SCORE Marathon 2019 represents the culmination of our passion, blood, sweat and tears for the last five years,” quips Patricia, SCORE CEO, “It’s our own playground where we get to have the final say, where we’re free to try new things. Though not always perfect, it’s definitely a source of great pride. We’ve come so far!”

Run The Night is set to take place on 13 April 2019, while Run The Day will happen on 28 July 2019. Will you embrace the dark side and sprint through the cool, concrete jungle of Dataran Putrajaya? Or is running bathed in sunshine amidst KL Sports City’s picturesque backdrop of old and new landmarks more your thing? Why not conquer both and break your own limits! There will also be traditional performances, local food trucks serving Malaysian favourites and "Fancy Traditional Dress Contest" with cash prizes up for grabs.

Nadzrye Aziz, Faiz Matfo, Azrul Hussin, Kartini Ahmad Kamal, Aizat Yanan, Jean Chia, Jeff Lau, Sue Teoh

Chosen from among the best in the running community, they are the epitome of strength, passion and dedication – exemplary figures to talk about the importance of health and well-being.

Introducing the Bronze Sponsor for SCORE Marathon 2019, FUTURO™. A company with 100 years of knowledge and experience with compression technology, and over 50 years of healthcare innovation to provide uncompromised quality in every product. In line with their corporate mission, they empower their consumers to live an active lifestyle.

As part of our CSR initiative, we have invited selected primary schools within Klang Valley to join the run to motivate and inspire them to lead a healthier lifestyle. Key sponsors for SCORE Marathon 2019 include; PRIME (Official Apparel Sponsor), Edifier (Official Earphone Sponsor), Nestle Fitnesse and Nestle Milo (Sponsor), African Sea Coconut (Sponsor), Men BiorĂ© (Sponsor), Nature’s Way (Sponsor), Rhymba Hills Tea (Sponsor), Betadine (Sponsor).

For more information, visit our official website For registration, visit 
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Score Run Day and Night Series 2019

1. SCORE Marathon 13 Apr 2019 - RUN THE NIGHT
Description :
The stakes are raised with SCORE Marathon. Featuring a debut of a 42km-route, take over the city with 20,000 other runners in the bid to conquer your limits.
Date : 13 April 2019 (Saturday) 
Venue : Dataran Putrajaya, Malaysia
Category : 5KM, 10KM, 21KM, 42KM

2. SCORE Marathon 28 Jul 2019 - RUN THE DAY
Description :
Prevail over both day and night and take conquering yourself to a whole other level. SCORE's Run The Day promises an adrenaline-pumping experience amidst a picturesque blend of modern and historical sceneries, set in Kuala Lumpur.
Date : 28 July 2019 (Sunday)
Venue : Berjaya Times Square, KL
Category : 5KM, 10KM, 21KM

2018 top 10 result here
2017 top 10 result here
2016 top 10 result here

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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