THIS year’s Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) will go virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
State tourism, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said that instead of being physically present, this year’s marathon runners would participate virtually via the PBIMVR 2020 app available across the world.
“This app meant for the PBIM virtual run this year is expected to be launched by the third week of September,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Ït is free for all, with registration to be open by Oct 1.
“We believe that this year’s edition will be a unique PBIM experience as location will no longer be a limitation.
“We will see marathoners from different backgrounds and countries running for the same marathon from their part of the world.”
The virtual run will begin at midnight on Nov 21 and end at 11.59pm on Nov 22 according to the Malaysian time zone (GMT+8).
Runners will have 48 hours to complete their categories.
Yeoh said the three categories would remain the same.
The categories are the 10km run, 21km (half marathon) and 42km (full marathon).
“There will be no race packs or finisher medals this year,” said Yeoh.
“However, participants will be eligible for the e-certificate if they manage to complete the race
within the respective qualifying time of 1.5 hours for the 10km run, 3.5 hours for the half marathon and seven hours for the full marathon.”
Some 3,000 runners are expected to register for the event.
Yeoh said that registrations of those who signed up for PBIM 2020 but could not make it in the end would be automatically brought forward to PBIM 2021.
“Although no refunds will be given, the registrations are transferable for those who are unable to make it this year.
“The date for PBIM 2021 will be announced in January next year.
“The date is not yet confirmed in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.
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