Sunday, April 13, 2014




In the effort to once again engage communities in healthy living and contribute to the growth of Malaysia’s sports tourism industry, sponsors of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon returns this year to the much anticipated event. This will be title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank’s sixth edition to the Marathon with MSIG Insurance and Honda confirmed as gold sponsors.

According to Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events, event owner and organiser of Standard Chartered KL Marathon, “This is the sixth year in the running that we have organised Standard Chartered KL Marathon and we would like to thank our sponsors for their continuous support. Apart from sponsorships, they have certainly gone the extra mile in contributing to the community. Our sponsors have worked closely with our charity partners, contributing to organisations including Standard Chartered Foundation (SCF), Hospis Malaysia and the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM).”

CEO of MSIG Insurance Malaysia, Mr. Chua Seck Guan commented, “The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is more than just a running event. Being the gold sponsor since its inception in 2009, we believe it is a purposeful one, promoting healthy living and giving back to the community - beliefs that MSIG strongly shares. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon provides us with the platform to engage well with the local community.”

Mr. Yoichiro Ueno-san, Managing Director and CEO of Honda Malaysia said, “It is a great pleasure for Honda Malaysia to once again be part of this international event. We’ve seen tremendous growth of participations in the last few years, which is a true testament that the event has grown and rooted as a popular and important annual event for Malaysians. We would like to encourage all runners in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon and it is an excellent opportunity for us to show our corporate theme of the “The Challenging Spirit” and “The Power of Dreams.”

MSIG’s Ekiden relay challenge will not be returning this year with Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014. The adjustments were made to ensure a smoother race as the Ekiden participation was limited in reach. Instead, the gold sponsor will have the naming rights of the 10km category for wider approach in encouraging more runners to participate. In addition, MSIG Insurance will also be rewarding a trip for two (2) to Osaka, Japan to the MSIG 10km winners for both Male and Female categories. 

Other sponsors of the event include Seiko, 100 Plus, Brooks and Pacific Regency Hotel Group. The organiser once again hopes to provide a successful platform for sponsors given the resounding success of previous marathons.  Last year, 33 881 participants registered for Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013, a growth of 17% as compared to 2012 and 251% growth since inception in 2009. The event attracted an estimated 57 nationalities from over 50 countries.

For further information, please contact:

Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd
Gloria Ng, Director  
+60 12 396 0096|

essence Burson-Marsteller at 03-7493 5588:
Cheah May-huen, ext. 206 | +60 19 650 3105 |
Janice Wong, ext. 213 | +6016 922 8722 |

Friday, April 4, 2014


Lets take a walk down memory lane. . . . . . . 

SCKLM made its first appearance in my hometown Kuala Lumpur on June 28, 2009. That was my first ever marathon which took me almost 7 long hours under the hot sun to complete. It was a bitter sweet experience with plenty of rooms for improvement.

In 2010, I decided not to run but instead join a few other runners as support team. June Malik initiated the Full Marathon Virgins support team and we put up a 'stall' at KM36 offering food and drinks to marathoners especially those who ran beyond 5 hours. Joined by Kash, we also had motivational boards and signage to give them that final push.

I love the fact that the Organiser has been increasing the participation figure conservatively over the years focusing more on improving the delivery system of the race starting from the registration, running clinics, race packs collection, medic assistance, water station and every other aspects of the race.

Oh .. .  and SCKLM has been my favorite event not because it is my home ground marathon but this is the only marathon that make it possible for all to experience Kuala Lumpur city on foot. Above that this is also the only road race marathon that allowed me to stop over at the various eatery outlets such as the 24 hours convenient shops along Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Ampang as well as teh tarik and mini market along Jalan Ipoh for my 'breakfast'. Yes, you read it right. I do stopped at those outlets for drinks & food.

SCKLM is not just a road race but have contributed much to the society and the nation with its charitable causes. It has also contributed to the tourism industry with over 50 nationalities flying in to be part of this event.

SCKLM is back and its taking place on October 12, 2014. Mark this day and lets rock the Kuala Lumpur city loud!