Kuala Lumpur, 14 March 2011 – Since the official launch on 14 February, the Standard Chartered Marathon has registered more than 10,000 entries, breaking last year’s record. This year, the marathon is targeting 25,000 runners total, solidifying its position as the biggest running event in Malaysia.
In the last hours before early bird registration closed at midnight on 28 February, remarkably nearly 1,300 runners rushed to meet the deadline to benefit from reduced registration fees. This is an increase of 77% from last year which saw more than 700 registrations during this same period. With more than 1,600 full marathoners registered to date, the full marathon category has also received an increase in participation in comparison to the same time last year of 1,300 full marathoners.
“We’re very encouraged with the amount we are seeing in the early bird registration alone and we will meet our target of total 25,000 runners for this year run. This year the Standard Chartered KL Marathon has been generating a lot of buzz in Malaysia and throughout the region,” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director Standard Chartered KL Marathon. “We’re pleased by the extraordinary support we’ve received from the public and hope to continue the momentum of excitement in the coming months leading up to race day on 26 June 2011.”
Due to an overwhelming response, the Kids Dash was closed earlier than anticipated. With 500 kids registered, this year’s race is sure to be fun. Those who did not get a chance to register are encouraged to join on race day and cheer for their friends who are participating.
Registration for Corporate Challenge category is also now officially open. The Corporate Challenge is a platform for companies to compete in the race as a team, while also giving back to the community by raising money for charity. It is also a fun and great way to foster camaraderie and team spirit with colleagues.
Volunteer recruitment and Cheering Competition registration open
At the same time, organizer of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011 is opening recruitment for volunteers needed to help support the race. The volunteers will be part of the 2,000 staff, including officials, traffic police and medical staff, needed to ensure the safety of all runners in all categories. Mr. Biemans said, “Volunteers play an essential role in the marathon team as they will help monitor the route and distribute beverages to runners, among other activities.”
Another great way to participate in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is participating in the cheering competition. The competition is open to the public and each team can comprise of six persons to 20 persons (max). Adding another fun layer to the race, the cheering teams will compete to inspire runners to beat their best time and finish the race.
For more information on registering for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the Corporate Challenge, becoming a volunteer or entering the cheering competition, please visit: www.kl-marathon.com.