THE Malaysia Women Marathon 2017 returns on March 5 at Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor.
This year, the race which is in its fifth edition, has several new categories that include men and children.
Children aged six to nine (Group 1) and 10 to 12 (Group 2) will be in the 2.5km run with guides, while 13 to 15-year-olds can test their endurance in the 5km run.
Several prize categories have been adjusted to make participation more lucrative and inclusive.
Race kit collection will be on March 3 and there will be a two-day expo in the lead-up to race day. There will be also stores selling running merchandise.
The expo will be held at Acappella Suite Hotel, Shah Alam on March 3 and 4. On race day, there will be a food fair with food trucks and other stalls at Shah Alam Stadium.
Flagging off the 5km run will be Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin.
The race has seen women who started in the 10km category going on to attempt 21km, and some even 42km, within these five years.
These women are testimony of the confidence and courage MWM has given them to take up the challenge of longer distances through running clinics and workshops.
“We are honoured to have Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin at the flag-off. It really lifts our spirits and gives us the encouragement we need while showing us that Selangor truly supports women not only in marathons but also overall,” said MWM race director Karen Loh.
“We are grateful to all the sponsors for their support and contribution in making the fifth Malaysia Women Marathon a great success.
“We hope to see many more women picking up their running shoes and joining us next year. With the support of sponsors, we will continue to organise a running event for women in Selangor,” Loh added.
Selangor Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong, who has participated in previous MWM events, said this was one of their main events for the state.
“It is especially encouraging when you hear the feedback from runners and women who have joined the race, asking us to continue organising and improving it for the following year.
“It brings good coverage abroad and many international runners have joined in recent years, proof that MWM is gaining much international recognition,” said Wong.
Tourism Selangor has seen the potential in this event from the very beginning.
“We are very pleased that MWM has chosen to continue its event here in Selangor.
“We hope that it will continue to do so as it brings together women from all over the country and many from overseas,” said Tourism Selangor general manager Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din.
For details, go to www.mwm.my or the MWM Facebook page.