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Tuesday June 29, 2010

A marathon to remember

WHETHER they were running to win, as a personal challenge, for a cause or simply for fun, about 16,000 people made it happen at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon on Sunday.

The full marathon runners were flagged off at Dataran Merdeka at 5am under the early morning rain.

The rain had stopped by the time the half marathon runners were ready to be flagged off at 6.15am, creating a nice cool weather to run in.

The other categories in the race included the 10km race, Individual Fun Run (5km), Family Fun Run (5km), 3km Kids Dash and 950m Kids Dash.

Man of substance: Henry (right) arriving at the finishing line with his running guide Joseph after completing the 21km run.

There were also two charity categories, The Run for a Cause and Corporate Challenge, to raise donations for a good cause.

Activities and entertainment were provided at Dataran Merdeka for those who did not participate in the race.

The water stations were more prepared to handle the large number of runners than last year’s event and there was a station every 2km after the first 4km.

For the first time, pacers were introduced for the full marathon and these 14 runners ran with a big helium balloon tied to them stating the target finishing time ranging from three hours to six.

Those who wanted to finish within a certain time period paced with these runners.

Some of the high profile runners taking part in the run included Md Shariff Abdullah, who is also known as the Blade Runner because of his prosthetic leg and blind runner Henry Wanyoike who runs with his guide Joseph Kibunja.

Winning lady: Rosmah presenting the gold medal for the Full Marathon Ladies Open category to Goitetom Haftu Tesema from Ethiopia.

Running along the 21km route, this writer was also moved when she saw one runner sitting by the road at the 14.5km and 19.5km water stations to re-adjust his prosthetic leg.

If this was not motivation for able-bodied people to start running, it is hard to imagine what could be.

The traffic police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers should be commended for their help in directing traffic. Many had to deal with rude and impatient motorists who were caught in the traffic jam caused by the road closures.

DBKL and Alam Flora workers were also at hand to sweep up the cups and sponges left at the roadside at the water stations.

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor gave away prizes to the full marathon winners.

A total of RM350,000 in cash prizes were given away.

RESULTS

Full Marathon Open (Men)

1 Nelson Kirwa Rotich (Kenya): 2’16:44

2 Lilan Kennedy Kiproo (Kenya): 2’16:55

3 Luka Kipkemboi Chelimo (Kenya): 2’16:56

Full Marathon Open (Women)

1 Goitetom Haftu Tesema (Ethiopia): 2’46:44

2 Yenealem Ayano Buli (Ethiopia): 2’46:53

3 Marta Markos Ayele (Ethiopia) 2’46:57

Full Marathon Malaysian (Men)

1 Shaharudin bin Hashim: 2’39:38

2 Muniandy Ramadass: 2’43:06

3 Subramaniam A/L Rangar: 2’46:09

Full Marathon Malaysian (Women)

1 Tan Bee Kiang: 3’36:36

2 Tan Lee Chin: 3’43:19

3 Amutha Arumugam: 3’48:14

Full Marathon Veteran (Men)

1 Prasoet Phaisan: 3’00:32

2 Ong Chin: 3’06:00

3 Khor Ngee Leong: 3’08:53

Full Marathon Veteran (Women)

1 Hayley Holle: 3’15:14

2 Julie Foreman: 3’28:27

3 Dai-Siou Yu: 3’29:04

Half Marathon Open (Men)

1 David Kipkirui Mutai (Kenya): 1’09:36

2 Hillary Lagat (Kenya): 1’10:03

3 Mok Ying Ren (Singapore): 1’10:22

Half Marathon Open (Women)

1 Eunice Nyawira Muchiri (Kenya): 1’23:20

2 Mary Grace Baylon Delos Santos (Philipines): 1’26:16

3 Noor Amelia Bt. Musa (Malaysia): 1’28:58

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